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

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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Victor / Fabrizio / The Fool / Sperm
... Doctor Bernardo
... Sam
... Gina
... The King
... The Operator
... The Queen
... Switchboard
... Doctor Ross
... Jack Barry
Erin Fleming ... The Girl
... Mrs. Ross
Toni Holt Kramer ... Toni Holt (as Toni Holt)
... Robert Q. Lewis
... Helen (as Heather Macrae)
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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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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 »

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31 January 1973 (West Germany)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$18,016,290, 31 December 1973
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Elliott Gould and Producer Jack Brodsky were the first people to option David Reuben's book, but opted to sell it to United Artists once they determined that the text was too hard to film. The TCMDb suggests that the reason was due to when "Gould and Brodsky dissolved their partnership". 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

Sperm #1: I'm not getting shot out of that thing. What if he's masturbating? I'm liable to end up on the ceiling.
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Opening and closing credits shown over footage of rabbits. See more »

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Red River Valley
(pub. 1896) (uncredited)
Music by James Kerrigen
Played on harmonica by Woody Allen
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Uneven but sometimes brilliant series of sketches about sex.
17 June 2010 | by See 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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