'Basic Instinct' (1992)

Just about everyone knows about "the scene" with Sharon Stone in "Basic Instinct," a thriller about a bisexual woman who becomes a serial murder suspect. But when the MPAA initially gave it an NC-17 -- after much soul-searching and viewing the film, or portions of it, seven times -- it was over scenes depicting an ice pick attack and lengthy lovemaking between stars <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001449" title="Michael Douglas" href="/topic/entertainment/michael-douglas-PECLB001449.topic">Michael Douglas</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003786" title="Sharon Stone" href="/topic/entertainment/sharon-stone-PECLB003786.topic">Stone</a>. The film got an R rating after director <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003902" title="Paul Verhoeven" href="/topic/entertainment/paul-verhoeven-PECLB003902.topic">Paul Verhoeven</a> made minor trims of about half a minute.<br>
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( Ralph Nelson )

Just about everyone knows about "the scene" with Sharon Stone in "Basic Instinct," a thriller about a bisexual woman who becomes a serial murder suspect. But when the MPAA initially gave it an NC-17 -- after much soul-searching and viewing the film, or portions of it, seven times -- it was over scenes depicting an ice pick attack and lengthy lovemaking between stars Michael Douglas and Stone. The film got an R rating after director Paul Verhoeven made minor trims of about half a minute.


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