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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 ... Himself - Director, Deep Throat
John Waters ... Himself - Filmmaker
Larry Flynt ... Himself - Publisher, Hustler Magazine
Erica Jong Erica Jong ... Herself - Author, Fear of Flying
Ruth Westheimer ... Herself (as Dr. Ruth Westheimer)
Dick Cavett ... Himself
Camille Paglia Camille Paglia ... Herself - Author, Sexual Personae
Linda Lovelace ... Herself - Linda Lovelace (archive footage)
Harry Reems ... Himself / Dr. Young / Dr. Schmock
Hugh Hefner ... Himself
Bill Maher ... Himself
Norman Mailer ... Himself
Charles Keating Charles Keating ... Himself
Alan M. Dershowitz ... Himself - Harvard Law Professor (as Alan Dershowitz)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$653,621, 17 April 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film discusses how Deep Throat (1972) was actually distributed to theaters. Prints would be hand-delivered and employees would count heads of moviegoers and then collect the cash profits from the theaters. This process was known as sending "checkers and sweepers". See more »

Goofs

Joseph S. Peraino is incorrectly credited as "Joseph Peraino, Jr."; he was, in fact, Joseph Peraino Sr. See more »

Quotes

Older Man: [archive footage] We have smut all over the face of this country now, because we are letting those immoral people have their way in our country.
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Crazy Credits

Gerard Damiano Lives in Florida With His Son and Daughter, A Firedancer He Never Did Make Money From Any of His Films See more »

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Features Grease (1978) See more »

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Leaving with Linda
Performed by GoodandEvil
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Insightful & Important
21 February 2005 | by davidbeecher1956See all my reviews

Deep Throat changed America. It legitimized porn, creating a billion dollar industry in the process, and sent the sexual revolution to dizzying heights. Love it or hate it, Deep Throat was an historical event.

Inside Deep Throat looks back at that amazing phenomenon, it's causes and effects, and how it changed America and the lives of those who made it.

Interviews with Throat director Gerard Damiano & male lead Harry Reems give much insight into the porn biz of those bygone days, a dark world of sex & drug addiction, fly by night productions, and mafia money men. Sexperts Erica Jong, Dr. Ruth & Helen Gurley Brown offer their takes on how society reacted to and was affected by this new sexual openness, while 70s porn queens Georgina Spelvin & Andrea True offer quick sound bites that explain what drew people to the business.

The film covers many bases & covers them well. We see the hypocrisy of Jesus-inspired DAs, who waste millions of taxpayer dollars on frivolous prosecutions of actors, theater managers, and anyone else they see as an easy target in their crusade to "clean up America".

Censorship and free speech issues are discussed by the likes of Norman Mailer, John Waters, Dick Cavett and others, while Gloria Steinen & Susan Brownmiller offer their views on how porn degrades women. Both sides are eloquent and make valid points.

We see the tragedy of Linda Lovelace's wasted life. Unable to escape the stigma of being the film's star, she joined forces with the Women's Movement in denouncing porn. Shortly before her death in a traffic accident, Lovelace briefly returned to the biz because she was flat broke.

Inside Deep Throat is a brilliant film. It takes a time, place and event, a cultural phenomenon of it's day, and puts it under a microscope. Future generations may look at Deep Throat the film and wonder what the big deal was.

Inside Deep Throat explains it all to them.


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