More than 30 years after Deep Throat's provocative debut, this documentary examines the legacy that the most profitable film of all-time left on society.

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Gerard Damiano ...
Himself - Director, Deep Throat
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Himself - Filmmaker
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Himself - Publisher, Hustler Magazine
Erica Jong ...
Herself - Author, Fear of Flying
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Camille Paglia ...
Herself - Author, Sexual Personae
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Herself - Linda Lovelace (archive footage)
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Himself / Dr. Young / Dr. Schmock
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Himself (as Hugh Hefner)
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Charles Keating ...
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Himself - Law Professor, Harvard (as Alan Dershowitz)
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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 »


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

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21 April 2005 (Russia)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$88,709 (USA) (11 February 2005)

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$653,621 (USA) (15 April 2005)
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The filmmakers collected about 800 hours of interview and archive footage. See more »

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

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Daminano, Gerald: [about Linda Lovelace] I think she was someone who had to be told what to do.
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Harry Reems Got Sober And Converted To Christianity Today He Is A Licensed Real Estate Broker In Park City, Utah See more »

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Spill the Wine
Performed by Eric Burdon & War
Written by Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold R. Brown (as Harold A. Brown),
Morris D. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy L. Jordan), Charles Miller (as Charles W. Miller),
, Lee Oskar and Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott)
Courtesy of Avenue Records / Far Out Productions, Inc.
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Insightful & Important
21 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Deep Throat changed America. It legitimized porn, creating a billion dollar industry in the process, and sent the sexual revolution to dizzying heights. Love it or hate it, Deep Throat was an historical event.

Inside Deep Throat looks back at that amazing phenomenon, it's causes and effects, and how it changed America and the lives of those who made it.

Interviews with Throat director Gerard Damiano & male lead Harry Reems give much insight into the porn biz of those bygone days, a dark world of sex & drug addiction, fly by night productions, and mafia money men. Sexperts Erica Jong, Dr. Ruth & Helen Gurley Brown offer their takes on how society reacted to and was affected by this new sexual openness, while 70s porn queens Georgina Spelvin & Andrea True offer quick sound bites that explain what drew people to the business.

The film covers many bases & covers them well. We see the hypocrisy of Jesus-inspired DAs, who waste millions of taxpayer dollars on frivolous prosecutions of actors, theater managers, and anyone else they see as an easy target in their crusade to "clean up America".

Censorship and free speech issues are discussed by the likes of Norman Mailer, John Waters, Dick Cavett and others, while Gloria Steinen & Susan Brownmiller offer their views on how porn degrades women. Both sides are eloquent and make valid points.

We see the tragedy of Linda Lovelace's wasted life. Unable to escape the stigma of being the film's star, she joined forces with the Women's Movement in denouncing porn. Shortly before her death in a traffic accident, Lovelace briefly returned to the biz because she was flat broke.

Inside Deep Throat is a brilliant film. It takes a time, place and event, a cultural phenomenon of it's day, and puts it under a microscope. Future generations may look at Deep Throat the film and wonder what the big deal was.

Inside Deep Throat explains it all to them.


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