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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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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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(archive footage: news broadcasts)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Arrow Productions has edited the original, pornographic version of Deep Throat (1972) to get an "R" rating, and also has submitted the original for reclassification. Both versions will be released theatrically in 2005 in a double-bill with this documentary. See more »


Joseph S. Peraino is incorrectly credited as "Joseph Peraino, Jr."; he was, in fact, Joseph Peraino Sr. See more »


Linda Lovelace: [archive footage] It makes me feel so tingly all over and then nothing.
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Crazy Credits

April 2002 Linda Died From Injuries Sustained in a Car Crash See more »


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Interesting but incredibly tedious
24 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

If it's possible for a movie to be intriguing and tedious at the same time, Inside Deep Throat has mastered the art of it. Having a famous porn film that cost $25,000 to make and went on to make over $600 million as your subject could make any movie intriguing. But the intrigue wears off about a half hour into the movie. It's clear that the film-maker knew he had a good idea for a documentary but as time went on, he found that there was not nearly enough interesting material to last over 45 minutes. It would have been just the perfect amount of time to fill an hour of E True Hollywood Story, but the NC-17 rating would make that hard.

The best thing about the movie is the vivid creation of the sexual revolution that spun through the US during the time of the film's original release. The life of the main character was also interesting. But these two things don't drive the movie. The rest of the movie may be fascinating, but the story telling is not fascinating. The script is scattered and choppy. The interviews are hardly believable also. Who actually believes that a bunch of porn movie makers who made a porn with such a stupid subject matter actually did it to try and change how Americans thought about sex? They were making a porn! They wanted money, among other things. Nobody sat down and thought about changing America with Deep Throat.

In the end, the movie is something you won't forget, but even a few hours after seeing it I can't remember why I found it interesting anyway.

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