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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 <>

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Drama | Romance


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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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1.85 : 1
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Elizabeth's gallery contains art by Sarah Charlesworth. This was a famous New Jersey photographer who should not be confused with Canadian actress Sarah Charlesworth. See more »


When John turns on his stereo to play Joe Cocker's "You Can Keep Your Hat On" for Elizabeth's striptease, the speaker switch on the power amplifier is in the off position. See more »


Elizabeth: How did you know? How did you know I'd respond to you the way I have?
John: I saw myself in you.
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Referenced in Whipped (2000) See more »


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12 September 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Don't know why I didn't see this movie until recently, as I am a big Adrian Lyne fan. Maybe because Mickey Rourke has become so repulsive in recent years. However, I found this to be a thoroughly entertaining film, with fascinating performances and all the 80's accoutrements - music, fashion, set decoration, etc. I don't know how anyone could call it boring, but we all see different things when we watch a movie.

I thought the much-vaunted "sex" scenes were pretty tame, actually, but really, really fun to watch! Kim Basinger never looked more beautiful, and Rourke looked great, too. I disagree that there was no character development. I think there were depths to both characters that didn't come out until the end of the movie, which I found very poignant. Yes, I think it was more about power than sex, and when the moment of truth came for the balance of power to shift - as the Rourke character had planned for it to do - he had scared off his true love. Sad, and a true sequel could have been fun.

I give it 8/10 and plan to add it to my video collection ASAP.

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