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NEW Rourke/basinger/whitton - 9 1/2 Weeks (Blu-ray)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius subtext. . . a brave american film. . . Oct. 11 2003
This is one of my favorite films of all time. Kim Basinger is poignant and astounding. Her wounded eyes that belie the sexual obsession is such an affective contrast.Her performance is impeccable.
The plot is disturbing and yet common. I was turned on, infuriated, and -worst of all- familiar with the subject matter. Notice the subtle things that change as Elizabeth falls deeper into this sadistic union. (the darkening clothing and make-up for instance)
This nothing short of an American classic and one of the only films I want to own.
I also recommend the novel of the same name!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Craftful Cinematography....a fine work. Jan. 14 2004
Format:VHS Tape
If you've gotten this far in the reviews, you'll notice that either people love this film or hate it. It's pretty much right down the middle, which in a way, is a reflection of American societal attitude towards it's own sexuality.
If your own sexual world isn't aware there's something other than the missionary position, chances are you'll see this as a vulgar, disgusting film. The world that John draws Elizabeth into is a very psychologically complicated and sophisticated one. If you can't identify with lifestyles like that, you can't understand how or why they exist.
Personally, I found this film a masterpiece, not so much from the story line, but the mechanics of it. The cinematography is nothing short of breathtaking. Subject matter debates aside, this is a beautifully photographed film. Camera angles, lens choices, it's obvious the director worked very closely with the cinematographer in capturing on film exactly the image he had in his head. I can't say enough about the beauty of this film.
I thought both of the principals turned in exceptional performances, even though I view Rourke as a below-average actor. This film is easily his best, which actually could be said of Basinger as well. The Casting Dept. did a good job on this one.
Bar none, Basinger's strip tease (done with very little nudity) goes on my "All-Time Best Scenes List". The music choice, Joe Cocker's "You Can Leave Your Hat On" was a stroke of genius!
Alas, years after it's debut it's the subject matter that is remembered, and I find it still holds up. I'd suggest this film highly. Careful though, you may get more than you bargain for if you make it a "first date" flick to watch!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say Sept. 9 2003
What can I possibly say that hasn't already been said. Great movie that open my eyes to just how great it could be to fulfill fantasies and the consequences that not saying how you feel can have. Granted when I first was the movie I was a 17 year old college freshman and still very virginal. The music for the movie was just as good as the movie. A must own for anyone who likes Mickey.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzz Sept. 29 2008
Elizabeth (Kim Bassinger) works at an art gallery in New York City. She meets John (Mickey Rourke), a mysterious, wealthy stranger, and they begin a torrid affair. He's into game playing; he likes to tell her what to do and she does it, even when it scares her. He wants to control her completely and she lets him, for nine and a half weeks.

When this came out in 1986, it was considered shocking; today one can see almost this much sensuality on TV and certainly in many movies, so its impact has diminished. The steamy, dangerous, erotic night scenes are balanced by the cold, sterile day scenes of Elizabeth's work. The photography is striking with costumes and sets in shades of black and white and close-ups designed to heighten our sensory awareness. Bassinger and Rourke are well-cast but I didn't care about or like either of them. Their situation seemed improbable and repellent.

The movie could certainly be titillating, but I found it upsetting and scary and sometimes even boring.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kim Basinger makes this worth seeing March 24 2004
Format:VHS Tape
What one realizes while watching this is how limited and ultimately unsatisfactory is a relationship based purely on sex.
I imagine that the familiar dominance/submissive psychology at the heart of this visually stunning movie--and it really is beautifully shot--comes from the novel by Elizabeth MacNeil. I say that, not having read the novel, because the seduction of Manhattan art dealer Elizabeth (Kim Basinger) by the smooth and supremely confident financier John (Mickey Rourke) is so very well done with the expensive presents, the well-timed flower deliveries, little endearments, etc., that it amounts to a woman's fantasy. The partial debasement of Elizabeth and her eventual triumph over her darker instincts and her realization that there is a difference between love and submission is also something that one might expect to find in a woman's point-of-view novel.
However when we get to the actual sexuality and how it is acted out, it is unclear who dreamed up the scenes, MacNeil or director Adrian Lyne or the scriptwriters. I say this because the scenes were so predictable and so ordinary, and when not ordinary and predictable, were bordering on the just plain dumb. Making love in the rain, at the top of a tall building (inside the clock tower), blindfolding the woman, making her crawl, feeding her strawberries, etc., bring nothing new to eroticism. And the scene requiring some imagination--[...]--was not realistically done. Why directors insist on allowing a man holding onto the hand of woman to outrun the men chasing them never ceases to amaze me. And then to have Elizabeth and John stop in the middle of the street to allow the bashers they have outrun to catch up was just plain stupid, not to mention the phony fight that followed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie!
This movie is a classic erotic movie and I liked some scenes and music. The DVD has good quality and we enjoy it
Published 4 months ago by Ricardo A. Chavez
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 1/2 Weeks (Original uncut)
I saw this film when it first came out and it really made me think of how easy it is for men to control your every thought and even emotions especially when you are in love with... Read more
Published 5 months ago by michelle sutherland
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the prudish...
Very intriguing combination of erotica & storytelling. Does make one contemplate the fine line between pleasure & abuse. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dianne Cohen
3.0 out of 5 stars I was always curious!
Intersting story line and often curious about what it is all about since it first came out years ago! A young man's wild fantasy indeed!
Published 20 months ago by David Tsang
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and fast service
I am very happy with the whole process. Would do this again for sure.
Published on Aug. 3 2010 by Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Um.... yes.
So here's this: I was walkign around the video store and I spy this cover with the kind of hot but kind of old chick from LA Confidential on it, but get this - she's yound as hell... Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Chad Kultgen
4.0 out of 5 stars Yowtch!
Director Adrian Lyne's got a thing for weird relationships. 9  Weeks with Mickey Rourke as a Wall Street exec with a thing for Elizabeth, an art gallery owner (Kim Bassinger). Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Peggy Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT for the timid
This is a wild wild movie. It's an interesting look at obsession and control. A huge sexual component to this film--and it's quite explicit so this is not a movie to be watched... Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by Alicia Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, but not in a good way.
I don't know who can find this movie erotic. Ten minutes into it I wanted to punch Mickey Rourke in the face and slap Kim Basinger upside the head for allowing herself to be so... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003
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