Inside Deep Throat

Synopsis: 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.
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

##[Crime Of The Century

by Supertramp playing]

# Now they're planning

the crime of the century #

# Well what will it be? #

# Read all about their schemes

and adventuring #

# It's well worth a fee ##

We are living

in a glorious time,

a time of great conflict

to be sure.

(male newsreader 1)

Today, a nationwide crackdown

was underway...

(male newsreader 2)

...eight men were arrested


(male newsreader 3)


pornographic pictures.

(Gerard Damiano)

On one side of the coin

are those in favor

of absolutely no censorship.

[crowd clamoring]

On the other hand,

there are those who advocate

the government dictating to us

what we should see,

read, and hear.

(newsreader 1)

... they say it all started

with the sex film Deep Throat.

##[Spill the Wine

by Eric Burdon & WAR playing]


I saw Deep Throat in New York

when it first came out.

(Larry Flynt)

People were lined up

for at least three blocks.

# I was once out strolling

one very hot summer's day #

Oh, yeah, there was

a screening in some

psychoanalyst's apartment

and everybody

watched and smoked dope.

Oh, yeah.

# I dreamed I was

in a Hollywood movie #

# That I was the star

of the movie #

# This really blew my mind #

(Dr. Westheimer)

I thought, "Fantastic.

"This is going to change

the climate

"of talking about

issues of sexuality

in these United States."

# Spill the wine

and take that pearl ##

(Dick Cavett)

I'm one of the handful

of people who never saw it.

I didn't intend to not see it.


Perhaps you could

arrange for me to see it.


[machine humming]

[projector whirring]

(Camille Paglia)

Deep Throat was

an epochal moment

in the history

of modern sexuality.

It is the first time

that respectable

middle-class women

went to porn theaters.

It really broke down,

uh, traditional codes

of--of decorum.

(Hugh Hefner)

Linda Lovelace,

and conversations,

and jokes about Deep Throat,


on network television.

If the film

became mainstream,

conversation about it

became truly mainstream.

It's kind of

a strange country, isn't it?

Judges can see Deep Throat,

but they can't listen

to those tapes.

[audience laughing]


I think the major thing

that set, uh,

Deep Throat apart was,

it had a gimmick.

Ah! Ah--ah!

Well, there it is,

you little bugger,

there it is.


Your clitoris, it's deep down

in the bottom of your throat.


The clitoris

hidden in the throat

was something

you could talk about

and laugh about.

It's better than having

no clitoris at all.


That's easy

for you to say.

Suppose your balls

were in your ear.

(Bill Maher)

I was 19 when I saw it.

I don't think I had found

where the clitoris really was.

So I think the idea

that it was misplaced

on the human body

was lost on me.

I--I was looking for

the original site.

It was a giggle.

And the worst thing

to be said about us,

as Americans,

is that we'll sell

our souls for a giggle.

Listen, uh, we have

the problem solved.

All we have to do now

is find the solution.


Like what?

Like deep throat.

Deep what?


Have you ever taken

a penis all the way down

to the bottom

of your throat?

It was a badge of

the new freedom.

[projector whirring]

Have you been

to the experience

of paying to go

in a porno theater

[woman moaning]

and see a woman

give a blowj*b

in a movie theater

in your community?

That was very, very new.

Something that's hard

for people today to imagine,

how liberating that was.

Or--or terrible, depending on

what you believe in.

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