Often named as the first movie to use the word "fuck" in its dialogue. Another contender is "Ulysses (1967)," another film of 1967. However, "The Victors" - which features the F-word in a song soldiers are heard singing - was first seen four years earlier. (This scene appears now to vanished completely from the film and is not on the DVD version; however, it was remarked by critics in 1963).
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This movie was denied an M.P.A.A. seal of approval due to a scene between Oliver Reed and Carol White that implied oral sex. "Universal Pictures" distributed this movie through a subsidiary that was not a signatory to the M.P.A.A. Along with a similar scene in "Charlie Bubbles (1968)," this helped to bring about the end of the Production Code and its replacement with a ratings system.
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At the time of filming, Orson Welles was widely quoted as saying that Peter Draper's screenplay was the best he had read since "The Third Man (1949)."
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It has been claimed that Orson Welles directed all of his own scenes in this movie, although this has never been confirmed.
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The BBFC originally requested the complete removal of Josie's (Marianne Faithfull's) single use of "fucking" for this movie's theatrical release. A compromise was reached between the censors and Producer and Director Michael Winner, and instead the word was partly obscured by the sound of a car horn.
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While making this movie, Orson Welles said to Producer and Director Michael Winner, "Michael, you know, I usually re-write the script. I wrote the Ferris wheel scene in The Third Man (1949)." To which Winner said, "Orson, dear, if you wrote the Ferris wheel scene in "The Third Man" (1949), it's one of the greatest speeches in the history of cinema, please have a go at the script. Be my guest." And every day, his secretary, Miss Rogers, would sit on the set and retype the script. Winner was waiting for these marvelous additions or changes from Orson Welles, and after about three weeks, Winner said, "Orson, darling, the pages come via Miss Rogers from you, and you're doing our exact same script. Where are these wonderful changes you were going to make?!" Welles replied, "Well, the script is so good I don't need to make any changes Michael. She just takes out the stage directions for me."
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The school reunion scenes were filmed at Highgate School, Highgate, north London. Swinging on the ropes in the gym, as in this movie, was strictly forbidden in the school.
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Both Oliver Reed and Carol White appeared in the movie Beat Girl from 1960, playing kids hanging out at the same coffee bar, but they share no scenes together.
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