100 Movies You Need to See Before You Die

Deep Throat (1972)

Country: USA
Director: Gerard Damiano
Screenwriter: Gerard Damiano
Stars: Harry Reems, Linda Lovelace, Dolly Sharp, Carol Connors

For a hot second in the 1970s, porn was a thing. As in, groups of people—couples, friends, husbands and wives—bought tickets and went to porn theaters to watch people have intercourse on camera. Regular people, not sweaty men looking to stroke off onto the seat in front of them. 

Regular people went to see Deep Throat. How did it become the one? Being one of the first pieces of pornography helped, as did the hangover from the '60s. Maybe you didn't get to participate in Free Love. Or by 1972 you just had the memories. There was always Deep Throat, the 61-minute film about a woman who's clitoris is located in the back of her throat.

Roger Ebert reviewed it. The New York Times wrote about it. Not since James Deen has the public been so publicly fascinated by porn. —RS

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