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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    Did The Shining ever make it to the cinemas? - before my time if it did.
    I saw it in a cinema at the time, yes :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by philipdalton View Post
    If you look on the official BBFC website it will tell you the name of every single film that was submitted to them, and whether they passed it, rejected it or cut it, and which certificate was given to it, and on what date. There are also case studies of many films and other information.
    Many thanks - it would be interesting which local cinemas would have shown it.
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    I saw it in a cinema at the time, yes :-)
    Many thanks again.
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    I have been a little surprised to find that the film 'Kes' was actually given a 'U' certificate in 1969 despite containing the phrase 'hands off cocks on socks' and numerous uses of the words 'bloody', '*******', 'sod' and 'bugger'. At the time giving it an A certificate would have meant that no- one under 16 would have been able to see it unaccompanied, and so it was therefore considered unnecessary to classify it anything higher than a U. But the type of language used in it would be unheard of in a U film nowadays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by philipdalton View Post
    I have been a little surprised to find that the film 'Kes' was actually given a 'U' certificate in 1969 despite containing the phrase 'hands off cocks on socks' and numerous uses of the words 'bloody', '*******', 'sod' and 'bugger'. At the time giving it an A certificate would have meant that no- one under 16 would have been able to see it unaccompanied, and so it was therefore considered unnecessary to classify it anything higher than a U. But the type of language used in it would be unheard of in a U film nowadays.
    The pre-recorded tape I have of it is rated PG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    I am racking my brains trying to think why youngsters would not be allowed to see the film Grease (which I assume was the original 1978 version of it) - I believe there is some mild bad language in the dialogue, and it was released as a PG (post-1982 at least), but even then I would still regard it as a family film which has been shown on BBC 1 in the afternoon or early evening, although one assumes that the duration was a lot shorter than its cinema version, and various scenes removed.

    I know from watching the recent theatre production of Grease back in September that the dialogue does have mild bad language in it - as I have said before, I saw a matinee performance at the Leicester Curve and the audience had more sensitive types such as pensioners and school pupils (who were on a school trip to the theatre), and I believe that the dialogue would mirror image the film dialogue quite closely.

    I know that Grease is quite a sexy film, especially with the Travolta / Newton-John songs performed, but I would hardly give it a 15 or higher rating uncut - I think that even a 12 would be exaggerating.
    It is actually a known fact that Marie Osmond refused to play the part of Sandy in 'Grease' because of her religious beliefs. I can actually remember the Daily Mail newspaper publishing an article on the morally questionable aspects of the film at the height of its popularity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by philipdalton View Post
    It is actually a known fact that Marie Osmond refused to play the part of Sandy in 'Grease' because of her religious beliefs. I can actually remember the Daily Mail newspaper publishing an article on the morally questionable aspects of the film at the height of its popularity.
    The Daily Mail have always been noted for attacking the film industry as far back as I can remember. When concern over the 'video nasties' was at its height in the 80's they had a "Ban The Sadist Videos" campaign. The gory details of each of these films was described in full, which has often made me wonder if it was actually just a ruse to sell more copies of the newspaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by philipdalton View Post
    I have been a little surprised to find that the film 'Kes' was actually given a 'U' certificate in 1969 despite containing the phrase 'hands off cocks on socks' and numerous uses of the words 'bloody', '*******', 'sod' and 'bugger'. At the time giving it an A certificate would have meant that no- one under 16 would have been able to see it unaccompanied, and so it was therefore considered unnecessary to classify it anything higher than a U. But the type of language used in it would be unheard of in a U film nowadays.
    Although the current younger generation are often refered to as the "snowflake" generation they are exposed to much more bad language and mucky imagery than our generation were, there seems to be little censorship on tv these days except for the occasional warning ahead of the broadcast
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    Quote Originally Posted by philipdalton View Post
    I have been a little surprised to find that the film 'Kes' was actually given a 'U' certificate in 1969 despite containing the phrase 'hands off cocks on socks' and numerous uses of the words 'bloody', '*******', 'sod' and 'bugger'. At the time giving it an A certificate would have meant that no- one under 16 would have been able to see it unaccompanied, and so it was therefore considered unnecessary to classify it anything higher than a U. But the type of language used in it would be unheard of in a U film nowadays.
    I was wondering whether it was supposed to be rude in a Carry On film sort of way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tex View Post
    I believe the Exorcist was banned regionally
    It was banned off the video shelves for many years in the UK because the standard required for home viewing was supposed to be higher than in the cinema due to children being able to access films in the home. In America there was some controversy about the film having an 'R' rating, which meant children could watch it provided they were accompanied by an adult. There was an X rating for films in the States but it was more associated with pornography than horror.
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