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

In 1965, 20th Century Fox bought the rights to three novels by Irving Wallace for $1.5 million. The first of these was The Plot’.” The second was The Seven Minutes,” which he finished in 1968.

In June 1969, Fox announced it would make the movie in the next 18 months. It would be produced and directed by Richard Fleischer.

The book came out in October 1969 and became a best seller. The New York Times called it “impossible to put down.”

Fleischer withdrew, and the movie was assigned to Russ Meyer, who had directed Beyond the Valley of the Dolls for Fox. Fox was happy with the movie and signed a contract with Meyer to make three more movies: The Seven Minutes, from a novel by Irving WallaceEverything in the Garden from a play by Edward Albee; and The Final Steal from a 1966 novel by Peter George. “We’ve discovered that he’s very talented and cost conscious”, said Fox president Richard Zanuck. “He can put his finger on the commercial ingredients of a film and do it exceedingly well. We feel he can do more than undress people.”

Meyer later said of his time at Fox, “I made the mistake of acquiring a big fat head while I was there. I was flush with victory from VixenCherry, Harry and Raquel, and BVD. They told me, “You must do The Seven Minutes. You are the spokesperson against the forces of censorship.” And Irving Wallace sits there with this profound look. They gave me $2.7 million for the film, but no tits and ass… I had another property I should have done instead. But Brown gave me the blue smoke up my ass. So I did it.”

“Russ is trying to do something different for him”, said Wallace. “As far as I can tell it will not be a skinflick and at least for most of it the movie will follow the line of my novel.”

“We’re casting it much like an English movie”, said Meyer. “We’re really paying attention to the vignettes.”

As with many of his movies, Meyer used several actors from his previous productions, including then-wife Edy WilliamsCharles NapierHenry Rowland and James Iglehart. Established actress Yvonne De Carlo makes an appearance along with veteran character actor Olan SouleTom Selleck also had a role in the movie, and DJ Wolfman Jack made a cameo.

Known as “King of the Nudies” for his work in the sexploitation film genre, Meyer planned nude scenes in this mainstream film. He informed female lead candidates that nudity would be integral to their roles, and after casting interviews, considered Marianne McAndrew to be suitable. He subsequently signed her for the lead role of Maggie Russell. McAndrew, previously known for her work as the prim and proper Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!, accepted the role based upon her wish to change her own image and in order to gain more work within the industry. She reported that during the filming, Meyer was “considerate and gentlemanly”.

Wallace requested Meyer use Picassos from his personal collection in the movie.

Filming started 14 October 1970.

Meyer said it was “a very wordy picture” so he used rapid cutting.

While the movie was being made Richard Zanuck was fired as head of production and was replaced by Elmo Williams. Williams said Seven Minutes was “going to be a very interesting film. I was worried after the first cut but Russ handled the sex extremely well. When I saw the first half I was going to ask him to slow the picture down. And it’s rare for me to ask a guy to slow a picture down. I mean, so people could understand the story better. But when I saw the whole film with the second half – the trial – I understood what he was doing…I’ve never seen a good trial in a film – a trial that isn’t slow, isn’t boring.”

The music was composed by Stu Phillips.

The soundtrack contains three songs written by Stu Phillips (composer) and Bob Stone (lyricist): “Love Train” sung by Don Reed, “The Seven Minutes” performed by B.B. King and “Midnight Tricks” sung by Neil Merryweather and Lynn Carey.

Meyer later said “The first night in every theater was packed. And the next night: three people. Why? The audience knows…It was a good film. But attaching my name to that film was a bummer. It does a great disservice to everyone concerned.”

 

color, mono, widescreen, 115 minutes. DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic! 

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