From 'Showgirls' to 'Magic Mike': Your Guide to 50 Years of Stripper-Themed Movies
6:29 PM PDT 6/25/2012 by Jessica Fitzgerald
With Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey set to show off their best moves in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," which hits theaters June 29, THR takes a look back at the full monty of movies about exotic dancers.
Christina Aguilera -- who starred in the movie with Cher, Eric Dane, Julianne Hough and Cam Gigandet --contributed eight songs to the soundtrack album, and Cher the other two. "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," written by Diane Warren and sung by Cher, won the Golden Globe Award for best original song in 2011.
'Dancing at the Blue Iguana'
Released: Oct. 19, 2001
Domestic gross: $67,913
Actress Daryl Hannah made a 60-minute documentary based on her experience researching her role as a stripper in Blue Iguana, which is included as an extra on the DVD.
The indie film – starring Sarah Polley -- follows a group of people whose lives are interconnected through the Exotica nightclub.
Released: April 15, 1983
Worldwide gross: $92.9 million
Flashdance, starring Jennifer Beals as an 18-year-old who works as a welder by day and dancer by night, opened to negative reviews but was a box office success, becoming the third highest-grossing film of 1983 in North America.
The Full Monty -- which diverged from other stripper movies in featuring men -- became a major critical success around the world, grossing north of $257 million globally and becoming the highest-grossing film in the U.K. until Titanic. The indie film starring Tom Wilkinson cost a scant $3.5 million to make.
Released: Sept. 22, 1995
Domestic gross: $20,350,754
Showgirls -- starring Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon and Glenn Plummer -- has been consistently ranked as one of the worst films ever made and was a box office bomb. However, the movie has generated more than $100 million from video rentals and became one of MGM’s top 20 all-time bestsellers.
Striptease, featuring a scantily clad Demi Moore and co-starring Burt Reynolds, was ridiculed by the critics.
Released: June 19, 1963
The film, based on the play A Loss of Roses by William Inge, starred Joanne Woodward, Richard Beymer and Claire Trevor, but the movie was first intended for Marilyn Monroe and Pat Boone, both Fox contract stars. Boone turned down the movie on moral grounds, while Monroe ultimately didn’t make the film either.
Zombie Strippers, loosely based on Eugene Ionesco’s classic play Rhinoceros, starred Robert Englund, Jenna Jameson, Penny Drake and Roxy Saint.
The Steven Soderbergh-directed movie is inspired by the real-life experiences of star Channing Tatum, who did a brief stint as a stripper in Tampla, Fla., before getting into acting. Matthew McConaughey, Adam Rodriquez, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer also star in the movie opening June 29.
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