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Release Date:
31 August 1984 (USA) See more »
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The Hottest Erotic Film Of The Century See more »
Plot:
Follows the tale of a young woman's sexual awakening and subsequent journey around the world in pursuit of her ideal lover... See more » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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The MPAA was right - "X" See more (43 total) »

Cast

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Bo Derek ... Lida MacGillivery

George Kennedy ... Cotton

Andrea Occhipinti ... Angel

Ana Obregón ... Catalina

Olivia d'Abo ... Paloma
Greg Bensen ... Sheik
Ian Cochrane ... Robert Stewart
Mirta Miller ... Evita
Mickey Knox ... Sleazy Moroccan Guide
Paul Stacey ... Young Valentino #1
James Stacey ... Young Valentino #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Corinne Russell ... Outdoor hot tub girl (uncredited)

Directed by
John Derek 
 
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John Derek 

Produced by
Bo Derek .... producer
Yoram Globus .... executive producer
Menahem Golan .... executive producer
Roni Ya'ackov .... associate producer (as Rony Yacov)
 
Original Music by
Peter Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
John Derek 
 
Production Design by
Alan Roderick-Jones 
 
Makeup Department
Norma Collins .... hair stylist (as Norma Bass)
Cristóbal Criado .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
John A. Amicarella .... post-production supervisor
Tod Scott Brody .... post-production supervisor
Latif Lahlou .... production supervisor: Morroco
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alfredo Berlinchon .... second assistant director
Yousaf Bokhari .... first assistant director
Ahmed Hatimi .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Miguel Chang .... assistant art director
Nobby Clark .... stand-by carpenter
Honorio Cruz .... property master
Juan Jesús Escudero .... set dresser
Ángel Ruiz .... buyer
 
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Gordon Davidson .... sound editor
Stanley B. Gill .... sound recordist
Bill Hargrave .... boom operator
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor (as Bob Henderson)
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor (as Alan Murray)
William Randall .... sound mixer
Karen Rasch .... adr editor
Norman B. Schwartz .... post-production dialogue
James Simcik .... adr assistant
Larry Stensvold .... sound re-recording mixer
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor (as Brook Henderson)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gabino Acitores .... electrician
Mike Bartlett .... first assistant camera (as Michael Bartlett)
Terry Chapman .... key grip
Julián Fernández .... grip
Richard Gamble .... gaffer
Juan Carlos García Campos .... electrician
Vicente Gonzales Seoane .... electrician
Alexander Melman .... camera assistant: still (as Alex Melman)
Pedro Ramírez .... electrician
Nikolaus Starkmeth .... first assistant camera (as Nicholas Starkmeth)
Klaus Peter Venn .... second assistant camera (as Klaus-Peter Venn)
Jim Walsh .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pablo Espinosa .... wardrobe assistant
Isabel Perales .... wardrobe assistant
Tony Pueo .... wardrobe
Sally Turner .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen .... assistant post-production (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor
Elmer Bernstein .... music supervisor
Kathy Durning .... supervising music editor
Angelo Giovagnoli .... musician: french horn
Richard Kraft .... music coordinator
Cynthia Millar .... musician
Christopher Palmer .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Kerry Collins .... assistant: the Dereks
Ramón Díaz de Laspra .... production accountant
Mickey Knox .... dialogue coach
Isabel Ruiz Capillas .... continuity (as Maribel Ruiz Capillas)
Francisco Ruiz .... location manager
Lothar Zielinski .... assistant production accountant
 

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Trivia:
Rather than allow the film to be released with an X-rating, John Derek chose to release the film unrated instead.See more »
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Lida MacGillivery:I haven't been in my home country until I left.See more »
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Referenced in Celebrity Naked Ambition (2011) (TV)See more »

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47 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
The MPAA was right - "X", 4 January 2002
Author: billy-44 from San Francisco, California

One thing to remember about "Bolero" is that the reason lots of people went to see it on its initial release was that the MPAA wanted to rate it "X". Jon and Bo decided to release it without a rating in order to avoid having to make cuts to their masterwork. As a result, there was a lot of fanfare around the release of "Bolero." A whole lot of people (okay, let's be completely honest--"a whole lot of men") flocked to the theaters because of this controversy, figuring, "Hey, if the MPAA wanted it to be 'X,' it must be pretty steamy stuff. So here's our golden opportunity to see what those darn censors tried to protect us from."

Having worked in a theater that exhibited "Bolero" on its first run in 1984, I can attest to the fact that, during most showings, at least a third of the audience walked out before the half-way mark. A lot of people demanded their money back on this one. To be frank, a fair number of them were disappointed because they expected explicit pornography and instead only got soft-core.

Bo is in search of ecstasy--"E-X-T-A-S-Y," as her character says early in the story. Later in the movie, during a fantasy sequence, Bo sees a neon sign that reads, "Extasy." She says, "See? I was right - 'X'," then makes an "X" in front of her face with her two index fingers. (The scene is actually much funnier in context (unintentionally funny, that is), but I don't want to spoil the movie's only entertaining moment.)

Well, the MPAA was right - it should have been rated X. While the camera never gets as up-close and personal as one usually expects in pornography, it still carefully focuses your attention where it wants you to look--and I don't mean "at Bo's eyes". The camera even resorts to objectification a few times, showing people only from the neck to the hips--reducing people to body parts because the filmmakers want you to focus only on the sex and to forget about the characters and the plot, which is a basic staple of most mainstream pornography.

"Bolero" seemed to want to be a fable with the moral, "Sex with someone you love is infinitely better than casual sex." However, it tried to deliver this moral through soft-core porn that is mostly centered around casual sex, which strikes me as a conflict of interests.

"Bolero" wants to be pornography, but it also wants to be a morality play. It ultimately fails to be a good example of either one. "Deep Throat" and "The Opening of Misty Beethoven" had better plots, better scripts and better acting, and, to all appearances, their creators communicated their intentions more successfully.

Like Tanya Roberts' "Sheena," if "Bolero" had been a little worse than it is, it could have become a camp classic. Sadly, the majority of "Bolero" is just plain not interesting. When people really love or really hate a movie, you at least know that the movie has enough substance to evoke such strong responses. The main response that "Bolero" evoked from people was yawns, which is one of the worst things a filmmaker can achieve.

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