Inside Deep Throat (NC-17) 2005 NC-17 CC

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More than 30 years after Deep Throat's provocative debut, this documentary examines the legacy that the most profitable film of all-time left on society.

Dennis Hopper, Gerard Damiano
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Starring Dennis Hopper, Gerard Damiano
Supporting actors John Waters, Larry Flynt, Erica Jong, Ruth Westheimer, Dick Cavett, Camille Paglia, Linda Lovelace, Harry Reems, Hugh M. Hefner, Bill Maher, Norman Mailer, Charles Keating, Alan M. Dershowitz, Larry Parrish, Gore Vidal, Francis Ford Coppola, Al Goldstein, Georgina Spelvin
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating NC-17
Captions and subtitles English Details
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God save us from the morality zealots of any ilk, Muslim or Christian!
Mr. Joe
This is an interesting documentary yet it becomes obvious that it all could have been summed up in about 45 minutes, if not sooner.
People in America don't like being told what they can or cannot watch, or read, or think or feel.
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101 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2005
If you're old enough to have seen DEEP THROAT when it was first released in 1972, then the documentary INSIDE DEEP THROAT will perhaps be a rewarding trip down Nostalgia Lane (assuming your memory cells weren't fried by all the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll of the 60s).

DEEP THROAT was the first porn film exhibited in public theaters, and the first to be viewed openly by mixed couples, undoubtedly elbowing out the raincoat crowd. It was produced for $25,000; to date, it's grossed $600 million, and is the most profitable, independently produced film of all time. Oh, and it's centerpiece attraction was actress Linda Lovelace fellating a goofy doctor character, played by Harry Reems, who's diagnosed Linda's character as having her clitoris in her throat. Do you get the naughty picture?

This film is a montage of archival footage from the era liberally sprinkled with interviews with the principals - producer Gerard Damiano, Lovelace, and Reems - and many others, including Hugh Hefner, Larry Flynt, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Dick Cavett, former porn stars Annie Sprinkle, Georgina Spelvin and Andrea True, plus authors, feminists, and the legal eagles that argued their respective sides in the legal battle that ultimately found scapegoat Reems guilty on obscenity charges. (Damiano and Lovelace had court immunity.)

The roughly 90+ minute film summarizes DEEP THROAT's conception, creation, release, distribution, and co-optation by the Mob, the anti-obscenity furor that the film sparked, and the ultimate acceptance of porn that followed due to it's wide distribution and availability via the introduction of the home video player around 1979.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Hussain on June 22, 2005
Culled from over 800 hours of interviews into a feature-length documentary and narrated by Dennis Hopper, this really is a magnificent look at the cultural impact of the most successful porno film in history. To date the film has grossed over $600 million and still counting. And let's not even discuss the revenue generated for video pirates!

The film contains on-screen interviews (new and archive) with a whole range of people such as John Waters, Harry Reems, Gerard Damiano, Norman Mailer, Larry Flynt, Warren Beatty, Georgina Spelvin, Jack Nicholson, Linda Lovelace, Hugh Hefner, Xaviera Hollander, Gore Vidal, Camille Paglia, Al Goldstein, etc. Even Wes Craven comes along and confesses that he directed hardcore porno films to break into legitimate Hollywood fare.

This is a brave and timely piece that explores the issues of censorship and the right of the artist to express their views. And to think that the decision banning the film in theatres still stands. It has never been overturned in the USA.

And to their credit, the BBFC (British Censor Board) allowed through some hardcore footage of fellatio into this courageous film. And it really is a shock to see a 30 foot penis been swallowed wholesale on the huge cinema screen.

The music is brilliant too, there's original stuff, re-mixed themes from the original kitsch soundtrack and tunes from the 1970's that really conjure up a lost time when the world seemed so fresh and colourful.

The film moves at a break-neck speed, packs volumes of information, is both funny and heart-breaking, stunningly edited into a cohesive whole and very entertaining.

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Whether one likes or dislikes the legacy of DEEP THROAT, there is simply no question that it is a film that for good or ill had a significant impact on American culture. To this day it remains one of only two or three porn films that the vast majority of Americans can identify by name. This interesting documentary certainly does not attempt to make a case for DEEP THROAT as a work of art and does not try to argue that it is more than what it is: a smut film. The focus instead is more on the overall cultural impact of the film and the fate of the major participants in its making and distribution. It also attempts to use the film as a measure of where the United States was in the late sixties and where it is today. It is also, I should add, a quite funny film.

That DEEP THROAT spawned major changes in American life is beyond debate. The debate comes over whether that is a good or bad thing. What has always amazed me is the widespread popularity of porn movies in American life, a popularity that is acknowledged through statistics but not many other places. As the film indicates near its ends, during the VHS era sales and rentals of porn videos far outstripped those of mainstream movies. Now, that has changed since the advent of the Internet and DVDs (most porn sales today are over the Internet), but the fact remains that pornography accounts for more sales than mainstream feature films. The brute fact of porn is difficult to dismiss. A good friend of mine who ran a video store said that he was always amazed at the sheer breadth of people who rented porn. He told me, "Just look at anyone who passes you on the sidewalk, no matter their sex or age. That's who rents porn." And there are stats that show porn is more popular in the red states than in the blue states.
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