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Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue (1991)

R | | Drama, Romance | 8 May 1992 (USA)
In 1958 California, a teenage girl goes to work as a prostitute in a high-class brothel after the death of her father.

Director:

Zalman King

Writer:

Zalman King
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Siemaszko ... Blue McDonald
Wendy Hughes ... Elle
Tom Skerritt ... Ham McDonald
Robert Davi ... Sully
Brent David Fraser ... Joshua Winslow
Christopher McDonald ... Senator Dixon
Joe Dallesandro ... Jules
Casey Sander ... Captain Edwards
Stafford Morgan ... Colonel Winslow
Don Bloomfield Don Bloomfield ... J.J. Clark
Liane Curtis ... Mona
Bridgit Ryan Bridgit Ryan ... Ruth
Lydie Denier ... Dominique
Gloria Reuben ... Celeste
Victoria Mahoney ... Mary
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Storyline

Blue is a teenage girl who lives with her Jazz playing father Ham. Ham gets very sick and dies, and now Blue must support herself somehow. Elle, the headmistress at a brothel, talks her into living and working at her establishment. She decides to leave the business and lead a normal life. Elle is hellbent to see that she never has one. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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One love. Two lives. She could sell her body, but not her heart.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sensuality, and for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Bears no relation to the original Wild Orchid, despite director Zalman King and producer Mark Damon returning. See more »

Goofs

(at around 7 mins) The boom mic is reflected in the bathroom mirror. See more »

Alternate Versions

2005 DVD from MGM contains the R-rated cut of the film. See more »

Connections

References Wild Orchid (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

WHEN MY WORLD COMES TOGETHER
Performed by Merry Clayton
Written by Patricia Louisianna Knop
Music by Barry Goldberg
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Better than soft-porn
17 September 2008 | by mligorioSee all my reviews

The story is about a beautiful young girl, Blue (Nina Siemaszko), who is approaching sexual maturity. In order to achieve a happy and fulfilling life she must avoid being corrupted and enslaved by sexual desire and lust, and ultimately find true love. But this is no easy matter in the cold, cruel world in which she suddenly finds herself virtually alone and defenseless. She becomes the unwilling victim of power hungry individuals who seek to exploit her as a prostitute. With help from more compassionate and understanding people, Blue struggles to maintain dignity and courage in her desperate commitment to be free.

While its true that the film has little connection with its predecessor "Wild Orchid", its main flaw seems to be that its just a little too cliché and at times hard to believe. This shortcoming is difficult to avoid, however, in most any book or film. To Zalman King's credit, the final outcome and the essential theme are not completely obvious from the very beginning. The exotic setting in the past also helps give the film a sense of novelty.

While the movie does have numerous sexually explicit scenes, which may offend some people, it exhibits far less voyeurism and wanton sexual intercourse that are typical of so called "soft-porn" movies. Whereas, I found Nina Siemaszko's natural beauty to be a refreshing change from the irritating plastic-boob floozies that are the main attraction of the aforementioned genre. Moreover, Wild Orchid 2 is a far more compelling human drama than stories about men from out of space who want to learn what love is, but seem to only be interested in sex. A rating of 2.8 hardly does this film any justice. I myself was quite found of the movie, and consider it worth viewing by those seek more tragic and melancholy overtones than what you may find in a typical romance.

Nina Siemaszko portrays of young "virgin", who is lonely, innocent and vulnerable, yet strong willed and independent, with higher moral values. She acted well enough to earn my sympathy, and I found myself routing for her throughout the film. Through Blue's trying experiences, we learn that in order to find true love we must be bold and determined, we must exhibit self-sacrifice and compassion, and, above all, we must look beyond outward appearances and fallacies, and seek the inner beauty that lies within ourselves and others we meet.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wild Orchid 2: Blue Movie Blue See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$323,288, 10 May 1992

Gross USA:

$573,904

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$573,904
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Company Credits

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Vision PDG See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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