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Plot: 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. Runtime: 117 mins Release Date: 21 Feb 1986
Probably one of the most misunderstood movies ever made, Nine and 1/2 Weeks to me is, in one word, amazing. Some call it soft-core porn while others call it meaningless. I call it a movie that shows the viewer what other movies do not show. The other side of relationships. The darker side, the side of people that most movies don't go to because they believe the average person would be turned off due to the fact that it is not the average love story. Yes, parts of the movie to some might seem slow, but if you let yourself get involved in the character, then you might just understand what <more>
This movie is a must-see classic and one of the greatest blockbusters in the 80s in Europe. Kim Basinger's acting and her striptease is unforgettable - a historical cinema moment. The film has a dramatic depth witch makes it the America's reply for Bertolucci's The Last Tango in Paris. I can't imagine why MGM has not came out yet with a director's cut. It'd be great to watch the harder scenes. They would make the movie even powerful. Unfortunately an American studio in the 80s was not brave enough to make a pharmacological sex drama harder. Nowadays these topics are <more>
much more accepted at least in Europe. If you've read Elisabeth McNeill's novel you can imagine what is missing from this movie. It's funny that they call it soft porn in the US. I hope that Adrian Lyne will make his own version on a DVD, this film deserves it. Kim Basinger once told in an interview that this movie was the hardest for her and made her stronger than ever. I can imagine. Painful, sensitive, intelligent with so strong contents... a masterpiece!!!
Where He Puts His Hands is Her Business!! (by dataconflossmoor)
The eighties was a decade which gave illusion to the fact that old values were back, and, the sexual revolution was reminiscent of the values which were seemingly more pertinent to the radical, counter culture era of the 1960's! In 1986, Ronald Reagan was President, and the oxford clad camaraderie, which was indicative of the 1980's, sparked a resurgence in naivety!! The avaricious demeanor to the eighties evoked an interpretive translation to wanting everything, once the bedroom door closed, these same ambitions prevailed!! The fact is, that in the 1980's, novice sexual <more>
excursions with the non conventional were alive and well, and, the proverbial horse was let out of the barn for good and keeps!! The truth is, that after punching straight Republican ticket, this same person could have gone home and engaged in a wild orgy! Socially salacious isolation afflicts virtually everyone, and sexual proclivities satiate all walks of life, no one cultural stereotype is immune! This is what the movie "Nine 1/2 Weeks" dealt with! Suffice it to say, this film fascinated the core 18-32 movie market audience!!Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger are WONDERFUL! in this movie! It is all about a ghoulish curiosity concerning the taboo!! What titillates the hedonistic carnal fancy? How far are we allowed to go? However far, let's go further! They might use the aspects of variational experimentation as a sophisticated subterfuge.. however, the fact remains.. these lustfully induced desires have made these two people no more civilized than timber wolves who happen to have a Fifth Ave clothing budget! The moral disengagement which has besieged both Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke has left a bevy of unanswered questions that they are petrified of responding to! Kim Basinger's perpetual subservience to everything has welcomed in an onslaught of psychological repercussions which have precariously nurtured her overall insecurity! A dangerously lethal prerequisite to cosmopolitan living seems to encompass the element of intricate sexual detachment from day to day living...For both parties involved, New York City has provided a cold shoulder which is null and void of scruples! This objective imperviousness has accommodated these emotionless charades of sexual deviancy all too conveniently!! Mickey Rourke's callous gratification finally barrages him with recriminations!! At some point, he may not have his cake and eat it too!! Literally!! Those are the ground-rules!!I loved this movie!!! Kim Basinger is absolutely beautiful!! In so many of her films, she is so beautiful, that the rest of the movie usually seems uneventful!! This movie's double-entendre to so many food items, accommodates an intrigue to this film that captivates the movie goer, particulairly if you are a man ... The bottom line is that this film illustrates how sexual depravity often times makes you uncomfortable with the type of person you have become!! By and large, your sense of immediate fruition is very dehumanizing.. For Mickey Rourke and Kim Bassinger, their dubiously intuitive dispositions seem to assuage their decrepit sense of moral imperatives! These two characters were victimized by their own indulgences, and decimated by the causes and effects of clinical debauchery, but once again, those are the ground-rules!!!"Nine 1/2 Weeks" is an Eighties classic!!! Conservative values were for magazine covers...Perversion is a candid activity for people who have had more than four drinks in an evening!! Terrific acting, and the artistic unconventional-ism to the entire genre of this film, makes "Nine 1/2 Weeks" totally fabulous entertainment!! See it if you have not seen it already!! While this movie is mild by today's standards, there is a mystique to this film that sufficiently quells the yearning to partake in the very macabre and nonchalant recreational activities associated with casual sex! "Nine 1/2 Weeks" expedited a myriad of deranged sexual mannerisms very effectively! Ultimately, "9 1/2 Weeks" sufficiently conveyed its deliberately disconcerting message of: The fact is, sordid sex, is indeed, an ersatz alternative to a healthy relationship!!
S and M even suggested at is still powerful to people. This movie was a sexual control being erotic. Well we've all been there in some way at one time or another. The acting was amazing. The eating scene remains very sexy indeed. Rourke was hot, better than his "just been hit by a truck look" in Wrestler. This is in my top 25 best. I am sure this could have been made today and it would be more graphic. Some things are sexier when some mystery remains intact. I hope they never remake this. Would love to see more of Basinger. a woman ages and they toss her aside for these anorexic <more>
babies who still need acting lessons. They were both at the height of their physical prowess and beautiful and still remain in our memory as hot hot hot. Indeed
A great movie with a great 80's soundtrack! (by Phoenix-Locust)
I absolutely love this film and rate it as one of my all time favourites. Kim Basinger's character Liz works in an Art Gallery in New York and is quite lonely after having divorced her husband. Mickey Rourke John is a wealthy Financer in Wall Street. They meet, they hook up and before you know it, embark in a very passionate, sexual relationship. A lot of people misconstrue as to what the film is actually about - it's not just an excuse for us to have glimpses of Kim Basingers extremely sexy body, but in fact the movie is about control - simple as you say it. John is very <more>
controlling and he found the perfect partner in Liz's submission. However, once his controlling tendencies stretched beyond the 'norm' him inviting a prostitute into their 'games' without her permission she realised that this isn't who she is and that she had to get out. Unfortunately this was when John decided to tell her about his life - too little too late. The ending used to have me in tears because you felt for both characters by this stage. I absolutely recommend this film, not only for the great acting ability of Rourke and Basinger, but also for the great soundtrack. A must see.
I didn't watch well enough back then ... (by bill-729-637551)
This film has been unfairly slated by people who were perhaps expecting something else. Re-watching it 30 ! years on, I notice above all the beauty of Kim Basinger, above all when she is apparently not trying to be beautiful. The range of expression she can bring to a scene just by looking is amazing; her hair often seems to have been brushed by a dog's claws, but there is something in her eyes which can take your breathe away. Mickey Rourke is above all effective as a guy who is willing to take risks and wants the woman to do the same, and I'm sure if I was a woman I would find him <more>
irresistible in this role ...A much-maligned film which deserves re-evaluation as a masterpiece of its kind. 1 point off because it seems a little too afraid of the censor at times ...
Except perhaps in Paris where, until recently, it played in a cinema just off the Champs Elysee. This film has been condemned from just about every possible, so I will not try and defend it blow by blow. There is much to appreciate here, particularly when the film is looked at in the context of it being the '80's "Last Tango In Paris" - perhaps even self consciously so. The opening shot of "Nine 1/2 Weeks" echoes the famous opening of "Last Tango In Paris" and there are many parallels, but never to the point of it becoming overt.If one accepts that form <more>
is to mirror content and apply that here it becomes clear that efforts were made to do so. The visual 'look' of both films not only mirror their content for 'Tango': a muted color pallette, yet somehow lush, there is a layer over everything but also their era. Both films deal with similar subject matter, in the context of the time in which they were made."Nine 1/2 Weeks" IS the '80's in much the way that "Last Tango..." is the '70's - the obsessions of an era are embodied in the struggle of two human bodies. Motions, touches are imbued with something beyond what is happening in the here and now. Very much in question here is the internal landscape of the characters involved - something one, as a filmmaker, would rather expose in a visual way as opposed to having characters pontificate about it though Brando TALKS in "Last Tango..." it is very often what he doesn't say, the silence between two lines of dialogue, that SAY more - in "Nine 1/2 Weeks" there are many visual cues/pointers as to the characters' states of mind, i.e. their apartments, the manner in which they are decorated stark, all straight lines John vs. cluttered and dusty Liz . Elements like that make a film work.The only moments of relief that Liz experiences in the film are when she is away from the city, away from John, amidst nature with the painter - in fact, one almost never sees John outside, just like Paul in "Last Tango..." - all these little cues about character should raise the questions in the viewer's mind - what sort of person would?...
I have seen this movie many times. I find it to be, not a sexual movie. It does have depth and symbolism if you are able to get passed the simple sex scenes. My favorite part is when Elizabeth goes to visit Fransworth, the artist.If you really think about it just as he is at the gallery opening of his show, so is she "a fish out of water".It can't survive and in the end neither can she.I love the way this film was shot.This movie is more about stepping out side your comfort zone. You know about her family and life, but you don't learn about his until it is to late.People <more>
need to get passed the sex scenes and realize this movie is about human limits.All of us feel this inside, but are afraid, like Elizabeth to try it.
A Film About the Destructiveness of Sex Obsession (by classicalsteve)
I think most people don't understand this movie. This is not a love story, at least not in the conventional sense. "9 1/2 weeks" is about sexual desire and intimate sensuality run amok and becoming the monopolizing forces in a relationship, and the ultimate demise of that relationship as a result. Certainly the physical pleasures and sensuality of sex are aspects that make a relationship fulfilling and gratifying but they are not the only facets. A relationship purely based on sexual desire is doomed to failure. At first it seems like a game, but later on the intensity is too <more>
much for the relationship to withstand, largely because if love and caring are sacrificed for the sex, it will die.You almost couldn't find more suitable casting than Mickey Roarke and Kim Bassinger. Roarke plays John, a sexually-driven finance executive who is not satisfied with winning over the woman he wants. He craves continual heightened sexual excitement from his "lady friend". And he uses subtle coercion to achieve his goals. For Elizabeth, played by Bassinger, John is the ideal lover. He makes her breakfast, buys her clothes, brushes her hair. He takes care of her in an interesting role reversal. But nothing is free. In return, John wants Elizabeth to be in his complete control and engage in sensuous sex games. And each game is more intense than the last.At first the games seem innocent enough. He likes to blindfold her and play a touchy-feely game in which he introduces objects that she feels and/or tastes. But then the requests become more intense. He wants her to enact a strip-tease, to dress in a certain way without her consent, and to receive a spanking for being a "nosey parker". They have sex in the oddest of places, sometimes engaging in intimate contact in public. At first Elizabeth enjoys the attention and the excitement until she begins to lose the sense of herself as the relationship intensifies. And John eventually goes too far. At one poignant moment in the film, Elizabeth speaks with an artist-recluse. Because her job is at an art gallery, she helps coordinate artists for exhibitions. When she finds him in a rural area, she asks him if he remembered that his exhibition is coming up. He replies that when he is hungry he remembers to eat and when he is tired he remembers to sleep. She has lost the simpler pleasures of life, and this old man reminds her of that. Late in the film there is an interesting scene where Elizabeth's former boyfriend comes to the place she works--not to see her but he is now dating one of her co-workers. He's a plain man who does not have nearly the sexual allure of Roarke. But he seems kind and honest. Liz watches her co-worker and her former boyfriend leave and there is an expression on her face that speaks volumes: maybe she misjudged him after-all. For a moment, the two stare at each other from a distance, and you get the feeling that she was the one who left him. He is not the Mr Exciting that John is, but maybe he has other qualities that John could never have.This is quite a stunning film, certainly not for all tastes, and some of the steamy sex scenes could be misinterpreted as being only for pornographic sake. What saves it are the incredible and absolutely believable performances by the two leads, Roarke and Bassinger which strangely complement one another. Roarke plays his character right on the money, always enigmatic, never raising his voice, but always mysterious. His character is always just outside of reach. He constantly smiles, even when he is noticeable disappointed. Basinger is a perfect complement as one of the few actresses left who can be vulnerable and elicit a willingness to be under control that you don't see in many female performances anymore. Despite what may appear to be pornography, there is a point to the film I think, and that is that constant sexual control and nurturing relationships mix like oil and water. In the end you wonder if it was all a game.