9 ½ Weeks is an American erotic romantic drama film released in February 21, 1986. It is based on the 1987 memoir by Austria-American author Ingeborg Day. The explicit content of the film made it difficult to attract U.S. audience. It only grossed $6.7 million at the box office despite its $17 million budget. However, its worldwide release grossed about $100 million.
Year of Production
The film is completed in 1984, but not released until two years later. It was produced by Galactic Films, Jonesfilm, Producers Sales Organization, Triple Ajaxxx, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 9 ½ Weeks was directed by Adrian Lyne.
The title of the film refers to the length of John Gray and Elizabeth’s lasts relationship. John is a Wall Street arbitrageur while Elizabeth works at a SoHo art gallery. The film follows the volatile relationship between the two, from the day they first met at Chinese grocer up until Elizabeth leaves John for good.
The two get more sexually attached to each other as the story progresses. They barely know each other. Elizabeth becomes submissive to John’s peculiar sex habits. Their sex acts are becoming more and more intense until Elizabeth finds herself on a gradual spiral towards emotional breakdown.
Awards & Reviews
9 ½ Weeks was nominated three times at the 1986 Golden Raspberry Awards. Kim Basinger was nominated for Worst Actress while the film was nominated for Worst Original Song and Worst Screenplay. It was also nominated by the American Film Institute to be included in AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Passions, a list of top 100 greatest love stories in American cinema.
|Elizabeth McGraw||Kim Basinger|
|John Gray||Mickey Rourke|