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Classic Scene #51: Basic Instinct

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CORRELI: Would you tell us about the nature of your relationship with Mr. Boz?

CATHERINE: I had sex with him for about a year and a half... I liked having sex with him. He wasn’t afraid of experimenting. I like men like that, men who give me pleasure. He gave me a lot of pleasure.

CORRELI: You ever, er, engage in any sado-masochistic activity?

CATHERINE (Leans forward): Exactly what did you have in mind, Mr. Correli?

CORRELI: (He licks his lips): Ever tie him up?

CATHERINE: No.

CATHERINE: No. Johnny liked to use his hands too much... I like hands and fingers.

WALKER: You describe a white silk scarf in your book.

CATHERINE: I’ve always had a fondness for white silk scarves. They’re good for all occasions.

NICK: But you said you liked men to use their hands didn’t you?

CATHERINE: No, I said I liked Johnny to use his hands... I don’t make any rules, Nick, I go with the flow.

CORRELI: Did you kill Mr. Boz, Miss Tramell?

CATHERINE (Takes off her jacket): I’d have to be pretty stupid to write a book about killing and then kill somebody the way I described it in my book – I’d be announcing myself as the killer. I’m not stupid.

TALCOTT: We know you’re not stupid, Miss Tramell.

WALKER: Maybe that’s what you’re counting on to get you off the hook.

NICK: Writing the book gives you an alibi.

CATHERINE: Yes it does, doesn’t it? The answer is no, I didn’t kill him.

GUS: Do you use drugs, Miss Tramell?

CATHERINE: Sometimes.

CORRELI: Did you ever use drugs with Mr. Boz?

CATHERINE: Sure.

GUS: What kind of drugs?

CATHERINE: Cocaine... have you ever fucked on cocaine Nick? (She uncrosses her legs) It’s nice.

NICK (Hot under the collar): You like playing games, don’t you?

CATHERINE (Playing with her lighter): I have a degree in psychology, it goes with the turf... Games are fun.