Coming up on Saturday at the Described Movies: Basic Instinct and Play Misty for Me.

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From this Saturday at 12am Eastern, that’s 6pm Saturday in NZ, 4pm in Sydney and 5am in the UK, and repeated every four hours throughout the day, it’s the described movies Basic Instinct from 1992 and Play Misty for Me from 1971.
Basic Instinct is a 1992 neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas.
The film follows San Francisco police detective Nick Curran ( Michael Douglas) as he investigates the brutal murder of a wealthy rock star.
During the investigation, Curran becomes entangled in a passionate and intense relationship with Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone), the prime suspect and an enigmatic writer.
The script for Basic Instinct was developed by Eszterhas in the 1980s, and it became the subject of a bidding war until Carolco Pictures secured the rights to the film.
Verhoeven was then brought on to direct, and after considering several actresses for the role of Tramell, Douglas and Stone joined the project.
Prior to its release, Basic Instinct generated controversy due to its explicit sexual content and violence, including a rape scene.
Gay rights activists criticized the film for its depiction of homosexual relationships and its portrayal of a bisexual woman as a murderous psychopath.
Basic Instinct premiered in Los Angeles on 18 March 1992, and was released in the United States by TriStar Pictures on 20 March 1992.
Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performances of the cast, original score, and editing, but criticized its writing and character development, and despite public protest, Basic Instinct was a commercial success, grossing $352 million worldwide.
It was the fourth highest-grossing film of 1992, behind Disney's Aladdin, The Bodyguard, and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
Numerous versions of the film have been released on videocassette, DVD, and Blu-ray, including a director's cut with extended footage previously unseen in North American cinemas.
The film was later recognized for its ground-breaking depictions of sexuality in mainstream Hollywood cinema and was described by one scholar as "a neo- film noir masterpiece that plays with, and transgresses, the narrative rules of film noir."
A sequel, Basic Instinct 2, was released 14 years later, starring Stone but made without Verhoeven's involvement.
It received negative reviews and was relatively unsuccessful.
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven.
Written by: Joe Eszterhas.
Produced by: Alan Marshall, and Mario Kassar.
Starring: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Wayne Knight.
Cinematography: Jan de Bont.
Edited by: Frank J. Urioste.
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith.
Production Companies: Carolco Pictures, and Le Studio Canal+.
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures (United States), Guild Film Distribution (United Kingdom), and UGC Distribution (France).
Release dates: 18 March 1992 (Los Angeles), 20 March 1992 (United States) , and 8 May 1992 (France, United Kingdom).
File Length: 138 minutes.
Countries: United States , United Kingdom , and France.
Language: English.
Budget: $49 million.
Box office: $352.9 million.
Play Misty for Me is a 1971 American psychological thriller film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, his directorial debut.
Jessica Walter and Donna Mills co-star.
The screenplay, written by regular Eastwood collaborators Jo Heims and Dean Riesner, follows a radio disc jockey (Eastwood) being stalked by an obsessed female fan (Walter).
The film was a critical and mild financial success, with Walter earning praise for her first major film role, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.
Directed by: Clint Eastwood.
Screenplay by: Jo Heims, and Dean Riesner.
Story by: Jo Heims.
Produced by: Robert Daley.
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, and John Larch.
Cinematography: Bruce Surtees.
Edited by: Carl Pingitore.
Music by: Dee Barton.
Production company: The Malpaso Company.
Distributed by: Universal Pictures.
Release date: 20 October 1971.
File Length: 98 minutes.
Country: United States.
Language: English.
Budget: $950,000.
Box office: $10.6 million.
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