Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven (born July 18, 1938) is a Dutch film director, screenwriter, and producer who has made movies in both the Netherlands and the United States. Explicitly violent and/or sexual content and social satire are trademarks of both his drama and science fiction films. He is best known for directing the American feature films RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Basic Instinct (1992), Starship Troopers (1997), and Hollow Man (2000). Turkish Delight (1973) received the award for Best Dutch Film of the Century at the Netherlands Film Festival. His films altogether received a total of nine Academy Award nominations, mainly for editing and effects. Both RoboCop and Total Recall won an Academy Special Achievement Award. In contrast, his film Showgirls (1995) was poorly received and won seven Golden Raspberry Awards, but has become a cult film over time. Description above from the Wikipedia article Paul Verhoeven, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

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Total Recall (1990)

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Construction worker Douglas Quaid discovers a memory chip in his brain during a virtual-reality trip. He also finds that his past has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Soon, he's off to Mars to find out who he is and who planted the chip.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Sharon Stone  •  Rachel Ticotin  •  Ronny Cox

Construction worker Douglas Quaid discovers a memory chip in his brain during a virtual-reality trip. He also finds that his past has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Soon, he's off to Mars to find out who he is and who planted the chip.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Sharon Stone  •  Rachel Ticotin  •  Ronny Cox

Basic Instinct (1992)

ThrillingFast pacedSuspensefulRomantic

A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Sharon Stone  •  George Dzundza  •  Jeanne Tripplehorn

A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Sharon Stone  •  George Dzundza  •  Jeanne Tripplehorn

Black Book (2006)

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In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Carice van Houten  •  Sebastian Koch  •  Thom Hoffman  •  Halina Reijn

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Carice van Houten  •  Sebastian Koch  •  Thom Hoffman  •  Halina Reijn

Business is Business (1971)

Controversial director Paul Verhoeven made his feature-film debut with this Dutch comedy-drama about two prostitutes working in the Amsterdam Red Light district, and the many strange and unusual men they meet through their work. Also known as Diary Of A Hooker, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Ronnie Bierman  •  Sylvia de Leur  •  Jules Hamel  •  Piet Römer

Controversial director Paul Verhoeven made his feature-film debut with this Dutch comedy-drama about two prostitutes working in the Amsterdam Red Light district, and the many strange and unusual men they meet through their work. Also known as Diary Of A Hooker, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Ronnie Bierman  •  Sylvia de Leur  •  Jules Hamel  •  Piet Römer

Flesh + Blood (1985)

A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Tom Burlinson  •  Jack Thompson

A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh  •  Tom Burlinson  •  Jack Thompson

Hollow Man (2000)

Cocky researcher, Sebastian Caine is working on a project to make living creatures invisible and he's so confident he's found the right formula that he tests it on himself and soon begins to vanish. The only problem is – no-one can determine how to make him visible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Elisabeth Shue  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Josh Brolin  •  Kim Dickens

Cocky researcher, Sebastian Caine is working on a project to make living creatures invisible and he's so confident he's found the right formula that he tests it on himself and soon begins to vanish. The only problem is – no-one can determine how to make him visible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Elisabeth Shue  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Josh Brolin  •  Kim Dickens

Katie Tippel (1975)

In the late 19th century, a young woman moves to Amsterdam with her family and tries to make a living. Preyed upon by various men, she nonetheless rises in society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Monique van de Ven  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Andrea Domburg  •  Hannah de Leeuwe

In the late 19th century, a young woman moves to Amsterdam with her family and tries to make a living. Preyed upon by various men, she nonetheless rises in society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Monique van de Ven  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Andrea Domburg  •  Hannah de Leeuwe

RoboCop (1987)

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In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy into an armed confrontation ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Peter Weller  •  Nancy Allen  •  Ronny Cox  •  Kurtwood Smith

In a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from the city government to privatize the police force. To test their crime-eradicating cyborgs, the company leads street cop Alex Murphy into an armed confrontation ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Peter Weller  •  Nancy Allen  •  Ronny Cox  •  Kurtwood Smith

Showgirls (1995)

A young drifter named Nomi arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become a top showgirl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Elizabeth Berkley  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Gina Gershon  •  Glenn Plummer

A young drifter named Nomi arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become a top showgirl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Elizabeth Berkley  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Gina Gershon  •  Glenn Plummer

Soldier of Orange (1977)

The lives of Erik Lanshof and five of his closest friends take different paths when the German army invades the Netherlands in 1940: fight and resistance, fear and resignation, collaboration and high treason.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jeroen Krabbé  •  Susan Penhaligon  •  Edward Fox

The lives of Erik Lanshof and five of his closest friends take different paths when the German army invades the Netherlands in 1940: fight and resistance, fear and resignation, collaboration and high treason.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Rutger Hauer  •  Jeroen Krabbé  •  Susan Penhaligon  •  Edward Fox

Spetters (1980)

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A Dutch film, post-Saturday Night Fever, which follows the lives of three young men who are amateur dirt-bike motorcycle racers. They each fall in love with a young woman who, with her brother, sells French fries and hot dogs at the races. Everyone is looking for a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Hans van Tongeren  •  Renée Soutendijk  •  Toon Agterberg  •  Maarten Spanjer

A Dutch film, post-Saturday Night Fever, which follows the lives of three young men who are amateur dirt-bike motorcycle racers. They each fall in love with a young woman who, with her brother, sells French fries and hot dogs at the races. Everyone is looking for a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Hans van Tongeren  •  Renée Soutendijk  •  Toon Agterberg  •  Maarten Spanjer

Starship Troopers (1997)

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Set in the future, the story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry. Rico's military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Casper Van Dien  •  Dina Meyer  •  Denise Richards  •  Jake Busey

Set in the future, the story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his exploits in the Mobile Infantry. Rico's military career progresses from recruit to non-commissioned officer and finally to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Casper Van Dien  •  Dina Meyer  •  Denise Richards  •  Jake Busey

The 4th Man (1983)

An alcoholic writer begins having visions apparently warning him of impending danger. After he delivers a lecture, he begins an affair with a woman from the audience. The visions intensify, however, and begin to threaten his relationship with the woman, since it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Jeroen Krabbé  •  Renée Soutendijk  •  Thom Hoffman  •  Dolf de Vries

An alcoholic writer begins having visions apparently warning him of impending danger. After he delivers a lecture, he begins an affair with a woman from the audience. The visions intensify, however, and begin to threaten his relationship with the woman, since it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Jeroen Krabbé  •  Renée Soutendijk  •  Thom Hoffman  •  Dolf de Vries

Turkish Delight (1973)

Eric, a gifted sculptor has a stormy, erotic, and star-crossed romance with a beautiful young girl, Olga. The story follows the arc of their relationship and his interaction with her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Monique van de Ven  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Tonny Huurdeman  •  Wim van den Brink

Eric, a gifted sculptor has a stormy, erotic, and star-crossed romance with a beautiful young girl, Olga. The story follows the arc of their relationship and his interaction with her family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Monique van de Ven  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Tonny Huurdeman  •  Wim van den Brink

Tricked (2012)

During his 50th birthday party thrown by his wife, Remco's life takes a turn for the worse. His business partners are scheming behind his back to sell him and his former mistress shows up pregnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Peter Blok  •  Gaite Jansen  •  Robert de Hoog  •  Sallie Harmsen

During his 50th birthday party thrown by his wife, Remco's life takes a turn for the worse. His business partners are scheming behind his back to sell him and his former mistress shows up pregnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Peter Blok  •  Gaite Jansen  •  Robert de Hoog  •  Sallie Harmsen

Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999)

A profile and history of film director Akira Kurosawa.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Cox
CAST:  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Mike Hodges  •  Andrei Konchalovsky

A profile and history of film director Akira Kurosawa.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Cox
CAST:  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Mike Hodges  •  Andrei Konchalovsky

Parradox (2010)

"Pim is more consummate," actress Willeke van Ammelrooy concluded upon seeing Pim de la Parra again in Suriname, at the presentation of the restored version of his film Wan Pipel. This marked the end of her disagreement with the director, which arose during the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  In-soo Radstake
CAST:  Willeke van Ammelrooy  •  Sylvia Kristel  •  Paul Verhoeven  •  Pim de la Parra

"Pim is more consummate," actress Willeke van Ammelrooy concluded upon seeing Pim de la Parra again in Suriname, at the presentation of the restored version of his film Wan Pipel. This marked the end of her disagreement with the director, which arose during the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  In-soo Radstake
CAST:  Willeke van Ammelrooy  •  Sylvia Kristel  •  Paul Verhoeven  •  Pim de la Parra

The Wrestler (1970)

A worried father tries to end the relationship that his son Andries has with the wife of a wrestler.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Jon Bluming  •  Bernard Droog  •  Peter Faber  •  Marielle Fiolet

A worried father tries to end the relationship that his son Andries has with the wife of a wrestler.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Jon Bluming  •  Bernard Droog  •  Peter Faber  •  Marielle Fiolet

Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003)

Directed by Kevin Burns, this documentary from Playboy Home Video examines the oftentimes tense relationship between sex, women, and popular Hollywood culture. With a particular focus given to Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Jean Harlow, and Sharon Stone, Sex at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Burns  •  Steven Smith
CAST:  Brandy Snow  •  Ingrid Pitt  •  Erica Gavin  •  Raquel Welch

Directed by Kevin Burns, this documentary from Playboy Home Video examines the oftentimes tense relationship between sex, women, and popular Hollywood culture. With a particular focus given to Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Jean Harlow, and Sharon Stone, Sex at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Burns  •  Steven Smith
CAST:  Brandy Snow  •  Ingrid Pitt  •  Erica Gavin  •  Raquel Welch

The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004)

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Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wendy Apple
CAST:  Martin Scorsese  •  Quentin Tarantino  •  Jodie Foster  •  Steven Spielberg

Documentary about the art of film editing. Clips are shown from many groundbreaking films with innovative editing styles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wendy Apple
CAST:  Martin Scorsese  •  Quentin Tarantino  •  Jodie Foster  •  Steven Spielberg
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