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Wild Orchid (1990)




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When the young, innocent Emily Reed (Carre Otis) is hired by a New York City law firm, they immediately ship her out to Rio de Janiero to assist Claudia Lirones (Jacqueline Bisset) in an important business deal. Emily arrives in Rio during Carnival time, and when she becomes part of a millionaire's kinky sex games, she quickly learns the deal she has been sent on is anything but business as usual.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Patricia Knop, Zalman King
On DVD: Apr 16, 2002
MGM Home Entertainment

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Mickey Rourke
as James Wheeler
Carrie Otis
as Emily Reed
Jacqueline Bisset
as Claudia Dennis
Carré Otis
as Emily Reed
Assumpta Serna
as Hanna Munch
Bruce Greenwood
as Jerome MacFarland
Oleg Vidov
as Otto Minch
Jens Peter
as Volleyball Player
Paul Land
as Big Sailor
Carlinhos Jesus
as Conga Line Leader
as Manuella
Anya Sartor
as Woman in Old Hotel
Joao Carlos dos Sant...
as Workman in Old Hotel
Antonio Agusto do Ca...
as Construction Foreman
David Rudder
as Himself
Kathleen Kaminsky
as Emily's Mother
Lester Berman
as Interviewer
Steven Kaminsky
as Interviewer
Mato Chi
as Mr. Chin
Yomiko Ribeiro
as Chinese Lady
Franco Pisano
as Bodyguard
Omi Raia
as Black Angel
Daniel Anibal Blasco
as Man in Airport
as Dance Hall Singer
Silvia Gomez Torres
as Slave Quarter Singer
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Critic Reviews for Wild Orchid

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 12, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | April 12, 2011
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Wild Orchid

Some Minor Spoilers Here****************************

This movie, underrated and panned by most is to me one of the most enduring erotic films of all time. judged as a fantasy, it doesn't have to go by the rules that govern normal film criticism. flawed by those standards, it will still be shown for a long time.

Carre Otis doesn't have to be a stereotypical, international lawyer. it doesn't have to have continuity or a rich script they are the characters they portray at the fantasy level, with scenes of sexual tension, unexpected happenings and the intense, colorful noisy, bizarre and sexy backdrop of Rio

Also much of the story is in subtext and symbolism.

The silent boy character, for example, who clearly represents Wheeler( Mickey Rourke) as a child. When Wheeler decides to stop playing games, he sends the boy as his messenger to deliver the message. He has had to face a few things and get in touch with his past in order to move beyond his emotional issues.

Yes, there are some examples of bad acting and cheesy lines here and there as is the case with most movies. Yes the plot is improbable. But don't dismiss this film as just another excuse for soft-pornography. The story here is in the characters. And it is backed up well by exotic atmosphere and beautiful photography. Not to mention a great soundtrack. Recommended

David Ladd

Super Reviewer


jay nixon

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Dull spellbinding journey of sexual self-discovery.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Wild Orchid Quotes

Claudia Lirones: Tell him to take his pants off.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Claudia Lirones: Put on some goddamn lipstick!
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
James Wheeler: How come you're always following her around? I mean, don't you have anything better to do with your time? Hey, you better stay away from that one. Otherwise, she's gonna break your heart.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Emily Reed: Why this? Why all the trouble?
James Wheeler: Because I'm interested in you.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)

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