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Biopic of notorious Mitchell Brothers who opened up a successful San Francisco strip club and thriving porn business that led to a downward spiral of power and greed.

Director:

Emilio Estevez

Writers:

David McCumber (book), Norman Snider (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Artie Mitchell
Emilio Estevez ... Jim Mitchell
Rafer Weigel Rafer Weigel ... Lionel
Tracy Hutson ... Marilyn Chambers
Megan Ward ... Meredith
Terry O'Quinn ... J.R. Mitchell
Danielle Brett Danielle Brett ... Adrienne
Nicole de Boer ... Karen Mitchell
Deborah Grover ... Georgia Mae
Dylan McFadyen Dylan McFadyen ... Young Jim (as Dylan McFayden)
Taylor Estevez Taylor Estevez ... Teenage Jim
Eric Cabral Eric Cabral ... Young Artie
Robert Clark ... Teenage Artie
Loretta Jafelice Loretta Jafelice ... First Grade Teacher
Brian Paul ... Principal Evans
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Storyline

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 Mike Konczewski

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They turned on America. Then they turned on each other. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, drug use, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The opening and closing sequences of the film were constructed using a variety of different film stocks, shooting at different speeds, intercutting with still photographs, using jarring edits with seem to break continuity, using dutch angles, and employing various other techniques. Director Emilio Estevez has said that these scenes were modeled on similar looking scenes in Oliver Stone's JFK (1991), The Doors (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), Nixon (1995) and U Turn (1997). See more »

Goofs

When the brothers go to New York there are cable car wires in the background. See more »

Quotes

Lionel: Art, what the hell are you looking for?
Artie Mitchell: The blow. The blow The blow!
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Alternate Versions

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.
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Connections

References Old Yeller (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Slip Into My Groove
Written by T. Bates, P. Messina
Performed by Smash Alley
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You have to give this one to them
22 March 2003 | by CULTEGUYSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mitchell Brothers See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,449
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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