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.

It's a floodtide of

filth that's engulfed

the minds and

hearts and souls

of America like

nothing else ever has.

We have smut all over the face

of this country now

because we are letting

those immoral people

have their way

in our country.

Deep Throat succeeded

commercially at least in part

because the government

went after it.

The government became

the driving force

behind the public relations.

(old lady)

I just saw it and I liked it.

I liked it. I wanted to see

a dirty picture

and that's what I saw.

But I want the right

to see that picture.

I don't want somebody

telling me that I can't

see a dirty picture.

Deep Throat attacks

the very core of our being.

(Linda Lovelace)

Every time someone

watches that movie,

they're watching me

being raped.

Do I belong in jail

for five years

for acting in Deep Throat?

Deep Throat now

has had a phenomenal success

going on

for two-and-a-half years,

and it's only

because it's being hassled.

(female reporter)

Do you think

it's a good movie?

No, I don't think

it's a good movie.

I'm takin' a walk,

Mrs. Brown.

I am doing fine, dear,

thank you.

[birds chirping]

##[Brand New Key

by Melanie playing]

# I rode my bicycle

past your window last night #

# I roller-skated

to your door at daylight #

# It almost seems

like you're avoiding me #

These are some pictures

or posters from some

of the films I've done.

# Well, I got a brand new pair

of roller-skates #

# You got a brand new key #

Aren't they kind of cute?

# I think that we should

get together #

A picture of Gerard, my son,

when he was a lot younger,

and my daughter

when she was younger.

# You got something for me #

(Dennis Hopper)

Long before Deep Throat,

Damiano was a family man.

He and his wife

ran a beauty salon

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