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Heavy Petting (1989)

Celebrity confessions about their first sexual experiences.

Directors:

Obie Benz, Joshua Waletzky (co-director) (as Josh Waletzky)

Writer:

Pierce Rafferty
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Cast

Credited cast:
David Byrne ... Self
Frances Fisher ... Self
Sandra Bernhard ... Self
Allen Ginsberg ... Self
Ann Magnuson ... Self
Spalding Gray ... Self
Josh Mostel ... Self
Laurie Anderson ... Self
John Oates ... Self
Abbie Hoffman ... Self
Jacki Ochs Jacki Ochs ... Self
William S. Burroughs ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Duka Duka ... Self
Wayne Jobson ... Self
Frederic Lahey Frederic Lahey ... Frederic Lahey
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HEAVY PETTING is a hilarious and salacious exploration of the sexual mores of the 50's as seen through the eyes of a generation that lived through the Sexual Revolution. Creative baby boomers-- including musician David Byrne, performance artist Spalding Gray, comedian Sandra Bernhard, radical activist Abbie Hoffman, and poet Allen Ginsberg-- candidly recall their sexual coming-f-age tales in intimate interviews. Joyously campy and refreshingly carefree, HEAVY PETTING blends humorous, unbelievable footage of unhelpful sex-ed films with classic snippets of THE WILD ONE and Elvis' hip gyrations, not to mention Bernhard talking about playing "doctor", always observant Ginsberg on a disastrous encounter with a girl, and Byrne on the childhood myths of masturbation. Eternal mysteries such as the female orgasm, the universal appeal of Marilyn Monroe, and the rituals of high school are laid bare by this lovable group of characters. Written by aitnyc@aol.com

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Documentary

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Rock Around The Clock
Written by Max Freedman and James E. Myers
Performed by New Jersey Teenagers
Courtesy of UCLA Film and Televison Archives
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Entertaining documentary with a crazy cast
30 August 2020 | by jadavixSee all my reviews

"Heavy Petting" is an entertaining documentary featuring an extraordinary cast of people talking about their recollections of sex back in the '50s. Amidst the testimonials of these writers, musicians, actors/actresses, and... tradespeople and businessmen (?) the movie is constantly interspersed with footage of movies, TV shows and after-school specials that demonstrate some of the old timey attitudes the interviewees are speaking about.

The cast includes David Byrne, Sandra Bernhard, Spalding Gray, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Laurie Anderson, Oates from Hall and Oates, and a few others who aren't famous nor in the entertainment industry, making their inclusion surprising when you realise they're not famous like the others.

With all the quick edits, and at times too-quick contributions from the stars, the movie moves along like rapid fire. It's entertaining, but I didn't learn much from watching it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edukacja sentymentalna See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,007, 24 September 1989

Gross USA:

$272,371

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$272,371
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