Watch: ‘A Brief History Of Swearing In Movies’ In Less Than 3 Minutes

Watch: 'A Brief History Of Swearing In Movies' In Less Than 3 Minutes

When I think of a good ol’ fashion cussfest, Ben Kingsley’s Oscar-nominated performance as Don Logan in Jonathan Glazer’s terrific “Sexy Beast” comes to mind, dropping profanities faster than you can blink an eye.

Since sound and picture merged together into the spectacular form we are familiar with in 1927, the history of shameful language has been quite zigzagged. This new video from Movie Munchies gives you a precise and speedy look back into the progression of bad language in film — it’s start at the word damn in 1929, the establishment of the MPAA in 1934 (they caught on fast!), and the return of the word damn in 1939’s technicolor paragon, “Gone With The Wind.”

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Now though the producers of “Gone With The Wind” received what would have been an $85,000 fine today, it was clear that some alterations needed to be made to the rules. Alas, profanity was welcomed back into cinema — as long as you were quoting literature, like Katharine Hepburn using the Bard’s words.

Throughout the next few decades, slang metamorphosed, and with the changing times, the ratings had to change too. To find out more about what was banned, and what should have been, take a look at the video below.

What’s your favorite piece of provocative language used in a film? Let us know in the comments below.

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The end of A Most Wanted Man or anything in The Thick of It or In the Loop.


Frank Booth should be up there. Some of his "fucks" became memes. So did the "yippee=ki=yay" line from ‘Diehard’.

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