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Overall Rating
3.88

Awesome: 17.65%
Worth A Look64.71%
Average: 11.76%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 5.88%

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Deep Throat
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by The Ultimate Dancing Machine

"'Say, what's a nice joint like you doing in a girl like this?'"
4 stars

DEEP THROAT was a sociological phenomenon. We know this because every single review, essay, article, dissertation, or book ever published dealing with DEEP THROAT in any degree has labeled it a sociological phenomenon, effectively ignoring the film itself in favor of exploring the decadent-chic society that flocked to it to the tune of $600 million (its estimated box office take to date). As with the Village People, you cannot explain its popularity by arguing for its intrinsic merits; it has none, though it is perversely interesting all the same. The film was a "sociological phenomenon," just as spontaneous human combustion is a biological phenomenon. You don't know why it happens. It just does.

I don't pretend to know why DEEP THROAT hit like it did. Look, I was two weeks old when this movie first came out. But--having finally seen DT with my own eyes--I can make two linked observations: (1) DT is far above-average for a porno film of its time; but keep in mind that (2) the average porno of the early '70s was dismal beyond all description.

DT wasn't the first hard-core porno; those had been around since 1970, when MONA, THE VIRGIN NYMPH appeared. MONA was about a girl who thinks she's still a virgin because she's exclusively into oral sex. (You may notice that "Mona" is two letters away from "Monica," proving that pornographic film has been politically relevant from the start.) MONA was a cheap, bargain-basement affair, as were most of its immediate successors. The enterprising pornmeisters of the time were one-take-only guys. This explains why every porno made in the very early '70s contains at least one scene that is effectively drowned out by the noise of an airplane passing overhead. And the opening credits of these films often consisted of the title written out on a chalkboard held up to the camera.

DT is somewhat better made than the norm. Its non-porn sections, though nothing special, are at least up to the level of a mediocre B-movie. And while the acting was strictly amateur-night stuff (giving Linda Lovelace a crying scene must be one of the dottier decisions in porn history), it wasn't notably worse than the sort of thing you got in, say, H.G. Lewis films. And, true, the song "Deep Throat" surpasses William Shatner's "Mr. Tambourine Man" as the worst musical thing ever recorded ("Deeeeep throat / Don't row the boat / Don't get your goat / That's all she wrote"--sung by someone who sounds like a beagle being strangled to death), and it's played twice to boot; but even this can't keep DT from coming across as something vaguely like a Real Movie.

What distinguishes DT is a certain hyper-cynical '70s mockery, mixed with a zesty free-spiritedness. Sex scenes are punctuated by montages of fireworks and explosions; a woman in the process of receiving cunnilingus takes out a cigarette and asks her partner, "Do you mind if I smoke while you eat?"; and there is a scene involving a bizarre method of drinking soda pop that must have given coronaries to the executives at Coca-Cola. This is not the self-satisfied tee-hee type of humor that you find in sex comedies or nudie flicks; it's raucous and rude, and it must have struck first-run audiences as something beyond merely far out.

Then there's Linda Lovelace's sword-swallowing stunt, which is first performed, about halfway into the film, on lucky old Harry Reems. I am no prude about these things, but this is a fairly shocking scene, filmed in loving close-up. Lovelace does not give head--she gives esophagus.

DT is not really a "good" movie, except by the trivial standards of porno, and maybe not even then. The thin plot is virtually abandoned well before the end. Still, it's a sociological phenomenon, then and now. And besides, if it weren't for this film, that anonymous White House whistle-blower might have been named The Devil in Miss Jones.

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User Comments

7/02/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Not as good as it's made out to be, but it has some funny moments. 3 stars
9/12/07 mr, mike Harry Reems is my idol 3 stars
6/13/07 al smith boy does that girl know how to suck cock 4 stars
9/29/06 lovenest you can learn a lot from linda 5 stars
7/28/06 shorty! the original defiant movie...very sexy too! 5 stars
6/05/05 Ubu the Ripper I'm sure there were worse movies made, but they elude me at the moment... 1 stars
2/24/05 Rock-Steady im dusty johnson and im cool cuz I posted two times , I have a small penis. 4 stars
2/24/05 Dusty Johnson Ooooh! My first Porn movie - a classic! 4 stars
2/18/05 daniel r walker WOW 4 stars
2/17/05 Dusty Johnson My first porn movie - a classic!! 4 stars
2/15/05 Tracie Smegelski Taught me everything I needed to know about sex, but was afraid to ask! A classic! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  15-Nov-1972

UK
  N/A (R18)

Australia
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Directed by
  Gerard Damiano

Written by
  Gerard Damiano

Cast
  Linda Lovelace
  Harry Reems
  Dolly Sharp
  Bill Harrison
  William Love
  Carol Connors



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