Film Censorship: N #4


 

 

 

 

No Dead Heroes

Directed by J.C Miller / 1986 / USA - Philippines / IMDb

In 1987, Outland Promotions had an 82m videotape of NO DEAD HEROES Refused Classification because of 'gratuitous sexual violence'.

 

 

NO DEAD HEROES: Why it was banned

Review by Matt
NO DEAD HEROES is hugely enjoyable action flick from the 80s. It starts as a standard Vietnam war RAMBO clone, but soon turns into a tale of a microchip controlled killer, and a planned worldwide communist revolution. This is all begins with the assassination of the Pope during his visit to El Salvador.

The US tape from Sony runs 85:28 (NTSC), including the Manson International title.

The scene of 'gratuitous sexual violence' that caused the Censorship Board to ban it in 1987 runs from 71:22 to 74:45.

Several soldiers take Barbara to a room; there she is tied face down to a bed. The soldiers leave, and the leader of the camp climbs on top. He tears off her underwear, and proceeds to rape her. Eventually she manages to grab a knife, cut the ropes, throw him off, and stabs him to death. The scene runs over three minutes, but some minimal cuts to the actual rape should have made it acceptable.

Movie-Censorship has details of the BBFC cuts to the UK tape. They removed 58s from the aforementioned rape of Barbara. In addition, they also censored much of the graphic violence.


 

 

 

 

No Hard Feelings

Dir Charles Norton / 1987 / USA / IMDb

In June 1988, a censored 89:59 version of NO HARD FEELINGS was passed with an M-rating. It was awarded for:

Violence
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Language
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Other: Adult Concepts

 

Palace Entertainment Corporation was obviously aware that the film risked being banned if a complete version was submitted.

 

 

NO HARD FEELINGS: The censored footage

Review by Simon
NO HARD FEELINGS - Palace Home Video [au] – 89:59 (PAL)
KICK OR DIE - AIP Studios [us] – 83:41 (NTSC)

NO HARD FEELINGS was renamed to KICK OR DIE in the US. As well as the new title, over twelve minutes of footage was removed. In my opinion, this improves the film.

This is what is missing from the Palace Home Video tape. All times, refer to the points where these appear in the AIP tape.

 

The First Rape

Before – The rapist makes the guy get out of the car, and then ties his hands behind his back. The rapist then says to the woman, "Get out bitch, out, out".

CENSORED at 03:24 to 04:07 – The rapist continues to bind the guy's hands. He then pushes him back into the car. The girl screams, and he says "Don’t fucking move".

He binds the guy's legs, then grabs the girl, and says, "Alright, let’s go. Now it’s your turn bitch". He pushes her into the back of the car, and rips open her top to expose her breasts. He tears off her underwear, and begins to rape her. She screams, and he says "Shut up bitch", before punching her.

After – A man making fried tomatoes.

 

The Second Rape

Before – A woman runs through a doorway screaming as the rapist chases her. He grabs her, and tackles her to the ground.

CENSORED at 26:03 to 26:06 – They roll on the ground until he ends up on top.

After/Before – Don is showing a girl how to defend herself.

CENSORED at 26:21 to 27:00 – The rapist is on top of the woman. He tears open her top to expose her breasts. We then go to the first of several cutbacks to Don’s class. The rapist is then shown saying to the woman, "Look, look at me".

Back in Don’s class he says, "Remember, know who is around you at all times, and stay out of dark places".

The final cut back to the rapist shows him getting up off the woman.

After – The rapist disappears through the door, as the woman crawls along the ground.

 

Eve is Captured

Before – Craig sits on top of Eve and says, "You’ve turned out to be a bitch just like all the rest".

CENSORED at 77:48 to 78:16 – Craig slaps Eve. He says "Why, why him. Too smart for your own good right. You thought it was a white guy didn’t you. Well now it’s your turn bitch. Now your gonna get yours bitch". A horn sounds; Craig looks up, and then punches Eve.

After – Alfred walking down the steps.

 

 

KICK OR DIE: The missing footage

The following scenes are missing from the AIP Studios tape. I do not know if all versions titled KICK OR DIE are missing these scenes. They are all present in the Palace tape.

The 1989 British NO HARD FEELINGS tape from Virgin Vision was also the longer version. However, the British censor also trimmed the rape scenes. Their 92:12 tape was cut to 91:11.

Presuming that 92:12 is an uncut running time, converted to NTSC this gives 96:03. Therefore, the AIP tape is missing 12:22.

These are the cuts that I was able to identify in the AIP KICK OR DIE tape. Unless you enjoy listening to cheesy 80s music, none of these are any great loss.

Missing from AIP tape at 29:56 – A 05:03 (PAL) sequence of Don and Eve visiting Craig’s house. Eve is shown recording a song.

Missing from AIP tape at 29:46 – A 05:32 (PAL) sequence of Don and Eve cycling, running, and rolling in the grass. This plays out over Eve singing a song. The scene then shows her recording the song for Craig. The scene ends with Craig asking to see her, and Alfred complimenting her on her singing. She leaves, as Alfred looks on suspiciously. This is such a clunky red herring that you can understand why it was removed.

Missing from AIP tape at 41:53 – A 01:00 (PAL) sequence of Don arriving home to Eve, followed by them sitting down for dinner.

Missing from AIP tape at 45:44 – A 00:25 (PAL) sequence of Craig on the phone speaking to his mother.

 

No Hard Feelings - Palace Entertainment [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Northville Cemetery Massacre

Directed by William Dear and Thomas L. Dyke / 1976 / USA / IMDb

In September 1977, a 2258.80-meter (82:20) print of NORTHVILLE CEMETERY MASSACRE was Refused Registration because of 'indecent violence'. An appeal to the Films Board of Review saw them overturn this decision and award it an R-rating.

D.Dunningham Films was the applicant.

 

 

NORTHVILLE CEMETERY MASSACRE was issued on tape in the early 1980s by both K&C Video and Video Classics.

We need to confirm the running time of the rare K&C Video release.

 

The film was one of the earliest releases from Video Classics. An 80:05 (PAL) tape had been out for around three years when in February 1984, they had an 85m tape passed with an R-rating. This was awarded for violence, which was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

 

Review by Matt
I thought you may be interested in some information regarding the old 80:05 Video Classics release of NORTHVILLE CEMETERY MASSACRE as it is definitely cut.

The scene between 18-20min looks to have been censored in some way. It starts with Putnam beating Chris with his shotgun, some of the blows may have been removed. Putnam's rape of Lynn looks a bit choppy. She says to him "please, please leave me alone". None of the actual rape is shown, however my guess is that it should have appeared after this. It is followed by Putnam saying to her "listen, listen, listen to me".

At around 29:30 two bikers are shot in the back, at 41.00 there is an ambush in the drive-in, and between 63:00 to 75:00 there is the final shootout as just about everyone dies. All these scenes contain lots of splashy blood squibs, and at 67:00 a biker is shot in the head. None of this violence looks obviously cut, but I wouldn't be willing to bet that there wasn't something missing from these scenes.

VCI released the full uncut version on DVD in the U.S. in 2006. Today this would easily get an Australian R-rating in its complete form.

 

Norhtville Cemetery Massacre (1976) - Video Classics [au] VHSNorthville Cemetery Massacre (1976) - K&C Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

The Notorious Cleopatra

Directed by A.P. Stootsberry / 1970 / USA / IMDb

In September 1974, a 2441-meter (88:58) print of THE NOTORIOUS CLEOPATRA was banned because of ‘indecency’.

Filmways were the applicant.

 

Tony Ginnane and Scott Murray interview Robert Ward from Dendy Filmways.

Bob Ward Interview
Cinema Papers issue 4, December 1974

CP: Could we talk a little about censorship? Censorship at the moment seems almost at a standstill. On the one hand we have the federal organization which seems to be allowing soft-core films through, and is indeed leaning towards medium-core. The major distributors and exhibitors seem to be saying, “Go any further, let in hard-core, and we’ll lose our system of uniform censorship. The states will retrieve their federal delegations of the censorship power.” Yet Queensland in fact has already done this and has banned EROTIC ADVENTURES OF ZORRO, SEX AIDS [AND HOW TO USE THEM] etc.

Filmways has obvious moneyspinners like NOTORIOUS CLEOPATRA still banned, but is on record as saying it doesn’t think DEEP THROAT or DEVIL IN MISS JONES should get through. What is Filmways’ present attitude?

WARD: Our attitude is this: we feel that the film industry is an industry to entertain. Now whether it be artistically entertaining or commercially entertaining is quite separate. But we feel that the industry as a whole can’t afford to accept DEEP THROAT, MISS JONES, BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR and films like this. On the other hand there are movies like PANORAMA BLUE, and though I saw only 15 minutes of it, I didn’t find it objectionable. I think by and large the censor is being realistic, but things are fairly unpredictable in this area at the moment.

CP: Do you think censorship decisions should be based on precedent, in other words if film A shows a man ejaculating and is passed, then films B and C with a man ejaculating should also be passed?

WARD: I don’t think so because a hard-core film with a man ejaculating can be very different to an artistic film of a man ejaculating. I think this is the whole problem with censorship. Where do you draw the line? How can you draw a line? I am relatively happy with the composition of the Censorship Board and Board of Review at the moment.

CP: Have Filmways got any other films that they consider sufficiently artistic to be unsuitable for the Star or the Albany, but which are encountering censorship problems?

WARD: No. We do have NOTORIOUS CLEOPATRA, COUNTRY CUZZINS and THE SINFUL DWARF from Harry Novak banned. They are probably a little bit above the Star, probably Roma material.

CP: Is Filmways fighting these decisions?

WARD: Not really, what can you do to fight? LANGUAGE OF LOVE was an intelligent medical film that you can fight on appeal constructively, but these?

 

 

Video release

In June 1981, K&C Video had an 86m tape passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

The tape was released on the Starbase Video label. Thanks to Stephen F. for the cover scan.

 

 

THE NOTORIOUS CLEOPATRA: review

Review by Matt
The 2002 US DVD from Something Weird runs 87:28. This is nearly around a minute and a half shorter than the version you list as being banned in 1974. The DVD looks complete, so I do not know why there is a discrepancy.

At 84m, there is a brief scene where a Roman soldier forces himself onto Cleopatra. To begin with, she protests, but eventually they have sex. The rest of THE NOTORIOUS CLEOPATRA is standard softcore, with many naked women, but no fully naked men.

By 1981, I would have thought the censor would have passed this uncut. However, I have never seen the R-rated Starbase Video release, so this needs to be confirmed.

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

The Notorious Cleopatra (1970) - Filmways [au] Daybill     The Notorious Cleopatra (1970) - Starbase Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill

Directed by Peter Perry Jr. / 1966 / USA / IMDb

In November 1972, a 2008.02-meter (73:11) print of THE NOTORIOUS DAUGHTER OF FANNY HILL was banned because of 'indecency'. A 1871.47-meters (68:13) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating in July 1973.

Regent Trading Enterprises was the applicant.

 

In the early 1980s, K&C Video released THE NOTORIOUS DAUGHTER OF FANNY HILL on tape.

 

In September 2005, a double-bill DVD of THE NOTORIOUS DAUGHTER OF FANNY HILL and THE HEAD MISTRESS (1968) was passed with a R18+ (High level sex scenes; High level violence; High level themes) rating.

Siren Visual Entertainment released it as part of their Something Weird range.

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill (1966) - Regent Trading Enterprises [au] Daybill     The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill (1966) - K&C Video [au] VHSThe Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill (1966) - Siren Visual Entertainment [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

The Notorious Ones

Directed by Sum Cheung / 1972 / Hong Kong / IMDb

In June 1974, a 2739.90-meter (99:52) print of THE NOTORIOUS ONES was censored by 40.53-meters (01:29) for an R-rating. The reason for the cuts was 'excessive violence'.

Joe Siu international Film Co was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

No Way Out

aka Tony Arzenta

Directed by Duccio Tessari / 1973 / France-Italy / IMDb

In July 1977, a 2797.00-meter (101:57) print of NO WAY OUT was censored by 31.20-meters (01:08) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'excessive violence'. United Artists were the applicant.

 

In November 1982, the Embassy of Italy submitted a 680-meter (111:32) Super-8 print under the title TONY ARZENTA. It was awarded an M-rating for violence, which was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

Review by Matt
The 'excessive violence' in NO WAY OUT would most likely have been the scene at 82m where Sandra is brutally beaten by three gangsters. This scene was missing from the Japanese DVD release on the King Records label. The print that I viewed ran 107:16 (NTSC) which indicates the Australian theatrical version was missing more than just the violence.


 

 

 

 

The Nudest Show on Earth

Produced by Camberto Palmieri / 197? / Italy / IMDb link required

In February 1972, a 9268-foot (102:59) print of THE NUDEST SHOW ON EARTH was banned because of 'indecency'.

Filmways Australasia made an unsuccessful appeal to the Film Board of Review in April 1972.


 

 

 

 

Nude Wives Special

aka Electric Blue: Nude Wives Special

Produced by Electric Blue / 1980 / UK

In August 1980, a 30m tape of NUDE WIVES SPECIAL was banned because of sex that was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

Electric Blue Australasia was the applicant.

 

A videotape titled ELECTRIC BLUE: NUDE WIVES SPECIAL was released in the UK in 1981. According to the pre-cert database, it had a running time of 55:40.


 

 

 

 

Nympho Cycler

Directed by Edward D. Wood Jr. / 1971 / USA / IMDb

In May 1981, a 654.70-meter (59:39) 16mm print of NYMPHO CYCLER was banned because of sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A 515.59-meter (46:59) 'reconstructed version' lost a further 017.00-meter (01:36) before being awarded an R-rating in September 1981. The extra cuts were to remove sex, which was still described as being the same level as the previous submission.

Once censored, in the R-rated version it was found to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin was the applicant. They went on to release it on their King of Video label.

 

In August 1982, a 58-minute tape of NYMPHO CYCLER was again banned because of sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

Intercontinental Video was the applicant. This may have been an import of the UK pre-cert tape released on the Dapon label.


 

 

 

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