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The Seven Minutes (1971)





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Freedom of speech is the issue at the center of this drama from Russ Meyer (it was the only serious drama the former "King of the Nudies" ever made). The story is based on an Irving Wallace novel and centers on an actress who assumes a penname and writes a pornographic novel. The novel causes great controversy. When a bookstore owner is arrested for selling the spicy tome to a teen-ager who is later charged with rape, the actress decides to publicly acknowledge that she wrote it.


Wayne Maunder
as Mike Barrett
Marianne McAndrew
as Maggie Russell
Yvonne De Carlo
as Constance
Lyle Bettger
as Griffith
John Carradine
as O'Flanagan
Jackie Gayle
as Norman Quandt
Ron Randell
as Merle Reid
Charles Drake
as Sgt. Kellog
Harold J. Stone
as Judge Upshaw
Tom Selleck
as Phil Sanford
James Iglehart
as Clay Rutherford
John Sarno
as Jerry Griffith
Stanley Adams
as Irwin Blair
Billy Durkin
as George Perkins
Yvonne D'Angers
as Sheri Moore
Robert Moloney
as Ben Fremont
Olan Soule
as Harvey Underwood
Jan Shutan
as Anna Lou White
Jim Iglehart
as Clay Rutherford
Alex D'Arcy
as Christian Leroux
David Brian
as Cardinal McManus
Berry Kroeger
as Paul Van Fleet
Ralph Story
as TV Commentator
Charles Napier
as Officer Iverson
Kay Peters
as Olivia St. Clair
Richard Angarola
as Father Sarfatti
Shawn Devereaux
as Yerkes' Girl friend
Regis J. Cordic
as Louis Polk
John Lawrence
as Howard Moore
Mora Gray
as Donna Novick
Wolfman Jack
as Himself
Calvin Bartlett
as Olin Adams
Ken Jones
as Charles Wynter
Bill Baldwin
as Commentator
Robin Hughes
as Ashcroft
James Bacon
as Reporter
John Gruber
as Dr. Quigley
Judith Baldwin
as Fremont's Girl Friend
Chris Marks
as Dr. Eberhart
Stuart Lancaster
as Dr. Roger Trimble
Peter Shrayder
as Merle Reid's Cameraman
Patrick Wright
as 1st Detective
Lillian Lehman
as Librarian
Judy Baldwin
as Fremont's Girl Friend
Bill Durkin
as George Perkins
Henry Rowland
as Yerkes' Butler
Barry Coe
as Court Bailiff
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A Russ Meyer movie, dull? Hard to believe unless you've seen "The Seven Minutes." Adapted from an Irving Wallace novel, this courtroom drama is an attempt at straightforward storytelling with a minimum of Meyer's usual titillation and cheap humor. The plot's censorship theme obviously was a heartfelt issue for him, but bland lead actors, a marathon running time by Meyer standards (110 minutes) and a tedious middle stretch leave one hungry for more bouncing breasts. The film's title refers to a fictional novel written by the mysterious J.J. Jadway. The sexually explicit book -- the title refers to the average time required for a woman to reach orgasm -- was published back in the '30s and has been extensively banned. Now the book is pivotal in two pending cases: a mousy bookseller accused of peddling pornography and a young misfit charged with porn-induced violence. The intersection of these cases is somewhat confused, but most of the action follows a handsome, maverick lawyer (Wayne Maunder) as he collects evidence and romances a woman (Marianne McAndrew) from his client's upper-crust family. Along the way, he encounters an intriguing cast that includes a pre-stardom Tom Selleck, John Carradine (one throwaway scene as a drunk Irish poet), Yvonne De Carlo ("Munsters" fans will be quite pleased with her flashy role), Wolfman Jack and familiar character actor Harold J. Stone. There's also a truly bizarre appearance by Berry Kroeger, portraying a witness described as a "thinking man's faggot." "The Seven Minutes" has a strong ending, but it's not enough to forgive stale dialogue and an overly complex story that soon tests one's patience.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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