In 1972—before the internet, before the porn explosion—Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the high-life when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor. As Linda Lovelace she became an international sensation—less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. Fully inhabiting her new identity, Linda became an enthusiastic spokesperson for sexual freedom and uninhibited hedonism. Six years later she presented another, utterly contradictory, narrative to the world—and herself—as the survivor of a far darker story.
"Given all the ways a project like this could have gone wrong, the result is surprisingly good on several fronts, beginning with a shrewd structure that fosters an intelligent dual perspective on the public and private aspects of the Deep Throat phenomenon." -Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Mr. Epstein and Mr. Friedman...have directed a movie that embraces the idea that history belongs both to those who live and those who write it, and that all histories, no matter how they cling to the facts, are necessarily incomplete, contingent, interpreted and shaped into stories." -Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“Criminally underrated.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety (April 26, 2009)