5.3/10
8,777
55 user 61 critic

Emmanuelle (1974)

Unrated | | Drama | 3 December 1974 (USA)
The wife of a French diplomat in Bangkok, Emmanuelle embarks on a voyage of sexual discovery.

Director:

Just Jaeckin
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Emmanuelle II (1975)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

After two-month of separation, Emmanuelle must find her husband, Jean in Hong-Kong. She goes there by boat. Once in Thailand, she finds her husband and meets Christopher, a mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Giacobetti
Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Umberto Orsini, Frédéric Lagache
Emmanuelle IV (1984)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

In order to escape from her former lover Marc, Sylvia goes to Brazil where Dr. Santamo transforms her into the beautiful Emmanuelle. With this new identity comes a sexual awakening which is... See full summary »

Directors: Francis Leroi, Iris Letans
Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Mia Nygren, Patrick Bauchau
Emmanuelle 3 (1977)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Emmanuelle and her architect husband continue their amoral lifestyle in the Seychelles. But when a casual dilliance between her and a film director starts to turn serious her husband shows ... See full summary »

Director: François Leterrier
Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Umberto Orsini, Jean-Pierre Bouvier
Emmanuelle VI (1993)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

Through the wonders of virtual reality, Emmanuelle tries to help a former schoolmate to overcome a traumatic sexual past.

Director: Francis Leroi
Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Caroline Laurence, Carolyn Monroe
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Emmanuelle is sent to Bangkok on a journalism assignment. While there, she embarks on her own exploration of the secrets of sensual pleasure. While learning much, she also reveals several secrets of her own.

Director: Joe D'Amato
Stars: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Ely Galleani
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Photographer O's lover takes her to a Château, where she is, like other women there, naked, humiliated by whipping, sexual abuse by men etc. When O leaves, her lover gives her to his much older step-brother.

Director: Just Jaeckin
Stars: Corinne Cléry, Udo Kier, Anthony Steel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

While on assignment in Nairobi, a photojournalist questions her racial and sexual identity when she engages in affairs with her wealthy hosts.

Director: Bitto Albertini
Stars: Laura Gemser, Karin Schubert, Angelo Infanti
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's novel. After a crippling injury leaves her husband impotent, Lady Chatterly is torn between her love for her husband and her physical desires. With her ... See full summary »

Director: Just Jaeckin
Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Shane Briant, Nicholas Clay
Emmanuelle 6 (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

Emmanuelle, a young model vacations with her fellow models to Venezuela for a fashion photo shoot while she aids a topless jungle princess (Tamira), who snuck back in her nation in a cargo ... See full summary »

Directors: Bruno Zincone, Jean Rollin
Stars: Natalie Uher, Jean-René Gossart, Thomas Obermuller
Felicity (1978)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Young Felicity lives in a monastic school. The only way to live out her sexual fantasies is together with her girlfriend Jenny. But then she receives an invitation to her sister in ... See full summary »

Director: John D. Lamond
Stars: Glory Annen, Chris Milne, Joni Flynn
Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A female journalist decides to traverse the Amazon Jungle after going undercover in a mental asylum and witnessing a disturbing behavior from a rescued white woman, who she believes was raised by a cannibalistic tribe long thought extinct.

Director: Joe D'Amato
Stars: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Nieves Navarro
Adventure | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Famous undercover journalist Emanuelle teams with her friend Cora Norman to uncover a white slave ring that traffics in women kidnapped from various locales around the world. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Joe D'Amato
Stars: Laura Gemser, Ivan Rassimov, Karin Schubert
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alain Cuny ... Mario
Sylvia Kristel ... Emmanuelle
Marika Green Marika Green ... Bee
Daniel Sarky Daniel Sarky ... Jean
Jeanne Colletin Jeanne Colletin ... Ariane
Christine Boisson ... Marie-Ange
Samantha Samantha
Gabriel Briand Gabriel Briand ... (as Gaby Brian)
Gregory Gregory
Edit

Storyline

Emmanuelle is a beautiful young model and lives in Bangkok together with her husband Jean, who's several years older. She likes him because he's taught her much, and he likes her because she's learning so well - and wants to often. Both are very tolerant in matters of extramarital affairs, so he doesn't mind the young Marie-Ange coming over every so often, although she obviously wants more than talk from his wife. But Emmanuelle is more fascinated by the older Bee, and joins her on a trip into the jungle. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Let's you feel good without feeling bad. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emmanuelle See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated) | (cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sylvia Kristel was only paid $6,000 to make this film. She had signed a contract for three films. But when it became apparent that Emmanuelle would be a huge success, she demanded a raise and producers gave it to her. For the sequel, Emmanuelle: The Joys of a Woman, the following year, she received about $100,000. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) When Emmanuelle is on the plane, she closes the blind fully and curls up. A fellow passenger sits down and embraces her. In addition to the high spotlight on her cleavage, there's a bright light coming from the direction of said covered window. See more »

Quotes

Emmanuelle: Basically eroticism is the opposite of making love.
Mario: It's notably through love that man strives to break with his daily existence. It's the victory of dreams over nature.
See more »

Alternate Versions

The only "altering" of the sex scenes is the consequence of the fact that the framings, even in the letterboxed versions, do not match that of the original theatrical presentation. Version 2 disappeared quite quickly (other than copies remaining on the shelves of rental outlets), with the film's audience apparently assuming that the "R" rating meant that "the best parts" had been cut out. Actually, the dropping of the subtitles and the addition of the new dialogue track meant that it was a "different" movie and could be resubmitted to the MPAA for rating. Standards had changed in the more than fifteen years that had passed since the film had originally been given the "X", resulting in the "R." The "unrated" follow-up, hurried into release, faded away by the mid-90s, and versions 4 and 5 are the only ones currently in print. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Emmanuelle's Love (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Opium Den
Written and Performed by Pierre Bachelet and Hervé Roy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Bâille! (transl.: French for "Yawn!")
6 July 2008 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

There is a whole raft of French 1970ies porn movies, and while a surprising number of them take place in beautiful French châteaus -- and their less picturesque cellars -- and are set to la-la-music that would bore the pants off Enya, quite a few of them are rather good, actually -- and really filthy.

Here we have the movie that started it all, and yet I was disappointed. Granted, it's beautifully photographed, and the sex scenes pack a lot of sizzle, but the rest was lame and shallow. Emmanuelle is a young woman who -- you guessed correctly -- wants to explore her sexuality. What I had to accomplish singled-handedly in the grubby furtivity of our garden shed with the bra pages from the Sears catalogue, she can have a go at with the cream of beautiful French actresses and all the Oriental totty they couldn't beat off with a soiled stick in beautiful Thailand. And in a squash court. You'd think the permutations were endless, but what it boils down to is a long alternation of heady talk (maybe my French isn't good enough, but I thought it was all gibberish) followed up by breathy sex scenes (which are strictly softcore, by the way). Maybe I'm the exception from the rule here, but I don't only watch a movie such as this for the sex scenes, I actually do care about the rest of the movie.

The story disintegrates further when Emmanuelle, after two encounters with random men and a romance with a younger girl and an older woman, inexplicably shacks up with a grubby old man, and reaches its absolute low point when he subjects her to gang rape -- which is all the more revolting because it is filmed in wonky ouh-ah soft focus.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 55 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed