Lovelace (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRob Epstein
Jeffrey Friedman[1]
Produced by
  • Laura Rister
  • Jason Weinberg
  • Jim Young
Written byAndy Bellin[2]
Music byStephen Trask
CinematographyEric Alan Edwards
Edited byRobert Dalva
Nu Image
Millennium Films
Eclectic Pictures[3]
Untitled Entertainment
Animus Films
Telling Pictures
Distributed byRadius-TWC[4]
Release date
  • January 22, 2013 (2013-01-22) (Sundance)
  • August 9, 2013 (2013-08-09) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes[5]
CountryUnited States
Budget$12 million
Box office$1.6 million[6][7]

Lovelace is a 2013 American biographical drama film about porn actress Linda Boreman, better known as Linda Lovelace, star of Deep Throat, a seminal 1972 film at the forefront of the Golden Age of Porn. Lovelace covers her life from age 20 to 32.[8] Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the film was written by Andy Bellin and stars Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, James Franco, Chloë Sevigny, 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.[9]


In 1970, 20-year-old Linda Lovelace is living with her parents in Florida, having moved from New York. While out dancing one night with her best friend, Patsy, she attracts the attention of Chuck Traynor, and the two soon develop a serious relationship, after a vulnerable Linda reveals to him that the relationship with her parents is strained. The strain was caused because Linda had earlier given birth to a son out-of-wedlock, and her mother had put him out for adoption. Chuck is much older than her, and begins teaching her how to perform sexual acts, which she is initially thrilled about. After breaking curfew one night, Linda is slapped by her mother, Dorothy, so she moves out to live with Chuck, later marrying him. During a party, Linda watches one of Chuck's homemade pornographic films for the first time, and tells him that good girls never do things like that.

Six months later, Linda bails Chuck out of jail for soliciting prostitution, which he refuses to talk about with her. Desperate for money, he persuades Linda to become a porn actress. She soon begins working on a film, Deep Throat, in which she uses her stage name, Linda Lovelace. The movie becomes a huge hit, making over $30,000 at the box office in its first week. After it becomes a worldwide phenomenon, Linda is interviewed by a variety of print and radio reporters, and becomes the subject of late night television humor. Her life is seen as exciting and glamorous, and Linda poses nude, and attends parties, weekly. During a private screening in Los Angeles, Hugh Hefner convinces Linda that she has the potential to be more than a porn actress.

Chuck's violent nature is gradually exposed and Linda's life is revealed not to be as perfect as it seems. He chokes Linda during sex, and refuses to stop when she asks, and forces her into prostitution at gunpoint. Linda visits her parents to ask if she can move back, and reveals that Chuck has been hitting her. Her mother says no, telling her to go home and be a good wife, since she must have done something to deserve his abuse. When Chuck learns that Linda has been discussing a new salary with the movie's director, Gerard Damiano, without telling him, he punishes her by making her shower in freezing water.

When Deep Throat becomes a hit, Chuck tries to persuade Linda to do another porn film, but she refuses. He then takes her to a party and forces Linda to participate in a gang bang, again at gunpoint. She attempts to escape, but he catches her and sleeps on top of her to prevent her from trying again. The following day, she secretly meets with Anthony Romano, and tells him she wants out of the porn business, revealing the abuse inflicted by Chuck. Disgusted, Romano has her checked into a private hotel while he and his bodyguards whip Chuck for abusing Linda, and for the $25,000 he owes.

Six years later, following her divorce from Chuck, Linda marries Larry Marchiano, moves to Long Island and has a son. She later takes a polygraph test before publishing her autobiography Ordeal, which details years of Chuck's physical and sexual abuse, as well as stealing all of her earnings. Linda appears on Donahue, and her distraught parents break down in tears while watching her. A few days later, the Marchianos travel to Florida for Linda to reconcile with her parents.




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.[10] 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.[11] However, on November 1, 2011, Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard were reported to be in discussions to play Lovelace and Traynor.[12] Sharon Stone announced on November 16, 2011 that she would play Lovelace's mother.[13] In December 2011, Juno Temple and Wes Bentley were cast as Lovelace's best friend and Larry Marchiano, her second husband.[14]

In December 2011, Franco received the part of Hugh Hefner.[15] Robert Patrick, Hank Azaria, Chris Noth, and Bobby Cannavale landed the respective roles of John Boreman (Lovelace's father), Gerry Damiano, Anthony Romano and Butchie Peraino.[16] 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.[17] A few weeks later she dropped out of the film for personal issues[18] and was replaced by Sarah Jessica Parker.[19] However, Parker's cameo was ultimately deleted. Cory Hardrict and Debi Mazar play Frankie Crocker and Dolly Sharp.[20] Chloë Sevigny plays a feminist journalist. [21]

To prepare for the role, Seyfried read Lovelace's books and studied videos of her speaking.[22] She also watched the film Deep Throat[23] and underwent a New York accent training.[22] 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."[24] Brody prepared for the role of Reems by watching his interviews.[25] 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.[25] He described as "brotherly" the relationship Reems shares with Deep Throat co-star Lovelace, explaining that "he was the antithesis of her husband [Traynor]".[25]


We were doing a scene where I was supposed to be going down on Peter Sarsgaard. We used a popsicle, and I had my arms covering the popsicle. It was footage that he was going to show the Deep Throat guy, to get her into the movie, to get her cast. I was laughing hysterically throughout. I couldn't stop laughing.

—Seyfried on shooting a sex scene[26]

The Hollywood Reporter reported on January 13, 2012 that filming had already begun in Los Angeles.[27] A few days later, photographs of Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace on a film set were published.[28] Scenes were shot in Glendale, California.[29] Filming wrapped in February 2012.[30][31]

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".[22]


Sarah Jessica Parker's scenes did not make it into the final version due to the time setting for the end of the film being changed from 1984 to 1980. As a result, the role of Gloria Steinem became unnecessary.[32]


The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2013.[33] The film was released in the United States on August 9, 2013.[34]


Lovelace was met with mixed reviews. According to Rotten Tomatoes, 54% of critics have given the film a positive review, based on 127 reviews with an average rating of 5.7/10. The website's critical 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."[35] The film also has a Metacritic score of 51 out of 100, based on 37 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[36] 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."[37] On the other hand, Variety's Rob Nelson complained the true story behind the film had been simplified to a "series of cartoonish vignettes".[38] Amanda Mae Meyncke endorsed Seyfried's portrayal as "excellent" but considered the film all in all only "mediocre".[39]

Doubts were also raised as to the historical accuracy of the film's narrative.[40] 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.[41]


The soundtrack to Lovelace was released on September 9, 2013.

1."I've Got to Use My Imagination"Gladys Knight & the Pips3:30
2."Gimme Little Sign"Brenton Wood2:20
3."Fooled Around and Fell in Love"Elvin Bishop4:36
4."Funky Funky Way of Makin' Love"John Ellison & The Soul Brothers Six3:25
5."If You Ain't Gettin' Your Thing"L.J. Waiters & the Electrifiers3:21
6."Shotgun Shuffle"KC & the Sunshine Band2:45
7."Oh How I Love It"People's Choice3:05
8."Keep On Truckin'"Eddie Kendricks8:00
9."Let It Ride"Bachman–Turner Overdrive3:30
10."Rock Your Baby"George McCrae6:25
11."'Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do"Sofia Karstens3:42
12."You Made Me Beautiful"Stephen Trask2:09
13."Spirit in the Sky"Norman Greenbaum4:01
Total length:50:49[42]

See also[edit]


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