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Based on the true story of Jim and Artie Mitchell, two brothers who entered the porn industry in the early 60's. After creating such legendary porn films as "Behind the Green Door" and "Inside Marily Chambers", they later became addicted to drugs and began a downward spiral leading to bankruptcy and murder.Written by
There are two versions of the film available. The 'Unrated Version' is the cut first submitted by Emilio Estevez to the MPAA, who told him that unless he cut out 54 seconds, it would receive an NC-17 rating. Estevez made the requisite cuts, resulting in a 'R-rated Version', which was the one shown on TV in 2000. Both versions are now available on DVD. The main differences between the two versions are:
During the first porn shoot, in the unrated version, the camera moves across a naked couple having anal sex on a bed and towards Jim (Emilio Estevez) and Lionel (Rafer Weigel) as they discuss the possibility that the scene may be out of focus. In the rated version, the shot begins on the far side of the couple, and then cuts to a mid shot of Jim and Lionel, thus removing the move over the bed itself.
During the long Steadicam shot through the live sex show on opening night, there is a clear shot of two girls performing cunnilingus on one another on the bar. In the edited version, the girls can only be seen very briefly in the background.
It's been a while since I've seen this, so I'll keep it short. I saw the film, and read the book. I guess the idea of making the film came a little too close to the "Boogie Nights" success. Both brothers, however, show that they are good actors, even if Charlie's trying a little too much to be Hunter S. Thompson (unless the character was actually like that.) It's a good movie about the porn industry whereas "Boogie Nights" wasn't really about the porn industry, which was used mainly a subplot (or one of many... I loved that film, I just don't think these two movies should be compared-- this is a straight bio-pic.) The demise of the Mitchell brothers wasn't the demise of porno. But, it should be noted, the demise of film making (for real) in porno. They tried like hell to make real films, and probably could have (some might say, with the budget, should have.) So the characters made a fairly respectable film that came along a bit too late.
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