Happy 61st birthday, Sharon Stone!
“Outside of that whole ear debacle in RESERVOIR DOGS, is there any more famous a scene in cinema of 1992 than that scene in BASIC INSTINCT? We think not. Paul Verhoeven’s provocative thriller took everyone out of their comfort zones for 127 minutes and shook up a country, resulting in protests, harsh reviews and a newfound fear of ice picks. But it turned into a huge box office success, grossing over $100 million domestically and placing it into the top 10 earners of ’92 alongside ALADDIN and BATMAN RETURNS. For all of its upset – and inspiration for parody – it changed the landscape of the erotic thriller forever – spearheading a resurgence in the genre (and giving sleaze screenwriter Joe Eszterhas plenty of work in the process) which can be felt all the way up to the fervour over FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.” (Alamo Drafthouse)
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