WVIFF is proud to present “Beyond the Back Row,” a new film series showcasing weird, offbeat, and obscure films that would feel right at home in a grindhouse theater on 42nd Street during the 1970’s. Join us as we explore daring, no holds barred films that aren’t afraid to shock, titillate, and provoke… beyond the back row. This month we are proudly presenting SHOWGIRLS!

Nomi Malone will be a star. She knows it. The problem is, no one else does…yet. Fresh to Las Vegas and with no connections, Nomi takes a job as an exotic dancer at a club named Cheetahs. Showing impressive abilities, her talents are quickly noticed by Stardust Casino headlining dancer, Cristal who senses an opportunity to bolster her own act. But Nomi won’t play second fiddle and soon begins her venomous path to the top, ruthlessly backstabbing anyone who gets in her way…however karma has a funny way of catching up as Nomi learns that being a Vegas showgirl has a harder and more brutal edge than she’d ever have imagined…

One of the most controversial, acclaimed, and iconic films directed by the legendary Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, RoboCop), SHOWGIRLS is a glittering, shocking, tragic, funny, weird, gross, sexy, and staggeringly beautiful epic of what it takes to triumph in show business. Written by Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct, Sliver) and starring Elizabeth Berkley (TV’s Saved By the Bell), Kyle MacLachlan (Blue Velvet), Gina Gershon (Bound), Robert Davi (Die Hard), and Rena Riffel (Mulholland Drive), SHOWGIRLS is feast for the senses from beginning to end!

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