Dutch public television aired the complete, uncut movie on February 23, 2008. It was the first time hardcore porn had been shown on Dutch public television. It led to discussion all the way up to parliament.
The Radio Times "Guide to Films 2007" picked this as one of 100 landmark films of all time. Radio Times' film editor Andrew Collins said that the list is about a film's influence on society, not cinematic quality. Collins said "'Deep Throat' is not necessarily recommended for everyone. It's a quite badly made film, but to deny its influence would be pure snobbery."
Many companies were investigated by law enforcement agencies--including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)--as a result of having distributed this film theatrically in the US. in the early 1970s a number of them were convicted of distribution of obscenity.
According to a New York Times article published in January 1973, director Gerard Damiano originally signed a deal that entitled him to one-third of the profits. Damiano claimed he later sold his interest for $25,000, reputedly under pressure from partners involved in organized crime.
The film contains a number of references to the James Bond film series. The James Bond theme song can be briefly heard in the soundtrack. Dr. Young refers to "case 007". At the time, Terence Young had directed most of the James Bond films.
The total box office of this movie has often been stated to be $600 million. As noted by Roger Ebert in his review of Inside Deep Throat (2005), most of the porn theaters in the pre-video days were owned by the mob. Inflating box office receipts could have been one of their ways of laundering income from drugs and prostitution, so the $600 million figure may have been a gross overestimation. More conservative estimates would put the figure somewhere around $100 million. Whatever may be the case, very few of the people directly involved in the making of the film saw a big piece of the earnings. As stated in 'Inside Deep Throat', much of the box office disappeared when mobsters came to cinemas to collect all the cash profits, with no one being able to do something about it.
Star Linda Lovelace later distanced herself from the movie. She claimed in her autobiography that she was coerced to participate in the film by then-husband Chuck Traynor. He would often persuade her to engage into sexual acts in front of the camera, and later went as far as actively prostituting her under threat of guns and violence. Several people confirmed that Traynor was controlling and abusive on set (Traynor himself even admitted to it).
Harry Reems was the first actor ever to be prosecuted for distributing obscenity. He had the misfortune that co-star Linda Lovelace and director Gerard Damiano had both made a deal with the prosecutors in exchange for immunity, so the court focussed all attention on him. Reems received open support from Hollywood prominents such as Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty, and the conviction was overturned on appeal one year later.