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Emanuelle in America (1977)

Not Rated | | Adult, Drama, Mystery | 5 January 1977 (Italy)
Hedonistic photojournalist Emanuelle goes undercover to expose the seedy lives of rich and powerful sex cultists and snuff film peddlers in America and Europe.


Joe D'Amato


Maria Pia Fusco (screenplay), Ottavio Alessi (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Laura Gemser ... Emanuelle
Gabriele Tinti ... Alfredo Elvize, Duke of Mount Elba
Roger Browne ... The Senator
Riccardo Salvino ... Bill
Lars Bloch ... Eric van Darren
Paola Senatore ... Laura Elvize
Maria Piera Regoli Maria Piera Regoli ... Diana Smith
Giulio Bianchi Giulio Bianchi ... Tony
Efrem Appel Efrem Appel ... Joe
Matilde Dall'Aglio Matilde Dall'Aglio ... Woman Watching Snuff Movie
Maria Renata Franco Maria Renata Franco ... Zodiac girl #2
Giulio Massimini Giulio Massimini ... Waiter at Venice Party
Stefania Nocilli Stefania Nocilli ... Client of the Brothel
Carlo Foschi Carlo Foschi


An American journalist travels throughout the world in search of a good story by joining a modern-day harem and traveling to Venice to see what really goes on at diplomatic parties. While trying to expose a corrupt government official, Emanuelle stumbles upon a group that uses kidnapped girls to make and sell snuff films. A brush with death leaves Emanuelle wondering if it is perhaps time to hang up her camera for good. Written by Jonathan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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She does it all for old glory! See more »


Adult | Drama | Mystery


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Did You Know?


The infamous snuff footage in this film inspired David Cronenberg to write "Videodrome"(1983). See more »


Gemini has an entirely different dubbing voice (and accent) in her two scenes. See more »


Emanuelle: Don't you think that a hot bath is nice as a lover's caress?
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Alternate Versions

The version that was released on home video in the United States by VidAmerica (and also shown on cable television) is a much trimmed version. All of the violence and nearly all of the sex is cut. The most notorious scene, where Emanuelle uncovers a couple making love while watching a "snuff" film, is trimmed so severely that what is happeing on the film is barely hinted at, whereas the original shows the torture film in graphic detail. See more »


Followed by Violence in a Women's Prison (1982) See more »


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An absolute classic
17 July 2003 | by chanelit-1See all my reviews

This is probably about as extreme as exploitation gets (even when compared to such gory masterpieces as Nekromantik and Cannibal Holocaust). What makes it so extreme are that all the images on display as used in the context of sexual fantasy.

The infamous scene of a naked girl masterbating a horse is shown for the purposes of titillation and arousal.

The snuff footage is extremely nasty and difficult to watch and again plays to an audience looking for sexual arousal.

The film also contains numerous hard-core sex scenes and various lesbian scenes.

All in all a classic in its own right, surely only D'Amato could get away with such a film - hunt it high and low and get hold of a copy now!

You might be disgusted, but you won't be disappointed!

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Release Date:

5 January 1977 (Italy) See more »

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| (heavily cut)

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Color (Gevacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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