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Five Hit Films That Are Surprisingly Banned Outside The U.S.

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Over the decades, a surprising number of movies have been labelled banned films in the U.S. When it comes to the overseas audience, the number becomes staggering. The reasons behind films getting shunned range from graphic content to bizarre outside interference. Here are five movies you will be surprised to learn became banned films in foreign theaters.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman was banned in several Middle Eastern countries, but it wasn’t because of content issues. The film got the boot because of its star Gal Gadot. The actress spent two years in the Israel Defense Forces. Her involvement with the Israeli military led to her films being banned in countries like Lebanon and Qatar.

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Warner Bros.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games was nearly released in Vietnam before it was permanently banned. The government wasn’t a fan of the violent scenes in the flick. “The bloody scenes may be acceptable in America, but in Vietnam, they’re too violent and ruthless,” said National Film Board member Nguyen Thi Hong Ngat. As expected, its following sequels never saw official releases in the country.

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Lionsgate Films

Shrek 2

It’s weird knowing something as wholesome as Shrek 2 can get banned somewhere. Unfortunately, that was the case over in Israel. In the film, Donkey jokingly states, “Give him the Bob Barker treatment,” when talking about neutering Puss In Boots. In Israel, they translated it to “Let’s do a David D’Or on him,” which is a pun on singer David D’Or’s high voice. D’Or got the film banned temporarily until they removed the joke. “This film intends to present me, in perpetuity, as a eunuch,” he told Yedioth Ahronoth.

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The Wolf Of Wall Street

The Wolf Of Wall Street is easily one of the most profane films released in recent years. Its curse-laden script was enough to get it banned altogether from Nepal and Malaysia. In India, several scenes, including the opening scene, had to be removed before it was suitable for theaters.

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Mad Max

1979’s Mad Max became a surprise hit with over $100 million made with a $400,000 budget. New Zealand banned the film since it came during an extremely deadly time in the country’s history. Goose’s death scene is nearly identical to an incident where a cop was burned alive in a van. The country did manage to lift the ban in 1983, but the film was given a R-18 rating.

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