Director Adrian Lyne used emotionally manipulative tactics on Kim Basinger during the shooting to elicit the performance he wanted from the actress, which Basinger later criticized harshly. For example, Lyne did not allow Mickey Rourke and Basinger to talk to each other off-set. The two were kept isolated from each other and Lyne would tell Basinger rumors about how Rourke intended to make her like or dislike him so that she would carry that attitude into the scene. Lyne would also offer Rourke performance notes, but Basinger none, in order to unnerve her. In a very unusual and expensive move along these lines, Lyne shot the film sequentially, so that Basinger's actual emotional breakdown over time would be effectively translated to the screen.
Kim Basinger owns 14 hours of deleted scenes that MGM thought were very psychologically damaging to people. The footage has never been made available for public viewing, even in the Director's Cut DVD edition.
When John and Elizabeth are in the department store just before the scene when they're shopping for a bed, an announcement for a "Mr. Jerry Bruckheimer" over the PA system can be heard in the background.
Kim Basinger said she didn't feel like a "real actress" until she made this film. Basinger described the shoot as emotionally draining and admitted that it contributed to marital problems with then-husband Ron Snyder which were eventually patched up.
Kim Basinger has declared this as her favorite of all the movies she's done, albeit adding "I'm sorry that all of the people who've seen 9½ Weeks (1986) never saw it in its original form, because so much was cut out of it, even the European version."
The male lead character shares similarities with Fifty Shades of Grey. The former is called John Gray and the latter is Christian Grey. Both are wealthy and like to play sexual games to intimidate and manipulate women.
In early March 1984, a press announcement was released from Hollywood that the film would go before the cameras in New York on April 16. Three days before production was scheduled to begin, the original backer, Tri-Star Pictures, pulled out. It seemed that the film was doomed, but within 48 hours it was rescued by PSO (Producers Sales Organization). Shooting began on April 30, 1984 and wrapped August 10. A year later, Hollywood was rife with rumors that the film might never be released. In fact, MGM/UA took it off its 1985 release schedule. After the film tested badly in preview screenings, Lyne said, "We're still editing. This isn't the easiest movie to make or to cut." Finally, in February 1986, almost two years after completion of principal photography, 9½ Weeks (1986) opened in wide release.
The film was initially supposed to be produced by Tri-Star Pictures. However, the studio dropped the film due to "creative differences" with Adrian Lyne and pressure by Tri-Star's co-owner at the time, Coca-Cola, to tone down some controversial material. As a result, the film was financed independently, and MGM stepped in and released the film.
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Based on a true story by Elizabeth McNeill. The film stays relatively true to the book except the source material is much more explicit and disturbing. McNeill was basically a sexual prisoner; kept handcuffed to the coffee table most of the time, forbidden to do even the simplest of things for herself, such as brush her own hair or eat, and ended up hospitalized at the end of 9½ weeks. Not the stuff of great box office, so the film played down those parts and kept the eroticism.