Striptease is a 1996 American erotic comedy film directed, produced, and written by Andrew Bergman, and stars Demi Moore, Burt Reynolds and Ving Rhames. The film is based on Carl Hiaasen's novel of the same name, and is about a stripper who becomes involved in both a child-custody dispute and corrupt politics.
Striptease was generally reviled by critics. It wound up winning several Golden Raspberry Awards, which are given to the worst in cinema. Among these awards given to Striptease was the Award for Worst Picture of 1996.
Former FBI secretary Erin Grant (Demi Moore), loses custody of her young daughter Angela (Rumer Willis) to her ex-husband Darrell (Robert Patrick), who is a criminal and cost Erin her job. To afford an appeal to get her daughter back, Erin becomes a stripper at the Eager Beaver, a strip club in Miami.
A Congressman named David Dilbeck (Burt Reynolds) visits the club and becomes infatuated with Erin. Aware of Dilbeck's embarrassing indulgences, another Eager Beaver patron approaches Erin with a plan to manipulate the congressman to settle the custody battle and help her get Angela back. However, Dilbeck has powerful business connections who want to ensure he remains in office. Consequently, those who can embarrass him in an election are murdered. Meanwhile, Erin retrieves her daughter from Darrell's negligent care.
Dilbeck's personal interest in Erin persists, and she is invited to perform privately for him. He asks her to become his lover and later his wife, despite his staff's concerns that she knows too much. A debate occurs as to whether to kill Erin or simply keep her quiet by threatening to take away her daughter. However, Erin and a police officer Al Garcia (Armand Assante) begin to suspect the congressman's guilt in the murders, and Erin concocts a plan to bring the congressman to justice. She tricks him into confessing on tape, and he is soon after arrested. Thus, Erin regains full custody of Angela, quits stripping, and gets back her job in the FBI. Darrell returns to prison after he is convicted of his crimes.
- Demi Moore as Erin Grant
- Armand Assante as Lt. Al Garcia
- Ving Rhames as Shad
- Robert Patrick as Darrell Grant
- Burt Reynolds as Congressman David Dilbeck
- Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Rita Grant
- Rumer Willis as Angela Grant
- Paul Guilfoyle as Malcolm Moldowsky
- Stuart Pankin as Alan Mordecai
- PaSean Wilson as Sabrina Hepburn
- Dina Spybey as Monique, Jr.
- Barbara Alyn Woods as Lorelei
- Pandora Peaks as Urbana Sprawl
- Rena Riffel as Tiffany