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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

Seven stories are trying to answer the question: what is sex? Or maybe they are not trying.

Director:

Woody Allen

Writers:

David Reuben (from the book "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask" by) (as Dr. David Reuben), Woody Allen (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Victor / Fabrizio / The Fool / Sperm
John Carradine ... Doctor Bernardo
Lou Jacobi ... Sam
Louise Lasser ... Gina
Anthony Quayle ... The King
Tony Randall ... The Operator
Lynn Redgrave ... The Queen
Burt Reynolds ... Switchboard
Gene Wilder ... Doctor Ross
Jack Barry ... Jack Barry
Erin Fleming Erin Fleming ... The Girl
Elaine Giftos ... Mrs. Ross
Toni Holt Kramer Toni Holt Kramer ... Toni Holt (as Toni Holt)
Robert Q. Lewis ... Robert Q. Lewis
Heather MacRae ... Helen Lacey (as Heather Macrae)
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Storyline

Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court jester gives an aphrodisiac to the Queen and is, in the end, beheaded to "What Happens During Ejaculation?" in which we watch "control central" during a successful seduction. Written by Scott R. Vaughn <scott@vaughn.hon.msu.edu>

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Taglines:

If you want to know how this man made a movie out of this book... "Everything you always wanted to know about sex* - *But Were Afraid to Ask" you'll have to see the movie! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

After buying the movie rights from Paramount Pictures, Woody Allen never read the original book by Dr. David Reuben. He rather only glanced on the chapter headings and created the idea of the seven segments for the movie. At the end, four segments have almost the same names as the questions in the book (Why Do Some Women Trouble Reaching an Orgasm?, Are transvestites homosexuals?, What are Sex Perverts?, What happens during ejaculation?) while others are either changed (Do Aprodisiacs Work? was featured in the fifth chapter "Aphrodisiacs", and was spread over several questions, including "Isn't there anything that works?", or weren't included in the book at all (like Sodomy or Findings of Doctors and Clinics on Sexual Research and Experiments). See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, The Operator says to think of baseball players to prolong sex and then says "Willie Mays, Joe Namath, Mickey Mantle". However, Joe Namath was a football player, not a baseball player. See more »

Quotes

Victor: I've never told anyone this before; but, when I was a little child I was breastfed from falsies.
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Crazy Credits

Opening and closing credits shown over footage of rabbits. See more »

Alternate Versions

After being banned in Ireland on March 20 1973, a cut version was passed in 1979 and theatrically released in 1980. This edited:
  • the scene in which a shepherd goes to see a doctor and tells him how he has fallen in love with a sheep. The line, "the greatest lay I ever had" was removed.
  • The bread intercourse scene was removed entirely.
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Connections

Referenced in Bullets Over Broadway (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Misbehave
(1927)
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
RCA Records
Played and Sung offscreen during the opening and closing credits by Irving Aaronson and His Commanders (uncredited)
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Uneven but sometimes brilliant series of sketches about sex.
17 June 2010 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

While all the early Woody Allen films are funny and worthwhile, this is probably the most uneven to my taste.

Allen took the famous, serious non-fiction book about sex, and turned it into a series of short comedy pieces. A couple segments are pure genius (inside the male body during sex, Gene Wilder falling in love with a sheep), a couple are pretty good (Woody as a medieval court jester trying to have an affair with the queen, who is locked into a chastity belt, a mad scientist creates a giant milk squirting breast that goes on a rampage) and a few are real duds.

Also, of all the Allen films, this might have the worst DVD print/transfer quality.

It's bizarre and disturbing is that a lot of Allen's brilliant early work seems to be going out of print. Hopefully this is just a temporary state of affairs, and better re-releases are ahead. But if you're a fan you might want to grab copies of this, Bananas, Sleeper, Take the Money and Run, etc now, while you can.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

6 August 1972 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,016,290

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,090,065
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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