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 v   The Naked Kiss - 1964 USA crime drama by Samuel Fuller.


 X   The Naked Kiss

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  • The Iron Kiss
The Naked Kiss is a 1964 USA crime drama by Samuel Fuller.
Starring Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley and Karen Conrad. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1964 cinema release. Later passed 18 uncut for VHS and DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Notes : A shocker in its day

Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists, leaves her past, and finds solace in the town of Grantville. She meets Griff, the police captain of the town, with whom she spends a romantic afternoon. Kelly finds a job as a nurse in a hospital for handicapped children. The work helps her find her sensitive side in the caring and helping of her young patients. Kelly's path towards happiness is thrown amiss, when she witnesses a shocking event, which threatens not just her happiness, but her mental health as well.

In its day, The Naked Kiss was quite the shocker. It dealt with (or hinted at) such then-taboo subjects as prostitution, abortion and even pedophilia in bold ways that were foreign to American film audiences. Unfortunately, like many once-controversial movies, the handling of these topics are now so dated that, at times, they are almost laughable.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 90:15s
pal: 86:38s
18

MPAA Unrated

UK: Passed 18 uncut for references to child sexual abuse:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated:

banned
banned
Rejected Pre 1970 UK: Banned by the BBFC:
  • 1964 cinema release
 v          Nanak Shah Fakir - 2015 drama by Harinder Singh Sikka.


 X   Nanak Shah Fakir

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Nanak Shah Fakir is a 2015 drama by Harinder Singh Sikka.
Starring Tanmay Bhat, Gurmeet Choudhary and Amyra Dastur. IMDb

The film was passed PG uncut by the BBFC for mild violence. For some reason the film was submitted twice in versions running 138:18s and 146:35s.

UK screenings were disrupted by Sikh protestors and threats of violence led to cinemas refusing to screen the film.

Street protests

See article from expressandstar.com :

Police were called and a cinema cleared and closed after protestors pushed through the main entrance and headed for the screen showing Bollywood blockbuster, Nanak Shah Fakir.

Once inside the Cineworld multiplex at Bentley Bridge in Wednesfield., the Sikh protestors sat down on the floor and began to shout, refusing to move until cinema bosses met their demands and stopped the screening.

Some UK cinemas refused to show it through fear of religious strife. The Cineworld said it has no plans to show the film in future following the Wednesfield incident. Odeon also confirmed it would also cancel planned screenings following the protest.

BBFC summary

NANAK SHAH FAKIR is a Hindi language historical drama about the life and teachings of Sikhism founder, Guru Nanak, as he embarks on a spiritual journey during the reign of the Mughal empire.

There is mild violence in a scene in which a yak stamps on a man, who is out to fetch some water in the snow. There are also some images of battle and some rifle gunshots from soldiers, although there is no detail of injury shown.

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed PG uncut. Withdrawn from distribution over fears of religious strife
 v          Nazi Love Camp 27 - 1977 Italy war thriller by Mario Caiano


 X   Nazi Love Camp 27

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  • Living Nightmare
  • La Svastica nel Ventre
Nazi Love Camp 27 is a 1977 Italy war thriller by Mario Caiano
Starring Sirpa Lane, Giancarlo Sisti and Roberto Posse Melon Farmers link IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for the UK 1977 cinema release.
Summary Review: Better than Salon Kitty

This is a Nazi sexploitation flick and it has not only plenty of nudity but explicit, hardcore pornographic shots as well.

That said, let me point out why this is a far better film than Salon Kitty . The two films are different versions of what is essentially the same story: a young Jewish woman during the Nazis' reign is sexually abused and exploited by the Reich eventually becoming the madame of a brothel that caters to Nazi officers where she spies for either the Nazi higher ups or the Resistance depending on which film you watch.

Nazi Love Camp 27 has budget sets and costumes, bad dubbing, and obligatory sexploitation scenes like whippings, the lesbian warden and several hardcore penetration shots including a gang rape. One would think that this was a thinly-veiled excuse for a porno, and to some extent it is, but it actually has a fairly coherent plot and you truly DO care about the lead character and even others. Yes, the final scene is a bit over the top, but you're still interested in what is happening right up to the end of the film --- not just fast forwarding to the next naked part.

Sirpa Lane's performance is strong and due to whatever quirk of talent or fate, she manages to convey the horror and the poignancy of her character's struggles. This is not to say that this is a great film, again know what you're getting into.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 90:48s
pal: 87:10s
international
Worldwide: The film is widely available on adult film websites
banned
banned
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1977 cinema release
 v   The New York Ripper - 1982 Italian horror by Lucio Fulci.


 X   The New York Ripper

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  • Lo Squartatore di New York
  • Psycho Ripper
  • The Ripper
The New York Ripper is a 1982 Italian horror by Lucio Fulci.
With Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska and Howard Ross. YouTube icon IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1984 cinema release. Subsequent UK VHS/DVD release are cut by about 30s. Cut for an MPAA R rating in the US but also released uncut and MPAA Unrated.
Summary review: Darkest and goriest
The New York Ripper was a great Italian horror film from Lucio Fulci, the film was filled with plenty of gruesome death scenes and lots of sleaze, sex and nudity in fact its probably one of the sleaziest Italian horror flicks ever seen.

When an old man finds a prostitute's severed hand under the Brooklyn Bridge the police decide to do a little investigating. It seems that the victim was heard speaking to a strange duck-voiced man. As the murders add up the police detective who's investigating the case recruits a psychology professor to help find out who this Donald Duck voiced maniac could be

This is a typical Fulci flick which means that the plot gets thinner during the course of the film and the bad acting which was adequate especially for this type of film could have been better but that's not important, if your a hardcore Fulci or exploitation fan then you'll obviously love this as the death scenes were quite brutal and very nasty.

One of Fulci's best.

Banned for cinema release in 1984

A cinema release was rejected by the BBFC in 1984. Lucio Fulci's film was not only banned but all prints were escorted out of the country. At least that is the romantic notion of events. The BBFC explain the events that led up to this story in a more pragmatic way. See case study from bbfc.co.uk :

If Ferman had merely written to the distributor confirming the decision to refuse a BBFC classification, The New York Ripper may have simply been another work denied a release during the video nasties era. However, what Ferman did next meant The New York Ripper became something of an urban legend (which persists in cult and horror film circles to this day).

The fact the UK distributor of Nightmares in a Damaged Brain had just received a prison sentence for his role in distributing his film made the potential for the distributor of The New York Ripper to become embroiled in an obscenity case seem very real. Therefore Ferman decided it would be unwise for the BBFC to return the film to its distributor. Ferman was aware that the distributor could still release The New York Ripper on video tape (or seek local authority approval for local cinema exhibition), in spite of the BBFC's judgement that any release of the film was at risk of comprising an obscene publication. To do so would not only risk the distributor being vulnerable to a charge of being found in possession of an obscene work with intent to commercially supply, but could also potentially put the BBFC in the difficult position of having facilitated that supply.

Accordingly, Ferman took the unusual step of informing the UK distributor that the BBFC would be re-exporting the submitted print to the original rights holders in Italy, also advising him that he should similarly dispose of any further copies of the film in his possession. The BBFC's actions took place in a time and climate in which UK distributors were being convicted and even sent to jail for their involvement with similar films. However, it is easy to see how the legend developed that The New York Ripper was so uniquely powerful and offensive that every print had to be escorted from the country. Some stories go so far as to suggest the film had been removed under armed guard.

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed 18 after cuts of 22-34s

The US release is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

 v          99 Women - Liechtenstein/Spain/Italy/West Germany/UK prison film by Jesus Franco.


 X   99 Women

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  • Ninety Nine Women
  • Der Heiße Tod
  • 99 donne
  • 99 mujeres
  • Island of Despair
  • Isle of Lost Women
  • Prostitutes in Prison
  • Sex im Frauengefängnis
  • The Hot Death
  • Women's Penitentiary XII
  • Les Brulants
99 Women is a Liechtenstein/Spain/Italy/West Germany/UK prison film by Jesus Franco.
With Maria Schell, Luciana Paluzzi and Mercedes McCambridge. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Banned in the UK by the BBFC and later cut. Uncut elsewhere as the Director's Cut. There is also a French Version with hardcore inserts.
Summary Notes: A bit disappointing
The newest batch of detainees arrives at a remote women's prison. The fortress-like prison is ruled with an iron hand by Thelma Diaz (Mercedes McCambridge), a woman who has no qualms against death or torture. But when a new state official takes notice of the body count coming out of the prison, Diaz must prove her ability and hide the truth. As the powers that be turn up the pressure it sets up a daring escape by several of the ladies.

"Women in prison" flicks can be a mixed bag. Many offer the usual softcore action (usually of the lesbian variety) and / or nasty torture sequences that often exploit. But 99 Women doesn't really offer too much of either. 99 is actually more artistic than most of the "W.I.P." films that I've seen and as a result it comes off as a bit bland. The photography is fine but with most of the action taking place indoors the camera-work is not flashy. The acting is pretty decent but the script is a bit "talky" in an unnecessary way.

The softcore action is not awfully titillating since many of the scenes are shot in an "artistic" fashion the X-rated version does offer some hardcore inserts but you can easily tell they were added much latter since they don't match. "99 Women" has some style but not a lot of substance. A bit disappointing.

Versions

uncut
Director's Cut
run: 86m
pal: 83m
MPAA UnratedUS: The Director's Cut is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2016 Blue Underground Limited Edition [Director's Cut + Hardcore Version] (RA) Blu-ray/(R1) DVD Combo at US Amazon
  • 2016 Blue Underground [Director's Cut only] (RA) Blu-ray/(R1) DVD Combo at US Amazon
  • 2013 Blue Underground Bad Girls Behind Bars Collection R0 DVD at US Amazon
  • 2005 Blue Underground R1 DVD via UK Amazon and at US Amazon
uncut
X Rated Version
run: 98m
pal: 94m

MPAA UnratedUS: The X Rated Version/Notorious French Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

This is a French local version with nearly irrelevant hardcore inserts added in by another director shooting new footage.

BBFC cut
cut
cut: 1:00s
run: 88:30s
pal: 84:58s
sub:
sub:

18UK: Passed 18 after 1:00s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 2007 Redemption R0 DVD

The BBFC commented:

  • Distributor was required to cut sight of animal cruelty (a snake being stabbed and hacked at by a woman using a knife)

The satellite version being broadcast on Movies 4 Men is slightly cut but does show the snake killing.

banned
banned

rejected

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1969 cinema release titled Ninety Nine Women
 v          Oh Calcutta! - Availability


 X   Oh Calcutta!

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Oh Calcutta! is a Availability

The 1972 cinema release was banned

The 1978 cinema release was passed uncut

The 2008 Revelation DVD was passed 18 uncut.

Current UK Status: Passed 18 uncut

The uncut region 2 DVD is available at UK Amazon
The uncut region 1 DVD is available at US Amazon

 v          Onibaba - 1964 Japan horror drama by Kaneto Shindô.


 X   Onibaba

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  • Devil Woman
Onibaba is a 1964 Japan horror drama by Kaneto Shindô.
Starring Nobuko Otowa and Jitsuko Yoshimura and Kei Satô. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1965 cinema release. Later cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1968. Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for UK home video. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Review

After being forcefully inducted as a soldier into war in 14th century Japan, his wife and mother remain living in a swamp. They eke out their living by ambushing worn-out warriors, killing them and selling their belongings to a greedy merchant. The woman comes to mistrust her daughter-in-law who has coupled up with a deserter, and begins to wear a facial mask she has taken from a slain samurai. Soon the mask will not come off again. In this disguise she is at first taken for a demon by her daughter.

The ensuing drama is a tale of their sexual tension in the high summer heat, which is exemplified by the swaying of the reeds/grass, the faster the reeds blow in the wind the higher the sexual tension.

Shindo also uses Black and White to stunning effect at a time when it was probably easier to film in colour. This is a Cinematic Masterpiece!

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 102:05s
pal: 98:00s
15 cert

MPAA Unrated

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

BBFC
cut
X cert UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1968 cinema release
banned
banned
rejected UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1965 cinema release
 v   The Opening of Misty Beethoven - 1976 USA adult comedy romance by Radley Metzger.


 X   The Opening of Misty Beethoven

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The Opening of Misty Beethoven is a 1976 USA adult comedy romance by Radley Metzger.
With Constance Money, Jamie Gillis and Jacqueline Beudant. YouTube icon IMDb

The softcore version was banned by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release. In 1983 the softcore version suffered further heavy BBFC cuts for an 18 rated cinema release. By 2005 it was passed R18 uncut for DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Review: A Jewel
Porn meets Pygmalion. Misty, the hooker, meets the sexologist who thinks he can transform her from the nadir of passion into someone who inspires passion. While Misty is trained for her big test, seducing a homosexual artist, the relationship between the doctor and Misty remains unsettled.

Radley Metzger has created an unbelievable amalgamation of great script, fantastic actors, and the best production value I've ever seen. Other films may have spent more on cheesy helicopter shots or period costumes, but you will never find a porn movie as good as this. The opening of Misty Beethoven holds up not only under the porn standard, but under any film standards.

The sex is not of the grind house variety that you find in most XXX films but it is highly erotic, entertaining and with Ms. Money, surprisingly romantic. This is a jewel of an erotic film.

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed R18 uncut

UK: The Hardcore Version was passed R18 uncut for:

  • UK 2005 Arrow/JoyBear R0 DVD

US: The Hardcore Version is MPAA Unrated for:

  • US 2012 Distribpix Collector's Edition [Hardcore + Softcore Version] R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • US 2012 Distribpix Collector's Edition [Hardcore + Softcore Version] R0 DVD at US Amazon
 v   The Other Side Of Madness - 1971 USA crime drama by Frank Howard


 X   The Other Side Of Madness

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The Other Side Of Madness is a 1971 USA crime drama by Frank Howard
Starring Brian Klinknett,Erica Bigelow,Paula Shannon IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for a 1983 cinema release. It was released on UK pre cert VHS though, but has not been released in the UK since. Uncut and MPAA X rated in the US but later R rated.
Promotional Material

The Other Side of Madness (1971) returns nearly 50 years after its initial release! An avant-garde retelling of the infamous Manson Murders, The Other Side of Madness brings audiences closer to the events than most filmmakers have dared to go, with real life footage of Spahn Ranch and music performed by Charles Manson. Directed by Frank Howard and produced by Wade Williams, this hypnotic film served as one of the first Helter Skelter recreations, filmed so close to the time of the events that Manson and his followers had yet to be sentenced for the vicious crimes.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 81:21s
pal: 78:06s
pre-cert VHS

MPAA R

MPAA X

UK: Uncut on pre-cert video:
  • 1983 Palace VHS

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

The film was originally MPAA X rated in the US but was later re-rated to R.

banned
banned
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC:
  • 1983 cinema release

Comment:

It's a reconstruction of the Manson "family" murders 'in realistic detail', to quote the sleeve. It's not very violent at all and could easily be cut today. It was rejected for largely political reasons within the BBFC. It's actually a rather good film.

 v          Pamela - 1974 US adult film by Radley Metzger (Henry Paris)


 X   Pamela

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  • The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann
  • The Afternoons of Pamela Mann
  • The True Story of Pamela Mann
Pamela is a 1974 US adult film by Radley Metzger (Henry Paris)
With Barbara Bourbon and Sonny Landham. IMDb
The BBFC rejected the 1976 cinema release.

The BBFC cut the Hardcore Version by 8:59s for the 2005 Arrow/JoyBear DVD

Summary Review: Yeah for Radley Metzger!

A classic from the Golden Age of Porn.

When adult films of the 70's made their way back into the mainstream of popular culture, Radley Metzger most definitely holds his regard as the finest adult filmmaker ever. My first encounter with Metzger's work was The Opening of Misty Beethoven which, as a boy looking through a friend's parents videos, was far more than I'd expected. Years later, I was happy to view The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann , which, aside from the pornographic content, I found totally engrossing. I admit being completely shocked by the surprise ending!

Maybe it's the recent admiration of independent film that has made the acting in Radley's movies seem so much better, but his camera work is unsurpassed in his field. Beautifully shot, well acted smut, which borders on proving itself as erotica! Yeah for Radley Metzger!

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed R18 after 8:59s of cuts

The US release is uncut and hardcore for:

 v   The Panic in Needle Park - 1971 USA drama by Jerry Schatzberg.


 X   The Panic in Needle Park

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The Panic in Needle Park is a 1971 USA drama by Jerry Schatzberg.
Starring Al Pacino, Kitty Winn and Alan Vint. YouTube icon IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1971 cinema release but unbanned and X uncut for 1974 cinema release. The BBFC cut the 1987 18 rated VHS but was passed 18 uncut for 2002 DVD. In the US the PG rated is version is cut and the R rated version is uncut.
Summary Review: Moderately Worthwhile
The film focuses on the ups and downs of two doomed souls, Bobby and Helen, who wasted their lives in a downward spiral into hell without any realistic thought for tomorrow.

Panic has a bittersweet taste of an independent film: improvisational, free-form and razor-sharp realistic. There is no music throughout the film, only dialogues and real life sounds. It tastes like a stale cigarette. Depressive mood and sordidness of Manhattan's Upper West Side are reflected perfectly. Intense and disturbing depiction of heroine shots are almost documentary nature.

The performances of Al Pacino and Kitty Winn are top notch. The role earned Winn the Best Actress Award at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.

The only downside is that it drags along at snails pace. It's moderately worthwhile and falls short of being a classic.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 109:29s
pal: 105:06s
18

MPAA R

UK: Passed 18 uncut with previous BBFC cuts waived for: US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
mpaa cut
cut
MPAA PG US: The cut PG rated release has been shorn of drug use and profanity
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 57s
run: 108:12s
pal: 103:52s
18UK: Passed 18 after 57s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1987 Film & Video VHS

The BBFC cuts were:

  • for supposedly instructional shots of heroin preparation and injection.
uncut
uncut
run: 109:32s
pal: 105:09s
X certUK: Passed X (18) uncut for:
  • 1974 cinema release
banned
banned
rejected UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1971 cinema release
 v   The Porn Brokers - 1973 UK semi-autobiographical documentary by John Lindsay


 X   The Porn Brokers

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The Porn Brokers is a 1973 UK semi-autobiographical documentary by John Lindsay
Starring Lasse Braun, Elvira Clark and Shaun Costello IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1973 cinema release and later passed X after BBFC cuts for 1977 cinema release

Summary Notes

A semi-autobiographical documentary by the hard-core film-maker John Lindsay about the fledgling porn industry. Consisting mostly of vox pops, the film is partly a defence of porn (it ends with the voiceover declaring: In the final event Seventies British Cinema porn is rather like television. If you don't like it you can simply turn off ') and partly, and more curiously, an indictment of its own audience as sad punters who embody typical male weakness -- 'Men are such suckers when they look at pretty birdies , Men are nuts, they like to see this crap)

Versions

BBFC cut
cut
cut:
run: 58:40s
pal: 56:19s
X certUK: Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1977 cinema release
banned
banned
rejected UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1973 cinema release
 v          Pretty Baby - 1978 US drama by Louis Malle


 X   Pretty Baby

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Pretty Baby is a 1978 US drama by Louis Malle
Starring Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine and Susan Sarandon Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1978. The cinema release was locally banned by Cardiff Council. All home video releases are uncut. BBFC 18 rated for video.. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Review: A Difficult Story

A pre-teen girl grows up in a house of prostitution in the Storyville section of New Orleans in 1917.

A beautifully filmed movie which tells a difficult story with a subtlety and power.

The movie is quite revealing about the business of prostitution during that time, but it is never exploitative and gives one the sense of how it really was, and what might happen to children born into prostitution.

Malle's dispassionate take on all of this outraged viewers a quarter-century ago, but it all seems rather tame today.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 109:14s
pal: 104:52s
18 1980

BBFC 18 1982

pre-cert VHS

MPAA R

UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for child prostitution theme:
  • 2007 Paramount Home Entertainment DVD (rated 14/02/2007) at UK Amazon

UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for:

  • 1987 CIC VHS (rated 04/09/1987)

The BBFC commented:

Examiners considered that, given that legal cuts had been required in 1979, it might be necessary for the same cuts to be implemented for 1987 video classification. However, examiners also expressed scepticism about whether the cuts were really necessary, suggesting they might have been an overly cautious response to the new legislation. At least one examiner even floated the idea of passing the video 15 uncut, given its visual discretion.

James Ferman sympathised with the suggestion that the original cuts should now be waived and showed the video to the Board's President and Vice Presidents. Ultimately it was concluded that All admire the film and support waiving the original film cuts . Accordingly, Pretty Baby was classified 18 uncut for video release, with the previous cinema cuts waived, on 4 September 1987.

Although this permitted the existing pre-cert VHS copies to remain on the shelves, no fresh release of Pretty Baby took place on VHS.

UK: The 1981 pre-cert VHS was released uncut.

It was noted as significant that it was never prosecuted under the 1978 Protection of Children Act.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
BBFC cut
cut:
run: 109:24s
pal: 105:01s
banned
banned
Cardiff
UK: The cut X rated 1979 cinema release was banned by Cardiff Council
BBFC cut
cut:
run: 109:24s
pal: 105:01s
X 1970UK: Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1979 cinema release

James Ferman said he was forced to make minor edits under the 1978 Protection of Children Act:

  • Reel 4 - 6s deleted in the scene in the bathroom, delete moment where Madame pulls away towel which Violet is holding in front of her for modesty, and cut straight to close-ups of Violet and man looking at each other
  • Reel 5 - Delete full-length nude shot of violet posing for Bellocq on the sofa. In fact after representations from director Lous Malle, this second cut was reduced to optically darkening Violet's public area so that nothing could be seen.
 v          Prison Girls - 1972 USA drama by Tom DeSimone (as Thomas De Simone).


 X   Prison Girls

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Prison Girls is a 1972 USA drama by Tom DeSimone (as Thomas De Simone).
Starring Jacqueline Giroux, Annik Borel and Tracy Handfuss. Melon Farmers link IMDb

Banned by the BBFC from a 1973 cinema release. Uncut and X rated in the US.
Summary Notes

Six female prisoners are given a weekend furlough to prepare them for their upcoming parole. While out, they all have miscellaneous sexual experiences, some good, some bad. One returns to her pimp even though he beats her, one overcomes her frigidity, one gets gang raped, two join in a threesome, and one goes back to her criminal lover shortly before the police show up.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 91m
pal: 87m
MPAA Unrated

MPAA X

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

US: The film was originally X rated in the US.

banned
banned
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1973 cinema release
 v       A Private Collection - 1973 France documentary short film by Walerian Borowczyk.


 X   A Private Collection

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  • Une collection particulière
  • Une collection particulaire
A Private Collection is a 1973 France documentary short film by Walerian Borowczyk.
Starring André Pieyre de Mandiargues. IMDb
The pre-cut Theatrical Version was banned by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release although further cuts qualified it for an X rating later in the same year.

The Theatrical Version censors real sex via masking by the narrator's carefully placed finger. The uncut Oberhausen Cut reveals what's behind the masking, but real bestiality has proved too much for modern day censors and so has been cut from recent German and 2014 UK releases.

See further cuts details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: A Private Collection

Summary Notes

A witty and eye-opening tour through Borowczyk's own collection of vintage erotica. Originally intended as part of his 'Contes immoraux', it was released first as a separate short, and is therefore marks the turning-point between Borowczyk's career as a highly-regarded animator and surrealist filmmaker, and his subsequent career in the sexploitation field.

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed 18 after BBFC cuts for bestiality/extreme pornography

UK: A pre-cut version of The Oberhausen Cut was passed 18 for strong sex, sexual violence, explicit sexual images without further BBFC cuts for:

 v          Private Property - 1960 USA crime drama by Leslie Stevens.


 X   Private Property

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Private Property is a 1960 USA crime drama by Leslie Stevens.
Starring Kate Manx, Corey Allen and Warren Oates. IMDb

Banned by the BBFC in 1961. Not released in the UK since. Released in the US in 2016 on MPAA Unrated Blu-ray/DVD Combo.
Summary Notes

Duke and Boots, two young thugs, hold up a California gas-station owner. Duke, viral and savage, taunts the slower and psychologically-confused Boots because he has never made a sexual conquest. Duke offers to seduce a woman for Boots and the pair force a passing motorist to pursue a sports car driven by Ann Carlyle, the lustful wife of a insurance-company executive who has some desires of her own not being met by her husband.

Availability

Current UK Status: No UK release since ban

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

 v          Promises..... Promises! - 1963 USA comedy drama by King Donovan.


 X   Promises..... Promises!

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  • Promises! Promises!
  • Gymnos pothos
Promises..... Promises! is a 1963 USA comedy drama by King Donovan.
Starring Jayne Mansfield, Marie McDonald and Tommy Noonan. IMDb
Noted as the first US mainstream film to feature nudity since the introduction of the Hays Code. The film was released in a period when the code was still nominally in force but enforcement was in decline by 1963. The film included 3 topless scenes with Jayne Mansfield.

The film was inevitably banned by the BBFC, first and in 1963, and again in 1967. The BBFC relented by 2011 when it was released with an uncut 15 rating for 2011 DVD.

Summary Notes

After a drunken spree on a cruise ship, two women discover that they're pregnant, and set out to find who the fathers are.

Availability

UK: Passed 15 uncut for scenes of sexualised nudity: US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
 v          Psycho Girls - 1986 Canadian film by Gerard Ciccoritti


 X   Psycho Girls

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Psycho Girls is a 1986 Canadian film by Gerard Ciccoritti

Rejected by the BBFC in 1986
Summary Notes

Horror parody about a novelist whose dinner party is continually interrupted by psychotic women.

Availability

Banned in UK
 v          Psycho Lover - 1970 USA crime horror by Robert Vincent O'Neill (as Robert Vincent O'Neil).


 X   Psycho Lover

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  • The Psycho Lover
  • 7 calze di seta insanguinate
Psycho Lover is a 1970 USA crime horror by Robert Vincent O'Neill (as Robert Vincent O'Neil).
Starring Lawrence Montaigne, Jo Anne Meredith and Elizabeth Plumb. IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1971 cinema release. Cut in Australia for an R rated cinema release in 1978. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Notes

A psychiatrist plots to murder his wife, but with a new twist: he will brainwash a patient he is treating into committing the crime.

See article from refused-classification.com which identifies the scenes likely to have offended film censors:

Two scenes at 2m and 14m involve Marco raping and killing women. The latter also shows him having sex with the body. Cuts would probably have been made to one or both of these attacks. Two other women are attacked at 34m and 77m, but neither result in onscreen rape or murder.

Availability

Current UK Status: No UK release since ban

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

 v          Punishment - unknown film


 X   Punishment

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Punishment is a unknown film

Rejected by the BBFC in 1975
Availability
Banned in UK
 v          Pussy Talk - 1975 France adult comedy fantasy by Claude Mulot (as Frédéric Lansac).


 X   Pussy Talk

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  • Le sexe qui parle
  • Talk
  • The Sex Who Talks
Pussy Talk is a 1975 France adult comedy fantasy by Claude Mulot (as Frédéric Lansac).
Starring Pénélope Lamour, Béatrice Harnois and Sylvia Bourdon. Melon Farmers link IMDb
The softcore version was banned by the BBFC for 1976 cinema release but given a GLC London certificate. Later the softcore version was further cut for 2000 DVD.
Summary Review: Good piece of cinema
Le Sexe Qui Parle is in that rare class of rather famous films which actually happen to be really good pieces of cinema. Penelope Lamour stars as a woman who discovers that her vagina has developed both a life and voice of its own. This soon becomes a problem for not only her, but her philanthropist husband as well...As the vagina becomes more and more vocal (no pun intended), it ends up causing more and more trouble.

Narratively speaking, Le Sexe Qui Parle is flawed with a fair amount of noticeable continuity errors, and the rushed ending does leave a bit to be desired in terms of resolution of the plot.

On the other hand, technically speaking, Le Sexe...has the look of any classy French production, hardcore or otherwise, from the period. The cinematography and general look of the film are both first rate, and the original musical score is quite an incredible mix of easy listening pieces and classy jazz/disco sounding tunes.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 88:56s
pal: 85:23s
MPAA UnratedOnline:
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 1:37s
run: 90:14s
pal: 86:37s
sub:
sub:

18UK: The softcore version was passed 18 after 1:37s of compulsory BBFC cuts for:
  • 2000 New Vibration/Eurotika R0 DVD

The BBFC commented:

Cuts required to remove details of sexual assault.
cut for softcore GLC logoUK: The softcore version was exhibited in London with a GLC X certificate after it was banned by the BBFC.
banned
banned
rejected UK: The softcore version was b anned by the BBFC for:
  • 1976 cinema release
 v          Quiet Days in Clichy - 1970 Denmark comedy drama by Jens Jørgen Thorsen.


 X   Quiet Days in Clichy

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  • Stille dage i Clichy
  • Not So Quiet Days
Quiet Days in Clichy is a 1970 Denmark comedy drama by Jens Jørgen Thorsen.
With Paul Valjean, Wayne Rodda and Ulla Koppel. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1970 cinema release. Rated 18 uncut since 2003. The film saw legal trouble in the US and had a very limited theatrical release.
History

Thanks to Gary:

This film the distinction of being the first film to use the word cunt (along with Tropic of Cancer, which was shooting in Paris at the same time).

The film has been the subject of discussion and controversy since it was first released in 1970 and the FBI seized the only English-language copies as they came into the US through customs in San Francisco - consequently the film didn't make it to US theatres. The film has even been described by the Catholic Bishops Board of Review as a portrait of human depravity. The film was ultimately cleared in Federal Court, but the film mysteriously disappeared shortly after its release.

Summary Review: A portrait of human depravity

Quiet Days in Clichy is an enjoyable and entertaining expose of the irreverent antics of two friends living a Bohemian existence in the Paris suburb of Clichy during the sexual revolution of the sixties.

The film is based upon the novel of the same title by American author Henry Miller whose publications were the frequent cause of controversy in the US throughout the author's life.

Nonetheless, it is unlikely to shock an audience of today - the film is neither vulgar nor depraved - it couldn't really be described as pornographic; instead it could be better summarised as intellectual erotica.

It is gentle and humorous. Like life, it lacks a traditional storyline and is, instead, a collection of experiences - some good, some bad, some funny, some not.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 90:34s
pal: 86:57s
18

MPAA Unrated

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Note there are variations in running time of 1:13s due to end credit music running longer against a blank screen that may, or may not be included.

banned
banned
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1970 cinema release
 v          Red Nights of the Gestapo - 1977 Italy action war thriller by Fabio De Agostini.


 X   Red Nights of the Gestapo

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  • Le Lunghe notti della Gestapo
  • The Red Nights of the Gestapo
Red Nights of the Gestapo is a 1977 Italy action war thriller by Fabio De Agostini.
Starring Ezio Miani, Fred Williams and Francesca Righini. YouTube icon IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1979 cinema release but after 12 minutes were censored it was given an X rated cinema release in 1981. An uncut bootleg was released in the UK in 2010. Uncut in the US.
Summary Notes

An illustrious group of German industrialists plot to overthrow Hitler by negotiating a peace treaty with England. Disgraced, but dedicated Nazi officer Colonel Werner von Uhland is assigned by his superiors to ferret out these deceitful dissidents and stop them before it's too late. von Uhland recruits a bunch of beautiful women to seduce these traitors and undermine their conspiracy.

A film based upon the same Nazi brothel bugging theme as Salon Kitty. Perhaps not as outrageous as one may expect from the packaging. However there are some attractive actresses getting into the fun. The director seems to have done a good job with the talent available.

Availability

The BBFC rejected the cinema release of 1979

The BBFC relented on their cinema ban in 1981 but only after having inflicted 12 minutes of cuts

An uncut version was released for the 2010 UK Excalibur DVD. No sign of this version in the BBFC data base though, so presumably a bootleg.

Current UK Status: Passed 18 for the cinema after ~12:00s cuts

An uncut version was released for:

The US release is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

 v          Requiem for a Vampire - 1971 French horror film by Jean Rollin.


 X   Requiem for a Vampire

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  • Vierges et vampires
  • Caged Vampires
  • Caged Virgins
  • The Crazed Vampire
  • Crazed Virgins
  • Dungeon of Terror
  • Requiem pour un vampire
  • Sex Vampires
  • Virgins and Vampires
  • Virgins and the Vampires
Requiem for a Vampire is a 1971 French horror film by Jean Rollin.
With Marie-Pierre Castel, Mireille Dargent and Philippe Gasté. YouTube icon IMDb
The cinema release of 1972 was banned by the BBFC. A video release was cut by 6:55s when submitted in 1993 by Redemption Films
Summary Review: Highly recommended

No one would be expecting a meaningful social commentary from a film with this title, but please bear in mind when watching that this a Jean Rollin film, so don't expect a meaningful story either. This is mad, it has kinky lesbians and they're vampires. Happy days!

It's quite light hearted for a Rollin flick and is at the fast end of his snail like pacing, but that isn't saying much on either count. It's no Daughters of Darkness either, so don't try to make sense of it, you'll end up as bonkers as Rollin.

Instead laugh at crap vampires and revel in the kink fest in the dungeon. It's bloody great and is a bona fide Eurotrash classic. Highly recommended.

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed 18 after cuts of 6:55s

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

 v          Romper Stomper - 1992 Australia crime drama by Geoffrey Wright.


 X   Romper Stomper

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  • Confruntarea
Romper Stomper is a 1992 Australia crime drama by Geoffrey Wright.
Starring Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock and Jacqueline McKenzie. IMDb
Passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for 1982 cinema release and VHS. However the film was banned by Glasgow Council for screening at the 1993 Glasgow Film Festival.

Summary Notes

Nazi skinheads in Melbourne take out their anger on local Vietnamese, who are seen as threatening racial purity. Finally the Vietnamese have had enough and confront the skinheads in an all-out confrontation, sending the skinheads running. A woman who is prone to epileptic seizures joins the skins' merry band, and helps them on their run from justice, but is her affliction also a sign of impurity?

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 92:30s
pal: 88:48s
18UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence, sex and language:
  • 2003 Boulevard R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2003 Boulevard Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon
  • 1992 Medusa Communications VHS
  • 1992 cinema release
banned
banned
Glasgow UK: Banned by Glasgow Council for
  • 1993 cinema release

The film was refused a cinema showing by Glasgow City Council. In particular teh Glasgow Film Festival had to cancel their proposed screenings.

 v          Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodo - 1975 Italian/French drama by Pier Paolo Pasolini.


 X   Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodo

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  • Salo o le 120 giornate di Sodoma
  • Salo ou les 120 journees de Sodome
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodo is a 1975 Italian/French drama by Pier Paolo Pasolini.
With Paolo Bonacelli and Giorgio Cataldi. YouTube icon IMDb
Rejected for a cinema certificate in 1976
UK History

From Salò and censorship: a history

It was refused a certificate on the legal grounds of gross indecency. Gross indecency was defined in British law as anything which an ordinary decent man or woman would find to be shocking, disgusting and revolting , or, which offended against recognised standards of propriety.

Unlike the Obscene Publications Act - which at that stage did not apply to films - gross indecency allowed for no defence of artistic or cultural merit to be mounted on the film's behalf. Furthermore, there was no requirement to consider the film - or the film's purpose - as a whole. If any part of the film was indecent then the whole film was illegal.

After the 1976 (public) cinema ban but a DPP approved version was personally edited by James Ferman for exhibition in (private) cinema clubs.

An uncut version was however screened in 1995 at the NFT. It was also briefly shown uncut in a Soho cinema club in 1977 but that resulted in a police raid.

Summary Review: Not for the Faint-Hearted

There are few movies out there, if any, that can generate as much ire and disgust as Pasolini's Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma .

Not for the Faint-Hearted? You'd better believe it. And thus, it's hard to really "recommend" this film to anyone, as you wouldn't really "recommend" divorce - But it's a life experience you can gain valuable knowledge from.

The film takes it's inspiration / Modus Operandi from the Marquis De Sade's notorious novel The 120 Days of Sodom , which, if you have read it, you will know perfectly well what you can expect from the film. Transporting the setting to Mussolini-Era Fascist Italy, four Aristocratic Libertines subject their young subjects to Sexual Manipulation and Torture, both physical and psychological.

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed 18 uncut

Passed 18 uncut for:

  • UK 2011 BFI R2/RB DVD/Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • UK 2000 BFI R2 DVD
  • UK 2000 cinema release
 v          Sardonicus - 1961 USA horror mystery drama by William Castle.


 X   Sardonicus

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  • Mr. Sardonicus
Sardonicus is a 1961 USA horror mystery drama by William Castle.
With Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton and Guy Rolfe. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Briefly banned by the BBFC for 1961 cinema release before being cut and X rated. Uncut and 12 rated on VHS and DVD. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.
Summary Notes

A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more grotesque results! The audience gets an opportunity to vote--via the "Punishment Poll"--for the penalty Sardonicus must pay for his deeds...

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 89:51s
pal: 86:15s
12 cert

MPAA PG

Spain: Uncut for:

UK: Passed 12 uncut for:

  • 2021 Powerhouse Films Standard Edition R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad
  • 2018 Powerhouse Films [William Castle at Columbia] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 1996 Encore VHS Mr. Sardonicus
US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
cut
pre-cut
cut: ~37s
run: 89:12s
pal: 85:38s
X certUK: A pre-cut version was passed X for:
  • 1961 cinema release titled Sardonicus
banned
banned
rejected UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1961 cinema release titled Sardonicus
 v          Satan's Sadists - 1969 USA action horror drama by Al Adamson.


 X   Satan's Sadists

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  • Nightmare Bloodbath
  • Die Sadisten des Satans
Satan's Sadists is a 1969 USA action horror drama by Al Adamson.
Starring Russ Tamblyn, Scott Brady and John 'Bud' Cardos. IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1970 cinema release. Then cut by the BBFC for an 18 rated DVD in 2003. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

The "Satans" are a very cruel biker gang led by Anchor. The gang goes to a diner in the middle of nowhere in the California desert where they begin to terrorize Lew and his patrons and his waitress, Tracy. After a little killing, one of the patrons named Johnny manages to escape from the bikers into the desert. They need to reach a town before the Satans catch up to them and kill them.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 86m
pal: 83m
Denmark flag
Denmark

MPAA R

Denmark: Uncut for: US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Severin Films Al Adamson Collection Limited Edition RA Blu-ray at US Amazon
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 57s
run: 85:43s
pal: 82:17s
sub: 86:41s
sub:
18 1980UK: Passed 18 for sexual violence and drug use after 57s of compulsory BBFC cuts:
  • 2003 Cinema Club R2 DVD
The BBFC commented:
  • Distributor required to make a compulsory cut to a scene of sexual violence where the victim appears to enjoy the assault, in order to achieve an 18.
banned
banned
Rejected Pre 1970 UK: Banned by the BBFC:
  • 1970 cinema release
 v          Savage Streets - 1984 US crime action film by Danny Steinmann.


 X   Savage Streets

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Savage Streets is a 1984 US crime action film by Danny Steinmann.
With Linda Blair, John Vernon and Robert Dryer. Melon Farmers link YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1984 cinema release and 1986 VHS. Released with BBFC cuts for 1987 VHS. BBFC cuts waived for 2011 DVD. Uncut and R rated in the US
Summary Review: Gratuitous Nudity
This sleazy tale of high school revenge with Linda Blair is a must for bad film fans everywhere.

This sympathetic tale tells the story of Brenda (Blair), a tough high school gal who spends her nights drinking peach brandy on the streets of LA with her equally tough friends. One night, they make the mistake of puttering with a gang called the Scars, and before you know it, the Scars have raped and beaten Brenda's deaf, mute sister. Once Brenda learns the truth of what transpired, she vows revenge on those responsible.

This is the pre-eminent 80's high school movie - terrible music, awful acting, questionable violence and gratuitous nudity.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 92:42s
pal: 89:00s
18

MPAA R

UK: Passed 18 after previous BBFC cuts waived for:

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

BBFC cut
BBFC cuts
cut: 1:04s
run: 83:28s
pal: 80:08s

cut
Pre-cut
~6:49s

18UK: The abridged version was passed 18 after a further 1:04s of cuts for:
  • 1991 Channel 5 VHS
  • 1987 Lazer VHS

The BBFC cuts were:

  • Extensive cuts to a rape scene
  • The climatic crossbow fight. The BBFC were not keen on crossbows at the time
banned
banned
run: 85:30s
pal: 82:05s
rejectedUK: The abridged version was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1986 Lazer VHS
banned
banned
run: 92:36s
pal: 88:54s
rejected

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1984 cinema release
 v          Schoolgirl Report - 1970 West Germany softcore comedy romance by Ernst Hofbauer.


 X   Schoolgirl Report

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  • Confessions of a Sixth Form Girl
  • Schulmädchen-Report 1. Teil - Was Eltern nicht für möglich halten
Schoolgirl Report is a 1970 West Germany softcore comedy romance by Ernst Hofbauer.
Starring Günther Kieslich, Wolf Harnisch and Helga Kruck. IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for a cinema release in 1971 as Schoolgirl Report. Cut and re-titled for an X rated cinema release in 1976. Also cut in the US to remove a flashback scene depicting an underage encounter.

Summary Notes

A teenage girl is caught petting with the bus driver during an outing. The school's parent council discusses her punishment. One parent, a psychologist, suggests that her behavior is not abnormal or worthy of expulsion. He describes teen girls' experiments with sex, and these dramatized vignettes, interspersed with man-in-the-street interviews with young women about their attitudes and experiences, make a case for 60's generation's attitude of independence. The girls argue for telling the truth in the face of post-war German convention. In the end, will Renata be expelled or recognized as a girl from a new era?

Versions

mpaa cut
cut
cut: 5:11s
run: 83:20s
pal: 80:00s
MPAA UnratedUS: Cut to remove 2 scenes depicting underage encounters

See cuts details from movie-censorship.com

BBFC cut
cut
cut:
run: 69:01s
pal: 66:15s
X certUK: Passed X (18) after compulsory BBFC cuts:
  • 1976 cinema release titled Confessions of a Sixth Form Girl
banned
banned
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC:
  • 1971 cinema release titled Schoolgirl Report
 v          Schoolgirls for Sale - unknown film


 X   Schoolgirls for Sale

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Schoolgirls for Sale is a unknown film

Banned by the BBFC for a 1976 cinema release.
 v          Score - 1974 US/Yugoslavia erotic drama by Radley Metzger


 X   Score

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  • The Score
Score is a 1974 US/Yugoslavia erotic drama by Radley Metzger
With Claire Wilbur, Calvin Culver and Lynn Lowry. YouTube icon IMDb
The BBFC banned the 1974 cinema release. The Cut US Softcore Version was passed 18 for strong sex and nudity with 6:53s of pre-cuts for the 2013 Arrow home video release. An uncut R18 was available
Summary Review: Period Piece

Liberated '70s couple seduce another couple into experimentation with bisexuality and group-sex.

The film calls for sexual liberation and it a fun look at sex and dialog of the stoned 70's. In the UNCUT version of Score Gerald Grant and Cal Culver (Casey Donovan of gay porn fame) engage in explicit, X-rated sexual activity.

The bi-sexual theme may not sit well with a lot of folks and perhaps that is what makes the film so special and is is part of the enduring charm. People have trouble with non-traditional sex (particularly for men).

Artfully photographed by Metzger himself and veteran cinematographer Franjo Vodopivec on location in Yugoslavia, has clever dialogue which removes outmoded notions of sexual parameters from the start.

This movie was WAY ahead of its time with some great erotic scenes, plenty of nudity and drug references. The lead actress (Claire Wilbur) is marvelous in her role as Elvira, the swinging married seductress. Lynn Lowry is quite convincing in her role as an innocent newlywed catholic school girl turned wild sexpot!

All in all, this movie is great fun to watch. It is an extremely enjoyable and often shocking piece of erotic cinema.

Availability

Current UK Status: The cut US Softcore Version was passed 18 with 6:53s of pre-cuts.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

 v          Screwples - 1979 US film by Clair Dia, Harry Lewis


 X   Screwples

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Screwples is a 1979 US film by Clair Dia, Harry Lewis
Starring Kandi Barbour, Serena and Jamie Gillis IMDb

The BBFC banned a cinema release in 1982. It probably offended due to its S&M scene with Jamie Gillis & Serena which features anal & vulva whipping. A very short version was later passed 18 in 1990.
 v          Secrets of a Nymphomaniac - 1977 France drama by Claude Pierson


 X   Secrets of a Nymphomaniac

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  • Extases impudiques
Secrets of a Nymphomaniac is a 1977 France drama by Claude Pierson
Starring Ursula White, Alban Ceray and Sylvie Dessartre IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1980 cinema release but was soon passed X after cuts.
 v          Secrets of Death Room - Love Me Deadly is 1973 US horror by Jacques Lacerte.


 X   Secrets of Death Room

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  • Love Me Deadly
  • Secrets of the Death Room
Secrets of Death Room is a Love Me Deadly is 1973 US horror by Jacques Lacerte.
With Mary Charlotte Wilcox, Lyle Waggoner and Christopher Stone. IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1973 cinema release. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Summary Review: Will You Love Me When I'm Dead

A grueling film about a lovely young housewife coming to terms with her compulsive necrophilia. Through frequent visits to the local mortuary, she finds a clandestine society of like-minded individuals.

The movie plays its subject matter pretty straight and delivers a decent enough and unusual B movie.

Availability

Current UK Status: Not released since ban

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

 v          Sex Adventures of the Three Musketeers - 1971 West Germany / Switzerland sex comedy by Erwin C Dietrich (as Michael Thomas).


 X   Sex Adventures of the Three Musketeers

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  • Die Sex-Abenteuer der drei Musketiere
Sex Adventures of the Three Musketeers is a 1971 West Germany / Switzerland sex comedy by Erwin C Dietrich (as Michael Thomas).
Starring Peter Graf, Ingrid Steeger and Nadia Pilar. IMDb
Banned by the BBFC from a 1973 cinema release. It was also banned by local censors in Glasgow the following year. But by 1975 it was passed X by the BBFC.

Summary Notes

An "adults only" retelling of the legend of the Three Musketeers.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 78m
pal: 75m
X certUK: Passed X (18) uncut:
  • 1975 cinema release

Maybe a minute shorter than expected so perhaps was cut

banned
banned
run: 79m
pal: 76m
Rejected

Glasgow

UK: Banned by the BBFC:
  • 1973 cinema release

The film fell foul of Glasgow magistrates in 1974 on basis of its strong emphasis on immorality taking place behind the walls of convents and monasteries.

 v          Sex in a Woman's Love Camp - unknown film


 X   Sex in a Woman's Love Camp

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Sex in a Woman's Love Camp is a unknown film

The BBFC banned a cinema release in 1978.
 v          Sex Orgy - unknown short film


 X   Sex Orgy

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Sex Orgy is a unknown short film

The BBFC banned a cinema release in 1978.
 v          Sexual Freedom in Denmark - 1970 US Sex education documentary by John Lamb


 X   Sexual Freedom in Denmark

Link Here
  • Dansk sexualitet
  • Sensual Freedom in Denmark
Sexual Freedom in Denmark is a 1970 US Sex education documentary by John Lamb
The cinema release was banned by the BBFC in 1972
See review from IMDb : Insightful

This movie is about the morality, education, and responsibilities pertaining to sexual freedom. Not only that, it has the most amazing child birth sequence that could and should be used as a training tool and viewed by anyone that is interested in the miracle of child birth.

This very insightful movie should be shown in school sex education programs internationally along with material already being presented in that forum, and is and all around must see for anyone deemed mature enough. It is a great introduction to various pertinent aspects in the sexual arena. It's delightful!

Availability

Banned in UK

The uncut region 1 DVD is available at US Amazon

 v          Sexually Yours - 1974 France drama by Max Pécas


 X   Sexually Yours

Link Here
  • Sexuellement vôtre
Sexually Yours is a 1974 France drama by Max Pécas
Starring Yan Brian, Michel Vocoret and Valérie Boisgel BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The film was briefly banned by the BBFC for 1975 cinema release but was presumably then cut for an X rating.

Summary Notes

Gerard Casanova is the man that all the rich and beautiful women call when they need a little more then the husbands to give them. He's always on call to satisfy their every sexual urge.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut
cut:
run: 86m
pal: 83m
X 1970UK: Passed X (18) presumably after cuts:
  • 1975 cinema release

banned
banned
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1975 cinema release
 v          Shadows of Fiendish Ancestress and Occasionally Parajanov on Durian Cialis - 2017 Singapore / Japan / Philippines romance by Tze Chuan Chew.


 X   Shadows of Fiendish Ancestress and Occasionally Parajanov on Durian Cialis

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Shadows of Fiendish Ancestress and Occasionally Parajanov on Durian Cialis is a 2017 Singapore / Japan / Philippines romance by Tze Chuan Chew.
Starring Raissa Ai, Karla MC Bautista and Paolo Dumlao. IMDb

Banned by Thurrock Council
News September 2018

The film was banned by Thurrock Council from screening at the Thurrock International Celebration of Film.

Councillor Deborah Huelin, Portfolio Holder for Communities, explained:

Based on an initial review by the council, it was identified that two of the films could likely be rated R18 if a full assessment were carried out under the guidelines issued by the BBFC. These types of films can only be shown in specially licensed sex cinemas or supplied by licensed sex shops. The entertainment license for the Thameside Theatre does not allow them to show R18 films which means that these two films cannot form part of the festival.

Summary Notes

With reference to native historical texts and the mythological and religious depiction of the Holy Whore, Chew constructs a mythology of a hermaphrodite who comes to town to impart a wisdom that proves to be too carnal and untimely. Years in the making and strung together with documentary-like footage of orgiastic happenings, punctuated with moments of refrain into randomness, the film soon escalates into a schizophrenic psychedelia of multicultural and polymorphous sexuality.

 v          She Tries Every Man - unknown film


 X   She Tries Every Man

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She Tries Every Man is a unknown film

Rejected by the BBFC for a 1976 cinema release.
 v          Shock Corridor - 1963 USA mystery drama by Samuel Fuller.


 X   Shock Corridor

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Shock Corridor is a 1963 USA mystery drama by Samuel Fuller.
Starring Peter Breck, Constance Towers and Gene Evans. YouTube icon IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1963 and 1966 cinema release.

Passed X by the GLC for London screenings in 1969

Passed 15 uncut for VHS and DVD.

From BBFC Case Study :

In his autobiography What the Censor Saw , former BBFC Secretary John Trevelyan stated that If mental illness is treated seriously, it can be entirely acceptable as material for a film, but if treated sensationally I would find it totally unacceptable.

On 2 October 1963, writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller's black and white crime thriller Shock Corridor was submitted to the BBFC for classification, and presented some familiar problems.

The BBFC Examiners notes described the film as a sensationalised picture of life in an American asylum , and one examiner noted that Shock Corridor shocked us . Their concerns included Cathy's profession and appearance as a stripper (although the latter aspect is described as being rather tame'); the incest references; the murder motive; a scene where Barrett encounters a ward full of 'nymphomaniacs ; a scene of electro-shock treatment; a nightmare sequence and a fight scene. Their report concluded We are satisfied that cutting would be impracticable and that a certificate should be refused.

The film was then referred to the BBFC's Secretary, John Trevelyan. He viewed the film with two Examiners and the BBFC's President, and they agreed that this film should not be passed . As well as the issues previously noted, they believed that the film presents a mental hospital in a light that would be considered objectionable in this country and that the film could not be cut to make it acceptable.

Trevelyan also had concerns about Cathy's strip-tease, the suggestion that a sane person could fake insanity to get committed to a mental hospital, the suggestion that committal to a mental hospital could turn a sane person insane and its potentially harmful effect on mentally disturbed viewers .

Trevelyan sent a rejection letter to the film's UK distributor, stating that The film portrays a picture of mental hospital life which is far removed from that in mental hospitals in this country, and which could well cause grave concern to people who have friends and relatives with mental illness.

Summary Notes

Johnny Barrett, an ambitious journalist, is determined to win a Pulitzer Prize by solving a murder committed in a lunatic asylum and witnessed only by three inmates, from whom the police have been unable to extract the information. With the connivance of a psychiatrist, and the reluctant help of his girlfriend, he succeeds in having himself declared insane and sent to the asylum. There he slowly tracks down and interviews the witnesses - but things are stranger than they seem ...

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed 15 uncut

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

 v          Shock Treatment - 1964 USA mystery thriller by Denis Sanders


 X   Shock Treatment

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Shock Treatment is a 1964 USA mystery thriller by Denis Sanders
Starring Stuart Whitman,Carol Lynley,Roddy McDowall Melon Farmers link IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for cinema release in about 1964.

Summary Notes

An actor hired to locate $1 million in stolen loot endures the rigors of an insane asylum.

Versions

banned
banned
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for::
  • 1964 cinema release

See report [pdf] from ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk :

BBFC Director John Trevelyan spoke about the board's view on mental illness. The BBFC policy led the examiners to pass films that treated mental illness seriously and reject those in which the depiction of mental hospitals and illness were unjustified and alarmist He highlighted Family Life(1971) as an exemplar of the former, stating: If mental illness is treated seriously, as in Family Life by Ken Loach it can be entirely acceptable as material for a film, but if treated sensationally I would find it totally unacceptable.
 v          Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 - 1987 USA comedy drama horror thriller by Lee Harry.


 X   Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

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Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is a 1987 USA comedy drama horror thriller by Lee Harry.
With Eric Freeman, James Newman and Elizabeth Kaitan. BBFC link 2020 Melon Farmers link IMDb

Cut for an MPAA R rating. This was banned by the BBFC for 1987 cinema release and wasn't released again until an 18 rated Blu-ray in 2020.
Summary Review: Dumbed Down

Ricky, the brother of the killer in the first film, talks to a psychitrist about how he became a brutal killer after his brother died, leading back to Mother Superior.

The murders are dumbed down a bit compared with the first part.

The acting, sets, cinematography, and even the special effects are mostly amateurish, and even laughable.

Versions

best available
best
available
cut:
run: 88:33s
pal: 85:00s
18

MPAA R

UK: The cut US Version was passed 18 for strong bloody violence, sexual violence, sexualised violence without BBFC cuts:

US: Cut and MPAA R rated for:

See article from dvdcompare.net : A few frames of gore (including a bit of liver popping out during the umbrella scene) were cut from the film to obtain an R rating, and have never been reinstated.

banned
banned
cut:
run: 88:33s
pal: 85:00s
rejectedUK: The cut US Version was banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1987 cinema release
 v          Sinderella - 1972 UK animation short film by David Grant (as David H Grant) and Marcus Parker-Rhodes (uncredited).


 X   Sinderella

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Sinderella is a 1972 UK animation short film by David Grant (as David H Grant) and Marcus Parker-Rhodes (uncredited).

A 5:43s short was banned by the BBFC for 1972 cinema release. The following year a cut version running 4:18s was passed X.
Availability
Current UK Status: Passed X after cuts
 v          Solange - 1972 Italy / West Germany mystery thriller by Massimo Dallamano.


 X   Solange

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  • What Have You Done To Solange?
  • Who's Next?
  • Cosa avete fatto a Solange?
Solange is a 1972 Italy / West Germany mystery thriller by Massimo Dallamano.
Starring Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbó and Karin Baal. IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1973 cinema release.

Later passed 18 after cuts for 1996 VHS. Uncut for 2015 DVD and Blu-ray.

Summary Notes

A teacher who is having an affair with one of his students takes her out on a boat. They see a knife killing on shore. Other gruesome murders start occurring shortly thereafter, and the teacher suspects that he may be the cause of them.

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed 18 uncut

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sexualised violence, nudity for:

 v   The Story of O - 1975 France / West Germany / Canada drama by Just Jaeckin.


 X   The Story of O

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  • Histoire d'O
  • Die Geschichte der O
The Story of O is a 1975 France / West Germany / Canada drama by Just Jaeckin.
Starring Corinne Cléry, Udo Kier and Anthony Steel. IMDb
Notably banned by the BBFC for 1975 cinema release. A shortened English language version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for 2000 cinema release and DVD. The English Version is MPAA X rated in the US. The French version is uncut with more philosophising but makes more sense.
Summary Notes

The beautiful O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion. Rene discharges a personal debt by transferring possession of O to his step-brother, Sir Stephen.

It is most certainly worth viewing the French original, for its insight into the world of BDSM, although as with the book it is fantasy, but that clearly shows its faithfulness to the book, and is most certainly worth watching, and a valued addition to my DVD collection.

Availability

The BBFC banned the 1975 cinema.

Short dubbed English version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for the 2000 cinema release and Arrow R2 DVD.

Current UK status: Passed 18 without cuts

France: The French Version is uncut for:

 v          Story of O Part 2 - 1984 France/Spain/Panama drama by Éric Rochat


 X   Story of O Part 2

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  • Histoire d'O: Chapitre 2
  • Histoire d'O: Numero 2
  • Historia de O
  • II parte
Story of O Part 2 is a 1984 France/Spain/Panama drama by Éric Rochat
Starring Sandra Wey, Rosa Valenty and Manuel de Blas Melon Farmers link IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for cinema and video.

Summary Notes

James Pembroke, a powerful industrialist, has become a nuisance to his rivals. That is the reason why they have decided to neutralize him. To this end they call on O, who has turned from victim to dominatrix. Her mission is to compromise not only James in person but his whole fam...

Versions

banned
banned
RejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • video release
  • cinema release

Much softer and more light hearted than the original but was still rejected.

 v   The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh - 1971 Italy/Spain giallo by Sergio Martino.


 X   The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh

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  • Lo Strano Vizio Della Signora Wardh
  • Next!
  • The Blade of the Ripper
The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh is a 1971 Italy/Spain giallo by Sergio Martino.
With George Hilton, Edwige Fenech and Conchita Airoldi. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1971 cinema release. It was eventually unbanned for 2011 DVD which was rated 18 uncut. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US but there are also shortened versions to be aware of.
Summary Review: Well-Crafted
A solid, well-crafted giallo that delivers the goods without achieving classic status.

The characters are interesting without being in any way sympathetic. The men are manipulative predators and the women play dangerous games. In the last act, the sado-masochistic undercurrents make way for a series of plot twists. While these are not too predictable, the final solution is unremarkable.

Sergio Martino stages some impressive set-piece.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 100:41s
pal: 96:39s

18

MPAA Unrated

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex and violence for: US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
mpaa cut
shortened
cut:
run: 81m
pal: 78m
MPAA RUS : There are shorter US versions released as Next! and The Blade of the Ripper.
banned
banned
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1971 cinema release
 v          Stranger from Canton - 1973 Hong Kong action film by Yeo Ban-Yee.


 X   Stranger from Canton

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  • The Karate Killer
  • Guai ke
Stranger from Canton is a 1973 Hong Kong action film by Yeo Ban-Yee.
With Hao-ran Chen, Yuan Chen and Yi Feng. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Briefly banned by the BBFC for 1976 cinema release before being extensively cut for an X rating in the same year. Cut again for 18 rated VHS release in 1987. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Review: Downright visceral

The film features a solid cast of Hong Kong film luminaries and fight after brutal, bone-crushing fight.

Jason Pai Piao plays a dapper hero who catches knives in his teeth and takes bites out of them. The imposing Thompson Kao Kang plays the lead villain, a dangerous fighter who wields his queue--or pigtail--as a weapon.

The fights in this movie are downright visceral. If you enjoy the dark, violent martial arts films of this period, Stranger from Canton will be right up your alley.

Versions

uncut
uncut
MPAA UnratedUS: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 35s
run: 90:49s
pal: 87:11s
18UK: Passed 18 after 35s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1987 VPD VHS
BBFC cut
cut
cut:
run: 79:13s
pal: 76:03s
X certUK: A shortened version was passed X (18) after further extensive BBFC cuts for:
  • 1976 cinema release
banned
banned
rejected UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1976 cinema release
 v          Sweet Movie - 1974 Canada/France/West Germany comedy drama by Dusan Makavejev.


 X   Sweet Movie

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Sweet Movie is a 1974 Canada/France/West Germany comedy drama by Dusan Makavejev.
With Carole Laure, Pierre Clémenti and Anna Prucnal. YouTube icon IMDb

The intercut story of two women: a nearly-mute beauty queen who descends into withdrawal and madness
See article from sbbfc.co.uk :
The film was viewed in 1975 by the Board's Secretary, Stephen Murphy, and the President, Lord Harlech. They agreed there was no prospect of classification and, in a letter to the distributor, Murphy noted: I regret that we are unable to offer certification for this film: nor can we see how it can be cut to make it acceptable to us. We accept that it is a film of some seriousness of purpose: though also of some obscurity. Nevertheless, in many respect, it goes beyond the standards of taste which the Board is currently prepared to accept .

In 1978, Connoisseur Films approached the BBFC, having being offered the rights to the film. They enquired about whether there was any prospect of the film being classified. There is no record in the Board's files of what James Ferman told the company, although there is a note that he spoke to them about it on 10 January 1978. Given that the film was never formally submitted, we can only assume that he discouraged the company.

The film was formally submitted by a new distributor, Lazer Films, in 1980. Examiners suggested that cuts should be made to remove any potentially indecent images from the Anna Planeta scene (which had not been an issue in 1975), to remove the whole sequence in which three men crap in competition and then show it to crowd , and to remove some of the more extreme open-leg shots towards the end of the film, in which Carol Laure wallows in liquid chocolate. [Laure herself had earlier fought a legal battle to have these shots suppressed]. It was conceded by examiners that certain other scenes, most notably the scene in which Miss Canada's husband urinates directly onto her, were very strong. However, it was felt that these scenes could not be cut without ruining the meaning of the film. However, in spite of negotiations between the BBFC and the distributor, the film was simply withdrawn from the classification process, possibly because of the difficulty of making cuts, in particular to the Anna Planeta sequence.

Summary Review : Dark recesses

There are some films that are designed to shock, some designed to titillate, some that delight in disgusting the view. For Makavejev, shock, disgust and titillation are never the purpose, but a means to a form of psycho-liberation. Makavejev in Sweet Movie hurtles us head first into the confronting theses of Post-Freudian Wilhelm Reich. We are forced to confront our relationship to our primal beings. He literally smears our consciousness with faeces, vomit and carnality.

We cannot watch orgiastic scenes of regressive acts, a sensual striptease played out inches from the faces of young boys, Carol Laure masturbating in a pool of molten chocolate without a visceral reaction. We are forced to confront our own repressed desires and shine a light in the dark recesses of our own psyche.

See also insightful review from film.thedigitalfix.com

Availability

Current UK Status: Still banned

The US release is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

 v          Teenage Playmates - 1974 West Germany erotic mock documentary by Ernst Hofbauer.


 X   Teenage Playmates

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  • Schulmädchen-Report 7: Doch das Herz muß dabei sein
  • Schoolgirl Report 7: What The Heart Must Thereby...
  • Lucifer's Angels
Teenage Playmates is a 1974 West Germany erotic mock documentary by Ernst Hofbauer.
With Alfred Acktun, Puppa Armbruster and Hans Bergmann. IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for UK 1977 cinema release
Summary Review: Retro-romp

A bunch of lovely teenage schoolgirls work at a secret brothel where they have sex with high paying older men. After the girls all get arrested for prostitution, several of them discuss how they wound up working at said brothel

It's done in a cinema-verite style regarding the declining morals, the conflict of promiscuity versus morality, parental guilt, and the pervading sense of anti-authoritarianism prevalent at that time.

As a light-hearted, soft-core retro-romp from that era it's a damned good time for those who can appreciate such things

Availability

Current UK Status: Banned

US : Uncut and MPAA X rated for:

 v   The Telephone Book - 1971 USA comedy by Nelson Lyon.


 X   The Telephone Book

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The Telephone Book is a 1971 USA comedy by Nelson Lyon.
With Margaret Brewster, Roger C. Carmel, David Dozer. YouTube icon IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1971 cinema release. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Review: Underground

The story of a day in the life of a lonely, sensitive, exuberant, attractive, young woman. Her exploits, encounters, and frustrations as she attempts to find a special someone, a caller who has class , as she puts it.

Funny, near brilliant, underground movie about the sexual perversions of everyday people. A terrific example of grass roots filmmaking were the creativity and ingenuity of the director.

Availability

Current UK Status: Not released since the ban

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

 v   The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - 1974 US horror film by Tobe Hooper.


 X   The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a 1974 US horror film by Tobe Hooper.
With Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal and Allen Danziger. YouTube icon IMDb

In the US the film was initially rated X, but attained an R rating after cuts. This was the last X certificate granted by the MPAA prior to the introduction of NC-17. The R rated version has been used for all releases worldwide. In the UK, the 1975 cinema release was famously banned by the BBFC. Some local councils overrode the BBFC ban and passed it X with a local certificate. The ban continued well into the home video era until unbanned (and released uncut) in 1999.
Famously banned by the BBFC for 1975 cinema release. See article from sbbfc.co.uk :
Tobe Hooper's seminal horror film was first seen informally by the BBFC's Secretary, Stephen Murphy, on 27 February 1975. Murphy regarded it as a good, well-made film but felt strongly that the level of terrorisation, particularly towards the end of the film, and the film's focus on abnormal psychology was unsuitable for a BBFC X certificate to be issued. The distributor reacted to this advice by making some minor reductions in the final scenes of terrorisation, formally submitting a slightly truncated version on 12 March 1975.

A pre-cut version was passed X by the GLC for a London 1975 cinema release

The film was shown in some others towns with a local authority certificate overruling the BBFC ban but the BBFC ban was enforced in others

The Pre-cert VHS was released uncut on the Wizard label in 1981

At around this time, the BBFC was once again asked to consider cuts for a legitimate video release but failed to see how an acceptable version could be produced. The film therefore fell into limbo and was removed from the shelves following the introduction of the Video Recordings Act.

Passed 18 uncut by Camden Council in London for a Camden 1998 cinema release.

It was given a late night screening at the 1998 London Film Festival and then ran successfully in Camden at the beginning of 1999.

The BBFC ban had persisted until 1999. An official BBFC comment from their website just before the granting of the cinema certificate in 1999 read:

Most questions about THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (and sequels) assume that the problem is one of violence or horror. In fact the reason that the film was refused certification was the result of the perceived degree of terrorisation of women and threat to defenceless women. The Board has for many years operated a very strict policy with regard to sexual violence, based on the incidence of this sort of behaviour in real life and the fact that a great deal of research does indicate that this is the one area where media representations do seem to have quite direct effects on attitudes and behaviour. The film was rejected by the Board on film and is most unlikely to be classified on video, where the law demands a stricter test, under amendments to the Video Recording Act 1984 contained in the Criminal Justice & Public Order Act 1994.

The BBFC finally relented on their ban in 1999 when they passed the cinema release and subsequent video/DVD versions 18 uncut with the following comment:

The notoriety of the film may owe a lot to its original rejection by the BBFC in 1975. It was passed for viewing in Europe, the USA, Australia and other countries. It received a GLC licence in the 1970s and was most recently shown in central London in 1998 under a licence from Camden Council. There is, so far as the Board is aware, no evidence that harm has ever arisen as a consequence of viewing the film. For modern young adults, accustomed to the macabre shocks of horror films through the 1980s and 1990s, THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE is unlikely to be particularly challenging. Unlike more recent examples of the genre, violence in THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE is throughout implied rather than explicit. By today's standards, its visual effects may seem relatively unconvincing.

Possibly the most notorious feature is the relentless pursuit of the 'Final Girl' throughout the last half hour or so of the film. The heroine in peril is a staple of the cinema since the earliest days. It is nonetheless legitimate to question the unusual emphasis THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE places on the pursuit of a defenceless and screaming female over such an extended period. The Board's conclusion, after careful consideration, was that any possible harm that might arise in terms of the effect upon a modern audience would be more than sufficiently countered by the unrealistic, even absurd, nature of the action itself. It is worth emphasising that there is no explicit sexual element in the film, and relatively little visible violence.

Summary Review: Classic of its generation

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is undoubtedly one of the scariest films ever made and its raw power remains undiminished to this very day. Tobe Hooper somehow created a genuine fright machine which changed the face of the horror genre completely.

The story revolves around a group of teenagers being chased, terrified and murdered when they stumble upon a canabilistic family in the countryside. The main character, Leatherface, who's remorseless killings were loosely based on real life 1950's Texan murderer Ed Gein.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a classic of its generation and deserves to be part of any respectable film collection. Just don't watch it alone.

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed 18 uncut

The R rated version was passed 18 without cuts after the BBFC finally relented on their ban for:

  • UK 2009 Second Sight RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • UK 2008 Second Sight R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • UK 2002 Universal R2 DVD
  • UK 1999 Blue Dolphin video
  • UK 1999 Warner video
  • UK 1999 cinema release

US: Cut and MPAA R Rated for:

 v          Thriller: A Cruel Picture - 1973 Sweden action thriller by Bo Arne Vibenius (as Alex Fridolinski).


 X   Thriller: A Cruel Picture

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  • Thriller: A Cruel Picture
  • They Call Her One Eye
  • Hooker's Revenge
Thriller: A Cruel Picture is a 1973 Sweden action thriller by Bo Arne Vibenius (as Alex Fridolinski).
Starring Christina Lindberg, Heinz Hopf and Despina Tomazani. Melon Farmers link Youtube link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The Original/Festival Version including director approved hardcore inserts was banned by the Swedish films censors for cinema release and was subsequently significantly cut to obtain a cinema release. The film was also heavily cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. This US Version was banned by the BBFC from a 1974 cinema release. Heavy cut were then made to obtain an X rated UK cinema release in 1976. There are several other versions featuring a mix of material from the above versions.
Summary Notes
Gorgeous Swedish cult siren Christina Lindberg plays Frigga who cannot speak after a childhood trauma. A rather shady character kidnaps her and after getting her hooked on heroine, he forces her to work as a prostitute, and gouges her eye out when she refuses her first client. Frigga saves her money and pays for lessons in martial arts, before taking her revenge on those cruel customers and her pimp.

As the title suggests this is one viciously bleak film. From the barren wind swept Swedish landscape and eerie electric score to the hard core sex scenes and eye gouge scene which was created using a real cadaver, Thriller is a truly potent cult shocker.

Lindberg is a truly striking and unforgettable cult figure, carrying a shotgun and dressed all in black she is enigmatic and certainly makes shameless plagiarizer Tarantino's work look pale by comparison.

Controversy

Thanks to Neil and Ben and See article from grindhousedatabase.com

A long standing rumor surrounding the film was that a real corpse was used for the scene where Madeleine's eye is taken out with a scalpel. In a March 2006 interview, Christina Lindberg confirmed this. The body was of a young girl who had committed suicide. Makeup was added to the eye, and the shot was filmed in the hospital that had received the body.

Original Version/Festival Version

BBFC uncut
uncut
Festival Version
run: 108:14s
pal: 103:54s
MPAA UnratedUS: The Original Version is uncut and MPA Unrated:
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See article from movie-censorship.com :

Includes the hardcore inserts plus an approximately 50-second sex scene featuring the real Christina Lindberg ( not her double for the Hardcore scenes!) There is also extra exit music.

banned
banned
run: 107m
pal: 103m
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Sweden: The Original Version was banned in Sweden for 1973 cinema release

From IMDb.

The original running time was 107 minutes. After being banned by the Swedish film censorship board, it was cut down to 104 minutes and then 86 minutes, but still banned. It was finally released after being cut down to 82 minutes.

Synapse Version

BBFC uncut
uncut
cut: 54s
run: 106:36s
pal: 102:20s
MPAA UnratedUS: The Swedish Version is MPAA Unrated but shortened for:

The uncut version includes hardcore inserts of penetration and ejaculation, however it is missing an approximately 50-second sex scene featuring the real Christina Lindberg ( not her double for the Hardcore scenes!)

Vengeance Version

cut
Vengeance Edition
cut: 3:36s
run: 103:01s
pal: 98:54s
MPAA UnratedUS: The Vengeance Edition is cut

The US Synapse DVD identified as the Vengeance Edition is missing the hardcore scenes, and has a shortened eye gouging scene, but contains the rest of the violence.

See see pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com

Extended US Version

uncut
Extended US Version
run: 90:03s
pal: 86:27s
MPAA UnratedUS: The Extended US Version is uncut and MPA Unrated:
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US R Rated Version

mpaa cut
cut
cut:
run: 82m
pal: 79m
MPAA RUS: Cut for a US R rating
BBFC cut
cut
cut:
run: 79:39s
pal: 76:28s
X certUK: Passed X after heavy BBFC cuts for:
  • 1976 cinema release

Presumably this is based on the US Version: This was heavily cut to try and obtain distribution in the US. Madeleine was re-named to Frigga, the hardcore sex-scenes were all cut, and several scenes including violence were censored as well. Overall, about 25 minutes of the movie were taken out.

banned
banned
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1974 cinema release
 v          Top Sensation - 1969 Italy drama by Ottavio Alessi.


 X   Top Sensation

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Top Sensation is a 1969 Italy drama by Ottavio Alessi.
Starring Rosalba Neri, Edwige Fenech and Eva Thulin. IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1970 cinema release. passed 18 uncut for 2016 DVD. Uncut and X rated in the US but later cut for an MPAA R rating. There is also a German version and mentions of additional footage shot in 1970.
Summary Notes

Attempting to cure her mentally handicapped son's virginity, his mother and several friends embark on a cruise which strands them on nearly deserted island where lust and murder are on the menu!

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed 18 uncut

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex for:

 v          Trans-Europ-Express - 1967 France/Belgium thriller by Alain Robbe-Grillet.


 X   Trans-Europ-Express

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Trans-Europ-Express is a 1967 France/Belgium thriller by Alain Robbe-Grillet.
With Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marie-France Pisier and Nadine Verdier. YouTube icon IMDb

Once banned by the BBFC for cinema release.
UK Censorship History
See article from filmjournal.net :

The film was first screened privately for Trevelyan by the distributor, Connoisseur, to gauge his personal opinion. He indicated that all references to and depictions of sexual sadism would have to be removed: This kind of sexual perversion is a dangerous one and I am sure we would not pass anything that might stimulate a pervert of that kind. When officially submitted to the BBFC the film was rejected, a ruling which this time was backed by the GLC and other councils. [However there is no record of a formal ban in the BBFC database].

The film was eventually granted an X certificate in 1977, having already been granted a certificate by the Bristol authority and screened successfully at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

Passed 13 uncut in 2013.

Summary Review

This stylish, cult 1966 erotic thriller stars French new wave icons Jean-Louis Trintigant. He plays a drug courier smuggling a stash of cocaine from Paris to Antwerp on the Trans-Europ-Express. Matters are complicated by surreal encounters with police, three filmmakers who are also on the train making a film about drug-traffickers and erotic-fantasy sequences featuring Pisier being bound and subjected to Trintignant's will.

One of the most entertaining and involving films I've ever seen, managing to be cerebral and clever as can be while never giving into being impenetrable for the sake of being impenetrable.

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed 15 uncut

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence and sexual fetish images for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

 v   The Trip - 1967 USA drama by Roger Corman.


 X   The Trip

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The Trip is a 1967 USA drama by Roger Corman.
With Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg and Bruce Dern. Melon Farmers link YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Banned 4 times by the BBFC in 1967, 1971, 1980 and 1988. Passed uncut for TV in 2002 and DVD in 2004. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Review: Far out man!

Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally (Susan Strasberg) has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John (Bruce Dern), a self-styled guru who's an advocate of LSD. Paul asks John to be the guide on his first "trip". John takes Paul to a "freak-out" at his friend Max's (Dennis Hopper) pad.

The superb title music by Electric Flag sets the scene for one of the most adventurous of cinematic offerings.

Just why it was banned is unknown and seemingly absurd, of course it portrays drug taking with little emphasis on the dangers surrounding such indulgence, but to argue depiction of such behaviour promotes others to follow suit would suggest that all films with any violence or portrayal of war should also be banned.

Besides the beauty of the film renders all objections irrelevant. It offers stunning visuals and great actors. A real slice of psychedelic culture and despite seeming slightly dated, has it's heart in the right place. Far out man!

Inspiration for Easy Rider

See article from finance.yahoo.com

Peter Fonda recalls that when attending a film exhibition convention in Canada in 1967 to promote his new LSD-fueled Roger Corman-Jack Nicholson film The Trip . Jack Valenti , the head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) who was quickly developing a reputation as morals watchdog as the content of films was becoming edgier in the late-'60s, issued a plea to those in attendance.

And he got up there, and he said, My friends, and you are my friends, and I thought, That's so far out. And he said it twice, as if we didn't hear it the first time, Fonda. And like a TV evangelist he says, It's time we stopped making movies about sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll and more movies like Doctor Dolittle, but he's looking right at me.

Later that day, when Fonda was at an autograph booth, he was handed a photograph from The Trip to sign. The image depicted him and co-star Bruce Dern riding a Harley in pure silhouette on the Venice Beach bike path. We were so small and fully backlit and looked like we were riding in the sand, said Fonda. And I looked at the photograph, and I thought, That's it! It's not about 100 Hells Angels going to a Hells Angels funeral, it's two guys riding across John Ford's West. No! They're going east. Oh, that's perfect. A journey to the east. An homage to Hermann Hesse. Fantastic. I love that story. And I began, and within four hours, I had the whole story, basically.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 79:02s
pal: 75:52s

18

MPAA Unrated

UK: Passed 18 uncut for drugs theme and moderate sex for:
  • 2016 Signal One Entertainment RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
  • 2004 MGM R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2002 Channel 4 unreleased, submitted to allow an uncut showing on TV

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

banned
banned
run: 79:02s
pal: 75:52s

rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1988 Rank VHS
  • 1980 cinema release
  • 1971 cinema release
  • 1967 cinema release

James Ferman was quoted as saying In the wrong hands, a tremendous advertisement for LSD

Senior examiner Richard Falcon commented: The Trip was rejected on video in 1983 because of its almost advocatory depiction of drug usage.

 v          Tropic of Cancer - 1970 USA biography by Joseph Strick.


 X   Tropic of Cancer

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Tropic of Cancer is a 1970 USA biography by Joseph Strick.
With Rip Torn, James T Callahan and David Baur. YouTube icon IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1970 cinema release. Later the film was granted a London X certificate but hasn't been released since. Uncut on 2010 DVD is the US.

After the BBFC banned the film the distributors tried their luck with local authorities. In March 1971 the film was viewed by Glasgow licensing magistrates who decided to ban the film. It was reported that one magistrate referred to the film as "filthy, disgusting, depraved".

Thanks to Gary.

After the BBFC ban, the film was given a GLC X certificate. It was shown on Sky in the early 1990s. Its most recent UK showing was in November 2009, as part of the Barbican's directorspective of the work of Joseph Strick.

Trivia point: It's almost certainly the first US major-studio film to feature the word 'cunt' in its dialogue - earlier than the usual film so credited, Carnal Knowledge .

Summary Review: Fairly Explicit

Henry is an ex-pat in Paris, cadging drinks and meals and places to sleep, giving advice about women to clueless men, flirting with the wives of acquaintances, burning bridges, and making philosophical observations. In vignettes we see his wife Mona come to Paris and leave immediately when she tastes Henry's vagabond life; he tries teaching English at a school in Dijon, takes the son of a wealthy Indian to a bordello, gets a job as a proofreader at the Herald Tribune, and helps out a pal who's in and out of an asylum and deeply in love with a whore. Can Henry make his own discovery of ecstasy?

The movie had difficulty synthesizing Henry Miller's sense of sacred and profane in harmony. It tried now with a Rip Torn voiceover reading from Miller's work, then with some poetic shots of the beauty of Paris. It never really seemed to succeed.

The movie could never find anything to focus on. It represents a string of vignettes, and they don't seem to lead to any common goal. Many scenes seem to concentrate on the minor characters for much too long, and without apparent purpose. Such picaresque efforts rely on the charm of characterization for impact, and this film has some of that, but not enough. It's structured as if somebody said let's make a film of Tropic of Cancer without actually feeling any passion for why they wanted to do that.

It was certainly interesting to see Rip Torn so young and so good-looking, and to see Ellen Burstyn in such a flagrant display of nudity. Some of the locales are accurately evocative, and Torn is reasonably credible in the lead. It is fairly explicit in the sexual scenes, and extremely explicit in its use of language.

Availability

Current UK Status: No UK release since ban

US: Uncut and MPAA NC-17 rated for:

 v          Venus in Furs - 1969 West Germany / Switzerland / Italy drama by Massimo Dallamano


 X   Venus in Furs (1969 Dallamano)

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  • Le Malizie di Venere
  • Devil in the Flesh
  • Venere nuda
  • Venus im Pelz
  • Venere in Pelliccia
Venus in Furs is a 1969 West Germany / Switzerland / Italy drama by Massimo Dallamano
Starring Laura Antonelli,Régis Vallée,Loren Ewing Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1970 cinema released but was passed X in 1971 after cuts. Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS release in 1993. Less cut for 18 rated DVD in 2007. Uncut in Italy.

Summary Notes

Based on the infamous novel by Leopold Sacher-Masoch this fine film follows the perverted passions of a young couple as Severin watches the beautiful Wanda writhing naked amongst furs. His disturbing peeping tomism triggers off a whirlpool of emotions due to a childhood episode which punishes voyeurism with pain.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 86m
pal: 83m
Italy flagItaly: Uncut for:
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 1:05s
run: 85:28s
pal: 82:03s
18UK: Passed 18 after 1:05s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 2012 Shameless Pop Erotica Box Set [+ The Frightened Woman + Baba Yaga] R0 DVD
  • 2007 Argent/Shameless R0 DVD

From www.lovelockandload.net . The BBFC specified their cuts as follows:

  • Remove all sight of woman's tearful screams turning to pleasure as man continues to rape her (this pleasure being indicated by her making moaning sounds and winding her arms around his neck). Intervening shots of other people may remain.

From the 2007 BBFC Annual Report:

  • The 1993 cuts were to a long scene of a rape and a scene where a preteen boy watches a couple having sex through a keyhole. As the boy was never present in the same place as the scene of sex, this material could be restored. But the rape scene was felt to endorse 'rape myth' attitudes and cuts were still required to remove this material.
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 2:32s
run: 84:25s
pal: 81:02s
18UK: Passed 18 after 2:32s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1993 Redemption VHS

From the 2007 BBFC Annual Report:

  • The 1993 cuts were to a long scene of a rape and a scene where a preteen boy watches a couple having sex through a keyhole.
BBFC cut
cut
X cert UK: Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1971 cinema release
banned
banned
rejected UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1970 cinema release
 v          Violated Angels - 1967 Japan horror thriller by Kôji Wakamatsu


 X   Violated Angels

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  • Okasareta hakui
Violated Angels is a 1967 Japan horror thriller by Kôji Wakamatsu
Starring Juro Kara, Reiko Koyanagi and Miki Hayashi BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1976 cinema release.

Summary Notes

A young man breaks into a nurse's rooming house and one-by-one kills off nurses.

Versions

banned
uncut
banned
Rejected Pre 1970 UK: Banned by the BBFC:
  • 1976 cinema release
 v          Virgin Witch - 1972 UK horror by Ray Austin


 X   Virgin Witch

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  • Lesbian Twins
Virgin Witch is a 1972 UK horror by Ray Austin
Starring Ann Michelle, Vicki Michelle and Keith Buckley Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was originally banned for UK cinema in 1971 by the BBFC though it was given a limited showing in London via an X rating from the GLC (Greater London Council). The film was passed X after cuts for 1972 cinema release. All UK home video releases have been uncut and 18 rated.

Summary Review: Looking Good

Christine gets her big chance at modelling when she applies at Sybil Waite's agency. Together with Christine's sister Betty they go to a castle for the weekend for a photo shoot

On one hand critics criticised: yeah there's this coven of witches, and a couple of cute girls are being lured into it, but that doesn't prevent this film from being only so-so at best. One of the girls becomes the plaything of the head female witch, but any potential eroticism is wasted as they never actually do anything together. Aside from a couple of brief moments when the girls are without their clothes, this film was just plain boring.

On the other hand some critics have lightened up on the film seeing it in its 2012 pristine transfer. Perhaps because it makes for even more appreciation of the beautiful Ann and Vicki Michelle.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 88:25s
pal: 84:53s
18

pre-cert VHS

MPAA R

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

BBFC cut
cut
cut: ~3:14s
run: 85:02s
pal: 81:38s
sub: 88:31s
pre-cert VHS

X cert

UK: Presumably the cut cinema version was released for:
  • 1979 Intervision VHS

UK: Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:

  • 1972 cinema release

The cuts were to sex scenes

uncut
uncut
GLC logo
X Rated
UK: Passed GLC X (18) by the Greater London Council for:
  • London 1971 cinema release
banned
banned
rejected UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1971 cinema release
 v          Who Killed Teddy Bear - 1965 USA crime mystery thriller by Joseph Cates.


 X   Who Killed Teddy Bear

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Who Killed Teddy Bear is a 1965 USA crime mystery thriller by Joseph Cates.
Starring Sal Mineo, Juliet Prowse and Jan Murray. IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1965 cinema release. Uncut and 15 rated since 2008 DVD.

The film was banned on its original theatrical release due to its sleazy, taboo-breaking nature.

UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for strong sex references and one scene of sexual violence for:

Promotional Material

A grim police detective embarks on a one-man crusade to track down a depraved sex maniac when a nightclub dancer receives a disturbing series of obscene phone calls. Finding himself getting far too close to the victim for comfort, the hard-boiled cop must track down the unbalanced pervert before he can carry out his sick threats...

 v   The Wild Angels - 1966 USA action drama by Roger Corman.


 X   The Wild Angels

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  • Wild Angels
  • All the Fallen Angels
The Wild Angels is a 1966 USA action drama by Roger Corman.
Starring Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra and Bruce Dern. Youtube link IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1966 cinema release. Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1972 cinema release. Uncut and 18 rated for VHS. Uncut and 15 rated for DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Summary Notes

Peter Fonda plays 'Heavenly Blues', the leader of Hell's Angels chapter from Venice, California while Bruce Dern plays 'Loser', his best pal. When they both botch their attempt to retrieve Loser's stolen bike, Loser ends up in the hospital. When the Angels bust him out, he dies, and they bury him. Nancy Sinatra plays Mike, Blues' "old lady" and Diane Ladd plays Loser's wife (Dern's real-life wife at the time). The plot is basically a buildup to the last half-hour of the film in which Loser's funeral becomes another wild party.

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed 15 uncut

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong sexualised threat and moderate drug use for:

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
  • 1993 Polygram VHS

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

 v          Wild Riders - 1971 US crime thriller by Richard Kanter


 X   Wild Riders

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  • Angels for Kicks
Wild Riders is a 1971 US crime thriller by Richard Kanter
Starring Alex Rocco, Elizabeth Knowles and Sherry Bain Melon Farmers link IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1971 cinema release and again for 1987 VHS. Passd 18 after BBFC cuts for 2003 DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

Pete and Stick, two juvenile delinquents just thrown out of a biker gang, break into a luxury house where they rape two women. They settle in the house, sell the valuables and kill a curious neighbor.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 91m
pal: 87m
MPAA RUS: The US release is uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

UK: The film has been broadcast uncut on satellite on The Performance Channel

BBFC cut
cut: 32s
run:
pal:
18UK: Passed 18 after 32s of BBFC cuts for
  • 2003 R2 DVD but was never actually released.
banned
banned
run: 87:28s
pal: 83:58s
rejectedUK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1987 AVR VHS
UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • 1971 cinema release
 v          Without a Stitch - 1968 Denmark comedy drama by Annelise Meineche.


 X   Without a Stitch

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  • Without a Stitch On
Without a Stitch is a 1968 Denmark comedy drama by Annelise Meineche.
Starring Anne Grete Nissen, Ib Mossin and Joan Gamst. IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1969 cinema release. Passed X after BBFC cuts for an X rated 1975 cinema release.
Summary Notes

When a high-school girl complains of her inability to reach sexual climax, her doctor suggests that she keep a diary of her sexual encounters. She does just that and soon finds herself caught up in a sexual merry-go-round that includes making a hardcore porno film in Sweden, an escapade with a German sadist and a lesbian encounter.

Availability

Current UK Status: passed X after BBFC cuts for cinema.

US: Hopefully uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

 v          Women in Cages - 1971 US/Philippines prison film by Gerado de Leon.


 X   Women in Cages

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  • Bamboo Doll's House
  • Woman's Penitentiary
  • Women's Penitentiary
Women in Cages is a 1971 US/Philippines prison film by Gerado de Leon.
With Judith Brown, Roberta Collins and Jennifer Ga. YouTube icon IMDb
Banned by the BBFC for 1972 cinema release and cut for 1986 VHS.
Summary Review: Tropical Prison
Set in a nameless Latin American prison but filmed in the Filipino jungle. The film featured a mixed cast of local Philippines and American exploitation regulars, but it's remembered as the first high-profile role for the later Queen of Blaxploitation, Pam Grier.

Grier plays the sadistic warden, a pot-smoking lesbian with a fully-equipped torture chamber (including a guillotine!). The New Fish , a ditzy blonde ex-stripper called Alabama, has taken the heroin possession rap for her pimp boyfriend. She knows too much, so the pimp blackmails her cellmates to execute her.

A competent and well-shot entry in the tropical prison genre from Filipino director Gerry De Leon, it places the embittered ex-addict and prostitute Grier in the position of slave owner, watching her white charges toiling away in the plantation with obvious ironic glee.

Availability

Current UK Status: Passed 18 after 3:19s of BBFC cuts

The US release is uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

  • US 2011 Shout! Factory Women in Cages Collection RA Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • US 2011 Shout! Factory Women in Cages Collection R1 DVD at US Amazon
 v          Woman's Best Friend - unknown short film


 X   Woman's Best Friend

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Woman's Best Friend is a unknown short film

Short film rejected in 1975
Availability
Banned in UK

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