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Inside Deep Throat (2005)

An examination of the infamous pornographic film Deep Throat (1972), covering aspects from the film's creation to its cultural impact.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Narrator (voice)
Gerard Damiano ... Self - Director, Deep Throat
John Waters ... Self - Filmmaker
Larry Flynt ... Self - Publisher, Hustler Magazine
Erica Jong Erica Jong ... Self - Author, Fear of Flying
Ruth Westheimer ... Self (as Dr. Ruth Westheimer)
Dick Cavett ... Self
Camille Paglia Camille Paglia ... Self - Author, Sexual Personae
Linda Lovelace ... Self - Linda Lovelace (archive footage)
Harry Reems ... Self / Dr. Young / Dr. Schmock
Hugh Hefner ... Self
Bill Maher ... Self
Norman Mailer ... Self
Charles Keating Charles Keating ... Self
Alan Dershowitz ... Self - Harvard Law Professor
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Storyline

In 1972, a seemingly typical shoestring budget pornographic film was made in a Florida hotel, "Deep Throat," starring Linda Lovelace. This film would surpass the wildest expectation of everyone involved to become one of the most successful independent films of all time. It caught the public imagination which met the spirit of the times, even as the self appointed guardians of public morality struggled to suppress it, and created, for a brief moment, a possible future where sexuality in film had a bold artistic potential. This film covers the story of the making of this controversial film, its stunning success, its hysterical opposition along with its dark side of mob influence and allegations of the on set mistreatment of the film's star. In short, the combined events would redefine the popular appeal of pornography, even as more cynical developments would lead it down other paths. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Go deeper inside the movie the government didn't want you to see. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The first NC-17-rated film aired on HBO. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, an unseen projectionist starts the film and we can see the projected image through the projection room window. He carelessly allows the leader to show on the screen. A frame marked "FOOT" is shown. Unless he is running the film backwards, this is wrong. The beginning of a film is marked "HEAD". See more »

Quotes

Older Lady: [archive footage] I just saw it, and I liked it! I liked it. I wanted to see a dirty picture, and that's what I saw. But I want the right to see that picture. I don't want somebody telling me that I can't see a dirty picture.
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Crazy Credits

June 12, 1972 Deep Throat Opens In Times Square See more »

Connections

References The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Goo Goo
Performed by Steve Buttell
Courtesy of The Standard Candy Company
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The DVD that will give legitimacy to your porn library
13 February 2005 | by elcopySee all my reviews

"Inside Deep Throat" is one of the most entertaining documentaries I've ever seen. This film doesn't cover all the aspects you may want to see about the porn-film-turned-cultural- phenomenon, but it is fun to watch -a thing you can't say about most documentaries. The tone is light-hearted, which will make people squeamish about seeing a film related to porn less threatened. It is however, one of the few films I've seen well deserving of the NC-17 rating.

The lessons to be learned from watching it are: The Christian Right is the American Taliban. The Republican Party spent too much taxpayer money and time deciding what you should and shouldn't see. Their silly "American values" platform has been around for decades. The silly obscenity laws are still around, though it'll be a big waste of taxpayer money to enforce them, as it was back then. The movie made so much money because it was banned and people were drawn to the controversy. The mafia was the biggest beneficiary, while most people involved in the film became victims of the movie's success.

I read somewhere the late Linda Lovelace said she realized the feminist crusaders used her more than the porn industry did. You can see a bit of that in this movie. In archive footage, Lovelace is being interviewed, but a feminist next to her doesn't let Lovelace speak and answers all the questions for her. Poor Lovelace was used to push whatever agenda she could be used for. In one part you see her defending the porn industry and free speech, the next you see her as the ultimate anti-porn crusader, and at an old age you see her posing nude for Playboy, defending her change of mind.

This will be a great DVD when it comes out. Many people won't agree with the points of view portrayed here, but we all can agree this is good storytelling.


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Official Sites:

Universal Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2005 (Russia) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,709, 13 February 2005

Gross USA:

$691,880

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$709,832
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage: news broadcasts)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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