Showgirls is a 1995 erotic drama film written by Joe Eszterhas and directed by Paul Verhoeven. It stars former teen actress Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, and Gina Gershon. The film centers on a "street-smart" drifter who ventures to Las Vegas and climbs the seedy hierarchy from stripper to showgirl.
Nomi Malone is a young drifter who hitchhikes to Las Vegas hoping to make it as a showgirl. After being robbed by her driver, Nomi meets Molly Abrams, a costume designer who becomes her roommate. Molly invites Nomi backstage at Goddess, the Stardust Casino show where she works, to meet Cristal Connors, the diva star of the casino's topless dance revue. When Nomi tells Cristal she dances at Cheetah's Topless Club, Cristal derisively tells her that what she does is akin to prostitution. When Nomi is too upset to go to work that night, Molly takes her dancing at the Crave Club. Nomi is arrested after causing a fight involving James, a bouncer at the club. James bails Nomi out of jail, but she pays him little notice.
|contentLocation||Las Vegas Valley|
|editor||Mark Goldblatt Mark Helfrich|
|keywords||arrest bisexual break cheetah\'s topless club chorus line costume designer gang-rape hospital visit hotel room hush money lap dance las vegas morning murder-suicide nomi malone open sex work stardust casino stardust resort & casino strip club|
|musicBy||David A. Stewart Rena Riffel|
|producer||Alan Marshall Charles Evans|
|productionCompany||Carolco Pictures Chargeurs|
|publisher||MGM/UA Distribution Co.|
|recordedAt||Las Vegas Valley Los Angeles Riviera Hotel and Casino|
|theme||dance exploitation lgbt-related rape sexploitation|