Linda Lovelace for President
Linda Lovelace for President is a 1975 David Winters comedy film directed by Claudio Guzmán and starring Linda Lovelace, who achieved notoriety as the central character in the most profitable X-rated film of all time Deep Throat (1972).
|Linda Lovelace for President|
Promotional publicity poster
|Directed by||Claudio Guzmán|
|Produced by||David Winters|
|Written by||Jack S. Margolis|
Joe E. Ross
|Music by||Bic Mac & The Truckers|
|Edited by||Richard Greer|
|Distributed by||General Film Corp.|
|March 1, 1975 (USA)|
A committee of independent U.S. political party leaders have gathered to join forces and select a candidate for the upcoming presidential election. One of the committee members flippantly suggests nominating Linda Lovelace. The committee approaches the porn star, who agrees to be the flag bearer of the newly formed Upright Party. Lovelace’s campaign takes her on a cross-country tour, where she meets voters in stops ranging from crowded big cities to isolated rural towns. Lovelace’s popularity, however, threatens the Washington, D.C., establishment, and her political rivals dispatch a hit man known as The Assassinator to bring a fatal end to the Lovelace campaign.
- Linda Lovelace – Herself
- Micky Dolenz – Lieutenant Fenwick
- Scatman Crothers – Super Black
- Jack DeLeon – Captain Neldor
- Joey Forman – Chow Ming
- Danny Goldman – Bruce Whippoorwill
- Garry Goodrow – Adolph Von Luftwafter
- Monte Landis – B.S.
- Jack Collins – Honest John
- Chuck McCann – The Assassinator
- Marty Ingels – Ronald Trixie
- Vaughn Meader – Reverend Sacrifice
- Val Bisoglio – Reverend Billy Easter
- Art Metrano – The Sheik
- Louis Quinn – Dirty Guy #1
- Joe E. Ross – Dirty Guy #2
- Earl Jolly Brown – Polmes
After the 1972 release of Deep Throat, Linda Lovelace enjoyed a brief flurry of celebrity notoriety while dating David Winters of West Side Story fame, which included appearances at the Academy Awards ceremony with Winters and the opening day of the racing season at Ascot Racecourse plus author credit for two best-selling books that played up on her status as a pornographic icon. By 1974, however, her career stalled. An R-rated sequel to her breakthrough film, Deep Throat Part II, was commercially unsuccessful, and her attempts to establish success as a nightclub singer and stage actress were considered failures. The film Linda Lovelace for President was designed by David Winters to establish the star’s crossover appeal with mainstream moviegoers. Winters came up with the idea for the film after observing the strong positive reaction that college students exhibited towards Linda Lovelace during her speeches at various college campuses.
The film brought in several recognizable actors for guest appearances. Featured in the film were Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, whom Winters knew from the days he directed and choreographed two episodes of The Monkees, as a near-sighted bus driver, Scatman Crothers as a pool hall hustler, Joe E. Ross as a political operative, Vaughn Meader as a preacher who lusts after Lovelace, and Chuck McCann as The Assassinator. However, much of the film played up Lovelace's starring role in Deep Throat with jokey reminders of the X-rated film's oral sex subject matter (i.e., the slogan for the Lovelace campaign is "A vote for Linda is a blow for democracy").
Linda Lovelace for President was theatrically released in X-rated and R-rated versions. Neither was commercially successful and the film was Lovelace's final screen appearance.
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