Part 7

Sexual-Erotic Films

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Erotic Scenes and Films in the 80s:

  • The Blue Lagoon - 1980the shocking (for its time) bare bottom and full-frontal view of high-priced, narcissistic stud-for-hire Richard Gere in writer/director Paul Schrader's American Gigolo (1980) - one of the first scenes of its kind with a major Hollywood star

  • Brian De Palma's Hitchcock-like slasher film Dressed to Kill (1980), with Angie Dickinson's steamy nude shower scene, a rape fantasy sequence, and blonde prostitute Nancy Allen's tempting ploy to catch the psychopath

  • the sexy, grinding mechanical bull-riding of Debra Winger in honky-tonk Gilley's in Urban Cowboy (1980)

  • the shipwrecked-and-stranded on a lush tropical island sex fantasy - with only teasing nudity - of The Blue Lagoon (1980) with teenaged Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins

  • Burt Lancaster's voyeuristic watching of clam bar casino worker (and aspiring dealer) Susan Sarandon bathing her breasts with lemon juice in front of her open apartment window to remove the fishy smell in Louis Malle's Atlantic City (1981)

  • a recent film noir, Body Heat (1981), a combination of The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), Double Indemnity (1944), and Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958), sizzled with red-hot flames of passion and a twisting plot of murderous lust - it included a highly-charged, sweaty scene of naive and horny attorney William Hurt outside French doors looking lustfully in at a smoldering Kathleen Turner and then breaking in with a chair for hot sex with the alluring, husky-voiced woman who begs: "Do it!" (Her earlier assertion: "You're not too smart, are you? I like that in a man")

  • Tarzan the Ape Man - 1981the adolescent, coming-of-age sex comedy Porky's (1981), including the peep hole in the girl's shower room wall scene, that launched many other vulgar, lewd, moronic, and raunchy youth-oriented rip-offs

  • Jack Nicholson's and Jessica Lange's uninhibited kitchen sex in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

  • goody-two-shoes Julie Andrews' topless showstopper in Blake Edwards' (her husband's!) film S. O. B. (1981)

  • the less-than-erotic, soft-core jungle fantasy of the camp classic Tarzan the Ape Man (1981) from Svengali-like director John Derek, with wife Bo Derek often in the buff as a Playboy Playmate-like Jane, advertised as "the most beautiful woman of our time in the most erotic adventure of all time"

  • the controversial love scene between Bruce Dern and Maud Adams in Tattoo (1981)

  • Annette O'Toole's semi-nude, after-hours "quick dip" in a gym pool where she is terrorized by a snarling unseen cat, and feline Nastassja Kinski's naked stalking through the woods, nude house wanderings, and bondage love-making with John Heard with her wrists tied back to bedposts in director Paul Schrader's updated Cat People (1982) - advertised as "an erotic fantasy for the animal in us all"

  • a film with lots of typical teenaged sexual behavior in the 80s, including Jennifer Jason Leigh's awkward, uncomfortable, and unglamorous loss of her virginity to an older boy, and Phoebe Cates' fantasy dream-girl emergence from a backyard swimming pool when she opens up the top of her bright-red two-piece bikini from the middle in Amy Heckerling's Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

  • Personal Best - 1982 the realistic and sexually explicit love scene in which Debra Winger wriggled and straddled atop Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

  • Mariel Hemingway and Patrice Donnelly as young, taut-bodied, competitive runners, with a steam room scene of naked women athletes in director Robert Towne's lesbian-tinged Personal Best (1982)

  • a love triangle between Peter Gallagher, Daryl Hannah, and Valerie Quennessen with lots of trim beautiful bodies, sun-bathing, love-making, and sex on a 'fun and sun' Greek island in Randal Kleiser's Summer Lovers (1982) - with the tagline - "Anything can happen under the sun"

  • Dustin Hoffman as a strong woman in drag in Tootsie (1982)

  • the revealing bedroom scene between football star Tom Cruise and hometown girl Lea Thompson in All The Right Moves (1983)

  • the frequent nakedness of a French student (Valerie Kaprisky) and small-time crook (Richard Gere), including their shower and love-making scenes in the inferior remake Breathless (1983)

  • Summer Lovers - 1982Alex Owens' (Jennifer Beals) neat removal of her black bra from under her loose gray sweatshirt, and the suggestive lobster-eating scene in which the gorgeous Beals (dressed in a black tux with just the front piece of a white shirt and cuffs without sleeves) slowly nibbles and sucks soft pieces of seafood while asking: "What turns you on?...Do you like phone booths?...You probably just like doing it in bed, right?" as she moves her leg up under the table to tantalizingly touch Michael Nouri's crotch with her toes in Flashdance (1983)

  • the soft-focus writhings in the steamy lesbian love scene between Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve in the vampirish The Hunger (1983)

  • Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear and singing karaoke-style, and the intensely erotic scene when he learns the tricks of the trade in an daringly-exhibitionist (and risky), late-night, elevated Chicago train ride with beguiling, heart-of-gold hooker Rebecca DeMornay in Risky Business (1983)

  • voyeur Craig Wasson watching his shapely neighbor's nightly striptease through a telescope and Melanie Griffith cast as a porn actress in Brian de Palma's Body Double (1984)

  • director John Derek's semi-erotic, soft-core Bolero (1984), released to capitalize on his wife's (Bo Derek) numerous hot sex scenes

  • Body Double- 1984Ken Russell's unrated Crimes of Passion (1984), with Kathleen Turner as a fashion designer by day, and a kinky prostitute by night

  • the campy horror film Re-Animator (1984), with the ghoulish scene of a re-animated doctor's head making love to a naked Barbara Crampton

  • William Hurt in a Best Actor-winning role as a homosexual inmate in a Brazilian prison in Hector Babenco's Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

  • the sexy disrobing of full-bodied, young blonde Kelly Preston in the teen sex comedy Mischief (1985)

  • Harrison Ford being allowed to witness Amish widow Kelly McGillis bathing in Witness (1985)

  • the opening four minutes - an explicit, revealing and extended love-making scene with the ardent writhings of two lovers, Beatrice Dalle (Betty) and Jean-Hugues Anglade (Zorg) in the French erotic drama Betty Blue (1986)

  • the erotic love-making between Kyle MacLachlan and Isabella Rosselini on blue silk sheets, her disturbing obsesssive sex with blackmailing, gas-inhaling Dennis Hopper - and later a humiliating scene in which Rosselini's catatonic, bruised and naked self wanders out of the dark in David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986)

  • The Big Easy - 1987Mickey Rourke's question: "Does this excite you?" before caressing blindfolded Kim Basinger's naked body with melting ice cubes; also one olive, a bowl of maraschino cherries, one cherry tomato, a pint of strawberries, one glass of champagne, two spoonfuls of Vick's cough syrup, a forkful of cold spiral pasta, a spoonful of cherry Jello, four jalapeno peppers, one glass of milk, a bottle of sparkling water, and gobs of honey for Kim Basinger with her eyes closed - to the tune of Bryan Ferry's "Slave to Love"; and the steamy sex scenes behind a giant roof-top clock-face and in a rainy brick stairway in the soft-porn 9 1/2 Weeks (1986)

  • the mating rituals and the one night-stand of Rob Lowe and Demi Moore in the mid-80s About Last Night... (1986), adapted from David Mamet's hit play Sexual Perversity in Chicago

  • hearing-impaired Marlee Matlin's graceful nude, underwater swimming scene, John Hurt's assertion: "You are the most mysterious, beautiful, angry person I have ever met," and his 'falling' in love - and into the pool for a nude embrace in Children of a Lesser God (1986)

  • Melanie Griffith as free-spirited Lulu, named after actress Louise Brooks' femme fatale (from Pandora's Box (1929)), handcuffing the staid and married Jeff Daniels to a motel bed and making love to him in Something Wild (1986)

  • Dirty Dancing - 1987Alan Parker's X-rated Angel Heart (1987) in which detective Mickey Rourke has a steamy sex scene with Lisa Bonet

  • the clumsy, but sexy scene when detective Dennis Quaid lets down highly-repressed Ass't DA Ellen Barkin's blonde hair and caresses her under her clothes as she nervously confesses: "I'm not very good at this" - and then her gradual relaxation and surrender to him in The Big Easy (1987)

  • the sexy dancing scene between dance instructor Patrick Swayze and Baby (Jennifer Grey) in Dirty Dancing (1987)

  • the kitchen sink and elevator love-making scenes between Michael Douglas (Dan) and Glenn Close (Alex), Close's threat: "I'm not gonna be ignored, Dan," and Close's topless monologue in bed in Fatal Attraction (1987)

  • the back-seat limousine love scene between Sean Young and Kevin Costner (with the driver glancing back) in No Way Out (1987)

  • Kevin Costner painting Susan Sarandon's toenails, his skillful undressing of her by unclipping her black garter from her stocking with one hand, their hot bathtub sequence, Costner's speech about his belief in "long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days," and other scenes of romance and sex in unplanned ways and places in Bull Durham (1988)

  • Two Moon Junction - 1988the bedroom scene in which Uma Thurman (in a revealing debut) removes her nightgown to receive sexual education (training in two Latin words) from philanderer John Malkovich - just one glimpse of the lush decadence of 18th century France in Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

  • a terrorized but strong-willed Nicole Kidman with her clothes ripped off making love to deranged killer Billy Zane onboard a schooner in Dead Calm (1988)

  • the sexual awakening of Sherilyn Fenn in numerous hot scenes with a carnival worker in Two Moon Junction (1988)

  • the photographic nude romp of Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin and the intriguing love triangle in The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

  • the sensual scene of a sultry Michelle Pfeiffer sliding around on top of Jeff Bridges' piano and singing 'Making Whoopee' in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

  • the tense, torrid tryst between Al Pacino and suspected lonely-hearts killer seductress Ellen Barkin in Sea of Love (1989)

  • the last explicit sex scene between Mickey Rourke and then-girlfriend Carre Otis in Zalman King's controversial Wild Orchid (1989)

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