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Inserts (1976)

Richard Dreyfuss , Jessica Harper , John Byrum  |  X |  DVD
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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Jessica Harper, Bob Hoskins, Veronica Cartwright, Stephen Davies
  • Directors: John Byrum
  • Writers: John Byrum
  • Producers: Clive Parsons, Davina Belling, Harry Benn
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: X (Mature Audiences Only)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X7BGO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,591 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Inserts" on IMDb

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Academy Award® winner* Richard Dreyfuss "gives a tour-de-force performance" (Los Angeles Times) in this provocative collision of sex and cinema. With "flashes of wit and outrageous black humor" (Los Angeles Times), this seductive story is loaded with "imagination [and] quirky charm" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).In the golden days of silent films, genius director Boy Wonder (Dreyfuss) was king of the silver screen. But when talkies took over Tinseltown, hetook a nosedive right into the sordid business of erotic films. Now, with a career in chaos and a dead leading lady (Veronica Cartwright) on his hands, the tormented maestro must rise above his artistic impotence and turn his latest X-rated thriller into a class-A masterpiece.*1977: Actor, The Goodbye Girl

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Boulevard Of Broken Dreams June 20, 2005
Hoo boy. I guess they really are clearing out those vaults now. I never even began to dream that this oddball dramedy would ever see the light of day on DVD, much less from a mainstream releasing company like MGM (I would have expected Fantoma, Anchor Bay or Blue Underground). If I told you that in the mid 70's, Richard Dreyfuss, Veronica Cartwright, Bob Hoskins and Jessica Harper all co-starred in a Hollywood-produced "X" rated film, would you have believed me? Dreyfuss plays a has-been Hollywood directing prodigy known as "Wonder Boy", whose career has peaked early (his character may be loosely based on Irving Thalberg) and now lives in his bathrobe (pre-Hugh Hefner!) drinking heavily and casting junkies and starlet-wannabes in low-budget pornos produced at his crumbling mansion. Bob Hoskins portrays the "producer", who earns his living in a dubious manner, and is looking for investors for his latest "get rich" scheme- an idea to open a chain of hamburger joints (and his character's nickname is "Big Mac"-get it?) The story takes place in 1930's Hollywood, and it is almost an unofficial "sequel" of sorts to "Day Of The Locust" (with its mostly downbeat view of the squalid side of show biz). There isn't much of a plot, and its not even what I would consider a "well made" film (especially considering the impressive cast) but there is something oddly compelling about this movie that I've never been able to quite explain or shake off-a real love/hate thing. I suppose that makes this curio a definite "cult" item! I notice that MGM has rated the DVD "NC-17" so I am assuming this will be the original cut I (hazily) remember seeing in the theater almost 30 years ago. I'd say snap up a copy as soon as its released, because my "Spidey Sense" tells me it won't be available for long!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "We are pioneers in the neoplastic arts!" April 6, 2006
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An insert, with relation to the cinema, according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, "is a shot of part of a scene as filmed from a different angle and/or focal length from the master shot. Inserts cover action already covered in the master shot, but emphasize a different aspect of that action due to the different framing. An insert is different from a cutaway in that the cutaway is of action not covered in the master shot." Inserts (1976), the film, was written an directed by John Byrum (The Razor's Edge, The Whoopee Boys), and features Richard Dreyfuss (American Graffiti, Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Jessica Harper (Phantom of the Paradise, Suspiria), Bob Hoskins (Brazil, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Veronica Cartwright (Alien, The Right Stuff), and Stephen Davies (The Long Good Friday, The Razor's Edge).

Dreyfuss plays a character referred to in the film as the `Boy Wonder', a once prominent silent film director and rising star in the industry, one who quickly found himself out of a job once `talkies' made the scene, apparently unable to make the transition. He now spends his days reclusively rambling about his spacious house in his bathrobe (the plumbing is on the fritz, in both the house and the man), drinking himself silly (he's got a real problem with the booze...he can't get enough!), and shooting stag films. We soon meet one of the `stars' of his current project, a faded flower named Harlene (Cartwright), a hophead who once had a promising career in `real' films, but has since found herself relegated to waitress gigs and performing the horizontal mambo before the cameras. After a little give and take between the pair, the male lead shows up, aptly known as Rex, the Wonder Dog (Davies), a gawky, brain dead stud with aspirations of greatness, and the shooting commences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled to find "Inserts" on DVD October 12, 2005
When this movie was first released in theaters, radio advertisements for it described it as "a shocking and decadent X-rated film". It briefly raised a furor, as did most of the early feature-length X-Rated films of this era. In retrospect, this was misleading advertising, because "Inserts" is much more than just an X-rated film. This movie qualifies as a genuine artistic expression in the league of major motion picture production, and it's far above the norm in terms of plot, dialogue and acting.

The first time I saw this movie was in the summer of 1976. I was 19, and traveling across the country on my own, for the first time. I stayed overnight in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and decided to see my first X-rated movie in the local theater. Merely expecting a tawdry porno film, I was surprised and amazed at what I saw. I was treated to a wonderful story with great actors (Richard Dreyfuss, Jessica Harper, Bob Hoskins, Veronica Cartwright and Steven Davies), witty dialogue, and a very intriguing premise that captivated my interest for the entire length of the film. I found this study of a morning in the life of an ex-Boy Wonder film director in his decline to be a fascinating tale, and all the details that are evident in both the writing of the story and it's production really help to make this movie an excellent piece of work. I walked out of the theater thinking, "wow, that was really a damn good movie!"

For many years afterward, I wished I could see it again, but never did. Recently, on a whim, I searched for it here on, and was thrilled to find that it had been released on DVD. I bought it immediately, while it was still available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adult Viewing
It is not often that you get to see a true Hollywood star have so much fun. This single scene drama sounds pale in comparison to today's big budget blockbusters, no car chases, no... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Missouri Wade
4.0 out of 5 stars Tab A Goes into Slot B
Inserts (John Byrum, 1974)

Neither the onscreen credits, either main or close, nor IMDB mentions whether John Byrum's Inserts is based on a play. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars I was fascinated by this classic film
I call it classic because it was early on in Dreyfuss's career and his performance was remarkable.

It's got skin but its also got wonderful acting performances.
Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Veronica Cartwright!!!
Wow it was crazee to see Veronica Cartwright in her "porn scene" in Inserts she was in the movie Alien!!! damn! Read more
Published 22 months ago by epik73
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique Dialogue
Cathy: What did he mean by 'getting your rope to rise'? Do you do magic tricks?

BW: All but that one, Miss Cake.... Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A degenerate movie with dignity (movie's byline, not mine)
I'm sure this is one of them films that Dreyfuss would sooner forget. I bought it for the subtitle and to see what Dreyfuss could do with the part at that age. Read more
Published on December 5, 2010 by Shikantaza
3.0 out of 5 stars A COMEDY OF EROS?
Can it be true? Richard Dreyfuss, Bob Hoskins, Veronica Cartright and Jessica Harper in an X-rated movie? Read more
Published on November 21, 2010 by Robin Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Dreyfuss at his usual best
This film is about 24 hours in the life of a fallen Hollywood producer who was on top in the silent film era, and due to the "talkies" is now living in his deteriorated mansion... Read more
Published on June 10, 2010 by Timothy W. Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of An Artist
John Byrum's 1975 film "Inserts" owes a lot to Hitchcock's 1948 classic "Rope". Although it does not feature Hitchcock's experimental feature length continuous shot, it is... Read more
Published on November 16, 2008 by Only-A-Child
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Side of Hollywood
The NC-17-rated (for explicit sexuality) INSERTS (1975) was certainly originally conceived by writer-director John Byrum as a stage play. Read more
Published on October 12, 2008 by Michael B. Druxman
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