1995 NC-17 2h 11m Blu-ray / DVD


1995 NC-17 2h 11m Blu-ray / DVD
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Where Nomi's dreams and desires to make it big are as sharp as a stiletto heel. When she catches the eye of Cristal, the Stardust's sexy headliner, Nomi is on the brink of realizing her dreams. But she soon realizes that there is room for only one starlet on the marquee…and that either she or Cristal will have to take a fall.
Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer, Robert Davi, Alan Rachins, Gina Ravera, Lin Tucci, Greg Travis, Al Ruscio, Patrick Bristow, William Shockley, Michelle Johnston, Dewey Weber, Rena Riffel, Carrie Ann Inaba
Paul Verhoeven
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2.35:1
French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen 2.35:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
NC-17 - No One 17 and Under Admitted. Clearly adult. Children are not admitted. NC-17 - No One 17 and Under Admitted. Clearly adult. Children are not admitted.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film was adults-only for a reason. As Showgirls gradually enters into the nudie-show environment, topless dancing and sex (often in combo, a la prostitution) become frequent and stop just short of hardcore pornography. Violence includes a brutal gang rape of a sympathetic female character and a man is also beaten viciously. Practically every nasty word there is comes out at one point or another. Characters are stereotyped. A "milder" R-rated cut is available, but this is a review of the more widely available NC-17 movie.

Sexual Content

Extensive female nakedness -- full-frontal and back-end -- or barely-there attire. Some rear-end nudity of the male lead. Sex, graphic pole dancing, lapdancing, and topless Vegas production numbers that are unsubtle mimicry of oral sex, even rape. Prostitution.


A (topless) kickboxing attack. A young woman is beaten and gang-raped. Backstage catfighting, reckless driving, bad falls on the dance floor and backstage (some caused deliberately).


Comprehensive, with versions of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "p---y," "t--s." Two small children of a showgirl hear the f-word backstage and cry.

Social Behavior

Theme about a strong woman holding on to her integrity and not lowering herself to become a "whore" even though mired in the sex-show trade. But the whole movie is so sleazy it strongly gives the opposite message. Nomi's moral victory: abandoning her topless career to avenge (toplessly) her one true friend.


Numerous Las Vegas real-life casinos, restaurants, and attractions in the backdrop. A strong materialist vibe puts emblems of hot cars, boats, and fashion in your face. The clothing label Versace is a running detail. Mention of Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul and the Alvin Ailey dance company.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Plenty of cocaine-snorting (though heroine Nomi abstains, she turns out to be a past crack user), talk of marijuana. Social and recreational drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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