Bolero (VHS, 1988)

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Bo Derek in "Bolero"

Apr 21, 2001
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Bo Derek is fabulously sexy; guilty pleasure

Cons:Painfully bad if you take it seriously; no real plot, just sex scenes strung together

The Bottom Line: Bo Derek is sexy, gets undressed often, and stays that way. So, what do you think?


Of the many films that director John Derek and his wife Bo
Derek made together over the years, "Bolero" is the one that
most remember and most hate. While I don't think that this
movie is quite as terrible as most say it is, it isn't the
oscar award winning film the Derek's though it was. I like
to judge it on it's own merits, a true guilty pleasure of no substance, and go from there.

"Bolero" is about young Lida MacGillivery who has just left
her girls boarding school and along with a friend, goes on a
trip to exotic locations in an attempt to lose her virginity. She meets a sheik, but he fails to make love with her so she moves on to Spain. There she meets Angel,
a bullfighter who (now comes the big plot spoiler!!!) takes
away Lida's virginity. But just as soon as she is inducted
into sexuality than Angel is hurt in a bullfight and can no
longer make love. But Lida loves him, so what will she do?

The plot for "Bolero" is awful. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. A girl wants to lose her virginity and travels around the globe to do so. Can we the audience believe that Bo Derek (who was 28 when she made this) is
still a virgin and shy in the annals of sex? I don't think
so. So the plot becomes bits and pieces held together with
several steamy, tender love scenes and nude shots. And boy
does this film have lots of nudity and sex. That is, of
course what kind of film it's billed as.

The performances are basically rather poor of the average.
I'm a big Bo Derek fan, and she can certainly play sexy, but
this girl can't really act to save her life. Andrea Occhipinti, who plays Angel, is only adequate as the Bo's
lover. George Kennedy plays Bo's cheffeur and friend, and
he reatins a certain dignity. And finally, Olivia D'Abo
plays a youngs gypsy who befriends Lida.

The sexual content in "Bolero" is quite strong. There are
two fairly graphic sex scenes between Bo Derek and Andrea
Occhipinti in which Derek reveals her formidable "talents".
Other than those scenes there are several nude scenes of
most of the rest of the cast, with the exception of George
Kennedy, thank god. The sex and nudity greatly add to the
guilty pleasure factor of this movie and are usually about
the only interesting thing to watch.

In the end, "Bolero" becomes yet another in a long line of
erotic "fill in the blank" dramas and thrillers such as
"Basic Instinct", "Showgirls", and "Color of Night". I can
only recommend "Bolero" to fans of Bo Derek and those who
enjoy soft-core pornography. I give "Bolero" a three on the
guilty pleasure scale.

"Bolero" is UNRATED for strong sexual content and nudity.


Recommend this product? Yes


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