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A censored version was later passed in 1972, which the distributor claimed was "cinematic history down the drain", but then ironically cut more material out of the film for the film's release, on the ground that the censored material was "either boring or possibly distasteful".
Both BBFC and distributor cuts added to a total of 11 minutes.
The film was later passed at an uncut 15 certificate on home video in 1990.
Roger Corman's film was banned due to the overall film condoning and glamorizing the use of LSD.
It is believed that the rapid decline in Lloyd George's popularity during the shooting period led to fears that the film would meet a hostile reception if released, and that as a result, the leadership of the Liberal Party engineered its suppression.
Submitted to and refused a certificate by the British Board of Film Censors in 1933, 1951, and 1957, primarily due to concerns over footage and dialogue references to vivisection.
A cut version, short of 57 seconds, was passed with an '18' rating on New Year's Eve 1987 for video release.Two attempts of distributing the edited American version of the film were both rejected by the BBFC in 1999.The MPAA-mandated cuts reduced the length of the rape scene, and the second rape that was removed for US release.This version ended up eroticizing the first rape scene, and with the new guidelines the BBFC had at that point, the US cut of the film was deemed unacceptable.The uncut version of the film was finally re-released in 2002.
Ten years later, in 1982, the courts upheld the ban of the film on grounds of obscenity.