Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Alternate title: 9 1/2 Weeks
USA, 1986. Producers Sales Organization, Jonesfilm, Galactic Films, Triple Ajaxxx. Screenplay by Sarah Kernochan, Zalman King, Patricia Louisianna Knop, based on the novel by Elizabeth McNeill. Cinematography by Peter Biziou. Produced by Mark Damon, Sidney Kimmel, Zalman King, Antony Rufus-Isaacs. Music by Jack Nitzsche. Production Design by Ken Davis. Costume Design by Bobbie Read. Film Editing by Caroline Biggerstaff, Ed Hansen, Tom Rolf, Mark Winitsky.
Tawdry, tacky sex thriller that features a starmaking performance by Kim Basinger. She plays a pent-up art gallery assistant who has a two month affair with a callous Wall Street executive that starts off as fun raunchy sex and ends up as seriously damaging raunchy sex. The two explore each other’s limits as she strips to Randy Newman and he pours food all over her blindfolded face, all of it photographed with Playboy luster by cinematographer Peter Biziou. Stylish and enjoyable, it’s nonetheless a totally vapid movie that expects us to believe that Basinger would be so afraid of herself in the first place, and that Rourke could be believable as anything but completely dangerous.