why rated 'r'


what kind of material is in this film that warrants an "r" rating?

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Because of nudity, violence and language.

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what did you think of the film

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I think the film is good and unusual because it combines two leanings: the dead seriousness and the satire (cynism, dry irony, black humour)—it's gloomy and hopeless but the two cops try to unwind with crazy laughters. It's a realistic film, "almost" documentary, that depicts the real world hence it's "R" rating, in short the Vice Squad cops curse to express their frustrations, the women are prostitutes and call girls and the action scenes are strong: see the supermarket chase. There's an adult climat and an atmosphere of corruption. You can watch it with many perspectives in mind: entertainment, urban sociology, Neo-Noir, etc. I think it is an under-rated Neo-Noir which is as good as as other early 70's films: "The French Connection", "Dirty Harry", "The Seven-Ups", "Cops and Robbers", "The Friends of Eddie Coyle".

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why do you think it is not well known and i suspect it did not do well in the theatres when released in 1974...surprisisn since cop films were very popular back then...also it has a great film poster

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I can't answer about the box office popularity of the film because I don't know the official figures.
In my view, the film suffers from the lack of a big star: see Clint Eastwood in "Dirty Harry" or Gene Hackman in "The French Connection". The film was bleak: no happy ending meaning the gangster is set free and the leading character resigns from the police and gets another job. "Busting" is in the line of the depressing and realistic cop films as Richard Fleischer's "The New Centurions" (1972) when honest and sympathetic cops end up dead (the suicide of the retired old cop played by George C. Scott or the accidental death of a younger cop played by Stacy Keach who previously was severly injured by a shout-out). "Busting" is also very sleazy due to the nature of the Vice Squad so it means you can't identify with these two cops: they are too real and they don't have a mythical quality as "Dirty Harry".

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great film poster though ...woulddn't you agree

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I agree.

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I like it, although it is misleading.

If the trailer was equally misleading, that might explain why it didn't do as well as expected.

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I wish I could watch the trailer. If the Studio release the film, I'm not sure they will include the trailer because it is only a cop film not an iconic reference like "Dirty Harry".
A lot of these early 70's films had no trailers in their DVD releases.
Anyway, I am afraid the only possible way lies in the maverick M.O.D. DVD:
meaning no trailer, no subtitles, no extras, no picture restoration.
It's a UA/MGM property.
But who knows?
I feel as tired as Mike Keneely.

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Hey awesome way to SPOIL the ending *beep*


You Suck...now deal with it.

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Gene Hackman wasn't a big star when The French Connection was released. Elliott Gould was actually very well known when Busting came out, due to Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and M*A*S*H.

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Well, there's profanity, violence and "The girl with the big jugs."

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It would be rated R for Violence, Language, Sexual Content and Nudity.

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