The F#*king History of the F-Word in Hollywood

RealClear Staff


The F-bomb is quite possibly the most popular exploitive in Hollywood. But have you ever wondered how it got there? And who is the champion of using the it? 

Thankfully, we did the math for you. 

The First Use on Film

No kidding, the first utterance of the F-word on film was a Looney Toons cartoon called "Bosko's Picture Show" that was made in 1933. The character Bosko calls the bad guy a "dirty f--k"...or so it seems. 

Some claim it is a flaw in the soundtrack and it just sounds like the F-bomb. But see for yourself and it's pretty hard to doubt what's being said. (100% NSFW).  

The Hays Code

Oddly, Bosko came after "The Motion Picture Code" which was a pre-ratings way of cleaning up Hollywood movies. Before it was enacted in 1930, it wasn't uncommon to see sex, drug use and slight profanity in movies. The F-word was still pretty taboo, though. 

That would seem to make it likely that Bosko didn't have a dirty mouth. For example, under the code when Rhett Butler tells Scarlett that he frankly doesn't give a damn in Gone with the Wind the Motion Picture Association of America fined producers the equivalent of over $80,000 today.

For almost 40 years the most famous word that ever rhymed with "Truck" was off the silver screen. 

1968: The Code is Lifted

The Hays Code was abolished in 1968 and Hollywood immediately took advantage. The first movie to use everyone's favorite four-letter expletive was Robert Altman's nonstop talking masterpiece, M*A*S*H* during the football scene. 

The Slow Rise of the F-Bomb

During the next decade words that would get your mouth washed out with soap became more and more common, especially after the "R" and "X" ratings were enforced after 1970. 

Hollywood figured it had hit a peak with the 1978 Richard Pryor movie Blue Collar, which appropriately used Pryor's favorite expletive 158 times. 


Then came Al Pacino's Scarface in 1983. Its body count was nearly has high as its profanity count. The F-sharp was sung 207 times. 

Many inaccurately credit Scarface as the F#*k-est movie of all time. But today that's not even close. 207 sounds downright quaint. 

The F**king 90s.

In 1989 Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing upped the ante to 240 Fs. 

In 1990, Robert DeNiro and his work in Goodfellas outdid that by a whopping 60 more. 

1995's Casino proved two things: Robert DeNiro was really a master of the F-Bomb again and that this movie would be the curse word champ with a monstrous 420 mother-loving blankety-blanks. 

But it wouldn't last long. Surprisingly, another Spike Lee flick, Summer of Sam, closed out the 90s (it premiered in 1999) atop the chart with 435 F-words. 

A Tough Act to Follow

For just about 15 years Summer of Sam sat atop the list. Then in 2013, Leonardo DiCaprio climbed his way to the top of F_ _ K Mountain in The Wolf of Wall Street when the coke-snorting crime flick used the infamous word a whopping 569 times. 

The movie is 180 minutes long. 

So if you're keeping score at home, that's 3.16 F-bombs per minute. 

The Guinness Record Holder

Wolf only enjoyed its crown for a measly year and it looks as if that crown won't be going anywhere anytime soon. 

The stars of cult TV show, Trailer Park Boys, made a film that seemingly set out to do nothing but win the F-title. Swearnet, the 2014 Canadian film, actually was awarded the Guinness World Record for most time the word F**k is used in a film: 935.

That means the 112 minute film uses the expletive over eight times per minute!  

That will be hard to beat. 

[If you want to see where your F*cking favorite movie ranks, Wikipedia has a shockingly precise history.]



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