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(2004)

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Despite containing relatively few depictions of sexual behavior, the MPAA gave the movie the R rating for all the conversations about sex and verbal descriptions of sexual acts. However, according to director Bill Condon, the MPAA members thanked him afterwards, because they had found the movie very educational nevertheless.
On the DVD commentary, director Bill Condon reveals that he wanted to include in a montage a clip from I Love Lucy (1951) in which a character makes a joking reference to Dr. Alfred Kinsey's research. Condon says that he was unable to use the clip because Lucie Arnaz (the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) denied him the rights, offering very little explanation aside from claiming that her parents would never allow themselves to be associated with Kinsey.
Laura Linney gained 20 pounds for this film, mainly by eating Krispy Kreme glazed donuts.
In the script, Peter Sarsgaard did not have to strip in the motel scene.
Cole Porter wrote the song "Too Darn Hot" for the Broadway musical "Kiss Me Kate," which premiered in 1948, the same year as the publication of Alfred Kinsey's book "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male". The song contains the lyrics "According to the Kinsey report / ev'ry average man you know / much prefers to play his favorite sport / when the temperature is low." The Ella Fitzgerald recording of this song is played on the soundtrack. When MGM produced its movie version, Kiss Me Kate (1953), the same year as the publication of Kinsey's "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female", the film's censors changed the lyrics to "According to the weather report...."
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Bill Condon interviewed many of Dr. Alfred Kinsey's colleagues before he started writing the script.
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Bill Condon and Laura Linney appeared at a benefit screening of the movie at Indiana University to help raise money for the Kinsey Institute.
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John Lithgow plays Kinsey's father despite only being 7 years older than Liam Neeson.
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Tim Curry admitted that his casting in the film as the conservative Thurman Rice was ironic due to Curry's famous role as the sexually experimenting Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), and it was director Bill Condon's intention to avoid portraying Rice as humorless.
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The 37-day shoot had to cover the scope of Dr. Alfred Kinsey's 15 years of research, during which he interviewed 18,000 people across the US.
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This film features Brute Force (Stephen Friedland) uncredited in the background, and just like George Harrison in Life of Brian (1979) he is in there with champagne glass.
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Timothy Hutton; and four Oscar nominees: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Lynn Redgrave and John Lithgow.
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