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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Desire. Infatuation. Obsession. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

Director Adrian Lyne used emotionally manipulative tactics on Kim Basinger during the shooting to elicit the performance he wanted from the somewhat new actress, which Basinger later criticized harshly. For example, Lyne did not allow Mickey Rourke and Basinger to talk to each other off-set. The two were kept isolated from each other and Lyne would tell Basinger rumors about how Rourke intended to make her like or dislike him so that she would carry that attitude into the scene. Lyne would also offer Rourke performance notes, but Basinger none, in order to unnerve her. In a very unusual and expensive move along these lines, Lyne shot the film sequentially, so that Basinger's actual emotional breakdown over time would be effectively translated to the screen. See more »

Goofs

When John turns on his stereo to play Joe Cocker's "You Can Keep Your Hat On" for Elizabeth's striptease, the speaker switch on the power amplifier is in the off position. See more »

Quotes

John: How does it feel like to be out of control?
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117 minute uncut and unrated European version is available on DVD. See more »

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Love and Happiness
Performed by Al Green
Written by Al Green and Teenie Hodges
Courtesy of Cream Records
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Slow, Tedious, But Interesting Sexual Drama
17 August 2000 | by Ride-3See all my reviews

"9 1/2 Weeks", while containing a few sequences of sex and nudity, is nowhere near as shocking as it might once have been considered. Kim Basinger plays Liz, an art gallery employee who meets Wall Street trader John, played by Mickey Rourke. While their romance is at first sweet and romantic, things begin to quickly change. John initiate a series of kinky sexual trysts involving food, a hooker, and an enticing striptease performed by Liz. But the time comes for Liz to question the nature of the relationship and ask herself, Is this really healthy? The movie is very, very slow, and in parts, very boring. If your watching this for the much hyped sex and nudity, don't bother, besides the occasional glimpse of Basinger's breasts and butt, there isn't much here to see. See it, just don't expect too much.

"9 1/2 Weeks" is Unrated for strong sensuality and nudity, and for some adult language.

NOTE: "9 1/2 Weeks" is available R-Rated or Unrated, which is one minute longer than the R version. But the Unrated version is no more graphic than a regular R-Rated movie.


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