Wild Orchid (18) (Zalman King, US, 1990) Mickey Rourke, Carre Otis, Jacqueline Bisset, Assumpta Serna, Oleg Vidov, Bruce Greenwood. 112 mins. There doesn’t seem to be any sex in Kansas, so naive young lawyer Emily (Otic) is in for a lot oi surprises when she leaves her Mom and walks into a high powered job in New York. The next day she’s on the plane down to Rio with her decisive boss Claudia (Bisset) to sort out a big resort development deal. Thumping music and assorted scanty beach wear indicate to Emily that she is in a new, boldly sensual world and this is conlirmed when she walks into a derelict building and witnesses a couple on the job. Being a prim and proper girl in glasses, at course she runs away, but passion isn’t something easily denied - particularly when she’s got a date that night with Wheeler (Bourke), the local sex-obsessed tycoon.
Zalman King wrote 9% Weeks, and last year both wrote and directed the antiseptic Two Moon Junction. This is
the same empty mix as belore: a vacuous young innocent always
running away from her own desires; a conlident, sell-possessed male who iorces her to ’iind herseli', and an extended bout of glossy humping poses to fill up the last ten minutes. Beiore we get to that though there’s the added twist ol Wheeler’s only apparent sexual conlidence. it turns out that, like Peter Sellers in Being There, he ‘likesto watch’. A more sensible woman would reler him to Doctor Ruth, but the terminally dolelul Emily goes along with his strange demands which take in an entire range oi voyeuristic activities probably unknown in this country outside at the Conservative Party.
As Emily’s boss, Bisset overacts ludicrously and Rourke is lumbered with a checklist ol idiotic lines and, after about an hour, the fun at Wild Orchid wears oil. It has certainly got its share of unintentional laughs, but as tor real libidinous excess, there’s more in the average ’Flake’ advert. (Tom Tunney)
Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kiibride.
UCI. Central: Allanpark. (alcdonian. Strathclyde: ('annon. Kelburne. ()deon Ayr. ()deon Ilarnilton. I‘Cl Clydebank. L'Cl East Kilbride.
I The War oi the Roses( 15) ( Danny DeVito. US. 1989) Michael Douglas. Kathleen Turner. Danny I)e\'ito. Marianne Sagebrecht. 116 mins. I)c\'ito‘s second movie is a searineg bleak. anti-divorce comedy . in which hisold collaborators Douglas and Turner play -()liver and Barbara Rose. an idyllic happy couple who turn viciouswhen their marriage turns sour. It shares with their earlier Throw Momma From the Train a delight in nastiness and a I litchcokian control of image and tension. The wee man himself takes an unusually straight cameo role as the lawyer trying to prevent disaster. A truckload of uncomfortable laughs. Glasgow: OFT. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. Central: MacRobert Arts Centre.
I White Hunter. Black Heart (1’0) (Clint Eastwood. US. 1990) Clint Eastwood. Jeff Fahey. Goerge Dzundza. 112 mins. See feature. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: Odeon. UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride.
I Wild Al Hearti lSl ( Dav id l.y nch. I'S. IWIII Nicholas Cage. l.aura I)crn. Diane l.add. Willem Daloe. 127 mins. Lynch‘s much-by ped ('anncs prize-winner turns out to be weird and wondrous in itsow it way. 11 not quite as cohesive as the earlier Blue Velvet. (‘age and l)crn are the energetic young lovers on the run. pursued by ultrastrange hitman Dafoe on a sometimes comic. sometimesdisturbing. trail towards the ultimate rendezvous with lilvis and the Wizard of()'/.. Aside from lovingly detailing the pernicious influence of pop kitsch upon our very consciousness however. the movie isn't really about anything. even if it is a helluva trip. (ilasgow: (ii-'1'. Iidinburgh: Cameo. L'Cl. I The Wild One ( 18) (Stanley Kramer. LJS. 195-1). Marlon Brando. Lee Marvin. Mary Murphy. 7‘) mins. BikerJohnny(Brando) and his wild chums terrorisc a small town until the Sheriff gets his act together and calls the police. who arrest rival gang leader Marvin (whose supremely sarcastic line ’Wah. they‘re arresting me‘ is perhaps the high point of the film). Minimally-plotted and seminal biker movie. w hich set the tone for the genre so well that many of its lines and situations now seem stereotypes. (ilasgow: (il’l‘.
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I Wild Orchid ( 18) (Zalman King. U390) Mickey Rourke. Carrie Otis. Jacqueline Bisset. 112 mins. See review. Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh: UCI. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride.
I Willow (PG) (Ron Howard. US. 1988) Warwick Davis. Val Kilmer. Joanne Whalley. Jean Marsh. 126 mins. A mystery baby turns up in the land ofthe little Nelwyn people. and one oftheir number has to return it to the adult-sized land ofthe Daikini. but the kid turns out to be someone special. Would-be blockbusting fairtytale epic offers producer George Lucas an opportunity to refashion Star Wars in a setting straight from Tolkien. The result is not unentertaining. but we‘ve seen it too many times before. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I The Witches (I’Ci) (Nicholas Roeg. US. 1990) Anjelica Huston. Mai Zetterling. Rowan Atkinson. 92 mins. Nine year-old
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about the everpresent threat posed by the existence of witches. which isn't much help actually because within the next half hour he stumbles on theirannual convention in a small English hotel and gets himselfchanged into a mouse for his pains. A pleasing adaption of Roald Dahl's children's story has director Roeg (in unusually straightforward manner) creating a superior kids movie that has you rooting for the mice all the way. Lotsof fun. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. ()deon llamilton.
I Young Sherlock Holmes ( PG) (Barry Levinson. UK. 1986) Nicholas Rowe. Sophie Ward. Anthony I liggins. 1(19mins. Ilolmes' first case while he is still a schoolboy has him involved with a murderous underground cult of Egyptian origins. Produced by Steven Spielberg. this is entertaining stuff forolder children. blending Victorian backgrounds with 1980s special effects. Strathclyde: UCI Iiast Kilbride.
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