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Inside Deep Throat (2004)

Cast: Dennis Hopper, Helen Gurley Brown, Pat Carroll, more...
Director: Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Film
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato follow up Party Monster by returning to the documentary form of their most popular film The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Rather than examining evangelists-cum-gay icons, this time the duo takes aim at the cultural phenomenon that is and was Deep Throat, the hardcore porn film that cost 25,000 dollars to make and grossed over 600-million-dollars world-wide, making it the most successful independent film of all time. The impact of the film on the public's perception of pornography is discussed, as is the unlikely relationship the film had to the Watergate scandal. Actress Linda Lovelace who later denounced Deep Throat, claiming she'd been forced to make it at gunpoint, appears in interviews that were shot just before her fatal 2002 car accident. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A Walk Down Porno's Memory Lane by talltale September 19, 2005 - 11:21 AM PDT
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13 out of 13 members found this review helpful
Don't give up on INSIDE DEEP THROAT just because the first seven minutes are so eager to be cutting edge that they slice themselves to smithereens and drive you nuts with unnecessary speed, cutting and a "cleverness" that doesn't quite make it. Once the credits are finished, the movie calms down enough to offer an intriguing look at 30 years ago, when that memorable (and memorably bad) porno flick burst over us all, making "names" of Linda Lovelace and Harry Reems--and a few judges, law enforcers and FBI guys--in the process.

This unusual trip down memory lane is as much thoughtful fun as you'd expect from the team of Bailey and Barbato ("The Eyes of Tammy Faye," "Party Monster"). Full of ironies that don't need to be pushed very hard, the film's most interesting moments may come via an old Florida couple. The husband originally distributed "Deep Throat" in that state, and the wife is still frightened of the mob connection; by the finale, you'll feel like they're old friends. During the end credits (filled with fascinating "updates"), you'll even get to see an amazing shot of this couple's wedding some forty years ago.

Oh, yes, there is a moment or two of hard core here, but truly, I think you'll find yourself wondering just what all the fuss was about. Sure, "Deep Throat" appeared at the time to be opening up pornography to mainstream America, but it never happened. This country is as frightened and hypocritical as ever about matters sexual. The real fuss ought to be made about the crazy tilt we're currently taking to the (pseudo-religious) right.




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