Production[ edit ] Eszterhas came up with the idea for Showgirls while on vacation at his home in Maui, Hawaii. This, along with the scripts for both Verhoeven's previous film Basic Instinct and Sliver ; also an erotic thriller starring Sharon Stone , made Eszterhas the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood history. Madonna , Sharon Stone , Sean Young , Daryl Hannah , and Finola Hughes who allegedly turned down the script because she thought it was sexist were considered for the part of Cristal Connors before Gina Gershon became available.
The actor later recalled, "That was a decision that was sort of a tough one to make, but I was enchanted with Paul Verhoeven. Particularly Robocop , which I loved. It was Verhoeven and [Joe] Eszterhas, and it seemed like it was going to be kind of dark and edgy and disturbing and real. The photo had originally been featured on the cover of the book The Body: Photographs of the Human Form.
I was absolutely gobsmacked. So at that point, I distanced myself from the movie. Now, of course, it has a whole other life as a sort of inadvertent… satire.
It provides entertainment, though not in the way I think it was originally intended. It was just… maybe the wrong material with the wrong director and the wrong cast. Verhoeven gamely appeared in person at the Razzies ceremony to accept his award for Worst Director; Showgirls would later win an eighth Razzie Award for Worst Picture of the Last Decade in It was soon tied with Battlefield Earth for winning the most Razzies in a single year, a record broken when I Know Who Killed Me won eight trophies in and then again when Jack and Jill won ten awards in Due to Showgirls' poor reception, Striptease , a film about nude dancers starring Demi Moore , was distanced from Showgirls in advertisements;  Striptease nonetheless won the next year's Razzie Award for Worst Picture.
The term "Showgirls-bad" has been adopted by film critics and fans to refer to films considered guilty pleasures , or "so-bad-they're-good".
I walked out after 45 minutes. The screen went dead every time that woman was on it. Other agents refused to take her telephone calls. According to writer Naomi Klein , ironic enjoyment of the film initially arose among those with the video before MGM capitalized on the idea.
MGM noticed the video was performing well because "trendy twenty-somethings were throwing Showgirls irony parties, laughing sardonically at the implausibly poor screenplay and shrieking with horror at the aerobic sexual encounters".
It is heralded as one of the best "bad movies", a camp classic in the vein of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. We went through the script line by line, and we were really laughing at some of it.
I defy people to tell me that a line like, 'How does it feel not to have anybody coming on you anymore' isn't meant to be funny. However, because of the film's rampant and gratuitous nudity, a censored version was created with black bras and panties digitally rendered to hide all exposed breasts and genitalia. Also, several scenes were removed entirely.
Berkley refused to re-dub her lines,[ citation needed ] so a noticeably different actress's voice can be heard on the soundtrack. Rivette called it "one of the great American films of the last few years", though "very unpleasant: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. A director's R-rated version for rental outlets including Blockbuster and Hollywood Video , and an NCrated version. The NC version was also released on Laserdisc that same year. Showgirls was released on DVD for the first time on April 25, Special features included only the original theatrical trailer and a special behind-the-scenes featurette. In , MGM released the "V.
Edition" on DVD in a special boxed set containing two shot glasses, movie cards with drinking games on the back, a deck of playing cards, and a nude poster of Berkley with a pair of suction-cup pasties so viewers can play "pin the pasties on the showgirl".
The DVD itself includes several bonus features, including a "how-to" tutorial for giving a lap-dance hosted by real strippers, and a special optional "trivia track" feature. When on, it adds humorous comments and factoids in the vein of VH1's Pop Up Video that relate to the scenes as they play out.
In , MGM re-released the V. Edition DVD without the physical extras. Edition DVD, except the trivia text feature has been reformatted. The NC edit of the film is used. The trivia track on the edition contains some errors, such as a statement that some of the dancers featured in the film were recruited from the XFL football league cheerleaders, an impossibility as the XFL was not formed until