Blu-Ray review: Wild Orchid starring Mickey Rourke, Jacqueline Bisset and Carre Otis

In 1989 when Wild Orchid was released I was just 19 and this was the very first sexy film I watched. Compared to any movie released these days (without even being labelled erotic) in Wild Orchid sex scenes are really minimal and not so explicit but the eroticism from this film comes from the implicit lust that emerges from the dialogues and the looks. From director Zalman King (Red Shoe Diaries, Two Moon Junction) Wild Orchid, recently released on Blu-ray in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition for the first time in the UK, is a tale of sex, passion and erotic taboos set against the backdrop of the rich and powerful. 



The story

Set in the sultry splendor of Rio de Janeiro, Wild Orchid stars Mickey Rourke (9 1/2 Weeks), Jacqueline Bisset (Bullitt) and supermodel Carre 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.

The trailer

London Mums’ rating 7/10

Wild Orchid is essentially a cult erotic film from the glorious end of the Eighties that was not received well by the critics at the time but is now regarded as a fascinating retro movie. It’s not just the Eighties fashion (padded shoulders sported by Mickey Rourke as a key piece, the red bandana on a white shirt and a bolero), the amazing cast – some at the beginning of their career, Brazilian vibe.


The storyline is not very interesting and the characters despite being played by charming actors and actresses are not exciting. However for its novelty factor at the time of release and its retro features it can be considered the Fifty Shades of Grey of its day.



·       Original Theatrical Trailer

·       Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing



1989 | 112 minutes | 1.85:1 OAR | USA | Erotic / Thriller | Colour | 8 February 2016
Certificate 18 | Director ZALMAN KING | Language ENGLISH | Subtitles ENGLISH SDH (Optional)
Dual Format Cat. No. EKA70206 | Dual Format Barcode 5060000702064 | Dual Format RRP £17.95

Available to Pre-order from: Amazon


Facebook Comments