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Logo will air 24 hours of ‘Showgirls’ on April Fools’ Day

Elizabeth Berkley in “Showgirls.” (United Artists) (Photofest/HO)

Entertainment Weekly delivers the news of this delightful April Fools’ marathon featuring one of the best bad movies of all time.

Desson (Howe) Thomson writing for The Post called “Showgirls” “a skinflick posing as a hard-hitting, tell-it-like-it-is indictment of Vegas, Hollywood and America.” He explained the plot thusly:

In this licentious "All About Eve" fable, nude dancer Nomi Malone (newcomer Elizabeth Berkley) elbows and scratches her way to the top of the nudie heap, while stripper queen Cristal Connors (Gina Gershon) alternately tries to keep her down and seduce her. With its catfights in the dressing room, bump-and-grind sex in swimming pools, private lap dancing in dark corners and a general atmosphere of nastiness, "Showgirls" is a one-of-a-kind experience. If this is what you're after, you won't be disappointed.

The film, which also stars Kyle MacLachlan in his post-“Twin Peaks” days, was a flop: It cost $45 million to make and grossed just over $20 million at the domestic box office.

But it has found a cult following through video rentals, its V.I.P. DVD edition and on cable. The TV version is heavily edited to a hilarious effect. (See: Digi-bras placed on nude women.)

Now if someone could convince a cable channel to air a “Troll 2” marathon, the life of this writer — a self-professed bad movie fan — would be complete.


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