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9½ Weeks

Theatrical poster
Directed by Adrian Lyne
Produced by Mark Damon
Sidney Kimmel
Zalman King
Written by Sarah Kernochan
Zalman King
Starring Kim Basinger
Mickey Rourke
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Cinematography Peter Biziou
Editing by Caroline Biggerstaff
Ed Hansen
Distributed by MGM (USA)
Producers Sales Organization (non-USA)
Release date(s) February 14, 1986 - Italy February 21, 1986
Running time 112 min.
Country United States
Language English
Followed by Another 9½ Weeks

9½ Weeks is a 1986 erotic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. The film is based on the novella of the same title by Elizabeth McNeill.

The film was not a major success commercially in the United States, grossing $7 million in box office receipts alone, and was poorly received by critics. Despite its moderate success in North America, the film acquired a large fanbase on video and was a huge success internationally.[1] The film is now well known for its erotic sadomasochistic content. The film spawned two direct-to-video sequels: Another 9½ Weeks in 1997 and The First 9½ Weeks in 1998.

Contents

Plot

The title of the film refers to the duration of a relationship between Wall Street arbitrageur John Grey and divorced SoHo art gallery employee Elizabeth McGraw. The two meet and conduct a volatile and sometimes violent sex life. John has narcisstic personality disorder.

They try a variety of sexual and erotic acts, such as a scene in which John titillates a blindfolded Elizabeth's body with ice; a scene in which John spoonfeeds Elizabeth various kinds of food while her eyes are closed; a scene in which Elizabeth takes off a tuxedo and has sex with John in a rainy alley; and Basinger's striptease to Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On," as performed by Joe Cocker. Most of these erotic scenes were parodied or served as the inspiration for some music videos, like Sheena Easton's 1989 song "Days Like This" and Sarah Connor's 2007 "Sexual Healing".

The film details a sexual downward spiral as John pushes Elizabeth's boundaries toward her eventual emotional breakdown. He often manipulates her into getting what he wants during sex and sometimes abuses her.

Cast

Controversy

To obtain an R-Rating the sex scenes had to be cut slightly. The unrated version is uncut.[2]

Reception

9½ Weeks has a 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[3]

Awards

The film was nominated for three categories in the 1986 Golden Raspberry Awards.

Soundtrack and score

The main single released from the 9½ Weeks: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was "I Do What I Do," performed by Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, giving his first solo singing performance during a hiatus in Duran Duran's career. The song reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #42 on the UK Singles Chart. Music for the score was composed by Taylor and Jonathan Elias. Original music for the movie was also written by Jack Nitzsche, but his compositions are not included on the soundtrack.

The soundtrack also included tracks from Luba, Bryan Ferry, Dalbello, Corey Hart, Joe Cocker, Devo, Eurythmics and Stewart Copeland. Jean Michel Jarre's "Arpegiator", played during the sex scene on the stairs in the rain, was not included on the record.

Sequels

A tentative sequel, called Four Days in February, was written by Zalman King. Mickey Rourke was said to have agreed to the project, however Kim Basinger declined and the sequel was abandoned.[citation needed] In 1997, the actual sequel appeared direct to video called Another 9½ Weeks, starring Mickey Rourke and Angie Everhart and directed by Anne Goursaud. In 1998, a straight-to-video prequel was made called The First 9½ Weeks, but it did not contain any of the original actors.

References

  1. ^ Nathan Rabin, Onion A.V. Club DVD Review: Another 9 1/2 Weeks
  2. ^ http://movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=3971709
  3. ^ 9 1/2 Weeks at Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2009-05-10.

Unfootnoted

  • Briggs, Joe Bob (2005). Profoundly Erotic: Sexy Movies that Changed History. New York: Rizzoli. ISBN 0-7893-1314-6. 

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