Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)

Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)
  • Time: 112 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Director: Adrian Lyne
  • Cast: Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, David Margulies, Margaret Whitton


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.

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  • This memorable sexual drama is an adaptation of a novel by Elizabeth McNeill. Kim Basinger stars as a character named Elizabeth, a divorced art gallery worker. One day, she chances to meet John (Mickey Rourke), a charming young Wall Street financier. She finds out that he likes to play sexual games, and realizes that she’s vulnerable to his manipulations. Ultimately, she finds this strange relationship taking dominance in her life.

    “Nine 1/2 Weeks” is a largely two character film that is not degrading or “pornographic” as some people might have you believe. It’s actually rather restrained, and even in its full length uncut version is never overly concerned with nudity or depravity. This may come as a disappointment to some potential viewers, but most of the time it’s concentrating on detailing the evolution of this sex-based relationship.

    Unfortunately, we never get to know our two principals all that well. But since she has more to work with, Basinger definitely comes off better. Rourkes’ character forever remains an enigma. Also, for a film running close to two hours, it doesn’t seem to have all that much story going for it.

    The sex scenes will stick in the mind, even if most of them aren’t particularly imaginative. The exception is the notorious “food” sequence, which was later parodied in “Hot Shots!”. But the choice of song in the sequence kind of kills the mood.

    Basinger looks positively ravishing throughout – the camera loves her – and she delivers an appealing performance. Familiar faces turn up – Margaret Whitton, David Margulies, Christine Baranski, Karen Young, Julian Beck, Dan Lauria, Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones, etc. – but the supporting cast has little to do in the grand scheme of things.

    Fairly interesting but not all that successful, this marked a stepping stone for former actor Zalman King (who co-wrote and co-produced); he went on to a prominent career as a soft core auteur.

    Six out of 10.

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