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Inside Deep Throat (2005)

An examination of the infamous pornographic film Deep Throat (1972), covering aspects from the film's creation to its cultural impact.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Himself - Filmmaker
Himself - Publisher, Hustler Magazine
Erica Jong ...
Herself (as Dr. Ruth Westheimer)
Camille Paglia ...
Herself - Author, Sexual Personae
Herself - Linda Lovelace (archive footage)
Charles Keating ...
Himself - Law Professor, Harvard (as Alan Dershowitz)


In 1972, a seemingly typical shoestring budget pornographic film was made in a Florida hotel, "Deep Throat," starring Linda Lovelace. This film would surpass the wildest expectation of everyone involved to become one of the most successful independent films of all time. It caught the public imagination which met the spirit of the times, even as the self appointed guardians of public morality struggled to suppress it, and created, for a brief moment, a possible future where sexuality in film had a bold artistic potential. This film covers the story of the making of this controversial film, its stunning success, its hysterical opposition along with its dark side of mob influence and allegations of the on set mistreatment of the film's star. In short, the combined events would redefine the popular appeal of pornography, even as more cynical developments would lead it down other paths. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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It was filmed in 6 days for 25 thousand dollars. The government didn't want you to see it. It was banned in 23 states. It has grossed over 600 million dollars. And it is the most profitable film in motion picture history. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 April 2005 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Dentro de Garganta Funda  »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,709, 13 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$653,621, 17 April 2005
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Sound Mix:


(archive footage: news broadcasts)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film discusses how Deep Throat (1972) was actually distributed to theaters. Prints would be hand-delivered and employees would count heads of moviegoers and then collect the cash profits from the theaters. This process was known as sending "checkers and sweepers". See more »


Early in the film, a person is shown transporting the film with "Deep Throat" painted one the film case. The case he carries holds only two reels or 40 minutes of film. When the case is opened in the projection room it has grown to a 3 reel case and when the police seize the film a few minutes later, the case is a 4 reel size, the correct size for this film. See more »


Narrator: At one point, "Deep Throat" was banned in 23 states.
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2002 467 Hollywood Films Released 11,303 Adult Films Released See more »


References The Last Samurai (2003) See more »


Performed by Dirty
Written by Matt "Watkins" Thomas and Matthew Roberts
Courtesy of Junior Entertainment
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If you aren't offended by porn, you'll really like this movie
28 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

All I can say is wow, this was a great documentary. Because of the subject matter it isn't for everyone, and the fact that it has an actual X-rated scene in it doesn't help either. But if you can get past that, this is an insightful, fascinating look at adult films and our society. And there is a lot of humor in it as well. I wasn't surprised that several people in the audience walked out, since even I didn't realize how graphic the language/visuals would be. Showing how Deepthroat brought the "BJ" into the mainstream of adult films was interesting, and the interviews with the people actually making porn were very insightful.

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