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Rated X (2000)

Biopic of notorious Mitchell Brothers who opened up a successful San Francisco strip club and thriving porn business that lead to a downward spiral of power and greed.

Director:

Emilio Estevez

Writers:

David McCumber (book), Norman Snider (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Artie Mitchell
Emilio Estevez ... Jim Mitchell
Rafer Weigel Rafer Weigel ... Lionel
Tracy Hutson ... Marilyn Chambers
Megan Ward ... Meredith
Terry O'Quinn ... J.R. Mitchell
Danielle Brett Danielle Brett ... Adrienne
Nicole de Boer ... Karen Mitchell
Deborah Grover ... Georgia Mae
Dylan McFadyen Dylan McFadyen ... Young Jim (as Dylan McFayden)
Taylor Estevez Taylor Estevez ... Teenage Jim
Eric Cabral Eric Cabral ... Young Artie
Robert Clark ... Teenage Artie
Loretta Jafelice Loretta Jafelice ... First Grade Teacher
Brian Paul ... Principal Evans
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Based on the true story of Jim and Artie Mitchell, two brothers who entered the porn industry in the early 60's. After creating such legendary porn films as "Behind the Green Door" and "Inside Marily Chambers", they later became addicted to drugs and began a downward spiral leading to bankruptcy and murder. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, drug use, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the scene where Jim (Emilio Estevez) is shooting a film and Artie (Charlie Sheen) arrives on the set, they hug and fall onto a bed, and the film jumps several times, along with a number of quick whiteouts. This effect was not intentional. Director of photography Paul Sarossy forgot to charge the battery on the Steadicam, and as it ran out, it produced this effect. Sarossy was deeply upset by his mistake, but when Estevez saw the footage, he liked it, and decided to use the same technique several times in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Jim kicks is in jail, and he is kicking the bench, the wall of the cell can be seen moving. See more »

Quotes

Lionel: Art, what the hell are you looking for?
Artie Mitchell: The blow. The blow The blow!
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Alternate Versions

There are two versions of the film available. The 'Unrated Version' is the cut first submitted by Emilio Estevez to the MPAA, who told him that unless he cut out 54 seconds, it would receive an NC-17 rating. Estevez made the requisite cuts, resulting in a 'R-rated Version', which was the one shown on TV in 2000. Both versions are now available on DVD. The main differences between the two versions are:
  • During the first porn shoot, in the unrated version, the camera moves across a naked couple having anal sex on a bed and towards Jim (Emilio Estevez) and Lionel (Rafer Weigel) as they discuss the possibility that the scene may be out of focus. In the rated version, the shot begins on the far side of the couple, and then cuts to a mid shot of Jim and Lionel, thus removing the move over the bed itself.
  • During the long Steadicam shot through the live sex show on opening night, there is a clear shot of two girls performing cunnilingus on one another on the bar. In the edited version, the girls can only be seen very briefly in the background.
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Connections

References Old Yeller (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Dark Star
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Crosby Stills & Nash
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Administered by Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP)
On Behalf of Gold Hill Music, Inc.
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Yes, it's rated X
7 May 2007 | by DeeNine-2See all my reviews

Emilio Estavez directed this, but one wonders why. It doesn't take a genius to realize that a movie about two porn movie directors is not going to win any Academy Awards. What was Emilio thinking? You can play it as tragedy. You certainly can't make heroes of these guys. I guess what he was thinking was this was a part of America from the sixties to the nineties in the twentieth century--this was the reality and let's tell the truth. but somebody else might say, why bother? Most critics and viewers would call this a prize turkey, but...but is there some redeeming social value? Charlie Sheen and Estavez star as the brothers Mitchell, two entrepreneurial guys who stumble from the free love scene of the sixties in San Francisco to the cash cow of the first widely distributed porn movies, including the infamous "Behind the Green Door." Maybe there is a kind of free speech angle here, with the porno boys fighting the good fight against censorship and Big Brother. On the other hand, there is a didactic tale here about how success corrupts and how sex, drugs and rock and roll--forget the rock and roll; this is almost pure sex and drugs--how sex and drugs may lead you to make a movie called "Sodom and Gomorrah" which may suggest that you ought to be starring it in.

Charlie Sheen is very good and so is Estavez. His direction is also not bad. The movie moves right along and the degeneration of the brothers is well expressed. Megan Ward had a chance in a supporting role here, but she failed miserably, possibly because how could she feel any connection with a role that made her the quasi-tolerant, quasi-suffering wife of a man who makes his living pandering to lust (and indulging his own) while smoking, drinking and snorting anything he can get his hands on? Not pretty. However, I wouldn't be surprised if someday in the distant future, long after I am gone, that in some social science class at say Cal Berkeley this movie is played as augmenting an anthropological study of a certain segment of our population in the later part of the 20th century. The students can see this as a film documenting the moral corruption of a nation following Vietnam and the Nixon administration, perhaps even anticipating the moral corruption we see today.

But I would advise you to skip this unless you are a big Emilio Estavez fan, in which case this is a must see, or if you are a Charlie Sheen fan, and then it is worth seeing because this is one of his better performances, and you've got to see these guys in their bald domes and their side burns and authentic seventies attire. To be honest, I've seen people win Academy Awards who weren't half as good as Sheen was. Naturally this won nothing.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

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$12,449
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1.33 : 1
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