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.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Drama , Romance
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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
Luiz Lobo
as Juan
Carlinhos Jesus
as Conga Line Leader
as Manuella
Anya Sartor
as Woman in Old Hotel
Joao Carlos dos Santos
as Workman in Old Hotel
Antonio Agusto do Carmo
as Construction Foreman
David Rudder
as Himself
Simone Moreno
as Herself
Lester Berman
as Interviewer
Kathleen Kaminsky
as Emily's Mother
Mato Chi
as Mr. Chin
Steven Kaminsky
as Interviewer
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
Kim Donaldson
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Wild Orchid

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Less a classic and more a curiosity, Wild Orchid is a cult piece of Eighties erotica that was panned at the time but now is weirdly fascinating.

Full Review… | February 4, 2016
Times (UK)

Writer-director Zalman King's Wild Orchid could be considered the Fifty Shades of Grey of its day: a would-be erotic romp that ultimately carries as much of a sexual charge as a Chicken McNugget.

Full Review… | March 4, 2015
Creative Loafing

Goofy, grubby softcore precursor to "Red Shoe Diaries"

February 18, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A few cheap laughs, but mostly awful

January 16, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette


December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

All but exemplifies bad erotica, with Otis' quivery fragility and Rourke's skeezy ooziness.

August 16, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Wild Orchid


So I finally rented Wild Orchid and this is one steamy flick that probably won't please everybody. I think the sensuality is very erotic. Rio de Janeiro is a truly beautiful setting for sin, and the movie depicts its partying attitude in spades. This movie doesn't lie about its intentions. If you wanted a sexually charged erotic drama/thriller, it doesn't disappoint. Yes, it's pretty slow, but the erotic build-up is very good and the music is sexy and moody. Wild Orchid is Unrated for extremely strong graphic sexuality and nudity. While the film is tame by today's standards, one has to remember that when released in 1990, it was very explicit. OK...maybe it's not the best dialog...maybe it's not the best screenplay...maybe it's not several things! But the female in me can't help but notice that brooding Mickey Rourke was one good looking man and looks extremely sexy on that Harley motorcycle. Smoking Hot!

Deb S
Deb S

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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

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David Ladd

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