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The Pornographer (1999)

R | | Drama | 5 March 1999 (USA)
A socially inept man's amateur porn film wins him a contract with a small-time pornography distribution company, where he faces a series of moral crises and is forced to face his own porn addiction.

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Michael DeGood ...
Paul Ryan
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Spano
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Katheryn Cain ...
Kate
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Security Guard -Jim
Marjorie Harris ...
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Tom
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Tiffany
Melinda Scherwinski ...
Sugar
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Noriko
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A young, frustrated man (Michael DeGood) after indulging in prostitutes, makes some home pornography and decides to take it to an adult video producer (Craig Wasson). Promising fame, the young man is encouraged to go find ingenues to put in his films. This leads him to an innocent (Katheryn Cain), fresh off the bus in LA with actress aspirations. Ultimately the two are led into their own total humiliation and destruction. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for strong sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Paul Ryan: [Last lines] I did two years... they said I deserved more but you see I'll never be free
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Disturbing
1 November 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

If you like escapist cinema, then "The Pornographer" is not for you. This film probes, with painful honesty, the depths of one man's isolation. It contains far less sexual content than one would expect from the title alone.

Its message is neither pro-pornography nor anti-pornography; rather, porn serves as a metaphor for any type of artificially constructed pleasure that is more illusory than real. By showing that no lasting fulfillment can be found in the material world alone, director Doug Atchison defies the industry in which he works. It's a wonder this film ever got made.


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