Deep Throat (1972)

Deep Throat (1972)

“Different strokes for different folks.”

A sexually frustrated woman (Linda Lovelace) goes to a doctor (Harry Reems), who informs her that her clitoris is located in her throat, and teaches her to reach fulfillment through fellatio.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Adult Films
  • Sexual Liberation

Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, Deep Throat remains “the most famous, successful, and influential p. film” ever made, and was “chiefly responsible for making it acceptable for early seventies couples to see adult movies.” Unfortunately, its infamy and hype overshadow any intrinsic values; Deep Throat remains an uninteresting, mediocre film with “dull stretches”, “stupid” humor, and bad acting. In addition, despite its “breakthrough” storyline of a woman pursuing sexual pleasure (rather than being pursued by men), the entire concept is still premised on a male fantasy of unlimited fellatio. With that said, Deep Throat — fortunately only 62 minutes long — remains “must see” viewing simply for its place in cinematic history. Also recommended is the documentary Inside Deep Throat (2005), about the making of, and controversy surrounding, this famous film.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Groundbreaking incorporation of comedy into sex scenes – though the comedy is decidedly unfunny

Must See?
Yes. Deep Throat remains one of a handful of adult movies which all film fanatics should at least be familiar with.


  • Controversial Film
  • Historically Relevant


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