Censuring The Censors


Rod W coordinates and maintains these entries. He also maintains The Chopping List, a comprehensive guide to movies which have been censored in Australia.



Summer of Sam

    Strictly speaking, this film has not been officially censored. However, there was some material cut prior to the initial theatrical release in the US. Lee had a contract that specified both that he had right of final cut over the film and that he was to deliver a film that would attract no worse than an R rating. The film was screened for the MPAA ratings board, who indicated that the film was NC-17 material, though they did not officially impose a rating. After consideration, Lee cut some shots from the orgy scene after Vinny and Dionna are picked up when trying to obtain entry to the Studio 54 discotheque, making this segment slightly incoherent. No theatrical or DVD release subsequently has included this cut material. The running time of the present DVD is consistent with the length of the version released in the US.