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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court ... See full summary »

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Helen (as Heather Macrae)
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Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court jester gives an aphrodisiac to the Queen and is, in the end, beheaded to "What Happens During Ejaculation?" in which we watch 'control central' during a successful seduction. Written by Scott R. Vaughn <scott@vaughn.hon.msu.edu>

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31 January 1973 (West Germany)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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The only ever official filmed adaptation of another person's previously written work by Woody Allen though a number of Allen's films have been inspired and influence by various films and novels. However, though little is taken from Dr. David Reuben's source book 'Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)', the picture hardly counts as an adaptation. See more »

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At the end of the fourth segment the transvestite man's wife exclaims: "The look on their faces when the police removed your hat!" and the man laughs in response. But it was actually the man himself who had removed his hat on being recognized by his wife. See more »

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Gina: [in Italian] Fabrizio, go easy on my hymen.
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Opening and closing credits shown over footage of rabbits. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Sung by the sexual organs crew
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Hit & Miss, But What Hits Is Hysterical
28 February 2002 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

An uneven early work of Allen's, really just a series of sketches tied around the unbelievable popularity of the "sex" book "Everything You Wantedto Know About Sex, But Was Afraid To Ask" which in the early 1970's was THE book in popular culture. Many of the sketches are too long and "peter" out, but ALL of them have very funny jokes and insight, but two of the sketches are classics and are as funny as anything Allen ever wrote: Gene Wilder's bit where he plays a man who is destroyed after a certain "fetish" is introduced into his life and the last sketch, where they show the inside controls of a man's body as he gets ready to have sex with a date: Burt Reynolds and Tony Randall help run the master control room. This is brilliant and clever. Some times it's refreshing to just go back to Allen's early, silly films like Sleeper and Take The Money And Run, even though the man has gone onto important funny films with deep dramatic throughlines: Crimes & Misdemeanors, Deconstructing Harry and Husbands & Wives.


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