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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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Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

31 January 1973 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Possibly deliberate error by filmmaker. At the very end of the "What's My Perversion" segment. See more »

Quotes

[Fabrizio tries in vain to get Gina excited]
Fabrizio: [romantically, in Italian, as he rubs her] Foreplay... foreplay... foreplay... foreplay... foreplay...
[a long time later, Gina is still insensitive]
Fabrizio: [sleepily, in Italian] Foreplay... foreplay... foreplay...
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Red River Valley
(pub. 1896) (uncredited)
Music by James Kerrigen
Played on harmonica by Woody Allen
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When it works it works fantastically, and only a few times isn't too funny
16 April 2006 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex is a success for Woody Allen if only for him being able to go through a whole host of satirizing that is always, if not hilarious, cleverly crafted and impeccably cast. Certain scenes I would mark as some of the funniest I've still ever seen from Woody Allen. But like a Monty Python sketch movie ala the Meaning of Life, you may or may not get all of the scenes consistently on edge and classic. But in terms of experimenting with form, it is one of the very best that Woody has come up with, at a time when he was making his "early, funny movies".

The highlights for me include the climactic (err, maybe pun intended) end sequence showing the inner workings (with Tony Randall and Burt Reynolds present in the control room) of intercourse; the faux game show involving sexual questions (and yes, that is Regis Philbin) with a truly belly-laugh of a finale involving a Jewish mother; best is the Gene Wilder sheep scene, which was my favorite when I first saw the film as a kid. Interestingly enough, even when there are segments that aren't as funny as the others (the sci-fi spoof with the giant boob, or the opening segment sent in medieval times), it does become a little more humorous in future viewings. One that really did become funnier seen in my older years is the foreign film spoof where Italian mixes with god knows what, almost dead-on spoof wise.

Is the film on the brilliance level of Manhattan or Deconstructing Harry? Maybe in spots, but on a very different level. I could almost see myself recommending the film to those who are new to the Allen filmography. It's unpretentious, and very keen on the subject matter at the peak of the sexual revolution, something that might've inspired the ZAZ team for their Kentucky Fried Movie. Or, at the least, have wondered what it's like when Wilder puts S&M garb on a sheep, it's worth a viewing (some of his dialog with the sheep is a killer every single time I see it). Cute opening titles, by the way.


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