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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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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 »

Also Known As:

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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

Arrow Productions has edited the original, pornographic version of Deep Throat (1972) to get an "R" rating, and also has submitted the original for reclassification. Both versions will be released theatrically in 2005 in a double-bill with this documentary. 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

Harry Reems: [archive footage] Did I belong in jail for five years for acting in deep throat?
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1987 Video Rental Income Surpasses Movie Theatre Ticket Sales See more »

Connections

Features Meatball (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Brand New Key
Performed by Melanie
Written by Melanie (as Melanie Safka)
Courtesy of Buddah Records
Under license from BMG Film and TV Music
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A light look at a dark world
16 February 2005 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Yes, there is fellatio depicted inside the documentary Inside Deep Throat. About 3 seconds. So go see the original groundbreaking porno flick of 1972, Deep Throat, if you want to be deeply titillated and experience a poorly made movie that grossed over $600 million and sparked a sexual revolution that resulted for exhibitors and actors in stiff penalties that carry through today in Nikon's' wet dreams.

Today fortunately is also a world where videos allow private viewing of private parts and only a handful of "art" houses even try to offer porno films. So why go back to those carefree days of free love and iconoclasm? Because conservatives have taken up Nixon and Reagan's call for a purer world, a world suited to George Bush's values-laden regime. Inside Deep Throat is a cautionary tale that implicitly argues, sometimes humorously, that young Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty are on to something when they complain our rights are being stolen.

Much bigger mirth arrives with the interviews of the retired director and project manager, among others, in their cheesy Florida print shirts and garish bungalows pontificating about the film's greatness emerging out of a mere $25,000 into film history. Not funny is star Linda Lovelace's return to the business, after disavowing it by taking an anti-porn feminist position with Gloria Steinem to speak for her and then going back to make a buck.

Sadder still is star Harry Reems' long association with substance abuse after being hounded by the feds as a scapegoat eventually cleared of obscenity charges. His current license to sell real estate in Park City, Utah, is a rich bit of irony. However, the humor continues with profundities by pop culture stars John Waters, Erica Jong, and Gore Vidal. Only a wry Dick Cavet puts it all into ironic perspective to ask if he could see the original now since he missed it and to aver that he always does what Nicholson and Beatty recommend.

Inside Deep throat is not as artful as Boogie Nights or as thoughtful as Kinsey; it is, however, a light look at a dark world that still thrives on privacy regardless of the public hunger for sex.


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