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Behind the Green Door (1972)

 -  Adult | Drama  -  13 January 1973 (UK)
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Two men enter a fast food place. The owner asks them about a mysterious matter. After some considerations, one of the two guys accepts to tell the story. Here starts a long flashback: the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gloria
George S. McDonald ...
Barry Clark
Johnnie Keyes ...
African Stud
Elizabeth Knowles ...
Matron (as Lisa Grant)
Yank Levine ...
Dudley
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Mime (as Toad Attell)
Ben Davidson ...
Doorman
Adrienne Mitchell ...
Waitress
Dana Fuller ...
Cook
Dale Meador ...
Hotel Clerk (as Dale Meade)
Jim Mitchell ...
First Kidnapper (as James Mitchell)
Artie Mitchell ...
Second Kidnapper (as Art Mitchell)
Mike Bradford ...
Parking Lot Attendant
Tony Royale ...
Guard
Bunny Brody ...
Female Attendant
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Two men enter a fast food place. The owner asks them about a mysterious matter. After some considerations, one of the two guys accepts to tell the story. Here starts a long flashback: the two men are in a terrace, next to a lake, and one is telling the other a story. A woman sits at a table nearby. Later the same woman is kidnapped. When the blindfold is removed, a woman welcomes her. After a relaxing massage, she is accompanied by 6 women, into a stage, in front of masked men, and women of all kinds. A speaker explains that the woman will be pleased, by all means. The 6 women first, and later some men make love to her, while the audience progressively move into a orgy. This is the end of the flashback. The owner of the fast food place asks what happened after that time, but the men refuse to tell... Written by Andrea Pasqua <pasqua@sna.com>

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After seeing her (under the name Marilyn Briggs) in Wes Craven's 1971 film Together (1971), the Mitchell Brothers offered Marilyn Chambers a role in this movie, giving her the option of taking a role in which she wasn't required to have sex. Originally, Chambers chose a non-sex role, but allowed the Brothers to talk her into taking the lead. For her gig, she was paid $25,000 and 1% of earnings (which in 1974, brought her between $2,000 and $2,500 per month), the highest amount ever paid a porn performer. Chambers said that her experience was a good one as the Brothers treated her as an actress, with respect. See more »

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Tedious
24 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I became interested in seeing Behind the Green Door after seeing Marilyn Chambers in David Cronenberg's Rabid. She had a charisma and sex appeal that stayed with me long after the movie ended. Having finally gotten a chance to see it, I ultimately found it disappointing.

Simply put, I did not find the film erotic. As an adult film, its ultimate goal is to create arousal, and this is the first criterion on which it should be judged. The action takes place largely in silence, with the participants in its central orgy forbidden from speaking. Chambers has no actual dialogue other than sighing and moaning. This prevents the viewer from engaging with the characters.

The film does deserve kudos for trying to establish a narrative, however limited. It is also noteworthy as a time capsule of a period when pornography was on the cusp of mainstream acceptance. It features cameo appearances by football star Ben Davidson and by local San Francisco celebrity Toad Attel. (Imagine a major celebrity like Davidson appearing in an adult film today!) It gives a glimpse of an era of sexual freedom that was sadly lost with the AIDS crisis and the incursions of the religious right.


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