Paul Verhoeven


Paul Verhoeven (Dutch: [ˈpʌu̯l vərˈɦuvə(n)]; born July 18, 1938) is a Dutch director and screenwriter active in both the Netherlands and Hollywood. His blending of graphic violence and sexual content with social satire are trademarks of both his drama and science fiction films. Films of the 1970s include Business Is Business (1971), with Ronnie Bierman, Sylvia de Leur, Piet Römer, and Jules Hamel; Turkish Delight (1973), with Monique van de Ven and Rutger Hauer; Katie Tippel (1975), with van de Ven and Hauer; and Soldier of Orange (1977), with Hauer and Jeroen Krabbé. Turkish Delight is the most successful film in the history of Dutch cinema, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Films in the 1980s include Splashes (1980), with Hans van Tongeren, Renée Soutendijk, Toon Agterberg, Maarten Spanjer, Marianne Boyer, Krabbé, and Hauer; The Fourth Man (1983), with Krabbé, Renée Soutendijk, and Thom Hoffman; Flesh+Blood (1985), with Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson, Susan Tyrell, Ronald Lacey, Jack Thompson, and Bruno Kirby; and RoboCop (1987), with Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, and Miguel Ferrer.

Films in the 1990s include Total Recall (1990), with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Cox, and Michael Ironside; Basic Instinct (1992), with Michael Douglas, Stone, George Dzundza, and Jeanne Tripplehorn; Showgirls (1995), with Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer, Robert Davi, Alan Rachins, and Gina Ravera; and Starship Troopers (1997), with Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon, Ironside, Seth Gilliam, and Clancy Brown.

Films in the 2000s include Hollow Man (2000), with Elisabeth Shue, Kevin Bacon, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Greg Grunberg, Joey Slotnick, Mary Randle, and William Devane; Black Book (2006), with Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, and Halina Reijn; Tricked (2012), with Peter Blok, and Sallie Harmsen; Elle (2016), with Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira, Judith Magre, Christian Berkel, Jonas Bloquet, Alice Isaaz, Vimala Pons, Arthur Mazet, Raphaël Lenglet, and Lucas Prisor; and Benedetta (2021), with Virginie Efira, Lambert Wilson, Daphne Patakia, Olivier Rabourdin, Clotilde Courau, Charlotte Rampling, and Hervé Pierre.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • A Lizzard Too Much (1960) – short
  • Nothing Special (1961) – short
  • The Hitchhikers (1962) – short
  • Party! (1963) – short
  • The Royal Dutch Marine Corps (1965) – documentary short
  • Portrait of Anton Adriaan Mussert (1970) – TV documentary
  • The Wrestler (1971) – short
  • Business Is Business (1971)
  • Turkish Delight (1973)
  • Katie Tippel (1975)
  • Soldier of Orange (1977)
  • For Queen and Homeland (1979) – miniseries
  • Splashes (1980)
  • All Things Pass (1981) – TV movie
  • The Fourth Man (1983)
  • Flesh+Blood (1985)
  • RoboCop (1987)
  • Total Recall (1990)
  • Basic Instinct (1992)
  • Showgirls (1995)
  • Starship Troopers (1997)
  • Hollow Man (2000)
  • Black Book (2006)
  • Tricked (2012)
  • Elle (2016)
  • Benedetta (2021)