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Sharon Stone as Catherine Tramell: Basic Instinct

Basic Instinct

Sharon Stone as Catherine Tramell


Sharon Stone first achieved international recognition for her role in the erotic thriller Basic Instinct by Paul Verhoeven. Even before its release, Basic Instinct generated heated controversy due to its overt sexuality and graphic depiction of violence. It was strongly opposed by gay rights activists, who criticized the film's depiction of homosexual relationships and the portrayal of a bisexual woman as a murderous narcissistic psychopath. ...playing Catherine Tramell, a brilliant, bisexual, alleged serial killer, in Basic Instinct (1992) Several actresses at the time turned down the role, mostly because of the nudity required.

In the film's most notorious scene, Tramell is being questioned by the police, and she crosses and uncrosses her legs, exposing her genitalia, which are not covered by underwear.

"I knew that we were going to do this leg-crossing thing and I knew that we were going to allude to the concept that I was nude, but I did not think that you would see my vagina in the scene. Later, when I saw it in the screening I was shocked. I think seeing it in a room full of strangers was so disrespectful and so shocking, so I went into the booth and slapped him and left."

Basic Instinct


Cast: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Denis Arndt, Leilani Sarelle, Bruce A. Young, Chelcie Ross, Dorothy Malone, Wayne Knight

Basic Instinct is a 1992 thriller film, directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas. It features Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn and George Dzundza. The original draft titles included Ice Cold and Love Hurts. The film centers on detective Nick Curran (played by Douglas) investigating the extremely wealthy, manipulative novelist Catherine Tramell (played by Stone) on suspicion of murder after her boyfriend is brutally killed while having sex with a blonde wielding an icepick. A torrid affair ensues between Nick and Catherine.

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