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9½ Weeks (1986)

Nine 1/2 Weeks (original title)
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.


Adrian Lyne


Elizabeth McNeill (novel), Patricia Louisianna Knop (screenplay) (as Patricia Knop) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rourke ... John
Kim Basinger ... Elizabeth
Margaret Whitton ... Molly
David Margulies ... Harvey
Christine Baranski ... Thea
Karen Young ... Sue
William De Acutis William De Acutis ... Ted
Dwight Weist Dwight Weist ... Farnsworth
Roderick Cook Roderick Cook ... Sinclair - the Critic
Victor Truro Victor Truro ... Gallery Client
Justine Johnston Justine Johnston ... Bedding Saleswoman
Cintia Cruz Cintia Cruz ... Whore
Kim Chan ... Chinatown Butcher
Lee Lai Sing Lee Lai Sing ... Angry Chinese Customer
Rudolph Willrich Rudolph Willrich ... Chinatown Shopper


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 <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Desire. Infatuation. Obsession. See more »


Drama | Romance


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

9 1/2 Weeks See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$328,804, 23 February 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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." See more »


Before John unbuttons Elizabeth's blouse, she puts her arms behind her head. But as he's unbuttoning, her arms are at her side. When the camera pans back to her face, her arms are behind her head again. See more »


John: You work and you work and you work. You meet with people you don't like, that you don't know, that you don't even want to know. And you try to sell them things and they try to sell you things, you go home, you listen to the wife nag and the kids bitch. You turn off the T.V., you wake up the next day and you do it all over again. But I'll tell you, the only thing that keeps me going is this chick. I've got this incredible chick on the side you see, and she is so hot, I can hardly believe it. ...
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117 minute uncut and unrated European version is available on DVD. See more »


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Dark Romantic Masterpiece
21 August 2005 | by BirdmanT7See all my reviews

I just saw this film again after 18 years since it release and although I was in my twenties back then and now I appreciate this film so much for what it is. I guess one could say this is kind of a "Last Tango in Paris" of my generation; maybe not as deep and bleak but Lynn packaged this film like one long music video or long commercial; there is so much eye candy shots and that is just to get your attention so he can draw into this relationship that develops slow into a kind of dark and sad area. The first time John and Liz meet each other; John takes her back to a boat house and while there he kind of gives a her subtle glimpse of his sadistic nature; and all the other scenes that follow are all like a building blocks of John's dark character who according to Liz "She can't figure what he is about".

There is a scene where John takes Liz to buy her the outfit that he likes and while paying the cashier Liz asks John, "don't want to know what I think about it?"and John smiles and says "No". At his apartment he has her crawl to pick up the money because it pleases him and doesn't care what Liz feels about it; and yet Liz continues to let him push her into doing it. Each time she gives into his demands he goes further to manipulate her into something that he likes and that last request in the hotel room with the Hooker was the breaking point for Liz where she runs into a porn store and kisses a complete stranger to get a kind of even with John and yet deep in turmoil on the inside of what is happening to her.

I think to me the last scene its still the very best part of this whole film; when Liz gets out of bed while John still sleeping and she is in tears. She begins to pack up her stuff and when John wakes up he tries to again in his subtle and manipulative way to stop her. He says he has never felt like the way he feels with her and some how he calls his feelings "Love". I think what I like the best is what Liz says: "we both knew it will be over if one of us said stop, but you wouldn't say it, and I waited too long"; she has had enough; as much as she is in love I guess there is a part of her that can still find reason and see the damage this relationship can do to her; I don't think the audience didn't expect this to happen or how it will end so fast in just 9 1/2 weeks, for most of us takes so much longer to realize how unhealthy a relationship is because we are too busy having fun and focusing on sex as love; this is where this film truly becomes of a substance and takes a huge turn by Liz ending it not John; this time she took control and left John hoping she will return as all others did when he counted to 50, this is how self absorbed his character was. When Liz leaves the apartment while walking and crying in the street there is one last shot of her turning back one more time maybe hoping John had followed her and then she turns because its over; this part still holds up today as it did 18 years ago when I first saw it and I still get the same feeling.

This film really should have been longer and from what I read here it was originally about 3 hours and I like others would Mr. Lynn does someday release it as a director's cut. I never saw the sequel to this film "Another 9 1/2 weeks" which I hear was a disaster. Its sad really because this could have been like "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" sequels; although Mickey Rourke may not as appealing or as popular he once was back in the 80's after his acting career took a dive to his boxing career but I still think he is a great actor and I personally would like to see another sequel with both Bassinger and Rourke to this dark romantic masterpiece...you never know it may still happen?

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