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9½ Weeks
erotic drama
Directed by Adrian Lyne
Produced by Mark Damon
Sidney Kimmel
Zalman King
Written by Sarah Kernochan
Zalman King
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Released 1986
Running time 120 minutes
Distributed by MGM (USA)
Sales Organization (non-USA)
soundtrack album cover
Weeks edited.jpg
featuring music by John Taylor

9½ Weeks is a 1986 erotic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne, which stars Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. The film is based on the novel of the same title by Elizabeth McNeill and features music by John Taylor.

About the film[]

The title of the film refers to the duration of a relationship between Wall Street arbitrageur John Grey (played by Mickey Rourke) and divorced Soho art gallery employee Elizabeth McGraw (Kim Basinger). The two meet and conduct a volatile and (sometimes) violent sex life.

They try a variety of sexual and erotic acts, such as a scene in which John titilates a blindfolded Elizabeth's body with ice; a scene in which John spoonfeeds Elizabeth various kinds of food while her eyes are closed; a scene in which Elizabeth takes off a tuxedo and has sex with John in a rainy alley; and Basinger's striptease to Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On," as performed by Joe Cocker (which later served as the inspiration for Sheena Easton's 1989 music video for her song "Days Like This").

The film details a sexual downward spiral as John pushes Elizabeth's boundaries toward her eventual emotional breakdown. He often manipulates her into getting what he wants during sex and sometimes abuses her.


  • Mickey Rourke - John Grey
  • Kim Basinger - Elizabeth McGraw
  • Margaret Whitton - Molly
  • David Margulies - Harvey
  • Christine Baranski - Thea
  • Karen Young - Sue
  • William De Acutis - Ted
  • Dwight Weist - Farnsworth
  • Roderick Cook - Sinclair - the Critic
  • Victor Truro - Gallery Client

Movie soundtrack[]

The main single released from the 9½ Weeks: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was "I Do What I Do" performed by Duran Duran's bass player John Taylor, giving his first solo singing performance during a hiatus in Duran Duran's career. The song reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #42 on the UK Singles Chart. Music for the score was composed by Taylor and Jonathan Elias. Original music for the movie was also written by Jack Nitzsche, but his compositions are not included on the soundtrack.

Soundtrack listing[]

  1. "I Do What I Do" - John Taylor
  2. "Best Is Yet To Come" - Luba
  3. "Slave To Love" - Bryan Ferry
  4. "Black On Black" - Dalbello
  5. "Eurasian Eyes" - Corey Hart
  6. "You Can Leave Your Hat On" - Joe Cocker
  7. "Bread And Butter" - Devo
  8. "This City Never Sleeps" - Eurythmics
  9. "Cannes" - Stewart Copeland
  10. "Let It Go" - Luba