Taglines: An adventure in ecstasy.
Set in the 1920s, Ayre “Mac” MacGillvary (Bo Derek), a virginal young woman, on graduating from an exclusive British boarding school, is determined to find the right man for her first sexual encounter wherever he might be in the world. Rich enough not to venture forth alone, she brings along her best friend Catalina (Ana Obregon) and the family chauffeur Cotton (George Kennedy).
Ayre first travels to an Arab country where she meets an ideal lover, a sheik who offers to deflower her but falls asleep almost immediately. Giving up on the sheik, Ayre goes on to Spain, where she meets the toreador Angel (Andrea Occhipinti) who manages to stay awake. Unfortunately, after she has succeeded in her quest, Angel is gored while bullfighting.
The injury leaves Angel unable to perform in the bedroom, and so Ayre makes it her mission in life to see to his recovery. Along the way, she learns to fight a bull herself as a way of getting her despondent lover motivated to stop moping. Eventually, she is successful in aiding Angel to full recovery, and they celebrate their wedding.
Bolero is a 1984 American romantic drama film starring Bo Derek, and written and directed by her husband John Derek. The film centers on the protagonist’s sexual awakening and her journey around the world to pursue an ideal first lover who will take her virginity. Despite minor commercial success, the film was critically panned, earning nominations for nine Golden Raspberry Awards at the 5th Golden Raspberry Awards and “winning” six, including the Worst Picture.
Directed by: John Derek
Starring: Bo Derek, George Kennedy, Andrea Occhipinti, Ana Obregón, Olivia d’Abo, Greg Bensen, Mirta Miller, Mickey Knox, James Stacey
Screenplay by: John Derek
Production Design by: Alan Roderick-Jones
Cinematography by: John Derek
Film Editing by: Sophie Bhaud, Hughes Damois
Makeup Department: Norma Collins, Norma Bass)
Music by: Peter Bernstein
Distributed by: Cannon Film Distributors
Release Date: August 31, 1984