ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Censorship is always a very controversial issue and every year, international film authorities are ravaged by debates of whether certain movies are allowed to be screened in their countries.

And whilst some instances of censorship are definitely justified, other times a ban placed on a blockbuster just doesn't make sense.

Here's a fascinating list of films that never made it past the censors in certain countries -- often for the most hilariously bizarre reasons!

1. Schindler's List (1993)

Where was it banned? Most of the Middle Eastern countries

Why? Apparently, the movie was too sympathetic to the Jews and was considered to be Jewish propaganda disguised...

Naturally, director Steven Spielberg was outraged.

2. Barney's Great Adventure (1998)

Where was it banned? Malaysia

Why? The movie was deemed unsuitable for children even though it's a movie specifically FOR children. No other reason was given.

3. King Kong (1933)

Where was it banned? Finland

Why? Back in the day, the original version of the movie was deemed too realistic and violent to be acceptable for the sensitive eyes of the Finnish folk.

4. Goldfinger (1964)

Where was it banned? Israel

Why? Arguably one of the most famous Bond movies was banned in the Middle Eastern state because of Gert Frobe, the actor who played villain Goldfinger. This was because the authorities found out that he had been a member of the Nazi party during the Second World War.

However, they made this decision before they found out that Frobe had actually used his party membership to save many Jewish lives, risking everything to hide many individuals from the clutches of the terrible regime.

5. Zack & Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Where was it banned? Trinidad and Tobago, Malaysia, Thailand and USA's Utah

Why? Authorities had concerns that teenagers would watch the movie and want to recreate the characters's antics, making amateur porn videos of their own.

6. Bruno (2009)

Where was it banned? Ukraine

Why? The Ministry of Culture in Ukraine simply couldn't understand why the movie was deemed funny at all. One of the reasons given for why it was banned was because it:

"Contains unjustified showing of genital organs [and] homosexual perversions in an explicitly realist manner."

7. 2012 (2012)

Where was it banned? North Korea

Why? The country's decision to ban the movie almost makes as much sense as any other decision to come out of North Korea. The main reason why it wasn't allowed to be shown was because the movie coincided with the 100th birthday of their former (deceased) leader, Kim II Sung.

Oh, and 2012 also happened to be:

"The year for opening the grand gates to becoming a rising superpower."


8. Back to the Future (1985)

Where was it banned? China

Why? The Chinese government made the bizarre decision to ban time-travel so naturally Back To the Future didn't make the cut.

9. E.T. (1982)

Where was it banned? Sweden, Finland and Norway

Why? Kids under the age of 12 were banned from seeing the movie in the Scandinavian countries because the governments thought that the film was harmful for portraying adults "as the enemies of children."



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