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Exit to Eden (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  14 October 1994 (USA)
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Elliot is going to the island of Eden to live out his submissive fantasies, but inadvertently photographs diamond smugglers at work. Smugglers, and detectives, follow him to the island, ... See full summary »

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Lisa
Paul Mercurio ...
Elliot
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Sheila
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Fred
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Martin
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Omar
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Nina
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Tommy
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Diana
Phil Redrow ...
Richard
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Riba (as Sandra Korn)
Julie Hughes ...
Julie
Laurelle Mehus ...
Heidi
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Nolan
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Kitty (as Allison Moir)
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Elliot is going to the island of Eden to live out his submissive fantasies, but inadvertently photographs diamond smugglers at work. Smugglers, and detectives, follow him to the island, where they try to retrieve the film. Elliot begins falling in love with Lisa, the head mistress of the island, and Lisa must evaluate her feelings about Elliot and her own motivations. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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To crack this case, these two cops will have to flash more than their badges.


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Rated R for nudity and sex-related scenes | See all certifications »

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Club Eden: L'Île aux fantasmes  »

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Susan Sarandon turned down the role of Lisa Emerson. See more »

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After Detective Shelia has asked for Elliot and he comes to her room, Elliot is telling her he wants to leave to go to the race. The leaves hanging behind Shelia appear and disappear with each camera change. As she sits down, you can see it's a vine hanging down to the wardrobe handle but the length changes as the scene plays out. See more »

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Lisa Emerson: [fondling Elliot Slater who is naked] You know how some men like women's legs, some like big breasts, some like long hair? Know what I like?
[squeezes Elliot's butt]
Lisa Emerson: I like butts. Men's beautiful behinds. You know what I like to do to gorgeous butts? I like to squeeze them, pinch them and caress them.
[is doing all this as she speaks]
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After credits is a scene in which Rosie O'Donnel mimics Iman's character See more »

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Written by Stephen Theard and Derrick Xavier Gumbus (as Derrick Gumbus)
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Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
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'Wacky' Comedy/Bondage Romance Mix Fails At Both...
31 March 2004 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

One thing can be said about veteran director Garry Marshall; he'll go nearly ANYWHERE for love and laughs.

EXIT TO EDEN may be about as unlikely a mainstream comedy/romance as you'll find, with most of the action occurring at a 'Club Med'-type resort catering to S&M devotees, but someone, somewhere, might have been able to pull it off...but not, unfortunately, the ever-conventional Marshall, who, try as he might, can't make either the comedy (as two cops attempt to infiltrate the club to capture a fugitive 'hiding out' among the 'mistresses' and 'slaves') or the love story (as a somewhat jaded 'mistress' discovers the joys of conventional romance with a mysterious newcomer) more than mildly entertaining.

The main problem is miscasting; while a Dan Aykroyd/Rosie O'Donnell team-up might have looked good on paper, on film the two actors have virtually no chemistry together. Aykroyd is better as a 'straight man' than comic, and, as age has given him a 'cuddly' quality (along with extra pounds), the edginess he displayed in THE BLUES BROTHERS or even DRAGNET is gone. O'Donnell, on the other hand, is TOO edgy, and can become annoying quite easily. Her one-liners seem contrived and often mean-spirited...and Rosie in leather is a sight I've been trying to forget for 10 years! Dana Delany fares somewhat better, as the Number 1 Dominatrix (her voluptuous curves, encased in leather, and brief nude scenes have made EXIT TO EDEN a video store favorite), but her personality, fundamentally sweet-natured (more 'Girl Next Door' than 'Supervixen') plays against her. She is simply too 'nice' for her role! Coming off best is Australian newcomer Paul Mercurio, in his first American film. With a twinkle in his eye, he 'plays' the S&M 'game' as a joke, championing traditional romance, and, ultimately, converts Delany to his point of view. Totally natural, Mercurio 'steals' the film from the veteran cast. He, and Marshall 'regular' Hector Elizondo are both so good, in fact, that they seem to have been 'lifted' from a different film!

EXIT TO EDEN stumbles frequently, in it's attempt to be both mainstream AND daring, and ends up being boring and a bit distasteful.

PRETTY WOMAN, it ain't!


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