A female lawyer becomes mesmerized by a self-made millionaire during an encounter in Rio setting off a series of erotic encounters.


Zalman King
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rourke ... James Wheeler
Jacqueline Bisset ... Claudia Dennis
Carré Otis ... Emily Reed
Assumpta Serna ... Hanna Munch
Bruce Greenwood ... Jerome McFarland
Oleg Vidov ... Otto Munch
Milton Gonçalves ... Flavio
Jens Peter Jens Peter ... Volleyball Player
Antonio Mario Silva Da Silva Antonio Mario Silva Da Silva ... Rambo
Paul Land ... Big Sailor
Michael Villella Michael Villella ... Elliot Costa
Bernardo Jablonski Bernardo Jablonski ... Roberto
Luiz Lobo Luiz Lobo ... Juan
Lester Berman Lester Berman ... Interviewer #1
Steven Kaminsky Steven Kaminsky ... Interviewer #2


Emily, a raw recruit to a law firm is sent to Brazil with Claudia to help finalise a real estate deal. Emily is innocent and vulnerable, and when she's left in Rio with Wheeler, a milionaire with an unusual outlook on life, Emily is shocked and intrigued by the sex antics to which she is exposed. Written by Rob Hartill

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Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Willem Dafoe turned down the role of James Wheeler. See more »


In the end, when Wheeler and Emily ride off on the Harley, Wheeler is wearing a leather vest in some shots, and a long sleeved leather jacket in others. See more »


James Wheeler: We all have to lose ourselves sometimes to find ourselves, don't you think?
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Alternate Versions

R-rated version runs 106 min. the more explicit unrated version is 111 min. See more »


Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1990 (1991) See more »


Written by Andy Paley, Paul Pesco, David Rudder and Jeff Vincent
Performed by David Rudder and Margareth Menezes
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Tantalizingly erotic and some of the best music ever
19 November 2017 | by itsgreatshaleen-19-695199See all my reviews

I have no idea why the movie is criticized so harshly. It truly is one of the best movies I have ever seen in some terms. First, the music of this film is just beyond the world. It's very erotic and sensual; has got a certain raw, intense element to it. I've listened to a lot of music but none has been like I heard in this film. The music used is a mix of songs by artists and some standalone pieces especially created for this movie. Too bad the OST was never released commercially. So every time I feel like listening to some parts, I have to run the whole movie :P Second, the feel and "ambience" of this movie is very erotic, visually and acoustically. It's not one of the best movies, I admit. But it doesn't have to be, like so many other movies in the world. There are movies which one likes only for certain things, not cos it's one of the best mind blowing movies ever in all respects. We should learn to appreciate things for what good they offer. In that respect, this movie is certainly a piece of art. I highly recommend it.

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English | Portuguese

Release Date:

27 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wild Orchid See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahia, Brazil See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,622,637, 29 April 1990

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Vision PDG See more »
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| (Ontario) | (unrated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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