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 overview, first billed only:
Rafer Weigel ...
Danielle Brett ...
Karen Mitchell
Deborah Grover ...
Georgia Mae
Dylan McFadyen ...
Young Jim (as Dylan McFayden)
Taylor Estevez ...
Teenage Jim
Eric Cabral ...
Young Artie
Teenage Artie
Loretta Jafelice ...
First Grade Teacher
Principal Evans


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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They turned on America. Then they turned on each other. See more »


Biography | Drama

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

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Release Date:

11 January 2002 (Mexico)  »

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The Mitchell Brothers  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene during the premier of Behind the Green Door (1972), as the crew realizes that the wrong reel is being shown, Adrienne (Danielle Brett) looks like she's wearing a gold dress. She is in fact naked, and her upper torso is actually painted gold. See more »


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


Artie Mitchell: Those cigarettes aren't going to kill you, brother. I am.
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References Old Yeller (1957) See more »


Blue-Eyed Baby
Written by Roy Benz, Johnny Baretta & Marcus Wienstroer
Sonoton Music Library (ASCAP)
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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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