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Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  21 February 1986 (USA)
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A woman gets involved in an impersonal affair with a man. She barely knows about his life, only about the sex games they play, so the relationship begins to get complicated.


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An erotic story about a woman, the assistant of an art gallery, who gets involved in an impersonal affair with a man. She barely knows about his life, only about the sex games they play, so the relationship begins to get complicated. Written by Michel Rudoy <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Desire. Infatuation. Obsession. See more »


Drama | Romance


R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

9 1/2 Weeks  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)


$6,734,844 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film was initially supposed to be distributed by TriStar Pictures as they had a distribution deal with the film's producers. However, the film was dropped shortly before the originally planned December 1985 release date due to issues with the MPAA (the producers were obligated to deliver an R-rated film). After the smoke cleared and the film got an R rating, MGM stepped in and released the film. See more »


When Elizabeth reluctantly leaves her chair to get on the floor, John's curved lounge chair is inexplicably rocking back and forth in the background (John is on the other side of the room). See more »


John: Every time I see you, you're buying a chicken.
Elizabeth: Every time I see you, you're smiling at me.
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Featured in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) See more »


Performed and Written by Jean-Michel Jarre (as Jean Michel Jarre)
Courtesy of Dreyfus Records
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Ice-cold eroticism
27 February 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

There isn't much about this movie that is warm or inviting. The central relationship between Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke is there to be busted up, but director Adrian Lyne isn't very concerned with the characters anyway--his thing seems to be chilly atmospherics and stylish furniture. Sure, the first sex with the blindfold and ice cubes is tantalizing, but the scene seems chopped short (presumably so as not to offend us prudish Americans!). All the sexual scenes are like that: the clinch, the brief flash of nudity, end of scene. Interest wanes after the viewer becomes satisfied with Basinger's milky beauty and Rourke's handsome panache, but their surroundings are sterile (his apartment, her gallery). There are two or three playful moments (such as the food frenzy in front of the refrigerator), but mostly it's all talk and little action, and unintentionally funny bits like Rourke attempting to get Basinger in the mood by playing Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit"! ** from ****

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