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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.

Director:

Adrian Lyne

Writers:

Elizabeth McNeill (novel), Patricia Louisianna Knop (screenplay) (as Patricia Knop) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

9-1/2 Weeks See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$328,804, 23 February 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,734,844
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When John feeds Elizabeth in front of his refrigerator, he grabs a long green chili, but when he brings it to Elizabeth's mouth, it's a short, green chili. See more »

Quotes

John: Every time I see you, you're buying a chicken.
Elizabeth: Every time I see you, you're smiling at me.
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117 minute uncut and unrated European version is available on DVD. See more »

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Saviour
Performed by Winston Grennan and Black Sage
Written by Winston Grennan
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Curious but entertaining
9 December 2001 | by thegypsyspirateSee all my reviews

I find it interesting that people can get so many different feelings and experiences from one movie, but then; this is exactly the type of movie that would cause such disparity. The question really is, are you watching the movie for entertainment, or to critique it? There are wondrous scenes of erotic intimacy here (unfortunately not as fully developed as they could be) - and glimpses into just what two people "in lust" will allow themselves to be led into... The sensuousness of the relationship is the key - not the believability of the surroundings or the rest of the 'plot'. Is it believable? It certainly is conceivable... Liz (Kim Basinger) studying slides at work, so distracted by her thoughts of intimacy with a man she hardly knows that she can't keep her hands off herself... John so taken with her that he will spend exorbitantly for a gift - to give a woman he doesn't know - but feels that he must meet. The passion and need for these two lonely people that lets them open doors to their inner selves and allow another in BEFORE thinking of the consequences (there are ALWAYS consequences, in film and life; for opening "those" doors). Is it believable that they would win the fight with the street thugs? No. Is it believable that the adrenaline rush, the release of the flight impulse and fear, the closeness found in 'defeating a common enemy'; could possibly lead to the intensity of sexual closeness and climax in a semi-secluded spot (under falling water at that)? Yes. Are the other scenes believable? It's entertainment, not a psychology class... They are conceivable, certainly. Ever been really mad at your partner, and that anger leads to words then breaking dishes then apologies then hugging then closeness then sex? How about anger leading directly to sex? It can happen, and it does. It is not so much a rape as it is a purging of desire. The scene with Liz blindfolded, and the whore coming in to the room - you share the tenseness Liz feels. Will she be stimulated? Of course. Will she let John know it turns her on? He already knows it does. He wants HER to know that he knows it will.

This movie is a glimpse of what manipulators people are. The efforts made to manipulate another person into 'making them want what you want'. So much so, that it becomes their desire, not yours. So much so that the desire is to see if you can manipulate the other becomes more consuming than the original goal. Seeing if she WILL crawl across the floor becomes more important than seeing her actually doing so. And her feeling the depth of her self in what she will do - and finding she is doing it because SHE wants to, not because he wants it. Liz takes her pleasure from John, too. What appears to be a "rape in progress" as John pushes Liz back on the table, ends with her crying because she was excited enough by it to climax. That is perhaps the 'real' rape; her discovery that even if she is initially violated, in her mind she realizes it arouses her enough to let it continue; and as it continues she finds herself clutching at her 'attacker'; and attaining orgasm. The rape as much of her mind as it is her body. It is her discovery of what she learns of herself. When she finally leaves the relationship, he finds he can't live without her. Who manipulated who?

This movie, dated as it is, is still fresh because it is enough like life to be real. No, we may not be that rich or that attractive or that selfish or that spoiled. But we also may wish at times that we were...


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