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Naked Ambition: An R Rated Look at an X Rated Industry -- Noted Celebrity Photographer, Michael Grecco, sets out to capture the essence of the AVN Awards and Convention where the best in American Pornography is displayed, celebrated and honored.


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  (in credits order)
Michael Grecco ... Himself - Narrator

Tera Patrick ... Herself - Owner, Teravision

Evan Seinfeld ... Himself - Owner, Teravision
Simon Karmarkar ... Himself - Please Her Shoes
David Lee ... Himself - Creator, Tender Lover
Heather Veitch ... Herself - Christian Outreach Ministry (as JC's Girls)
Tanya Huerter ... Herself - Christian Outreach Ministry (as JC's Girls)
Lori Albee ... Herself - Christian Outreach Ministry (as JC's Girls)
Rick Plank ... Himself - Phallix Glass

Jesse Jane ... Herself - 2006 AVN Awards Host
Paul Fishbein ... Himself - President of AVN
Sunny Lane ... Herself - Best New Starlet Nominee

Joanna Angel ... Herself - Best New Starlet Nominee

Nautica Thorn ... Herself - Best Crossover Nominee
Matt McMullen ... Himself - The Real Doll
Diamond Back Annie ... Herself - Employee, JT's Stockroom (as Diamondback Annie)
Lucky Lana ... Herself - Employee, JT's Stockroom
Grand Maitre de Valmont ... Himself - La Mansion de Valmont
Bing ... Himself - Producer & Cameraman (as 'Bing XXX')
Rob Rotten ... Himself - Performer & Producer

Phyllisha Anne ... Herself - Performer
Satisfaction ... Herself - Performer
Luc Wylder ... Himself - Director (as Luc Wilder)
Alexandra Silk ... Herself - Performer

Janine Lindemulder ... Herself - Best Actress Nominee

Julia Ann ... Herself - Performer
Ross Winner ... Himself - Owner, Love Stuff Adult Stores

Peter North ... Himself - Performer & Producer
Suzuki ... Himself - Performer

Randy West ... Himself - Performer & Producer
Steve Hirsch ... Himself - President, Vivid Video
Mike Hodges ... Himself - Sunny Lane's Father
Shelby Hodges ... Herself - Sunny Lane's Mother
Brittney Skye ... Herself - Performer

Greg Fitzsimmons ... Himself - 2006 AVN Awards Host
Sandee Westgate ... Herself - Award Presenter

Evan Stone ... Himself - Performer

Stormy Daniels ... Herself - Best Supporting Actress Winner

Ron Jeremy ... Himself - Award Presenter

Mary Carey ... Herself - Award Presenter

Paul Thomas ... Himself - Director

Jenna Jameson ... Herself - Performer

Larry Flynt ... Himself - Publisher, Hustler
Cytherea ... Herself - Award Presenter
McKenzie Lee ... Herself - Best New Starlet Winner

Directed by
Michael Grecco 
Writing credits
Charles Holland (written by)

Produced by
Catherine Eng .... line producer
Laurie Goldfarb .... line producer
Michael Grecco .... executive producer
Charles Holland .... producer
Jeremy Troy .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jens Funke 
Josef Peters  (as Joey Peters)
Cinematography by
Peter Blaha 
Kevin González 
Ken Kobre 
Film Editing by
Jeremy Troy 
Production Management
Bryan Postlethwait .... executive in charge of production
Sound Department
Tony Mederos .... sound mixer
Steven Nafshun .... voiceover recordist (as Steve Nafshun)
Music Department
Nic Harcourt .... music supervisor
Other crew
Charles Holland .... production legal
Robert J. Reicher .... custodian of records
Robert J. Reicher .... production legal
Paul Fishbein .... very special thanks
Bryan Postlethwait .... very special thanks

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Rated R for pervasive strong sexual content, nudity and language
USA:81 min | USA:81 min (original version)
USA:R (certificate #45332)

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21 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
One-sided look at porn, 14 February 2011
Author: groggo from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This movie is entitled 'Naked Ambition,' which presumably refers to those who toil in the porn industry. But perhaps it's really about the naked ambition of director-photographer Michael Grecco, who, in 2006, was preparing a coffee-table book on the 'stars' of the industry.

Grecco seems to promote his book a lot in this alleged documentary. I say 'alleged' because it's decidedly one-sided; it almost lovingly embraces the many sides of porn. We don't hear many negative words about the industry and its blatantly sleazy side. I saw this as a glaring omission.

If you think porn is super-hot stuff and its galaxy of 'stars' the ultimate in sexiness, this flick is for you. For jaded others, like me, it's worth a glance if for no other reason than sheer curiosity. It scores highly on the 'curiosity' scale. But if you see porn as anti-sensual and anti-erotic, then you might not be so enthusiastic. If you think a documentary, by definition, should have depth and balance, be prepared for disappointment. That's MY one-sided view.

The vacuousness of these female 'stars,' their shallowness, their silicone/collagen-filled bodies, their insincerity, are things to behold. Most of the footage is taken at the Adult Video Awards in Las Vegas, an orgiastic gathering of wacko marketers, weirdos, groupies and freaks. One guy proudly displays a humongous tattoo of his favorite porn star. It fills the complete side of his body. He endured 13 hours of needles and paid $6,000 for the privilege. I found this profoundly sad.

And, of course, no flick about porn is complete without the so-called 'godfather' of the industry, Ron Jeremy, who makes an inevitable visit for Grecco's camera. Jeremy was about 56 years old when this film was made. He's fat, he's going bald, and he looks like a lecherous grandfather, not a godfather. He should be reclining somewhere on a beach. Instead, he's still getting it up for porn flicks. Again, I found this profoundly sad.

I hope Grecco made money from his coffee table book. He certainly promoted it enough in this non-documentary.

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