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Behind the Green Door (1972)

X | | Adult, Drama | 13 January 1973 (UK)
A beautiful woman is abducted and initiated into a live sex act on a private stage, participating in lesbianism, interracial sex and a public orgy.


Artie Mitchell (as Artie J. Mitchell), Jim Mitchell (as James L. Mitchell)


Anonymous (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Chambers ... Gloria
George S. McDonald George S. McDonald ... Barry Clark
Johnnie Keyes Johnnie Keyes ... African Stud
Elizabeth Knowles Elizabeth Knowles ... Matron (as Lisa Grant)
Yank Levine Yank Levine ... Dudley
Toni Attell Toni Attell ... Mime (as Toad Attell)
Ben Davidson ... Doorman
Adrienne Mitchell Adrienne Mitchell ... Waitress
Dana Fuller Dana Fuller ... Cook
Dale Meador Dale Meador ... Hotel Clerk (as Dale Meade)
Jim Mitchell ... First Kidnapper (as James Mitchell)
Artie Mitchell ... Second Kidnapper (as Art Mitchell)
Mike Bradford Mike Bradford ... Parking Lot Attendant
Tony Royale Tony Royale ... Guard
Bunny Brody Bunny Brody ... Female Attendant


Two men enter a fast food place. The owner asks them about a mysterious matter. After some considerations, one of the two guys accepts to tell the story. Here starts a long flashback: the two men are in a terrace, next to a lake, and one is telling the other a story. A woman, a wealthy San Francisco socialite named Gloria sits at a table nearby. Later she is kidnapped. When her blindfold is removed, a woman welcomes her. After a relaxing massage, she is accompanied by 6 women, into a stage, in front of masked men, and women of all kinds. A speaker explains that the woman will be pleased, by all means. The 6 women first, and later some men make love to her, while the audience progressively move into a orgy. This is the end of the flashback. The owner of the fast food place asks what happened after that time, but the men refuse to tell. Written by Andrea Pasqua <pasqua@sna.com>

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the all-American girl


Adult | Drama


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Adult film debut of Jon Martin. See more »

Alternate Versions

Certain 8mm and Super 8mm Prints of the film run at 44 minutes. See more »


Referenced in The Seven Seductions (1982) See more »

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24 February 2013 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

I became interested in seeing Behind the Green Door after seeing Marilyn Chambers in David Cronenberg's Rabid. She had a charisma and sex appeal that stayed with me long after the movie ended. Having finally gotten a chance to see it, I ultimately found it disappointing.

Simply put, I did not find the film erotic. As an adult film, its ultimate goal is to create arousal, and this is the first criterion on which it should be judged. The action takes place largely in silence, with the participants in its central orgy forbidden from speaking. Chambers has no actual dialogue other than sighing and moaning. This prevents the viewer from engaging with the characters.

The film does deserve kudos for trying to establish a narrative, however limited. It is also noteworthy as a time capsule of a period when pornography was on the cusp of mainstream acceptance. It features cameo appearances by football star Ben Davidson and by local San Francisco celebrity Toad Attel. (Imagine a major celebrity like Davidson appearing in an adult film today!) It gives a glimpse of an era of sexual freedom that was sadly lost with the AIDS crisis and the incursions of the religious right.

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Release Date:

13 January 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Derrière la porte verte See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


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$60,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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