Inserts (1975)

NC-17  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  13 February 1976 (USA)
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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 <>

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A degenerate film with dignity. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 February 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Erotiko gros plan  »

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Did You Know?


The picture in the USA was originally rated X but was later re-classified with an NC-17 rating. The film's top-billed star Richard Dreyfuss was heavily involved in the well publicized campaign against the American film censors to get the rating for the film changed from an X to an NC-17. See more »


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). See more »


Boy Wonder: [referring to his actress's private parts] Unwrap the meat!
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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 »


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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Brilliant performance by Dreyfuss
12 May 2000 | by (Las Flores, CA) – See all my reviews

This is the performance, Wonder Boy in Inserts, along with his other early performances (Duddy Kravitz, Hello Down There, American Graffiti, Dillinger) that won the Oscar for Dreyfuss in Goodbye Girl. A particularly intense characterization that rates amongst the best acting performances of all time. To bad the film did not do better at the box office, and is never shown on TV or available on tape.

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