James Russo stars as an American teacher in Rome who falls for the beautiful Bianca and enters into a torrid affair made even more frenzied when she buys him an expensive leather belt... ... See full summary »

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Vittorio De Simone
Eleonora Brigliadori ...
Bianca Ravelli
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Bianca's Mother
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The Judge
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Nora - Bianca's servant
Lidia Broccolino ...
Bianca's Friend
Riccardo Salvino ...
Professor Achille Biondelli
Delia D'Alberti ...
Biondelli's Wife
Claire Hardwick ...
Vittorio's Lover (as Claire Hardwicke)
Valentino Zeichen ...
Himself (as Mario Zeichen)
Paolo Pigozzi
Francesco Scali ...
The TV Presenter
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The Doctor
Marisa Serafina ...
(as Marisa Serafino)
Ivano Marescotti ...
The Friend of Bianca's Mother
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James Russo stars as an American teacher in Rome who falls for the beautiful Bianca and enters into a torrid affair made even more frenzied when she buys him an expensive leather belt... she wants to be whipped... Based on the novel by Alberto Moravia. Written by <mlbailey@bellsouth.net>

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April 1989 (Italy)  »

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"9 1/2 weeks" euro-rip off
17 August 2003 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

This is a really bad european movie trying to copy the formula that worked for the Adrian Lyne film "91/2 weeks" (1986), including a touch of SM as an erotic turn on. A young James Russo does a lame Mickey Rourke imitation including the perennial unshaved appearance. Here the main characters get sexual excitement from slapping each other as foreplay and subsequently from Russo using the belt (la cintura in italian) to whip her prior to sex. There is the plagiarized scene in the dark alley, under the rain, with the characters making love standing and wet. However, there is very little chemistry between Russo and Elidora Bagliadori (attractive woman but with a sexuality that never gets close to that of Kim Bassinger).

The movie has a boring subplot of Russo describing all what happened between them to a female judge in a court of law. The version I saw is dubbed and that makes it even worse, specially in the supposedly erotic scenes. This one is even worse than other US-made sequels to the original 91/2 weeks.


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