Synopsis: Called Prok as an adult (short for Professor Kinsey), Alfred Kinsey has been interested in biology since he was a child growing up in the early twentieth century, despite the criticisms of such being evil nonsense from his overbearing and devoutly Christian father, professor Alfred Seguine Kinsey. Prok goes on to become a biology professor at Indiana University, initially focusing on the study of gall wasps. But those studies in combination with questions from his students, coming to terms with the needs of sex with his own wife, a former student of his named Clara McMillen (who he calls Mac), and what he sees as the gross misinformation on the subject currently within popular belief makes him change his focus to human sexuality. Many of those gross untruths - as he sees them - are that oral sex and masturbation cause a slew of maladies, which are perpetuated by what is presented in the university's hygiene class taught by Professor Thurman Rice. With the approval of faculty head Herma
Director(s): Bill Condon
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 50 nominations.
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118 min

Don't sit so far away.

- Anything that creates

a distance should be avoided.

- Okay.

And try not to frown.

- I'm sorry. Was I frowning?

- You have to relax.

How can I be expected to open up

if you're not relaxed?

- Right.

- Take a deep breath.

Start again.

As you can see, this piece of paper

has been divided into squares.

There are 287 of them.

Your sex history will fit

on this single page in a cryptic code.

Don't forget to mention that

there's no written key to the code.

The interview subject

will only be candid...

if he knows he's speaking

in the strictest confidence.

Right. Okay.

So, when were you born?

June 23, 1894.

Are you single or married?


- What is your race?

- Don't waste time asking the obvious, Martin.

- Fill it in yourself.

- What is your religion?

- Methodist.

- How often do you attend church?

Not at all now,

but I did regularly until I was 19.

How did you get along with your father

and mother when you were growing up?

That's a multiple question.

It allows me to ignore any part

I don't want to answer.

- How did you get along with your mother?

- Fine.

- We had a close relationship.

- And your father?

How did you get along with your father?

And what are we to do?

We turn away

from matters of the flesh...

and we turn to things...

of the spirit.


has a thousand avenues...

the dance hall,

the ice cream parlor...

the tenement saloon...

the Turkish bath.

Like the Hydra...

it grows new heads everywhere.

Even the modern inventions

of science...

are used to cultivate immorality.

The gas engine...

has brought us

the automobile joyride...

and an even more

pernicious menace...

the roadside brothel.


has made possible

the degrading picture show.

Because of the telephone...

a young woman...

can hear the voice of her suitor...

on the pillow, right next to her.

And let's not forget

the most scandalous invention of all...

the talon-slide fastener...

otherwise known as the zipper...

which provides every man and boy

speedy access...

to moral oblivion.

Are you currently in good health?

I suppose so. Mm-hmm.

What makes you doubtful?

Every doctor I've ever seen.

Early disease left me

with a weakened heart.

Did you have any illnesses

that kept you out of school?

I had typhoid fever and rickets.

Also rheumatic fever.

Measles, chicken pox, pneumonia...

and several bouts of influenza.

Pomeroy, what are you doing?

You're worse than Martin.

Never make judgments about people.

I wasn't.

Your body posture told me that my list

of ailments made you uncomfortable.

Maybe it did. Sorry.


a nonjudgmental attitude...

is harder than you think.

The best way is to smile,

nod your head...

while looking me directly in the eye.

Where were we?

Your health as a boy.

It improved greatly when I

finally discovered the outdoors.

I never got over the excitement

of setting off into the wild...

escaping bed, illness, family.


No. No. Never alone.

I was surrounded by friends.

Being in the outdoors taught me

to rely on my own judgment.

I started to learn about things

by grasping them...

tasting them, looking at them.

- Biology?

- Yes.


The science oflife.

The fields and woods became

my new place of worship...

my cathedral.

The only sadness they brought

was when I had to leave them.

How old were you when you first

tried to pleasure yourself?

No. No. No euphemisms.

If you're talking

to a college graduate...

use "masturbation,"

"testicles," "penis"...

"vagina," "vulva,"

"urination," "defecation."

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Bill Condon

William Condon (born October 22, 1955) is an American screenwriter and director. He wrote and directed the films Gods and Monsters (1998), Kinsey (2004), and Dreamgirls (2006), wrote the screenplay for Chicago (2002), and directed the final two installments of the Twilight series (2011, 2012), and Beauty and the Beast (2017). Condon won an Academy Award as screenwriter for Gods and Monsters; he was also nominated for his screenplay for Chicago. His work in television includes directing pilot episodes for several series. more…

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