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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 (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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

31 January 1973 (West Germany) 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, 31 December 1973
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dr. David Reuben, the author of the source book "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)," did not like this movie, and in an interview with the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, said: "I didn't enjoy the movie, because it impressed me as a sexual tragedy. Every episode in the picture was a chronicle of sexual failure, which was the converse of everything in the book." See more »

Goofs

In the "sodomy" segment, the character Stavros Milos hails from Armenia. Stavros Milos is a Greek name. See more »

Quotes

Woods County Sheriff: [on radio] Be on the look out for a large female breast.
Victor Shakapopulis: It's about a 4000 with an X-cup.
Woods County Sheriff: About a 4000 with an X-cup.
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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.
Modern video releases are uncut with an 18 certificate. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Sung by the sexual organs crew
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User Reviews

 
Hit & Miss, But What Hits Is Hysterical
28 February 2002 | by shark-43See all my reviews

An uneven early work of Allen's, really just a series of sketches tied around the unbelievable popularity of the "sex" book "Everything You Wantedto Know About Sex, But Was Afraid To Ask" which in the early 1970's was THE book in popular culture. Many of the sketches are too long and "peter" out, but ALL of them have very funny jokes and insight, but two of the sketches are classics and are as funny as anything Allen ever wrote: Gene Wilder's bit where he plays a man who is destroyed after a certain "fetish" is introduced into his life and the last sketch, where they show the inside controls of a man's body as he gets ready to have sex with a date: Burt Reynolds and Tony Randall help run the master control room. This is brilliant and clever. Some times it's refreshing to just go back to Allen's early, silly films like Sleeper and Take The Money And Run, even though the man has gone onto important funny films with deep dramatic throughlines: Crimes & Misdemeanors, Deconstructing Harry and Husbands & Wives.


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