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October 6, 2010 9:12 AM   Subscribe

I would like to get back to the censor and agree to...take the odd 'Jesus Christ' out and lose 'Oh fuck off', but to retain 'fart in your general direction'.
posted by dry white toast (27 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Thank goodness there was no issue with "your father smelt of elderberries".
posted by hippybear at 9:19 AM on October 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


What rating did the film get in the end?
posted by mattn at 9:39 AM on October 6, 2010


I think there's only two 'shit's in the released version of the film, and no 'fuck's. Only one 'Jesus Christ' that I can recall off the top of my head but there could be more.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:43 AM on October 6, 2010


This isn't the bound screenplay my mother has - her version has three different versions of the script, plus the letter posted above. I think she got it from a PBS pledge drive in, like, 1986 or something.
posted by muddgirl at 9:45 AM on October 6, 2010


Oh wait, actually following links it's this book. It's probably the awesomest thing I found in my parent's library, besides my first Penthouse.
posted by muddgirl at 9:47 AM on October 6, 2010


I don't remember castanets being made out of testicles. Did they take that out, or do I have to turn in my nerd card?
posted by Gator at 9:48 AM on October 6, 2010


I was thinking the same thing Gator.
posted by dry white toast at 9:50 AM on October 6, 2010


I like the letterhead.
posted by dry white toast at 9:51 AM on October 6, 2010


Christ, what a forstater.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 9:52 AM on October 6, 2010


The 'castanets out of your testicles already' is one of the last things the French guy says to Arthur before the final attack at the end of the film. I think you hear it drifting across the lake after he and Bedemir have waded across it, covered in shit, and the French guy isn't even on-screen at the time.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:53 AM on October 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Here is a transcript of the film as released. Two 'shit's, no 'fuck's, three 'Jesus Christ's. I lose.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:55 AM on October 6, 2010


How I yearn to live in a society mature and sane enough not to be frightened of language.
posted by Decani at 10:20 AM on October 6, 2010 [3 favorites]


Three is the number of the Jesus Christ's, and the number of the Jesus Christ's shall be three.
posted by Mcable at 10:22 AM on October 6, 2010 [10 favorites]


...and proof my apostrophes next time.
posted by Mcable at 10:24 AM on October 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Mr. Carlin was correct: There are no bad words. Bad thoughts and bad intentions, yes. But no bad words.

Censors have issues.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 10:24 AM on October 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


I regret that my idiosyncratic usage of single quotes results in the false appearance of grocer's apostrophes.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:28 AM on October 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Censors have issues.

After watching This Film Has Not Yet Been Rated, I tend to agree.
posted by Dark Messiah at 10:42 AM on October 6, 2010


See also Matt Stone's letter to the MMPA on another submission of South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut to reduce the film's rating from NC-17 to R, a.k.a. "This is my favorite memo ever." (NSFW language, obviously)
posted by Doktor Zed at 10:50 AM on October 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


How I yearn to live in a society mature and sane enough not to be frightened of language.

Fucking doubleplus ungood sentiment, bitch!
posted by Mister_A at 10:51 AM on October 6, 2010


Bravely bold sir censor, brought forth from camelot...
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 10:55 AM on October 6, 2010


metafilter: i snark in yr general direction.
posted by lester's sock puppet at 10:56 AM on October 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Censors have issues

Sometimes censors have a sense of humour, too. Legend has it that John Ferman (I think), was walking through Soho one day in the late seventies when a man appeared alongside him and asked if he wanted to watch a porn flick.

"How much are you going to pay me?" Ferman enquired.

"I don't think you understand" the man said, "you need to pay me."

"I don't think you understand" Ferman replied, "I'm the Director of the British Board of Film Classification."
posted by MuffinMan at 10:57 AM on October 6, 2010 [5 favorites]


Who signs their letters with an aquamarine marker? I know that the color's in the letterhead, but FFS.
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:35 AM on October 6, 2010


Three is the number of the Jesus Christ's, and the number of the Jesus Christ's shall be three.

It works, mate! The skinny ones on the end balance out the fat one in the middle.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 11:42 AM on October 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: Two 'shit's, no 'fuck's, three 'Jesus Christ's.
posted by Plutor at 12:52 PM on October 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


How I yearn to live in a society mature and sane enough not to be frightened of language.

[quotin' the Holy Bible] "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

Are you saying we shouldn't be afraid of God?
posted by philip-random at 2:43 PM on October 6, 2010


When I was young I watched this movie in the theatre in first run with my dad. While the film screened he mostly laughed his ass off, but when we came outside, he was pissed off, and he told me that it was a disgusting movie.
posted by ovvl at 5:47 PM on October 6, 2010


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