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Old 02-23-03, 08:40 AM
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Has any movie ever been Banned in the United States?

I mean completely Banned not just censored, hmmm...., maybe i shouldn't use that word because a certain member always starts speeches about it (Jackskeleton) .Also, just for the sake of fun, what movies have been banned in other countries.



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Old 02-23-03, 08:46 AM
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Song of the South maybe????
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Old 02-23-03, 08:52 AM
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Song of the South maybe????
Hmmm.....
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SALT OF THE EARTH (1954) was made by several blacklisted filmmakers & has pro-communist ideas. People like McCarthy & Howard Hughes tried hard to make life difficult for them. 'Blacklisted' is probably a better description than 'banned' though.

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Old 02-23-03, 09:29 AM
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Isn't Maniac still banned in some countrys, England for one, I'm not sure why but I think it is. I'm sure Salo must be banned in some to.
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Old 02-23-03, 09:42 AM
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I Am Curious- Yellow/Blue- According to Criterion's description, it was "seized upon entry" in the United States and banned in various cities across the country. I don't know enough about the movies to say exactly why though.
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Old 02-23-03, 10:50 AM
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No commercial film is currently banned by the United States government.

Child pornography is illegal, however, so you might say that those films are banned. Some state governments have restrictions on pornography as well.

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"The Tin Drum" - c'mon, people!
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Straw Dogs- says right on it's cover "BANNED IN THE UK"
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Old 02-23-03, 03:53 PM
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Were is

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that they would love?

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Old 02-23-03, 09:38 PM
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Originally posted by Playitagainsam
"The Tin Drum" - c'mon, people!
Yeah, Tin Drum is the only one that comes to mind, although it was only regionally banned (I think in Podunk and Hooterville), not nationally.
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"In the Realm of the Senses" nearly didn't make it into the country for it's US festival premier and was held up by customs
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Child pornography is illegal, however, so you might say that those films are banned. Some state governments have restrictions on pornography as well.
I'm sure someone here will start an online petition for an uncut dvd release.
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Old 02-24-03, 01:18 AM
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Originally posted by Jackskeleton
Were is

Julie Walker

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that they would love?


Well i have'nt been on the board as much lately



Battle Royal still can't find a brave enough distributor since no one wants to tackle it..& thus has yet to be released in the US.Though it's been out a couple years already i guess & has a few releases in other countries!
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"Not able to find a distributer" is not the same thing as "Banned." I can't find a distributer for my film "Groucho Reads His Laundry List," that doesn't mean that the government has stepped in and stopped the film from being distributed.
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Originally posted by Groucho
"Not able to find a distributer" is not the same thing as "Banned." I can't find a distributer for my film "Groucho Reads His Laundry List," that doesn't mean that the government has stepped in and stopped the film from being distributed.
I never told anyone this, but I represent a distributer, regarding your film, I might be interested in picking it up... check your email.
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No fair Gallant Pig, I represent a firm myself and I wanted to pick up the rights to the Groucho reads his laundry list picture
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In all fairness, I must say that although some forms of art might not be banned, they are "discouraged" even in the States. A much smarter way than outright banning, because it leaves all appearances intact.

There are many books, films and albums that are not known in the U.S. , although are considered good and/or popular in other countries.

The other day, i was thinking of Jules Verne - he's written more than 60 novels, and yet all people know of him in the States involves Captain Nemo. Funny enough, there are no translations of most of his work, either, although the guy has gone into public domain long ago.
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I googled up this response to a similar question posted at ezboard. Posted by LostWorldWarrior...

For what they're worth, the sometimes inaccurate IMDb lists 4 films that have been "banned" in the USA in some way. One missing is Universal getting "Great White" banned.

us.imdb.com/List?tv=on&&certificates=USA%3A(Banned)

1. James Boys in Missouri, The (1908)
2. Night Riders (1908)
3. Song of the South (1946)
4. Titicut Follies (1967)
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I don't think Song of the South is banned. Disney just refuses to release it.
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Originally posted by Jackskeleton
No fair Gallant Pig, I represent a firm myself and I wanted to pick up the rights to the Groucho reads his laundry list picture
Sorry to both of you, but I represent the Government of the United States, and Groucho Reads His Laundry List has indeed been banned by this country, as well as being specifically outlawed by the Geneva Convention.
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Originally posted by caligulathegod
I don't think Song of the South is banned. Disney just refuses to release it.
http://www.songofthesouth.net/faq/index.html#3

Q. Has Song of the South really been banned?

A. No. This is one of the long-standing myths surrounding this movie. It has been said that the NAACP banned the movie, but that simply isn't true. The NAACP did show their disapproval of the portrayal of African-Americans in the film even when Song of the South was being produced, however there hasn't been any official "banning" going on anywhere. As far as we know, Disney has taken it upon themselves to withhold this movie from the public.
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Battlefield Earth.



Well it should have been.
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Not sure about the US (although I have a cool book called Forbidden Films, that discusses in detail, the censorship histories of many films in the US over the years), but in Canada, each province has a film board, and failure to get the film approved, effectively makes it banned, as no theatre or video store would be allowed to distribute a film that hasn't been approved. For example in Ontario, a few films off the top of my head that at one point or other, were or are "banned" include the uncut version of Caligula, Story of O, and Fat Girl (recent French film that was denied film board approval- I think the US distributor actually used the tagline in their ads "banned in Ontario" ).
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Originally posted by Numanoid
Sorry to both of you, but I represent the Government of the United States, and Groucho Reads His Laundry List has indeed been banned by this country, as well as being specifically outlawed by the Geneva Convention.
I know we're not supposed to discuss them here, but does anyone know where I can get a bootleg copy of "Groucho Reads His Laundry List"?

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