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Cleanflix (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, History | 16 February 2010 (USA)
When a small Utah-based edited movie company is caught sanitizing Hollywood's copyrighted material, the film industry strikes back with a devastating blow.


Andrew James (co-director), Joshua Aukai Ligairi (co-director) (as Joshua Ligairi)


Andrew James, Joshua Aukai Ligairi (as Joshua Ligairi)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Lines Ray Lines ... Himself - CleanFlicks Founder
Allan Erb Allan Erb ... Himself - CleanFlicks President
Scott Nybo Scott Nybo ... Himself - NCompass Editor
Danny Thompson Danny Thompson ... Himself - CleanFlicks Dealer (as Daniel Thompson)
Robert Perry Robert Perry ... Himself - CleanFlicks Dealer
David Knowlton David Knowlton ... Himself - Anthropology, Utah Valley University
Ezra Taft Benson Ezra Taft Benson ... Himself - Prophet, LDS Church (archive footage)
Phil Gordon Phil Gordon ... Himself - Communications, Utah Valley University (as Philip Sherman Gordon)
Neil LaBute ... Himself - Director, In the Company of Men
Richard Dutcher ... Himself - Director, Falling
Irwin Winkler ... Himself - Producer, Goodfellas (archive footage)
Curtis Hanson ... Himself - Director, L.A. Confidential (archive footage)
Michael Mann ... Himself - Director, Collateral (archive footage)
Marshall Herskovitz ... Himself - Producer, The Last Samurai (archive footage)
Steven Soderbergh ... Himself - Director, Traffic (archive footage)


Dozens of Utah DVD retailers attracted unwanted attention from Hollywood heavyweights when, in the name of conservative family values, they began sanitizing films of sex, nudity, profanity, and violence. Outraged over the unauthorized editing of their work, prominent filmmakers began to speak out, thrusting the two groups into an intense legal, theoretical, and moral battle that would last six years before coming to a shocking conclusion. Written by Anonymous

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Sex. Violence. Mormons. Movies.


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The Rise & Fall & Rise & Fall Of Sanitized Cinema
23 March 2017 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

Hey, all you movie fans! - In this day and age of over-the-top violence, gore, sex, and profanity in films - Are you really ready for "sanitized" cinema??

I mean, I hope you think the same as I do here - 'Cause I cannot see the point, at all, of watching a film like Caligula (with all of its sex edited out), or 28 Days Later (with all of its gore edited out) - Can you?

But, apparently, in the state of Utah, the ultra-conservative, Mormonized folks there want to watch these sorts of "sanitized" films so badly that for 8 years (2000-2008) (before copyright infringement laws were being challenged in court) it was, indeed, a million-dollar business.

Competently written and directed by Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi - "Cleanflix" is a very insightful and informative documentary that offers the viewer a well-balanced argument for or against sanitized cinema (whose story inevitably escalates into quite an eye-opening scandal).

*Trivia note* - In the film The Wolf of Wall Street the word f*ck is spoken 569 times. So, that means, within its 180-minute running time, that one word is uttered about 3x a minute.

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