Mickey Rourke and Carré Otis were a couple at the time this film was made, and there is a persistent rumor that the sex scenes were not faked.
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In a 2004 interview, Carré Otis denied the rumors that suggested the infamous last sex scene was real.
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Brooke Shields turned down the role of Emily because she knew that nudity would be required.
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The hotel construction site was actually the skeleton of an abandoned hotel in Salvador, Bahia that was never completed. It was imploded a few years later, after decades of abandonment.
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Anne Archer was signed to play the Jacqueline Bisset part, but she had a disagreement with the producers over the scripts R rated content.
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The Boeing 747 (operated by Viação Aérea RIo-Grandense Airlines (VARIG) of Brasil) seen taking off has a VNH registry on the nose - this was the first 747-300 (registry PP-VNH) delivered on December 10, 1985. Varig Airlines retired all 5 of its 747-300s in 1998 after 13 years of service.
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The limousine used in the film is an early 1980s Ford Landau - in Brasil the Ford Landau was an upscale model of the Ford Galaxie 500 sold in Brasil since 1967 using the 1966 model year bodystyle (the Landau seen in the film had some styling motifs borrowed from a mid-1960s Lincoln Continental).
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The taxicab seen when Emily and her entourage arrive is a 1980s-era Brasil-market Chevrolet Opala (a derivative of the German Opel Rekord C sold in Europe c. 1966-71), manufactured by GM do Brasil.
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