Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rob Epstein
|Written by||Andy Bellin|
|Music by||Stephen Trask|
|Cinematography||Eric Alan Edwards|
|Edited by||Robert Dalva|
|Distributed by||Millennium Films
|Running time||93 minutes|
Lovelace is a 2013 American biographical drama film about Linda Boreman, better known as Linda Lovelace. It covers the part of her life when she was "20 to 32". Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the film was written by Andy Bellin and stars Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, and Juno Temple. The film had its world premiere on January 22, 2013, at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and opened in a U.S. limited release on August 9, 2013.
Events surrounding the production of Deep Throat and Linda Lovelace's relationship with Chuck Traynor are portrayed twice. The first portrayal includes no violence or intimidation. The second includes scenes of domestic abuse and intimidation by Traynor. The following plot synopsis is, however, chronological.
In 1970 in Davie, Florida, Linda Boreman and her best friend Patsy are roller skating when they volunteer to dance on stage with a local band. Their dancing attracts the attention of Chuck Traynor, who develops a relationship with Linda. After breaking a curfew and being slapped by her mother, Linda moves out of her parents' house and marries Traynor. During a party, Linda watches one of Traynor's homemade porno films for the first time.
Six months later, Linda bails Traynor out of jail after he is arrested for soliciting prostitution. Desperate for money, Traynor forces Linda into prostitution at gunpoint. At an audition at B & A Films, Traynor shows producers Nat Laurendi and Anthony Romano a film of her doing fellatio. Linda begins work on the film Deep Throat, where she first uses her stage name Linda Lovelace.
Deep Throat becomes a hit, raking in over $30,000 at the box office in its first week. During a private screening in Los Angeles, Hugh Hefner convinces Linda that she has the potential to be more than a porn actress. That night, again at gunpoint, Traynor forces Linda to participate in a gang bang at a hotel. The next day, she secretly meets up with Romano and tells him she wants out of the porno business, revealing the facial bruises inflicted by Traynor. Romano has her checked into a hotel while he and his bodyguards whip Traynor for abusing Linda and for the $25,000 he owes.
Six years later, following her divorce, Linda marries Larry Marchiano, moves to Long Island and has a son with him. She takes a polygraph test before publishing her autobiography Ordeal, which details years of Traynor physically and sexually abusing her, as well as controlling all of her earnings. Linda appears on Donahue, with her distraught parents breaking down in tears while watching her on TV. A few days later, the Marchianos travel to Florida for Linda to reconcile with her parents.
Closing captions reveal that while Deep Throat made over $600 million worldwide, Linda earned only $1,250. Ordeal went on to sell out three printings, and for 20 years, Linda spoke out against pornography and domestic violence. Traynor went on to marry Marilyn Chambers. Linda died at age 53 from injuries sustained in a car accident in 2002; Traynor suffered a fatal heart attack three months later.
- Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace
- Peter Sarsgaard as Chuck Traynor
- Sharon Stone as Dorothy Boreman, Linda's mother
- Robert Patrick as John Boreman, Linda's father
- Juno Temple as Patsy, Linda's best friend
- Adam Brody as Harry Reems, Linda's co-star in Deep Throat
- Wes Bentley as Thomas the photographer
- Eric Roberts as Nat Laurendi
- James Franco as Hugh Hefner
- Chris Noth as Anthony Romano
- Bobby Cannavale as Butchie Peraino
- Hank Azaria as Gerard Damiano, director of Deep Throat
- Debi Mazar as Dolly Sharp, Linda's co-star in Deep Throat
- Cory Hardrict as Frankie Crocker
- David Gueriera as Larry Marchiano, Linda's second husband
- Tyler Nusenow as Dominic Marchiano, Linda's son
- Chloë Sevigny as Rebecca, Feminist Journalist
- Don McManus as Arty Shapiro
- Ronald Pritchard as Sammy Davis, Jr.
In January 2011, pregnant Kate Hudson was offered the part of Linda Lovelace while James Franco was in talks to portray Lovelace's husband Chuck Traynor. The production of the film was planned to begin after the birth of Hudson's child and as of April 2011, the actress was still involved in the project. However, on November 1, 2011, Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard were reported to be in discussions to play Lovelace and Traynor. Sharon Stone announced on November 16, 2011 that she would play Lovelace's mother. In December 2011, Juno Temple and Wes Bentley were cast as Lovelace's best friend and Larry Marchiano, her second husband.
In December 2011, Franco received the part of Hugh Hefner. Robert Patrick, Hank Azaria, Chris Noth, and Bobby Cannavale landed the respective roles of John Boreman (Lovelace's father), Jerry Damiano, Anthony Romano and Butchie Peraino. On January 2, 2012, Adam Brody and Eric Roberts were cast as Harry Reems and Nat Laurendi, while Demi Moore agreed to a cameo appearance as Gloria Steinem. A few weeks later she dropped out of the film for personal issues and was replaced by Sarah Jessica Parker. However, Parker's cameo was ultimately deleted. Cory Hardrict and Debi Mazar play Frankie Crocker and Dolly Sharp. Chloë Sevigny plays a feminist journalist. 
To prepare for the role, Seyfried read Lovelace's books and studied videos of her speaking. She also watched the film Deep Throat and underwent a New York accent training. Seyfried said of Lovelace: "She was such a different person than what we expect. It’s a good story to tell, and I’m really, really excited about it." Brody prepared for the role of Reems by watching his interviews. He told that "the arrest and indictment of Reems on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute obscenity across state lines" are not shown in the film. He described as "brotherly" the relationship Reems shares with Deep Throat co-star Lovelace, explaining that "he was the antithesis of her husband [Traynor]".
The Hollywood Reporter reported on January 13, 2012 that filming had already begun in Los Angeles. A few days later, photographs of Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace on a film set were published. Scenes were shot in Glendale, California. Filming wrapped in February 2012.
During the filming, the cooperation between Seyfried and Sarsgaard went so well that she called him with hindsight "the best actor I've ever worked with".
The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2013. The film was released in Croatia on August 8, 2013, and had a limited release in the United States on August 9, 2013 and was released in the United Kingdom on August 23, 2013, in Brazil on September 13, 2013, in Sweden on September 27, 2013 and in South Korea on October 17, 2013.
Lovelace was met with mixed reviews. According to Rotten Tomatoes, 55% of critics have given the film a positive review, based on 117 reviews. The site's consensus states: "Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard do their best with the material, but Lovelace lacks enough depth and conviction to truly do its fascinating subject justice." The film also has a Metacritic score of 51 out of 100, based on 37 reviews. Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter wrote the film was "smartly done". Richard Roeper gave the film a B+, commenting that it "never really feels triumphant or inspirational. It's very well-made and well-acted, but it's a reminder that the most famous porn star of the most famous porn movie ever made was a victim through and through." On the other hand, Variety's Rob Nelson complained the true story behind the film had been simplified to a "series of cartoonish vignettes". Amanda Mae Meyncke endorsed Seyfried's portrayal as "excellent" but considered the film all in all only "mediocre".
Doubts were also raised as to the historical accuracy of the film's narrative. In particular, Gerard Damiano Jr., son of the director of Deep Throat, and Eric Danville, Linda Lovelace's biographer, spoke to The Rialto Report about how the film conflated spousal abuse with the treatment of actors in the adult film industry.
Ultimately, with a budget of $10 million and grosses of only $1,563,370, according to the BoxOfficeMojo.com report on it, Lovelace was a box-office failure.
The soundtrack to Lovelace was released on September 9, 2013.
|1.||"I've Got to Use My Imagination"||Gladys Knight & the Pips||3:30|
|2.||"Gimme Little Sign"||Brenton Wood||2:20|
|3.||"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"||Elvin Bishop||4:36|
|4.||"Funky Funky Way of Makin' Love"||John Ellison & The Soul Brothers Six||3:25|
|5.||"If You Ain't Gettin' Your Thing"||L.J. Waiters & the Electrifiers||3:21|
|6.||"Shotgun Shuffle"||KC & the Sunshine Band||2:45|
|7.||"Oh How I Love It"||People's Choice||3:05|
|8.||"Keep On Truckin'"||Eddie Kendricks||8:00|
|9.||"Let It Ride"||Bachman–Turner Overdrive||3:30|
|10.||"Rock Your Baby"||George McCrae||6:25|
|11.||"'Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do"||Sofia Karstens||3:42|
|12.||"You Made Me Beautiful"||Stephen Trask||2:09|
|13.||"Spirit in the Sky"||Norman Greenbaum||4:01|
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