Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Penthouse Perfection

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Penthouse Perfection

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If you had to choose a handful of films that summed up the 1980s then 9½ 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.

9½ 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. …

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