After dinner, they attend a street carnival; Emily leaves after a masked man who looks like James tries to seduce her. When Emily hugs James, he pulls away from her, telling her that he does not like to be touched. It was nominated for two , including Worst Actor and Worst New Star. He left school at a young age and worked hard, and while still a teenager, he bought a run-down house and repaired it. After he began to accumulate wealth, women became attracted to him and he started playing games to keep things interesting. He gives her a bouquet of orchids and denies making advances to her the previous evening, and as an apology, he offers to show her the city.
Title Writer s Performer Length 1. She realizes James is incapable of acting upon his own emotions and tries to experience passion through others. Emily finds their actions disturbing. After the meeting, Claudia asks Emily about her impressions of James. The married couple is having marital problems because of the wife's infidelity. She meets Claudia's date; a wealthy man named James Wheeler Rourke.
Emily says that she has become obsessed with James, but that he would never touch her. Claudia is angry and decides to proceed with the hotel's sale even though she does not own it, hoping that she will be able to circumvent James' actions. Claudia and Emily get a very good deal. Claudia instructs Emily to cover her date for the night. The married couple gives James a necklace; he gives it to Emily.
She tells Emily that James was an only child who stuttered, and is a completely self-made man. Emily agrees and is introduced to Claudia Dennis Bisset , one of the firm's top executives. Emily accuses James of setting people up to disappoint him and then throwing them aside when they do. He responds that he never sets anybody up and that they disappoint him of their own accord. The next morning, Claudia invites a young surfer to her room, and asks Emily—who can speak Portuguese—to translate what the surfer says.
James intrigues Emily; he is quiet and asks personal questions without being demanding or rude. They ride away happily on a motorcycle together. They arrive in Rio to finalize the purchase of a hotel, but angry Claudia must fly to , Argentina, to meet the hotel's owner. She is initially reluctant but consents; they attend a party with a married couple that they noticed in the restaurant the night before. Claudia's assistants tell her that a man bought the deed to the old hotel before the deal was finalized; both women realize it was James, who confirms it was him. James encourages the couple to have sex in the limo, which they do.
Jerome uses this information to intimidate Emily to get a better deal for his client. The games became a way of life and he cannot stop playing them. Emily is humiliated; Jerome Greenwood , the owner's attorney, is the stranger she slept with. He tells Emily that he hardly spoke for years after his father abandoned him as a child, and that because of this his teachers thought he was intellectually disabled. That night, Emily dresses up for the carnival festivities and is propositioned by a man in a mask, who offers her the key to his room. At first he resists, but reaches out and holds her when he thinks she will leave him. King reluctantly removed part of a love scene between Otis and Rourke to comply with the R-rating.
Both actors denied this but the director was ambiguous. The film opened in Los Angeles on April 27, 1990 and New York on April 28, 1990. Emily goes to the hotel, finds James and tells him she loves him, but leaves when he does not respond. Claudia discovers the truth and uses the information to threaten Jerome; if he does not complete the deal, she will tell his wife about the affair. Emily and James then visit the hotel that her firm wants to buy, and she tells James that she fears he would disappear if she touched him.
The scene was widely rumored in the media to have shown the two actors—who had become romantically involved during production of the film—actually having intercourse. She wants to reconcile with her husband. Claudia arranges a huge party to commemorate the sale of the hotel. Later that night, Emily returns to her room, where James is waiting for her. The two embrace and have sex. Emily agrees to the stranger's proposal and has sex with him. Later that day, a package is delivered to Emily's room; James has signed over the old hotel's deed to her, saving the deal.