With the film’s release in 1971, some European film boards/classifications such as Germany gave it an ‘X’ rating for its harsh and realistic view of drug use, distortion and violence, and it was banned completely in the UK until 1974. Many of these boards’ decisions should overlap the film’s qualities for some decades, as other works of important directors were put into this just at the same time: Hodges’ Get Carter, Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange (all of ’71) as well as John Boorman’s Deliverance one year later. The beginning 1970s are therefore often cited to be the significant phase of the ‘X’ rated movies concerning works which were not necessarily appointed by genre affiliations.[8]


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