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Inside Deep Throat

Release Date: February 11, 2005
Limited release


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I assume it gets sexier than this.

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19/85 Kim Hollis Incredibly captivating. Proponents of free expression should see this.
62/166 David Mumpower Free speech advocates might never have a stronger ally than this neutral take on the downside of suppression. Even allowing for the subject matter, this documentary should become a classroom study.

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Box Office Prophets is a Web site founded under the mission statement to analyze the box office performances of various North American releases. We often refer to phenomenons of the industry such as The Blair Witch Project, a movie that made back its budget by a factor of 4,015. As amazing as that performance was, there was a 1970s release whose success dwarfed it. Deep Throat, the porn industry’s legendary production, was made for a reported $22,000 in 1972. It went on to earn over $600 million world-wide, making it arguably the most successful independent production of all-time (depending on how we classify the Star Wars prequels).

Inside Deep Throat is a documentary that will focus on the far-ranging impacts that the notorious porno had on society as a whole. The focus will be on how its acceptance blazed a trail for entire adult film industry and, to a larger extent, the soon to follow video rental industry. The focus will be on whether Deep Throat is the last lingering remnant of the 1960’s Peace, Love, Dope youth movement or whether it was the precursor to a sexual revolution our society is still undergoing to an extent today. It will also address some of the ironies that came out of the production, including Deep Throat’s accidental tie-in to the Watergate incident which sunk a presidency.

With this documentary, directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, who recently scored a buzz hit with 2003’s Party Monster, return to the genre of their most noted success, The Eyes of Tammy Faye. The duo was able to interview Deep Throat’s infamous star, Linda Lovelace, just before she died in a car accent in 2002. Rather than focus on the behind-the-scenes story of the porn shoot, a story that has been done to death, Bailey and Barbato are instead focusing on the cultural phenomenon Deep Throat created. This is not your average documentary, though. Imagine Entertainment guru Brian Glazer is a producer on the project, making this one a potential box office factor. (David Mumpower/BOP)




Vital statistics for Inside Deep Throat
Main Cast Linda Lovelace
Director Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Distributor Universal
Rating NC-17
Screen Count 12 (Estimated)
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture


     


 
 

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