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Drama -Erotic

Wild Orchid (1989)

Duration1h 45m
RatingsUK: 18, USA: R, France: 12 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorZalman King, 
Writers/ScriptPatricia Louisianna Kmnop, Zalman King
StarringMickey Rourke, Jacqueline Bisset, Carré Otis, Assumpta Serna, Bruce Greenwood, 
RatingsIMDb: 4.5/10 by 12,184 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 10% by 30 reviewers. Review2view: 3/10.

Elevator Pitch: Emily Reed is a young lawyer who gets a job with an international conglomerate and is immediately required to accompany her boss, Claudia, to Rio De Janeiro where it is intended that a hotel be purchased. Claudia has a daw with the rich young man James Wheeler but passes it on to Emily when she is required to fly to Buenos Aires. James and Emily seem to become friends although he is insular and appears to enjoy manipulating others. The two with a couple they have met visit a carnival which results in a fight when the other woman is attacked by drunken sailors. Later at another masked event James arranges for Emily to have sex with Jerome. But despite Emily’s increasing feeling for him, James keeps his distance.

Content: Well folks, this is soft porn so most of the female actors spend a lot of time unclothed. Emily comes across two black people having sex in a ruined building which seems to disturb her. In the fracas with the sailors one of the ladies has her cloths ripped off and thereafter in James’s limo she and her husband are encouraged to have sex. Emily does it with Jerome, who turns out to be a lawyer involved in the purchase negotiations. When not actually doing it, the participants are wandering about in carnival events wearing masks.

A View:  I felt sorry for Carre Otis, who was nominated in the Razzies as Worst New Star and the film bombed in America. Perhaps it did not come up to the required level or eroticism there, because it was a hit in Europe, said by some sources to have made $100 million. If it has a problem there is virtually no plot. There are only two things we are waiting for. Will Emily get her cloths off and will she and James do it? This is just insufficient plot to hold the attention, so it is probably not worth your time.

I have reviewed very few films which could be called “Erotic” but here are three which were generally better thought of: Basic Instinct, The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Eyes Wide Shut.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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