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.
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