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If you had to choose a hand­ful of films that summed up the 1980s then 9 ½ Weeks, star­ring Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger, should be on your list. Its heady mix of ma­te­ri­al­ism and sex made it a prod­uct of its time; the US – like the UK – was rev­el­ling in the suc­cess of a boom­ing econ­omy and ex­cess was ev­ery­thing.

The film was the decade’s an­swer to Fifty Shades of Grey and Rourke’s sado­masochis­tic char­ac­ter is co­in­ci­den­tally called John Gray.

9 ½ Weeks – whose ti­tle refers to the length of the char­ac­ters’ af­fair – split opin­ion. Re­garded by some as soft porn with good act­ing, oth­ers thought it was a defin­ing mo­ment in the ca­reers of Rourke and Basinger de­spite the du­bi­ous script.

To put the ic­ing on its 1980s cre­den­tials, the sin­gle that pro­moted the film – called I Do What I Do – was penned by Du­ran Du­ran bassist John Taylor.

The film, which was re­leased in 1986, bombed in the US but proved pop­u­lar in Europe and par­tic­u­larly the UK and went on to gross $ 100m world­wide.

If you’ve seen 9 ½ Weeks then you’ll

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