In 1971, a man by the name of Charlie Pinson decided he wanted to make his own porno film. To begin with, he recruited some of his friends and acquaintances to model for him. The majority of them were not particularly experienced in acting, yet they accepted the offer because they wanted to be a part of something special. They agreed to be in the film, which they thought would entail a few hours of their time and some hardcore, explicit sex scenes. Not knowing anything about the technical side of filmmaking, Pinson approached an expert in the field, who happened to be a woman by the name of Vivian Vivian. After having seen some of Pinson’s rough cuts, Vivian advised him to cut some parts, specifically the boring bits. In the end, Pinson used Vivian’s advice and threw out all the boring bits, which reduced the running time of the film by about twenty minutes.

Now that Pinson had a shorter film, he was able to interest more companies in letting him fund-raise for the project. He even managed to enlist the help of a company by the name of Goodwill Industries, which let him use their warehouses to store his supplies and costumes until he could finally edit the film and get it distributed. According to Pinson, it took him about two years to finish Charlie Pinson Pornographic Bottoms.

Upon its release in 1974, Charlie Pinson Pornographic Bottoms was met with mostly positive reviews from critics. However, it failed to achieve commercial success, likely due to its extremely brief running time as well as the fact that it was not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). What was more, the film was confiscated by the police on its release in San Francisco, because it was deemed obscene.

In 2005, Charlie Pinson finally got around to re-editing his film and restoring it to its full length. It was then placed on the Pornographic Indicator and registered as item number 2547 on the National Film Registry. The following year, it was added to the California Film Registry.

The movie currently has a score of 6.3/10 on IMDB, which is considered very good. Its popularity has waned over the years, likely due to its extremely limited availability. It is extremely rare to find a working copy of this film. The one below is currently for sale on eBay, having been previously owned by Steven Spielberg.

Why Is It So Hard To Find This Film?

Well, to begin with, the chances of finding a copy of this film are extremely slim. As previously stated, it was originally intended to be a one-time investment, yet it ended up being a labor of love for Pinson. He worked tirelessly to bring it to the masses, yet he was never truly able to do so. For this reason, it is considered a lost film and most people have never even heard of it. As a result of its rarity, it tends to hold a special place in the hearts of fans of classic pornography. This was especially the case after Pinson finally got around to restoring it and adding the proper ending.

It is also worth noting that the MPAA refused to give this film an R rating, which would have made it much easier for theaters to show it. This suggests that the MPAA may have felt that the film was too tasteful or artistic to warrant such a rating.

Is It Worth Tracking Down?

Probably not. However, for fans of classic pornography, there is something special about Charlie Pinson Pornographic Bottoms. It is a film that deserves to be found and cherished for its artistic value alone.