If anyone remembers the '80's & early '90's, Mickey Rourke could've very well been a soft-core porn star much like Rutger Hauer. Essentially Rourke played similar characters in nearly every one of his films but with different actresses of course & all of them were beautiful women.
Basically, Wild Orchid is your average hotter-than-hell romance which takes place under the Brazilian sun. Sure, the film is out-dated & the DVD does little to mask the age but what a sizzler this was & still is! The plot may not be anything to write home about but I'm sure you'll find much to enjoy. Zalman King crafted a near visual feast which will definitely appeal to the eyes with gorgeous photography, awesome costumes, & of course very sensual love scenes to daydream about for days on end.
Call me crazy or just sentimental but I remembered seeing this film as a kid in the multiplexes at the tender age of 14. I didn't know quite what I was in for & felt a tad bit guilty watching this in a room of adults but the film stuck with me somewhat through the years. Wild Orchid manages to be touching in ways that most films aren't & the chemistry between the characters is literally breathtaking. The final scene between Otis & Rourke is enough to send you gasping for breath & nearly begging for water.
If dream-like imagery & a Brazilian carnival settting grab your attention, you will more than likely enjoy Wild Orchid. Although I'm sure Wild Orchid will seem tame to most viewers now as the latest trend is to show actual sex scenes, this is still one of the better examples of erotic drama we have & it's readily available on DVD.
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Amazon.com Back when he wasn't relegated to the lesser cable channels, soft-porn meister Zalman King uncorked this howler of a drama on moviegoers, who were initially titillated by the ratings battle, but then shrugged and went off in search of the next cheap sensation. Model and subsequent Mickey Rourke squeeze Carré Otis plays a brilliant young attorney--well, we're told she's brilliant, although watching her in action, straining to wrap those puffy lips around her legalese dialogue, definitely conjures up other adjectives. She's dispatched to Rio de Janeiro under the guise of real-estate law and ends up seduced both by the exotic culture and by a brooding, highly misunderstood and frighteningly orange-skinned multimillionaire (Rourke). Kinky (for the time) sex games and deliriously mannered dialogue make this a rather pretentious exercise, unleavened by any truly erotic sensuality. Fun for taunting purposes, though.
Product Description Set in the sultry splendor of Rio de Janeiro, Wild Orchid stars Mickey Rourke (9 1/2 Weeks), Jacqueline Bisset ("Joan of Arc") and supermodel Carre(c) Otis in a "torrid" (Variety) adventure of the senses. Filled with "exotic settings" (The Hollywood Reporter), it is a hypnotic odyssey that will leave you breathless and spellbound. Beautiful young attorney Emily Reed (Otis) travels to Rio to work with international negotiator Claudia Lirones (Bisset) on a multimillion-dollar deal. But once exposed to the raw sensuality of her surroundings, Emily is increasingly drawn into a world of erotic fantasy. Eager to guide Emily through this underworld is Claudia's old flame Wheeler (Rourke). Mysterious and seductive, Wheeler unleashes Emily's most primitive desires...even as she threatens to unlock his world-weary heart.