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TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  11 January 2002 (Mexico)
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Biopic of notorious Mitchell Brothers who opened up a successful San Francisco strip club and thriving porn business that lead to a downward spiral of power and greed.

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Karen Mitchell
Deborah Grover ...
Georgia Mae
Dylan McFadyen ...
Young Jim (as Dylan McFayden)
Taylor Estevez ...
Teenage Jim
Eric Cabral ...
Young Artie
Robert Clark ...
Teenage Artie
Loretta Jafelice ...
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Storyline

Based on the true story of Jim and Artie Mitchell, two brothers who entered the porn industry in the early 60's. After creating such legendary porn films as "Behind the Green Door" and "Inside Marily Chambers", they later became addicted to drugs and began a downward spiral leading to bankruptcy and murder. Written by Mike Konczewski

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The True story of the Mitchell Brothers: America's Original Porn Kings. See more »

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Drama

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NC-17 | See all certifications »

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The Mitchell Brothers  »

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Trivia

Sean Penn was in talks to direct a big budget theatrical film version of David McCumber's book about the Mitchell Brothers in the late 1990s, which was set to star Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson as Jim and Artie respectively. After that project fell through, brothers Alec Baldwin and William Baldwin tried to raise the capital to make the film, but were unable to do so. See more »

Goofs

When the brothers go to New York there are cable car wires in the background. See more »

Quotes

Artie Mitchell: Those cigarettes aren't going to kill you, brother. I am.
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Connections

References Old Yeller (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

One by One
Performed by Shady Tree
Written by Pride Hutchinson, Gary Neal, Rod Jackson & Marcello Cosenza
Courtesy of Explosive Records
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User Reviews

 
America's Fascination with Its Sub-Culture
16 September 2002 | by (Herzlya, Israel) – See all my reviews

This is one of the many films in the series that materializes America's fascination with its own sub-culture - violence, drugs, pornography - all coming closer to mainstream in the complex American landscape of the 70's and 80's. It's well done and acted, and I liked it. The true story of the Mitchell brothers, pioneers of porn and live nude shows in San Francisco is told in a linear manner, without too many stuff like 'free speech' justification, as in 'Larry Flint'. The Mitchell guys consider their business just a business, and are not concerned at any point with its human or moral implications. The relationship between the brothers is the central theme, and it is well rendered by the two main actors - Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez (who is also directing).

Some more logic in the script would have made a memorable movie. Some of the familiar relations, or the Mafia involvement seem to be just lost in the action. It is however a good film, and I am amazed by the negative comments of other viewers in IMDb, and by the lack of more critical feedback. Maybe the theme is still hard to digest for the American critics, I do not know. An 8/10 on my scale.


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