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Showgirls

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Produced by Lynn Ehrensperger
Robert Evans
Mario Kassar
Alan Marshall
Written by Joe Eszterhas
Starring Elizabeth Berkley
Kyle MacLachlan
Gina Gershon
Gina Ravera
Alan Rachins
Music by Rena Riffel
David A. Stewart
Cinematography Jost Vacano
Editing by Mark Goldblatt
Mark Helfrich
Distributed by USA:
MGM Distribution Co.
United Artists
International:
Carolco Pictures
UK:
Guild Film Distribution
Release date(s) September 22, 1995 (USA)
Running time Theatrical cut:
131 min
R-rated version:
128 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $45,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $20,350,754

Showgirls is a 1995 film directed by Paul Verhoeven. It stars former teen actress Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan and Gina Gershon. The film centres on a drifter who ventures to Las Vegas and climbs the seedy hierarchy from stripper to showgirl.

Significant controversy and hype surrounding the film's gratuitous amounts of sex and nudity preceded its release. In the United States, the movie was rated NC-17 for "nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, some graphic language and sexual violence." Showgirls was the first and only NC-17 rated film to be given a wide release in mainstream theaters.[1] United Artists dispatched several hundred staffers to theatres across the United States playing Showgirls in order to assure that patrons would not be sneaking into the film from other films, or that anyone going to see it was under 17 years of age.

Though the movie did not do well in theaters, Showgirls enjoyed success on the home video market, generating more than $100 million from video rentals [2] and became one of MGM's top 20 all-time bestsellers.[3] For its video premiere, Verhoeven prepared an R-rated cut for rental outlets that would not carry NC-17 films. This edited version runs 128 minutes and deletes some of the more graphic footage, in particular the infamous lap dance sequence. Showgirls has since become regarded as a cult classic.[4]

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Plot

A young woman is hitchiking from what appears to be a truck stop; snow capped mountains are seen in the distance. A pickup truck pulls over for her, driven by a man who looks like a shady character. The young woman is unsure about whether she should accept the ride, but gets in cautiously when the man tells her he's going to Vegas. She tells him her name is Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) and that she's going to Vegas to dance. When the man tries to hit on her, Nomi pulls out a switchblade. After the man freaks and almost causes a collision with a tractor trailer, Nomi agrees to put the knife away. Once they get to Las Vegas, the man takes Nomi to a casino under the pretense of getting her a job; he convinces Nomi to leave her suitcase inside the truck. Inside the casino, he leaves her with ten dollars at a slot machine, then disappears; by the time Nomi realizes what has happened, she returns to the parking lot to find his truck gone, the man having abandoned her and stolen her suitcase. As Nomi is crying and banging her fists on the side of a nearby car, the car's owner, Molly (Gina Ravera), a seamstress, confronts her. The impulsive Nomi dashes out into traffic, but Molly pulls her back just in time. After talking and discovering Nomi does not have any family or place to go, Molly takes her in. Nomi gets a job as a stripper at the sleazy Cheetah's Topless Club; she considers herself a dancer, and the Cheetah is a place where she can do this and still make a living. While out dancing for fun at a nightclub called The Crave Club, Nomi meets a bouncer named James (Glenn Plummer). James admires her dancing and Nomi is flattered until he dares to criticize what she's doing. In retaliation, Nomi kicks him between the legs and he falls into another patron, sparking a brawl. Nomi delights in what she's done, smiling to herself as all the men begin to throw punches, until someone recognizes her as the instigator and she's taken to jail. James bails her out the next morning, but Nomi still will not forgive him for his comments.

One night Nomi accompanies Molly backstage at Goddess, the topless Vegas show at the Stardust where Molly works as the costume seamstress. Since it is Nomi's dream to be a showgirl, she is thrilled to watch the show and see the backstage area. Molly introduces her to Cristal Connors (Gina Gershon), the diva-like star of the show. Molly tells Cristal that Nomi is a dancer as well, but when Nomi tells her she dances at the Cheetah, Cristal derisively tells Nomi that what she does is akin to prostitution. Nomi becomes furious, and her reaction intrigues Cristal, who is bisexual and apparently attracted to Nomi.

The next evening, Cristal and her boyfriend Zach (Kyle MacLachlan), the entertainment director at the Stardust, visit the Cheetah and pay Nomi $500 for a lap dance. Nomi does not want to do the private dance, for fear it will prove her to be the prostitute Cristal made her out to be, but is forced to do so by her manager, much to her embarrassment. James, who lurks in the Cheetah and sees Nomi performing her private dance with Zack and Cristal, confronts Nomi at her home the next day. He feels that Nomi has too much talent to be performing as a stripper, not to mention that he, too, considers it to be something similar to prostitution. Nomi angrily rebuffs him once more.

Nomi later discovers Cristal has arranged for her to have an audition as an ensemble dancer in Goddess. At the audition, the callous director of Goddess, Tony Moss (Alan Rachins), refers to Nomi as "Pollyanna" because of her outfit. Nomi dashes backstage, removes her blouse and dances in her underwear, but she notices Cristal watching silently from the darkened theater. When Nomi is told to use ice to make her nipples hard for the second part of the audition, she gets upset and leaves. Cristal approaches her as she cries backstage, and Nomi tells Cristal that she hates her. Leaving the Stardust upset, Nomi finds James working as a bellhop and he takes her back to his apartment. They have an intimate moment as James demonstrates a dance number that he conceived in honor of Nomi and her career as a private dancer.

Despite the audition, Nomi gets the job and immediately quits the Cheetah. She excitedly rushes over to tell James about her new job, but she finds him having an intimate moment with another woman; ironically, one of her co-dancers at the Cheetah. Meeting with the producers of Goddess, Nomi wears a brand new dress she bought at Versace, mispronouncing it "Vur-SAYSS" in front of everyone. Nobody corrects her on it except Zach, who tells her she looks beautiful and has great taste.

Cristal calls a truce and takes Nomi out for lunch, and they discover they have similar backgrounds. Cristal, however, calls Nomi a whore again, which Nomi angrily denies. The way Cristal sees it, they are all whores because they exchange sexual titillation for cash. Cristal also acknowledges that she is attracted to Nomi, but Nomi does not consider herself bisexual. Nevertheless, she allows Cristal to engage her in an erotic dance when they are alone, allowing Cristal to pull down her top and caress her bare breasts. As she leans in for a kiss, Cristal sneers at her "See, darlin? You ARE a whore." Nomi storms out again in a fury.

From this point on, the two are rivals once more. Cristal repeatedly takes malicious swipes at Nomi in a never-ending attempt to portray Nomi as a cheap whore, including sending Nomi on a promotional appearance with Zach's assistant, Phil Newkirk (Greg Travis). Cristal knows from experience that Nomi will be approached to have sex for cash. Nomi furiously rejects Phil's proposition and she mistakenly thinks she has an ally in Zach, who pretends to bawl Phil out over the incident.

One night, Nomi agrees to a car ride from Zach, and they end up at his large estate. Nomi seduces Zach, and they have sex in his swimming pool. As Nomi leaves the next morning, Zack mentions that there is an audition for Cristal's understudy--a rivalry between two other showgirls has led to an onstage sabotage incident, where one of the rivals breaks her knee. Zach tells Nomi she should try out for the position. At the audition, Cristal senses a shift in the tide; Zach suggests Nomi as Cristal's understudy, and the choreographer agrees that Nomi has what it takes. Tony Moss disagress but makes a remark about Cristal's age. Cristal also finds out that Zach slept with Nomi, and Zach gloats over it. When Nomi gets the position, Cristal is furious, and Nomi feels she finally has the upper hand. As a result, Cristal threatens to leave the show, and the producers reverse their decision. Nomi is, of course, furious; her clumsy grab for power has alienated most of the other dancers, and now Cristal seems to be in control.

Nomi goes to see James perform his number at the Crave Club, where he and his co-dancers are booed off the stage. James takes it fairly well, telling Nomi that he is giving up dancing to work in a grocery store now that his girlfriend is pregnant. Nomi bids him farewell.

During the performance of Goddess that night, Cristal taunts Nomi about her disappointment. As the dancers leave the stage, Nomi impulsively pushes Cristal down a flight of stairs, injuring her badly and sending her to the hospital. Molly knows Nomi pushed Cristal, but another dancer backs up Nomi's story and pretends that she saw the whole thing. With Cristal unable to perform, Nomi ends up getting Cristal's lead in the show, where she makes a dazzling debut and is suddenly the talk of the town.

Things seem to be going well for Nomi; she has finally secured the fame and fortune she initially sought. However, at the opening night party, Molly is brutally raped and beaten by famous musician Andrew Carver (William Shockley) and his two security guards. Molly is taken to the hospital to treat her injuries, and Zach tells Nomi that they will give Molly some money to keep quiet; their primary interest is in protecting their high-profile celebrity client, not in seeking justice for Molly. Zach then confronts Nomi with the truth he has just discovered: Nomi is actually a runaway and former prostitute named Polly Ann Costello; her father murdered her mother and then killed himself, and she has been arrested several times for drug possession, prostitution, and assault with a deadly weapon. Finally confronted with her seedy past, and frightened at who she has become and what lies ahead, Nomi decides to flee Las Vegas, but not before she pays a visit to Andrew Carver. Because Carver has made propositions to her from the moment he met her, Nomi has no problem inviting herself up to his hotel room. Once they are alone, she strips for him, but then pulls out a switchblade and swears that she will kill him if he makes a sound. She then proceeds to kick him repeatedly with her boots until he is bloodied and unconscious.

Later, Nomi bids goodbye to a semi-conscious Molly, informing her that she obtained some kind of vengeance for her. Nomi also visits the hospital room of Cristal, who doesn't seem particularly bitter about Nomi's stunt that she pulled. Cristal tells Nomi that she, too, got ahead by similar means. "There's always someone younger and hungrier than you coming down the stairs behind you," Cristal says. Nomi says goodbye, but grants Cristal a passionate kiss before she leaves.

The movie comes full circle when Nomi coincidentally hitches a ride to Los Angeles with the very same guy who robbed her in the beginning, and attacks him for what he did to her, and both drive in the direction of LA.

Reception

Showgirls' subject matter was relatively controversial: rape, lesbianism, and interracial relationships were just some of the topics explored. The film's gratuitous nudity, simulated sex, and $2 million screenplay[5] (written by Joe Eszterhas, who had worked with director Paul Verhoeven before) did not lend itself to what might have been a provocative film. The 1998 film Burn Hollywood Burn, also written by Eszterhas, contains a reference to Showgirls as a "terrible" film.

Showgirls received a 14% positive on the film-critics Aggregate Site Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert wrote that Showgirls received "some bad reviews, but it wasn't completely terrible".[6] Despite Ebert's views, the movie was heralded as one of cinema's worst, winning seven 1995 Golden Raspberry Awards or "Razzies" (from a record 13 nominations). Verhoeven gamely appeared in person at the Razzies ceremony to accept his award for Worst Director; Showgirls would later win a record-setting eighth Razzie Award for Worst Picture of the Last Decade in 2000.

Due to Showgirls' poor reception, Striptease, a 1996 film about nude dancers starring Demi Moore, had to be distanced from Showgirls in advertisements;[7] Striptease nonetheless won the next year's Razzie Award for Worst Picture. Rena Riffel, who played Penny/Hope in Showgirls, also was cast in Striptease, as Tiffany Glass.

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".[8][9][10]

To date Showgirls holds the honor of being the highest-grossing NC-17 production earning $20,350,754 at the North American Box Office.[11]

Cult status

Since its release, the movie has achieved cult status. 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".[12]

Showgirls is shown at midnight movies alongside such films as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It is heralded as one of the best "bad movies", a camp classic in the vein of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Although the film was not successful when first released theatrically, it generated more than $100 million from video rentals [2] and became one of MGM's top 20 all-time bestsellers[13].

The rights to show the movie on TV were eventually purchased by the VH1 network. However, because of the film's rampant, gratuitous nudity, a peculiar moment in cinema history occurred: a censored version was created with black bras and panties digitally rendered to hide all exposed breasts and genitals. Also, several scenes were removed entirely. Berkley refused to redub her lines,[citation needed] so a noticeably different actress' voice can be heard on the soundtrack.

As revealed on the DVD release, a sign showing the distance to Los Angeles in the last shot of the film hinted at a sequel in which Nomi takes on Hollywood. Any such plans were scrapped upon the film's massive critical fiasco.

The film was also ranked #36 on Entertainment Weekly magazine's "The Top 50 Cult Movies list.[14]

Recent years have seen a reevaluation of the movie's merits. Critics such as Jonathan Rosenbaum and Charles Taylor, as well as filmmaker Jacques Rivette, have gone on the record defending Showgirls as a serious satire. Actor Patrick Bristow, who plays choreographer Marty, defended the movie as "not that bad" except "that horrible rape scene."[citation needed] Quentin Tarantino has stated that he enjoyed Showgirls, referring to it as the "only [...] other time in the last twenty years [that] a major studio made a full-on, gigantic, big-budget exploitation movie", comparing it to Mandingo.[15]

Showgirls has been compared to the 1950 film All About Eve as a remake, update, or ripoff of that film.[1]

Awards

The film earned a record thirteen Razzie nominations in 1996, and would take home a whopping seven awards—a record later tied by Battlefield Earth in 2001. Showgirls would later win an eighth Razzie in 2000; Battlefield Earth would again tie this number in 2005. (The single-year record of seven Razzies was broken when the film I Know Who Killed Me won eight awards in 2008.) Director Paul Verhoeven sportingly accepted his Worst Director award in person.

  • Worst Picture (Won)
  • Worst Director (Paul Verhoeven, Won)
  • Worst Actor (Kyle MacLachlan)
  • Worst Actress (Elizabeth Berkley, Won)
  • Worst Supporting Actor (Robert Davi)
  • Worst Supporting Actor (Alan Rachins)
  • Worst Supporting Actress (Gina Gershon)
  • Worst Supporting Actress (Lin Tucci)
  • Worst Screenplay (Joe Eszterhas, Won)
  • Worst New Star (Elizabeth Berkley, Won)
  • Worst Remake or Sequel (remake of both All About Eve & The Lonely Lady)
  • Worst Screen Couple ("Any combination of two people, or two body parts", Won)
  • Worst Original Song ("Walk Into the Wind", Won)
  • Worst Movie of the Decade (awarded in 2000)

DVD releases

In 2004, MGM released "The V.I.P. Edition" of Showgirls 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 lapdance hosted by real strippers, and a special "trivia track" feature that can be turned on or off. When left 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. It also includes "The Greatest Movie Ever Made: a commentary by David Schmader."

In 2007, MGM re-released the V.I.P. edition DVD without the physical extras.

Cast

References

  1. ^ "First Major Film With an NC-17 Rating Is Embraced by the Studio - New York Times". http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE7DB1E31F932A15754C0A963958260. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  2. ^ a b Wiser, Paige. "The beauty of 'Showgirls'", Chicago Sun-Times, July 27, 2004
  3. ^ - MGM's official page for Showgirls DVD-->
  4. ^ "Step by Step, the Showgirl Must Go On". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/25/arts/dance/25roch.html. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  5. ^ Maureen Dowd, "Bucks and Blondes: Joe Eszterhas Lives The Big Dream", New York Times, May 30, 1993.
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger. "An Alan Smithee Film Burn Hollywood Burn", Chicago Sun-Times, February 27, 1998.
  7. ^ Nashawaty, Chris. "Demi Goes Undercover: Moore's 'Striptease' Bumps into Trouble", Entertainment Weekly 04/26/96. Retrieved 16 August 2006
  8. ^ Anonymous review of Catwoman, PorkTartare.com
  9. ^ Anonymous review of Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows by Exclaim.ca
  10. ^ Sternbergh, Adam. "Springtime for the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!" New York Magazine March 26, 2006
  11. ^ "Domestic Grosses by MPAA Rating - NC-17". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/domestic/mpaa.htm?page=NC-17&p=.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  12. ^ Klein, Naomi, No Logo, Vintage Canada Edition, 2000, p. 79.
  13. ^ - MGM's official page for Showgirls DVD-->
  14. ^ "The Cult 25: The Essential Left-Field Movie Hits Since '83". Entertainment Weekly. September 3, 2008. http://www.filmsite.org/cultfilmsew2.html. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  15. ^ Udovitch, Mim (1998). "Mim Udovitch/1996". in Peary, Gerald. Quentin Tarantino: Interviews. Univ. Press of Mississippi. pp. 172–173. ISBN 1578060516. 

Further reading

  • Parish, James Robert (2006). Fiasco - A History of Hollywood’s Iconic Flops. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. pp. 359 pages.. ISBN-13 978-0-471-69159-4. 

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Showgirls is a 1995 film written by Joe Eszterhas, directed by Paul Verhoeven, and released by United Artists.

Leave your inhibitions at the door. The show is about to begin. Taglines

Contents

Dialogue

[first lines]
Jeff: Hop on in, pard!
Nomi Malone: Where you going?
Jeff: Vegas! Come on! This is your lucky day!

Jeff: You got a name?
Nomi Malone: Nomi.
Jeff: Nomi?
Nomi Malone: My mom was Italian.

Jeff: What are you going to Vegas for? You gonna win?
Nomi Malone: I'm gonna dance!
Jeff: Like one of those private escort dancers?

Jeff: You gamble?
Nomi Malone: No.
Jeff: Well you gotta gamble if you're gonna win.
Nomi Malone: I'm gonna win.

Annie: They're going to see a smiling snatch if you don't fix this g-string!

[repeated line]
Nomi Malone: It doesn't suck.

Henrietta "Mama" Bazoom: Honey, you could never handle me with all these wrinkles of fat. Why, you'd never find the thing... I'd have to piss on you to give you a clue!

Henrietta "Mama" Bazoom: [singing] The Farmer in the Dell / The Farmer in the Dell / I had a cherry, once / And now it's gone to hell!

Henrietta "Mama" Bazoom: Do you know what they call that useless piece of skin around a twat?
Crowd: What?!?
Henrietta "Mama" Bazoom: A WOMAN!

Al Torres: Ladies and Gentlemen... The girl to tickle your pickle... HEATHER!

Phil Newkirk: He says that in America, everyone's a gynecologist.

Cristal Connors: You like her?
Zack Carey: I like you.
Cristal Connors: I'll buy her for you!

Nomi Malone: You can't touch me, but I can touch you. I'd really love to touch you.

James Smith: You fuck 'em without fucking them! That's what you do! Well, it ain't right! You've got too much talent for it to be right!

James Smith: I mean everyone got AIDS and shit!

Molly Abrams: I haven't gotten laid in six months. My right hand's so tired I can barely thread a needle!
Nomi Malone: Then use the left one.
Molly Abrams: For threading a needle?

Tony Moss: I'm Tony Moss. I produce this show. Some of you have probably heard that I'm a prick. I am a prick. I got one interest here, and that's the show. I don't care whether you live or die. I want to see you dance and I want to see you smile. I can't use you if you can't smile, I can't use you if you can't show, I can't use you if you can't sell.

Tony Moss: Can you spell MGM backwards? I bet you can't.
Audition Dancer: M-G-M.
Tony: I'm impressed!

Henrietta "Mama" Bazoom: [singing] She's the yellow rose of Texas / She charges fifty bucks / She's the richest girl in Texas / And all she does is fuck!

Al Torres: You're a fucking stripper, don't you get it?
Nomi Malone: I'm a dancer!
Al: If you're a dancer, than Henry here is the fuckin' Virgin Mary!
Henrietta "Mama" Bazoom: I got bigger tits than the fuckin' Virgin Mary and I got a bigger mouth too!

Tony Moss: One day she looks like Pollyanna, the next day she looks like... I don't know... Lolita, maybe.

[Nomi giggles]

Tony Moss: Nice dress.
Nomi Malone: Thanks. I bought it at "Ver-sayce".

[silence]

Nomi Malone: In the Forum?
Tony Moss: Oh, yeah, Ver-sayce. I love Ver-sayce.
Nomi Malone: Me, too!

Marty Jacobsen: She's no butterfly, Tony. She's all pelvic thrust. I mean, she prowls... She's got it!

James Smith: I have a problem with pussy. I always have, and I'm always gonna.

Cristal Connors: We got off on the wrong foot, you wanna star dancin' all over again?

Cristal Connors: I've had dog food.
Nomi Malone: You have?
Cristal Connors: Mmm-hmmm. Long time ago. Doggy Chow... I used to love Doggy Chow.
Nomi Malone: I used to love Doggy Chow, too!

Cristal Connors: You are a whore, darlin'!

Cristal Connors: We take the cash, we cash the check, we show them what they want to see!

Cristal Connors: You know the best advice I ever got? You're up there on stage, hopin' on a spot. If someone gets in your way, step on 'em. If you're the only one left standing there, they hire you. That's about it. Thank you and good night, ladies and gentlemen. Elvis has left the building.

Henrietta "Mama" Bazoom: She looks better than a ten-inch dick and you know it!

Al Torres: It must be weird, not having anybody cum on you.

Cristal Connors: No one's gonna take my lead anyway, darlin', I haven't missed a show in eight years.
Tony Moss: But you're not getting any younger, "darling".
Cristal Connors: Eat me.

Nomi Malone: Hi, my name is Heather.
Cristal Connors: Hey Nomi. I love your nails. We'd like you to have a private dance with both of us.
Nomi Malone: We don't do that. One at a time. No women.
Cristal Connors: A hundred dollars.
Nomi Malone: Sorry. That's the rules.
Cristal Connors: Two hundred. You just do Zack and I'll watch.

[Nomi shakes her head no]

Cristal Connors: Five hundred.

[after Zack's lap dance, to Zack]

Cristal Connors: Can you walk?

Zack Carey: Are you afraid? Don't be.
Nomi Malone: I'm not. I liked it when you came. I liked you eyes.

Cristal Connors: You fucked her, didn't you?
Zack Carey: Does that piss you off because you're jealous, Cris? Or because I beat you to the punch?

Cristal Connors: You don't want to piss me off darlin' now that were friends.
Nomi Malone: Oh, no... You shouldn't get pissed off. Makes you look older.

Cristal Connors: You like my nails? Not as nice as yours.
Nomi Malone: Maybe I could help you with yours... If you like.
Cristal Connors: Why you'd do that for me?
Nomi Malone: What are friends for?
Cristal Connors: On second thought... I'm not so sure I want you to be doin' mine. I'm getting a little too old for that 'whorey' look.

Tony Moss: Cristal Connors is a star, Sam. You can't just replace her.
Phil Kewkirk: What if we could just bring somebody in while she's recuperating?
Tony Moss: She could be out for a year, Phil.
Zack Carey: Like who?
Phil Newkirk: Janet Jackson? Paula Abdul?
Zack Carey: Paula Abdul? In my show?
Mr. Karlman: I'm not going to pay those kind of salaries!
Zack Carey: Well, in that case, Mr. Karlman, we do what we do in Vegas.
Mr. Karlman: What?
Zack Carey: We gamble.

Nomi Malone: Where are the police?
Zack Carey: They're not here.
Nomi Malone: Why the fuck aren't they here?
Zack Carey: Because they're not coming!

[Nomi goes to a pay-phone]

Zack Carey: Don't do it... Polly.

[Nomi puts down the receiver]

Nomi Malone: How did you find out?
Zack Carey: You were busted for disturbing the peace at the Crave Club. The police took your fingerprints.
Nomi Malone: I don't have to listen to this.
Zack Carey: Yes you do! Polly-Ann Costello. Your father killed your mother and then killed himself.

Nomi Malone: Showtime.

Cristal Connors: Thank you and good night, ladies and gentlemen. Cristal has left the building.

Nomi Malone: I got my period.
James Smith: Yeah right.
Nomi Malone: Check.

[James puts his hand down Nomi's pants]


Mr. Karlman: We could have brought anyone into this show: Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul. Nomi Malone is what Las Vegas is all about! She's dazzling, she's exciting, and very, very sexy!

Cristal Connors: There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.

[last lines]
Jeff: So did you gamble?
[Nomi nods.]
Jeff: Did you win?
[Nomi nods again.]
Jeff: What'd you win?
Nomi Malone: Me.
Jeff: Oh, fuck! It's you!
Nomi Malone: I want my fucking suitcase... ASSHOLE!

Taglines

  • Leave your inhibitions at the door. The show is about to begin.
  • Beyond your wildest dreams. Beyond your wildest fantasies.
  • The most controversial movie of the year is here.
  • The side of Vegas you were never meant to see.

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