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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Cast

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Rafer Weigel ...
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Danielle Brett ...
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Karen Mitchell
Deborah Grover ...
Georgia Mae
Dylan McFadyen ...
Young Jim (as Dylan McFayden)
Taylor Estevez ...
Teenage Jim
Eric Cabral ...
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Teenage Artie
Loretta Jafelice ...
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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 rise and fall of America's first and biggest xxx producers See more »

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Rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, drug use, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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11 January 2002 (Mexico)  »

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The opening and closing sequences of the film were constructed using a variety of different film stocks, shooting at different speeds, intercutting with still photographs, using jarring edits with seem to break continuity, using dutch angles, and employing various other techniques. Director Emilio Estevez has said that these scenes were modeled on similar looking scenes in Oliver Stone's JFK (1991), The Doors (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), Nixon (1995) and U Turn (1997). See more »

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When Jim kicks is in jail, and he is kicking the bench, the wall of the cell can be seen moving. See more »

Quotes

Artie Mitchell: Those cigarettes aren't going to kill you, brother. I am.
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References Behind the Green Door (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Violin Concerto in G Minor: Largo
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as Johann S. Bach)
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Bruton Music Library/APM (ASCAP)
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Harrowing look at brotherhood
30 May 2001 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

Harrowing is the word that comes to mind when trying to describe this movie. A fascinating look at two brothers, raised by a man who could have take parenting lessons from The Great Santini and being thrust into the world of 1970s porn and drugs. Yes, the porn angle of the story is very fascinating and is probably the reason most will see this movie, but I found it to be a riveting look at the older brother - younger brother relationship in the case of two men who led very enmeshed lives. Jim (the older brother) was always taught to take care of younger brother Artie and he did that all of his life, even kicking drugs on his own to show Artie that it could be done. Artie, meanwhile spirals down deeper into addiction and sexual excess and uses Jim's continued smoking as an excuse not to get straightened out. The ending scenes are very sudden and surprising, as they must have been when they really happened, but was this Jim's one last attempt to take care of Artie when nothing else seemed to work? This movie uses the not uncommon now technique of odd camera angles and color to put the viewer into the disoriented mindset of a person on drugs and perhaps on the edge mentally and emotionally. It was really showcased well in "Natural Born Killers" and has kind of been done already to death. But it does serve the story here. Recommended, and as a chaser after this downer of a movie, rent "Babe".


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