The Seven Minutes (film)  

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The Seven Minutes is 1971 drama film directed and produced by Russ Meyer. The film was based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Irving Wallace.



After a teenager who purchased the erotic novel The Seven Minutes is charged for rape, an eager prosecutor who is against pornography (and preparing for an upcoming election) uses the scandal to declare the book as obscene and brings charges against the bookstore. The subsequent trial soon creates a heated debate about the issue of pornography vs. free speech. The young defense lawyer must also solve the mystery of the novel's true author.


Actor Role
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
Yvonne De Carlo Constance Cumberland
Jackie Gayle Norman Quandt
Ron Randell Merle Reid
Charles Drake Sargent Kellogg
John Carradine Sean O'Flanagan
Harold J. Stone Judge Upshaw
James Inglehart Clay Rutherford
Tom Selleck Phil Sanford
Olan Soule Harvey Underwood
Charles Napier Norman Quandt
Wolfman Jack Himself

Production notes

This was Meyer's second, and last, mainstream production for FOX. The film began production soon after the success of Meyer's highest grossing film, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.<ref name=filmref>Russ Meyer at</ref>

As with many of his movies, Meyers used several of the same actors in his previous productions including then-wife Edy Williams, Charles Napier, Henry Rowland, and James Inglehart.

Established actress Yvonne De Carlo makes an appearance along with veteran character actor Olan Soule. A young Tom Selleck also had a role in the film, and DJ Wolfman Jack made a cameo appearance.


The Seven Minutes received a lukewarm reception from both audiences and critics and was Meyer's first commercial failure.

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