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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Amanda Seyfried ... Linda

Peter Sarsgaard ... Chuck

Sharon Stone ... Dorothy Boreman

Robert Patrick ... John Boreman

Juno Temple ... Patsy

Chris Noth ... Anthony Romano

Bobby Cannavale ... Butchie Peraino

Hank Azaria ... Gerry Damiano

Adam Brody ... Harry Reems

Chloë Sevigny ... Feminist Journalist

James Franco ... Hugh Hefner

Debi Mazar ... Dolly

Wes Bentley ... Thomas - Photographer

Eric Roberts ... Nat Laurendi
Ron Pritchard ... Sammy Davis Jr. (as Ronald Pritchard)

Frank Clem ... Moonlight Roller Rink Manager
Carrick Moore Gerety ... Moonlight Roller Rink Band
Austin Williams ... Moonlight Roller Rink Band
Trevor Faris ... Moonlight Roller Rink Band
Gaston Willig ... Beach Hippy Guitar Player

Brian Gattas ... Robert - Deep Throat Sound Man

Cory Hardrict ... Frankie Crocker

Peter Holden ... Alex - Medical Salesman

Sofia Karstens ... Piano Singer

LisaGay Hamilton ... Marsha

Don McManus ... Arty Shapiro

Adam Tomei ... LA Sheriff #1

Greg Vrotsos ... LA Sheriff #2

Lou Richards ... Senator Specter

Sandy Martin ... Ticket Lady
Lauren Fray ... Playmate

Nicole Andrews ... Sexy Nurse

Khristian Lupo ... Anthony's Goon

Eric Hunter ... Keith - Long Haired Guy
Shira Vilensky ... Hippie Girl

Soumaya Akaaboune ... Feminist #1

Simona Williams ... Feminist #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christopher Aber ... Mafioso (uncredited)

Alexandra Amadio ... Chuck's Posse Girl (uncredited)

Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Conor Charles ... Man in Trenchcoat (uncredited)
Lee Christian ... Red Carpet Guest (uncredited)
Dwight V Coleman ... Dwight / Film Crew (uncredited)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Phil Donahue ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Amber Lee Ettinger ... Red Carpet Guest (uncredited)

Jerald Garner ... Red Carpet Guest (uncredited)
John Greer ... Easy Rider (uncredited)

David Gueriera ... Larry Marchiano (uncredited)

Kiersten Hall ... Hugh Hefner's Girlfriend (uncredited)

Bob Hope ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adam Kedis ... Ray (uncredited)

Jeff Larson ... Red Carpet Guest (uncredited)

Janaya Logan ... Hippie Girl (uncredited)
Dave Mallow ... Newscaster (voice) (uncredited)

Celeste McMillian ... Playboy Bunny (uncredited)
Reza Mir ... Ticket Patron (uncredited)
Levi Austin Morris ... Pool Jumper / Deep Throat Film Crew (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tyler Nusenow ... Dominic Marchiano (uncredited)

Jonny Ortiz ... Patron (uncredited)

Robert Popa ... Red Carpet Pornstar (uncredited)
Joe Reilly ... Roller Rink Patron / Party Guest (uncredited)
Brandon Rice ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Philip Roosevelt ... Red Carpet Guest (uncredited)
Frank Scozzari ... Red Carpet Guest (uncredited)
Julia Stephens ... Butchie's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Dustin Szany ... Dustin / Film Crew (uncredited)
Andrew Tlamsa ... Man in Night Club (uncredited)

Directed by
Rob Epstein 
Jeffrey Friedman 
Writing credits
Andy Bellin (written by)

Produced by
Marvin V. Acuna .... co-producer (as Marvin Acuna)
Boaz Davidson .... executive producer
Danny Dimbort .... executive producer
Bob Dohrmann .... co-producer (as Robert J. Dohrmann)
Mark Gill .... executive producer
Merritt Johnson .... executive producer
Vince Jolivette .... co-executive producer
Avi Lerner .... executive producer
Miles Levy .... co-executive producer
Heidi Jo Markel .... producer
Lonnie Ramati .... co-executive producer
Laura Rister .... producer
Peter Sarsgaard .... executive producer
Benjamin Scott .... co-producer
Amanda Seyfried .... executive producer
Trevor Short .... executive producer
John Thompson .... executive producer
Jason Weinberg .... producer
Jim Young .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen Trask 
Cinematography by
Eric Alan Edwards (director of photography) (as Eric Edwards)
Film Editing by
Robert Dalva 
Matt Landon  (as Matthew Landon)
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
William Arnold 
Art Direction by
Gary Myers 
Set Decoration by
David Smith 
Costume Design by
Karyn Wagner 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair department head
Jamie Leigh DeVilla .... key makeup artist
Susan Jennifer Lipson .... key hair stylist (as Susan Lipson)
Tina Roesler Kerwin .... makeup department head
David Beneke .... dental prosthetics (uncredited)
Gloria Conrad .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Tanya Cookingham .... key makeup artist: additional photography (uncredited)
Polly A. Powers .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Shay Sanford-Fong .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Bob Dohrmann .... unit production manager (as Robert J. Dohrmann)
George Gale .... post-production supervisor
Todd Gilbert .... executive in charge of post-production: Millennium Films
Dana Mulligan .... co-post-production supevisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jasmine Marie Alhambra .... second assistant director
Casey Mako .... second second assistant director
Rod Smith .... first assistant director
Jason Halley .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Joe May .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bart Barbuscia .... set dresser
Jennifer R. Blair .... art department coordinator (as Jennifer Blair)
Tony Bonaventura .... property master
Tony Castagnola .... lead greens
Paolo DeLeon .... leadman
Eva Firshein .... buyer
Justin Fisher .... set dresser
Kristopher Gifford .... graphic designer
Anthony Imperato .... construction foreman
Andrew Kim .... set dresser
Neil Mather .... assistant property master
Brendan Maze .... set dresser
Mike Paterson .... set dresser
Raul M. Puentes Jr. .... greensman (as Raul Puentes)
Christopher M. Ridino .... construction coordinator (as Christopher Ridino)
Joel Ruiz .... set dresser
Kelly Schultz .... on-set dresser
F. Andrew Scott .... stand-by painter
Andrew Settle .... set dresser
Patrick Shaw .... set dresser
Lindsey Sjoberg .... set dresser
Andrew 'Pinky' Swartsel .... set dresser (as Andrew C. Swartsel)
Bob Warner .... paint coordinator
Nic Weethee .... set dresser (as Nicholas Weethee)
Chapel West .... painter
Joshua Amir .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Graham Robertson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Todd Wolcott .... greensman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Dollinger .... boom operator
Justin Herman .... sound engineer
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Tim Limer .... mix recrodist (as Timothy Limer)
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Tor McAfee Kingdon .... foley mixer (as Tor Kingdon)
Bryan Mendoza .... sound utility
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer (as Steve Morrow)
Eric Offin .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Offin .... supervising sound editor
Callie Thurman .... assistant sound editor
Paul Bercovitch .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Thomas Curley .... sound mixer: pickups (uncredited)
Casey Genton .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Paul Tirone .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Franklin Vaughan .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Franklin Vaughan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Aaron Wallace .... boom operator: pickups (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Emmanuel Bazin .... digital paint artist: AAStudios
Pascal Depocas .... tracking & compositing: AAStudios
Nicolas Fidala .... digital paint artist: AAStudios
Jonathan Foucher .... tracking & compositing: AAStudios
Yoann Gagnon .... tracking & compositing: AAStudios
Emanuelle Gill .... digital models and textures: AAStudios
Marc Hall .... lead compositor: AAStudios
Marc Hall .... visual effects supervisor: AAStudios
Raffi Kryszek .... additional visual effects supervisor
Sam Kryszek .... additional visual effects supervisor
Matthew Frederick Johnson .... production support (uncredited)
Heidi Moneymaker .... stunt double: Amanda Seifred
Jason Rodriguez .... stunt coordinator
Jeremiah Vaughn .... stunt performer
Khristian Lupo .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Sagastizado I .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Abbene .... first assistant camera: wet camera
Tahlee Booher .... loader (as Tahlee Scarpitti)
Ambar Capoor .... assistant camera
Jeffrey Chin .... electrician (as Jeff Chin)
Steven Cueva .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Steve Cueva)
Kirk R. Gardner .... steadicam operator (as Kirk Gardner)
Dylan Glockler .... additional camera: epk (as Dylan Glocker)
Victoria Gonzales .... additional second assistant camera: "b" camera
Trevor Houghton .... electrician
Michael T. James .... best boy grip (as Mike James)
Jimi Johnson .... video assist
Tom Keefer .... key grip
Joel Kitto .... additional grip
Andrew Korner .... best boy electric
Marty Lange .... grip
David Leyse .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Conan Masterangelo .... electrician
Layna McAllister .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Erik Messerschmidt .... gaffer
Stephen Moore .... grip
George Palmer .... dolly grip
Haydn Pazanti .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Haydn Pizanti)
Dale Robinette .... still photographer
Richard Rutkowski .... camera operator
Yusuke Sato .... camera production assistant
Mark Schwabel .... grip (as Mark Schwebel)
Michael Shaw .... grip (as Mike Shaw)
Jeff Snyder .... 24 frame playback
Wayne Strand .... additional grip
Jozo Zovko .... additional second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Jozo Zouko)
Michael Francisco .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Francine Natale .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Derek Paulin .... electrician (uncredited)
Jared Wellman .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Rachel Wells .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael Witczak .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rich Delia .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Allison Estrin .... casting associate: New York
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Adam Richards .... casting assistant
Debe Waisman .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leah Butler .... set costumer
Elizabeth Lancaster .... key costumer
Jesse Mandel .... costume intern
Robin Roberts .... costume supervisor
Heather Williams-Baumgart .... costume production assistant
Maria Bradley .... costumer (uncredited)
Valerie Keiser .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jose Avitia .... dfs coordinator
Garrett Bryan .... scanning and recording
Jerry Callaghan .... scanning and recording
Mary Chamberlin .... digital intermediate project manager
Greg Curry .... colorist: dailies and digital intermediate, EFiln
Michael L. Griffin .... scanning lineup (as Mike Griffin)
Jeff Halsey .... digital intermediate producer
Brian Hayashi .... post-production coordinator
Mato .... color timer (as Mato Der Avanessian)
Les Meek .... scanning and recording
Kelley Moore .... dfs coordinator
Ray Morfino .... digital intermediate account executive
Dana Mulligan .... first assistant editor
John Nicolard .... head of digital production
Alex Sanchez .... scanning and recording
Bill Schultz .... general manager digital film services
Douglas Slocum .... first assistant editor
Kostas Theodosious .... digital intermediate artist
Eric 'Woody' Wood .... digital intermediate editor
Lance Spindler .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Selena Arizanovic .... music supervisor
Peter Bateman .... orchestrator
Kathryn Bates Williams .... musician: cello
Joseph Bonn .... musician: synthesizers and synthesizer Design
Justin Craig .... musician: guitars, mandolin, synthesizers
Justin Craig .... score mixer
Robert Gatley .... score recording assistant
Cassandra Howland .... music coordinator
Leslie Ann Jones .... score recordist
Tom Kramer .... music editor
Charlton Lee .... musician: viola
Adam Munoz .... additional pro tools editor: Fantasy Studios
Adam Munoz .... additional recordist: Fantasy Studios
Mary Parker .... additional music editor
Del Sol String Quartet .... musicians
Rick Shinozaki .... musician: violin
Kate Stenberg .... musician: violin
Stephen Trask .... musician: piano and synthesizers
Andre Zweers .... pro tools recordist
Marco D'Ambrosio .... conductor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Eric Andrews .... driver
Tracey V. Black .... driver (as Tracy Black)
Mark Dobkousky .... transportation co-captain (as Mark Doubkowsky)
Geno Hart .... representative: transportation movie fleet, Hart Transportation
Ted Joneson .... driver
Joel Lauth .... driver
Eli Lozano .... driver
Chris Mendoza .... driver
Kelly Murphy .... transportation captain
G. Wesley Ponsford .... driver (as Wes Ponsford)
Jeremiah Vaughn .... driver: cast
Michael Connor .... transportation (uncredited)
Esteban Munoz .... mechanic (uncredited)
Other crew
Philip Barnes .... assistant location manager
Paul Belenardo .... production accountant
Conor Charles .... archival footage researcher (as Conor Charles Gass)
Conor Charles .... assistant to producers (as Conor Charles Gass)
Conor Charles .... researcher (as Conor Charles Gass)
Daniel Chavez .... distribution services: Millennium Films
Eric Danville .... consultant
Annie Domingo .... accounting: Millennium Films, Nu Image
Rick Eyler .... business & legal affairs: MIllennium Films
Christine J. Forgo .... accounting: Millennium Films, Nu Image
John Fremes .... president of international sales & distribution: Millennium Films
Kelly Gill .... set production assistant
Guido Gotz .... publicist
Gina Greblo .... product placement consultant
Jeffrey Greenstein .... vice president international sales & distribution: Millenium Films
Aaron Hammersley .... production secretary
Markus Hill .... set production assistant
Michelle Hoffman .... craft service
Marcin Janowski .... executive in charge of marketing & publicity: Millennium Films
Greg Jones .... insurance
Aron Kantor .... title designer
Ashley Kravitz .... clearance coordinator: Cleared By Ashley
Christopher Kubek .... key set production assistant: India (as Chris Kubek)
Jared Lambert .... set production assistant (as JB Lambert)
Rachel Lax .... first assistant accountant
Dan Lora .... set medic
Linda Lovelace .... inspired by the life story of
Catharine A. MacKinnon .... consultant
Joan Mao .... development executive: Millennium Films
Dominic Marchiano .... consultant
Lindsay Marchiano .... consultant
Morgan Michaels .... assistant: Mr. Rister
Christopher Miller .... location manager (as Chris Miller)
Dan Milner .... key assistant location manager
Travis Mitchell .... accountant: post-production
John Montgomery .... payroll accountant
Karen Neasi .... product placement
Dimiter D. Nikolov .... vice president international business & legal affairs: Millennium Films
Deanna Noccro .... insurance
Beth Bruckner O'Brien .... creative executive: Millennium Films (as Beth Bruckner)
Christine Otal .... development executive (as Christine Crow)
Rouslan Ovtcharoff .... epk producer
Miguel Paniagua .... chef
Nick Pistilli .... craft service
Mark Pogachefsky .... publicity executive
Sally Potters .... assistant production coordinator (as Sally Jean Potters)
Jack Przyblyski .... distribution services: Millennium Films
Susan Pusateri .... assistant: Mr. Thompson
Michyl-Shannon Quilty .... production coordinator
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs
Russ Riggins .... production financing: Millennium Films
Gustavo Santana .... international sales accounting: Millennium Films
Imelda Santiago .... accounting: Millennium Films, Nu Image
Phil Scalisi .... craft service
Avivah Sharon .... travel: New Act Travel (as Aviva Sharon)
Victor Siegel .... office production assistant and driver
Noah Stahl .... assistant: Mr. Epstein & Mr. Friedman
Patricia Stanley .... accounting: Millennium Films, Nu Image
Ray Tamayo .... accounting: Millennium Films, Nu Image
Tanya Thanadpojanamart .... distribution services: Millennium Films
Kristy Turner .... location production assistant
Nicholas Massimo Wede .... set production assistant
Julie Weisel .... accounting: Millennium Films, Nu Image
Bradley Weiss .... human resources: Millennium Films
Ben White .... set production assistant
Aprill Winney .... script supervisor
Adele Yoshioka .... vice president international distribution: Millennium Films
Jonathan Yunger .... assistant: Mr. Lerner
Ashley Zastrow .... assistant: Ms. Markel
Mikel Baron .... content supervisor (uncredited)
Samuel N. Benavides .... researcher (uncredited)
Zoe Bower .... post facilities manager (uncredited)
David A. Brauer .... tax credits (uncredited)
Conor Charles .... social media manager (uncredited)
Tana David .... post facilities manager (uncredited)
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach: Amanda Siefried (uncredited)
Vince Lasalvia .... stand-in (uncredited)
Ian McClellan .... assistant: Mr. Epstein and Mr. Friedman (uncredited)
Jonathan Nellis .... production assistant (uncredited)
Laura Pena .... assistant production office coordinator (uncredited)
Rachel Rosenblatt .... development intern (uncredited)
Christopher J. Smith .... development executive (uncredited)
Ashley Weber .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Whitaker .... lead water safety (uncredited)
Bernadette Wilson .... location aide (uncredited)
Chris Wise .... on-set production assistant (uncredited)
Jennielyn Abrot .... the producers wish to thank
Michael Aloyan .... the producers would like to thank (as Michael 'Mike' Aloyan)
Paul Brennan .... the producers would like to thank
Martha Coolidge .... thanks
Craig Kestel .... the producers would like to thank
Dominic Marchiano .... the filmmakers would like to thank
Lindsay Marchiano .... the filmmakers would like to thank
Larry Marchiony .... the filmmakers would like to thank
Patrick Muldoon .... the producers would like to thank
Gloria Steinem .... the filmmakers would like to thank
Hanna Weg .... the producers would like to thank

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, drug use and some domestic violence
93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:MA15+ (2013) | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Québec) | Denmark:15 | France:U (with warning) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R18+ | Japan:R15+ (edited version) | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | Philippines:R-16 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (edited version) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #47268)

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Olivia Wilde was considered for the lead role, but she declined due to scheduling conflicts.See more »
Anachronisms: In a scene set in 1970, two characters discuss The French Connection (1971), which was released in 1971.See more »
Butchie Peraino:[Eating oysters] You know, these are natural aphrodisiacs, honey.
Butchie Peraino:Yeah, they make you horny.
Dolly:I'm always horny.
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61 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
For All Its Acting Strengths, "Lovelace" Should Have Gone Deeper, 11 August 2013
Author: D_Burke from United States

It is debatable what differentiates a great film biography from the rest. Arguably, a great biopic embraces the complexities of a person's life while using storytelling to organize such intricacies. It makes the film's subject all the more intriguing.

Poor and mediocre biopics either become blatantly overwhelmed by a life's complications, or ignore them altogether. Unfortunately, "Lovelace" chooses to ignore, and consequently misses greatness.

The woman who was born Linda Susan Boreman, and would later be better known by her stage name, Linda Lovelace, lived a very complicated, and devastatingly sad, life. This film centers on the real life Lovelace's claims of being used and abused by her first husband, Chuck Traynor, and being browbeaten into the pornography industry.

Lovelace's allegations of spousal abuse have been disputed by some, and supported by others who knew her personally, but that's beside the point. The film was right in basing its narrative solely on Lovelace's side of the story, not getting bogged down by antipathetic discrepancies. Still, there were crucial parts of her life the movie should not have left out.

For instance, "Lovelace" strongly implies that "Deep Throat" was Lovelace's first pornographic film (untrue) and her last (also untrue). It doesn't mention a stag film in which she engages in bestiality with a dog.

In one of her four books (yes, she wrote four books), she claimed that Traynor forced her to act in such movies, which would have made a good case in this movie for how controlling Traynor was. After all, having sex with a dog, especially on camera, is not an action in which most would engage willingly.

I could go on about relevant moments of the real Lovelace's life that this movie chose to ignore. However, the primary faults of "Lovelace" lie not in what they left out, but in a questionable storytelling structure where the filmmakers obviously tried to be too clever in their narrative.

Basically, the first half of the film chronicles a 21-year-old, naive Linda Boreman (Amanda Seyfried) who lives with her strict, Catholic parents (Robert Patrick and a shockingly deglamorized, unrecognizable Sharon Stone) in Florida. A charismatic, 27-year-old Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard) spots Linda at a rollerskating rink and begins dating her.

While Traynor claims to own a bar and restaurant, young Linda doesn't realize he dabbles in prostitution until after they are married, and she bails him out of jail. Eventually, Traynor coerces her into performing sexual acts on complete strangers for money before taking her to audition for pornographic movies.

From here, the film chronicles the making of the notorious "Deep Throat", the rise of Linda Lovelace, and does more than hint at the unexpected cultural impact the film creates.

Halfway through, the film makes the mistake of jumping ahead six years later (I guess circa 1980), and showing a visibly disheveled Linda taking a lie detector test administered by a publisher (Eric Roberts) in order to assess the validity of her marital abuse claims in her new autobiography, "Ordeal". The film then jumps back 8 or 9 years to show many of the same scenes over again, except adding footage at the end of each scene actually showing Traynor physically and sexually abusing Linda.

Why go back and show these scenes? The lie detector scene would have made a good narrative framework, especially since you see Amanda Seyfried look so shockingly worn down. This is not the same doe- eyed, blonde hottie from "Mamma Mia" (2008), or at least it doesn't look like her.

The point is, though, that going back and retreading all the scenes feels like a waste of time. Considering the film's running time of 93 minutes, there is no excuse for retread, especially considering Sarah Jessica Parker's well-publicized cameo as Gloria Steinem was cut out of the film altogether.

However, casting was the film's main strength, which I initially thought would be its weakness. I had my doubts about Seyfried portraying Lovelace, considering that Seyfried is exceptionally gorgeous, and the real Linda Lovelace was (Is there any way to say this nicely?) not even close. Listing actresses in this review who bear a stronger resemblance to the doomed porn starlet would probably be insulting to them.

While Seyfried donned a shaggy brunette hairstyle and freckles to deglamorize herself, she still looked a lot prettier than Lovelace on her best day. Scenes such as low-level mobster Butchie Periano (Bobby Cannavale) arguing that she is not attractive enough for the porno he is financing appear consequently more dubious.

Still, Seyfried did well with what she was given. Her best scenes include the lie-detection test, a surprisingly touching moment with an unexpectedly cordial publicity photographer (Wes Bentley), and her begging her emotionally cold mother for asylum from her abusive husband. Another scene where she is raped by five men at Traynor's behest shows little, but is still hard to watch.

While Peter Sarsgaard is effectively charismatic as Chuck Traynor, he wasn't convincing enough during the abuse scenes. Every time he threw Seyfried around, his face looked as though he would apologize to her right after the directors yelled "Cut!".

Sharon Stone, as Dorothy Boreman, had the movie's best performance, and not just because she is indistinguishable from her more glamorous roles. The scene where she does anything but console a visibly frightened Seyfried makes her eerily believable, and surprisingly multifaceted.

While the performances were well done, and "Lovelace" successfully shied away from exploitation, it suffered from fractured storytelling, awkward editing, and the vague epilogue implying that Lovelace's life only improved before her untimely death in 2002 in a car crash. If you watch the insightful documentary "Inside Deep Throat" (2005), or read Joe Bob Briggs' excellent, astute retrospective on her life (, you'll get a far more accurate, and grimmer, account of her life after pornography. It's sad, dismal, and, as "Lovelace" proves, a story Hollywood still does not want to tell.

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