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Have you ever seen an NC-17 or X rated movie in the theaters?

 
 
Reply Fri 25 Oct, 2013 03:57 pm
(Not talking about obvious porno movies) But have you ever seen NC17/X rated or equivalent (to your respective country) movie in the actual movie theater? Did you know the rating of the film at the time you went to see it? Did the rating make you hesitate seeing the film or actually encourage you seeing it in the movie theaters?

Some reading material for context:
List of NC-17 rated films
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NC-17_rated_films
Ranking Best and Worst NC-17-Rated Films, as 'Blue is the Warmest Color' Opens (Video)
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/shame-on-blu-ray-april-17-asks-is-there-any-shame-in-an-nc-17

If my memory hasn't failed me, I believe Shame (2011) is the first and only one I have ever seen in the cinema.
 
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 25 Oct, 2013 05:01 pm
I saw Midnight Cowboy and Fritz the Cat in theaters.
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parados
 
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Reply Fri 25 Oct, 2013 05:14 pm
@tsarstepan,
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1990)

Saw it in the theater in 1990. Watched it again a couple of years ago.


Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! 1990
Spanish film, subtitled with a young Antonio Bandares. I really don't remember much about it.


The one site lists Crash as being NC-17 but I thought it was R when it was released.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 25 Oct, 2013 06:37 pm
@tsarstepan,
I never paid attention to ratings. I'm sure some of the movies I've seen might qualify, if they had ratings then. Oshima's Realm of the Senses, for example. Midnight Cowboy? huh? Yeah, saw it in a theater.

I'll have to look at those lists - this could be funny.

I was a scrupulous teen in my high school years (catholic of course) where we had to pledge all this purity stuff, and thinking impure thoughts was a sin. I got over that.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 25 Oct, 2013 06:56 pm
@ossobuco,
Ok, on that list, I saw Basic Instinct, In the Realm of the Senses, Last Tango in Paris on the big screen.

Checked another list and found Bertolucci's 1900. Huh.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Fri 25 Oct, 2013 07:04 pm
@tsarstepan,
Deep Throat.

At the Strand Theater in Plainfield NJ.

Place was loaded.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Fri 25 Oct, 2013 07:05 pm
A Clockwork Orange.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 25 Oct, 2013 07:06 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Oh, yeah. Saw that one too. Embarrassed
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 25 Oct, 2013 07:17 pm
@Frank Apisa,
I saw that too, figured Tsar ruled it out.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 25 Oct, 2013 10:43 pm
tsar, I saw a number of the films on the list in a theater. I don't recall being influenced one way or the other by the rating. I read reviews and decided what I wanted to see.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 26 Oct, 2013 03:23 am
@tsarstepan,
In the UK, classifications are all age related, apart from those aimed at children, U (universal) PG (parental guidance). That means our equivalent is 18. X is almost completely associated with porn, and can always be increased with XXX ratings.

The last 18 film I saw at the cinema was George Romero's Land Of The Dead, but I saw quite a few when I was younger, Midnight Express springs to mind.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 26 Oct, 2013 03:31 am
@izzythepush,
The first "x-film" I saw, was "The Silent". It was rated for 18 and above, had even policemen controlling the age in my native town (since I was only 14 or 15 at that time, I just went in when they weren't there).
Later, this film was rated for 16 years olds ...

I think, the age limit of 18 is just for porn now.

The most X-rated films I've seen when I've been in England during holidays, there were no age controls in the cinema I went to in those days ... Wink
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 26 Oct, 2013 05:08 am
Several of those mentioned above--A Clockwork Orange, Midnight Cowboy, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and Fritz the Cat. I saw Midnight Cowboy i a regular theater, and the staff were giving everybody dirty looks and checking IDs. The others i had to go see in a porno theater--lots of decently dressed people at those showings, looking around as though they would say "Eewwww," but it was the only game in town. A few years later, A Clockwork Orange was in the local theater, and i was surprised because it was in a fairly conservative area. I should have known--the sex scenes had all been cut out, and all the violence left in.
panzade
 
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Reply Sat 26 Oct, 2013 10:59 am
@Setanta,
Quote:
the sex scenes had all been cut out, and all the violence left in.

<snicker>
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panzade
 
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Reply Sat 26 Oct, 2013 11:05 am
In The Realm Of The Senses, a Japanese-French production that produced much checking of IDs and as I walked out of the theater I could be heard muttering"That was bloody god-awful"
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sat 26 Oct, 2013 11:30 am
no, but I rarely think that movies are worth the price, and rude audiences also make me not want to go, so I usually watch movies long after they come out on my big tv and high quality surround sound system. the only movies I make a point to see in theater is stuff that I am told is much better in IMAX.

an Nc-17 or X rating would increase my interest, I like bold out there stuff and in an era where movie companies are going so far to be tame as too try to avoid an R rating the exclusive rating would inticate to
me that the movie might be interesting.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Sat 26 Oct, 2013 11:57 am
btw, I was reading about 5 years ago that creators and movie companies think (thought?) that there is (was?) a market for NC-17 and X in wide release, but that the theater companies balk, and not because they dont think tickets would sell but because they fear ticket sales for the rest of the shows would suffer and because they would have trouble with landlords and neighbors. now that hollywood is going digital to the point of no longer printing film the indepent houses who to this point has been willing to show NC-17 and X are expected to mostly vanish due to the cost of conversion.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 26 Oct, 2013 12:05 pm
@Roberta,
Me too, Roberta. And in my case, often not all the review, since I don't want much if any spoiling of the story and the way it unfolds, including how great the cinematographer is. I paid attention to who were the writers and directors and cinematographers in general though. Sometimes I read up afterwards, amused to find Kael, or whoever, agreed with me, or sometimes not. I'm similar with books, don't read blurbs that come with the books, including much on the back cover.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 26 Oct, 2013 12:07 pm
@panzade,
I remember thinking it was a very good movie.
Ragman
 
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Reply Sat 26 Oct, 2013 02:51 pm
@ossobuco,
When I saw Bambi I was 10. I was traumatized for life. That explains a lot about me.
 

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