San Francisco detective Nick Curran is investigating the murder of a once-celebrated rock star and he's made a few unsettling discoveries: a bloody ice pick, a white silk scarf tied to a bedpost and evidence of an otherwise romantic evening. As Nick digs into the case, he becomes entangled in a deadly affair involving three intriguing women, each with an unexpected motive for crime. Catherine Tramell is a fast-living novelist who's fictional murders have a strange way of coming true. Roxy is Catherine's street-wise provocative girlfriend. Dr Beth Garner is a police psychologist counselling Nick...

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3.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings


Critics Consensus: Unevenly echoing the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Basic Instinct contains a star-making performance from Sharon Stone but is ultimately undone by its problematic, overly lurid plot.


Excessive whodunit is definitely not for kids.

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