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The Seven Minutes (1971)

PG | | Drama | 23 July 1971 (USA)
The Seven Minutes is a steamy book written in 1969. To help with an upcoming election, a bookstore clerk is indicted for selling obscene material and most of the film centers about the ... See full summary »

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Russ Meyer
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Maunder ... Mike Barrett
Marianne McAndrew ... Maggie Russell
Philip Carey ... Elmo Duncan
Jay C. Flippen ... Luther Yerkes
Edy Williams ... Faye Osborn
Lyle Bettger ... Frank Griffith
Jackie Gayle ... Norman Quandt
Ron Randell ... Merle Reid
Charles Drake ... Sgt. Kellogg
John Carradine ... Sean O'Flanagan
Harold J. Stone ... Judge Upshaw
Tom Selleck ... Phil Sanford
James Iglehart ... Clay Rutherford
John Sarno John Sarno ... Jerry Griffith
Stanley Adams ... Irwin Blair
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Storyline

The Seven Minutes is a steamy book written in 1969. To help with an upcoming election, a bookstore clerk is indicted for selling obscene material and most of the film centers about the trial. The defense attorneys need to find the mystery of the original publication of the book. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The Best Seller They Damned and Banned See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los siete minutos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview many years later Russ Meyer recalled that with his substantial budget from 20th Century-Fox he had exposed a tremendous amount of footage, with over 24 hours of usable film, and in the editing room he decided to make quick cuts using all sorts of angles, with hardly any shot in The Seven Minutes (1971) lasting more than 3 or 4 seconds as edited. See more »

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Hypocritical politicians, fat cats and upstanding citizens go after the peddlers of smut...
12 July 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Adaptation of Irving Wallace's book about a 30-year-old novel titled "The Seven Minutes," banned worldwide for three decades as being depraved and obscene, coming under fire once again after the son of a major political contributor in California is charged with raping a girl--under the influence of the erotic material! This coincides with the case of a bookstore manager arrested for selling a recent reprint of "The Seven Minutes", resulting in a trial that pits pornography against free speech. Director Russ Meyer's second (and final) film for 20th Century Fox is admirably serious in its attempt to show the hypocrisy of so-called purveyors of decency and political opportunists looking for a legal scapegoat, yet it is too bogged down in talk to appeal to Meyer's fan-base (despite the quick cutting which reduces most shots to a length of seven seconds or less). Yvonne De Carlo has a bravura cameo in the third act as a key witness for the defense, and there's an amusingly old-fashioned tag featuring the defense attorney and his girl making love in front of a roaring fire. But the majority of "The Seven Minutes" concerns itself with the legal protection of salacious material instead of the usual Russ Meyer presentation of salacious material, which didn't thrill audiences in 1971 and probably won't today. *1/2 from ****


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