American Films of 1969 – Page 2

American movies made in 1969, cut and banned before the November 1971 liberalisation of the Australian censorship system.


The Happy Ending

Directed by Richard Brooks / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Date: 07-1970 / Rated: SOA / Length: 10055 feet / Time: 111:43 / Censored by 00:01 / Reason: indecent language

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The Honeymoon Killers

Directed by Leonard Kastle / 1970 / USA / IMDb

Date: 03-1971 / Rated: Banned / Length: 9673 feet / Time: 107:29 / Reason: violence and indecency

Post-November 1971 rating

See the separate entry for this title in Film Censorship Database No. 1.


Last Summer

Directed by Frank Perry / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Censored for a ‘Suitable only for Adults’ rating.

Censored footage

Shane Harrison reports from ‘Chipp’s reel’ viewing.
See database entry for THE BABYSITTER (1969) for background.
Censored footage – 01:15

View of two men making out in the sand dunes of Fire Island while being spied on by two of the main characters.

The rape at the end of the film. The version in ‘Chipp’s reel’ was the American uncensored X-rated version. I knew the difference as I owned the American R-rated VHS.

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Medium Cool

Directed by Haskell Wexler / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Censored for a ‘Not Suitable for Children’ rating.

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Censored footage No. 1

Shane Harrison reports from ‘Chipp’s reel’ viewing.
See database entry for THE BABYSITTER (1969) for background.
01:02 cut of Ruth (Marianna Hill) being chased by John (Robert Forster) around a bedroom while both are naked. Includes flashes of frontal nudity of both sexes.

Through laughter, they utter the words ‘fuck’ and ‘shit’. My notes on the day are difficult to decipher, but they may also utter the ‘C-bomb’.

Censored footage No. 2

February 16, 1970
In fairness to the TIME critic who described MEDIUM COOL as ‘dynamite, the demonstration scenes have been censored into insignificance in Australia. In our version only two demonstrations, including one very minor 10 second sequence of teargas are shown. Naturally the dialogue and love scenes are butchered making MEDIUM COOL’S script even harder to understand.

– Medium Cool review
– Rod Bishop
– Cinema Papers No. 6

Censored footage No. 3

Information from Mike Richards’ April 1970 viewing of ‘Chipp’s reel’.

April 2, 1974
The cut from Haskell Wexler’s MEDIUM COOL was similarly enjoyable. It involved an amusing bedroom romp between a naked man and his girl ending in some brief fucking.

“Jesus”, she shrieks.
“You bastard ., . prick . . . son of a bitch.”

– Dirty Pix
– Mike Richards
– Cinema Papers No. 2

Midnight Cowboy

Directed by John Schlesinger / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Censored for a ‘Suitable only for Adults’ rating.

Censored footage

Shane Harrison reports from ‘Chipp’s reel’ viewing.
See database entry for THE BABYSITTER (1969) for background.

  • Numerous scenes where bared breasts wobbled in a collection of subliminal clips from the Warhol party scene and flashbacks of the rape
  • The vocal ‘you long-horned bull!’ that follows the sex scene with Cass (Sylvia Miles)
  • The sex scene with Shirley (Brenda Vaccaro)
  • Flashback of Joe Buck (Jon Voight) having sex with his girlfriend, Annie (Jennifer Salt)
  • Shoving a telephone receiver down a client’s mouth
  • As he is being sodomized, Joe Buck has a flashback to his mother, Sally (Ruth White), giving him an enema

The enema flashback takes place when Joe Buck and Annie are being raped. Quite a few edits were taken out from this sequence and played in ‘Chipp’s reel’ as quick cuts. The scene was very difficult to follow at the cinema and its edits were quick cuts but laundered throughout the scene.

Post-November 1971 rating

Resubmitted by United Artists and passed with an R-rating in September 1973. The print ran 3095-meters (112:49).

FOR THE FIRST TIME… THE COMPLETE UNCUT R Certificate Version

– Tagline of Australian poster
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In November 1984, Warner Home Video received an M-rating for a 113-minute tape.

This was followed in April 2004 by an M (Medium level sex scenes, Adult themes) for MGM Home Entertainment Group and in May 2007 by an M (Moderate sex scenes, Moderate themes) for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Both submissions were for DVD releases.


Number One

Directed by Tom Gries / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Date: 10-1970 / Rated: A / Length: 9450 feet / Time: 105:00 / Censored by 00:01 / Reason: indecency

Post-November 1971 rating

In September 1985, Seven Keys Video received a PG-rating for a 100-minute videotape.


Scratch Harry

aka The Erotic Three

Directed by Alex Matter / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Date: 01-1971 / Rated: Banned / Length: 7896 feet / Time: 87:44 / Reason: violence and indecency

Post-November 1971 rating

In February 1982, Video Classics received an R-rating for an 86-minute videotape. It was submitted under the alternative title, THE EROTIC THREE.


Tale of the Cock

aka Confessions of Tom Harris

Directed by John Derek – David Nelson / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Date: 11-1970 / Rated: SOA / Length: 9184 feet / Time: 102:03 / Censored by 00:13 / Reason: violence

Post-November 1971 rating

In September 1985, the Australian Religious Film Society received an M-rating for a 90-minute videotape. It was submitted under the alternative title, CONFESSIONS OF TOM HARRIS.


They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

Directed by Sydney Pollack / 1969 / USA / IMDb

Date: 06-1970 / Rated: AO / Length: 11177 feet / Time: 124:11 / Censored by 00:10 / Reason: indecent language

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Post-November 1971 rating

In November 1984, Communications and Entertainment received an M-rating for a 120-minute videotape.


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