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« Reply #45 on: May 25, 2010, 01:06:51 AM »

I don't know if Midnight Cowboy had an X rating.

It did when released, I think it may have been reclassified as "R" since. 


Didn't Midnight Cowboy win Best Picture when it came out?

Yes, but the stupid goodie-two-shoes MPAA gave it an X-rating.

The X rating had quite a different meaning in the late 1960s, it was basically equivalent to a "R" or "NC-17" rating today.  It wasn't intended for hardcore porn (because they didn't have any at the time.)

As I've heard, the rating was mostly given to sexually-explicit movies, which brought a great box office loss to movies such as Midnight Cowboy, that are good but got the X-rating.
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« Reply #46 on: May 25, 2010, 05:25:29 AM »

True, the X rating was not intended to designate porn. But since it was not a registered trademark, the porn industry co-opted it for marketing purposes.

Quite a few mainstream movies have received X ratings over the years, for violence as well as sex. The public was largely unaware, because cuts were made to achieve a more marketable rating. Many have since been released on DVD in "unrated" versions, which are basically the x-rated cut.

I don't know that the X rating is used all that much by the MPAA anymore, simply because the ratings have been redefined such that it is kind of redundant, and because it has developed porn connotations.

Porn, over the years, has pretty much stopped using it as well, thanks to more marketing misuse. Adult filmmakers started using X, XX, and XXX to indicate how strong their content was. Since these were not official at all, pretty much everybody started slapping XXX on everything. Mind you, most porn today, I think, falls into what would have been considered XXX - the sex is real and you see everything. There used to be tamer pornos back in the day, where you basically saw boobs, bums and simulated sex. I think that was mainly to comply with stricter regulations in some places, since there was a time when that was all video stores in Canada could carry. The XXX rating did actually mean something in that context. Once the laws were relaxed, around the early 90s, and actual adult video stores started coming on the scene, those "porn lite" movies pretty much disappeared.
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« Reply #47 on: May 25, 2010, 02:27:13 PM »

The X rating lasted only from 1968-1990, when the NC-17 rating replaced it.  By the 1980s they were hardly rating anything with an "X" anymore anyway.  Almost everything got an "R" or was released unrated. 

There was a question on the boards a while back on whether anyone actually used an XX rating (for example, for simulated sex movies).  I never saw or heard of one, but I guess its possible someone decided to slap "XX" on a film as a marketing ploy. 
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« Reply #48 on: May 25, 2010, 02:47:34 PM »

So they did get rid of X altogether when NC-17 came in? Makes sense. I remember quite a few 80s slasher flicks, as well as the more graphic action movies like Robocop, getting slapped with an X and having to trim some of the violence to get the R. Now that you mention it, I can't think of any since then. Mind you, everything made for a wide release these days seems to be aiming for the larger PG audience.
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« Reply #49 on: May 25, 2010, 03:45:46 PM »

Anyone remember a movie called Pieces?  That movie didn't exactly get an X rating, but its commercials said "No one under 17 admitted."  Pieces was essentially a copy to the plot of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre
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« Reply #50 on: May 29, 2010, 08:00:39 PM »

My friend rented the "clean" version of Pirates before.


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« Reply #51 on: June 20, 2010, 04:02:50 PM »

My friend rented the "clean" version of Pirates before.

Isn't that a bit like eating sugarless chocolate?

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« Reply #52 on: June 20, 2010, 10:42:59 PM »

My friend rented the "clean" version of Pirates before.

Isn't that a bit like eating sugarless chocolate?





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