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Basic Instinct 1992 No one younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema.

Adults should be free to choose their own entertainment. Exceptions are most likely in the following areas:

  • where the material is in breach of the criminal law, or has been created through the commission of a criminal offence
  • where material or treatment appears to us to risk harm to individuals or, through their behaviour, to society. For example, the detailed portrayal of violent or dangerous acts, or of illegal drug use, which may cause harm to public health or morals. This may include portrayals of sadistic violence, rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour
  • which make this violence look appealing; reinforce the suggestion that victims enjoy rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour; or which invite viewer complicity in rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or other harmful violent activities
  • where there are more explicit images of sexual activity in the context of a sex work (see right) In the case of video works, which may be more accessible to younger viewers, intervention may be more frequent than for cinema films.


Basic Instinct
UK release date UK release: 8th May 1992
 BBFC Age Rating:  18 age rating
US total gross
  $117.7 Million
Global total gross
  $352.9 Million
Paul Verhoeven
Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
Sharon Stone
George Dzundza
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Denis Arndt
Leilani Sarelle
Bruce A. Young
Chelcie Ross
Dorothy Malone
Wayne Knight
Daniel von Bargen
Stephen Tobolowsky
Benjamin Mouton
Jack McGee
Bill Cable
Stephen Rowe
Mitch Pileggi
Mary Pat Gleason
Freda Foh Shen
William Duff-Griffin
James Rebhorn
David Wells
Bradford English
Mary Ann Rodgers
Adilah Barnes
Irene Olga Lopez
Juanita Jennings
Craig C. Lewis
Michael David Lally
Peter Appel
Michael Halton
Keith McDaniel
Eric Poppick
Ron Cacas
Kayla Blake
Ken Liebenson
Lindy Rasmusson
Byron Berline
Eddie Dunbar
Tod McKibbin
Julie Bond
Jeanne Basone
Doreen Foo Croft
Christa Connor
Patricia Anne Isgate-Hayward
Dave LaBrucherie
Anne Lockhart
Andy Rolfes
Bob Sallese
Theodore Carl Soderberg
Damon Stout