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Inserts (1975)

NC-17 | | Comedy, Drama | 13 February 1976 (USA)
A young, once-great Hollywood film director refuses to accept changing times during the early 1930s, and confines himself to his decaying mansion to make silent porn flicks.

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A once-great silent film director, unable to make the transition to the new talkies, lives as a near-hermit in his Hollywood home, making cheap, silent sex films, and suffering in the knowledge of his sexual impotence, and apathetic about the plans to demolish his home to make way for a motorway. His producer and his producer's girlfriend come by to see how he is doing (and to supply heroin to the actress as her payment). The girlfriend stays to watch them filming, and is deeply impressed by his methods. When the actress goes to the bathroom, and dies there of an overdose, the girlfriend takes her place in the film. Then the producer returns... Written by Steven Pemberton <Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl>

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A degenerate film with integrity! See more »

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality | See all certifications »

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All of the film's five characters all had nick-names or stage-names and were only ever known by them and never by real names. They were "Harlene" (Veronica Cartwright), "Big Mac" (Bob Hoskins), "Boy Wonder" (Richard Dreyfuss), "Cathy Cake" (Jessica Harper), and "Rex the Wonder Dog" (Stephen Davies). See more »

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Sitting at piano, Boy Wonder plays song Moonglow, written in 1934. The movie takes place at least three or four years earlier (characters repeatedly talk about a then-unknown actor named Clark Gable, already a big star by time song was written).

NOTE: "Moonglow" is not explicitly referenced as such, and is virtually identical to 1929's "Sweeter Than Sweet", so this may not be a goof. See more »

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Cathy Cake: You're scared of something, you're trembling like a leaf.
Boy Wonder: I'm not scared of anything, sweetheart.
Cathy Cake: If you're not scared of anything, how come you never go out of your house any more, huh?
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are shown in black-and-white, against a backdrop of a silk cloth. It is also grainier and scratched in spots compared to the rest of the film. It is very reminiscent of the credits of vintage 30's melodramas. See more »


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Moonglow
Written by Will Hudson, Edgar De Lange and Irving Mills
Played by Joe Venuti and his orchestra
recording courtesy of RCA records
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Well before Boogie Nights............
5 July 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Inserts is a terrific little film. That plays like a stage play set in one room. Dreyfuss is terrific in the role of a washed up silent film director genius that has turned to making porn films. Ten times better than Boogie Nights in the statement it makes concerning the porn industry as it explores the birth of porn. See this forgotten gem. It was x-rated at the time of its release and that must have killed its box office potential.


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