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I recently re-watched the Samuel L Jackson vehicle 51st State where he is also surrounded by some very sweary British actors (like Robert Carlyle). So I expected a lot of profanity. Obviously Jackson says "motherfucker" at least once (is this part of his standard contract or something?).

I was prompted to think about profanity in movies and wonder what the sweariest movie ever is. I suspect that there might be some debate about what counts as swearing, so let's keep it simple and stick with the word "fuck".

Which movie has the most uses of the word "fuck"? And is it the same movie that has the largest number of uses per minute? I'm guessing that something by Tarantino might win, but then, his movies are long and that might cut down the rate.

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@JohnSmithOptional Might be better to hide the profanity with "spoiler mark-up" instead of using the new title – Tom Jan 7 '14 at 23:14
@Tom Haha, I think neither the title change nor a (god beware) spoiler block would be necessary at all. It's just one of those questions where profanity is allowed (or even necessary), it doesn't really feature that much anyway. Or maybe quotes around the "fuck" would also do it. And I'm a bit suspicious about that profanity tag. – Napoleon Wilson Jan 7 '14 at 23:38
@ChristianRau Yeah, I mean, I wouldn't do anything about the profanity myself, but wasn't sure what our policy is so thought I'd at least try and get rid of the darn ugly title ^^ – Tom Jan 7 '14 at 23:51
@Tom most-appearances like it. – matt_black Jan 8 '14 at 0:31
If it was about the proportion of "fuck" to all words spoken, the current "All is lost" would be very high in the list. – his Jan 8 '14 at 22:55

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This is a point of great contention, with different sites grading different profanities to different levels of 'swearyness'...

Back in 2009 The Magazine TOTALFILM claimed that Casino held the title with 398 F-Bombs, at a rate of 2.23 per minute. This was apparently enough to make it into the Guiness Book of records.

Since then however, certain films have been re-appraised and other contenders for most fucks have been entered.

Wikipedia lists the contenders here.

The highest count now belongs to a documentary called, aptly; 'Fuck'. The word is used 857 times, at an average rate of 9.21 fpm (fucks-per-minute).

The highest use in a fiction film belongs to the cult slasher Gutterballs, with 625.

Closely behind it is the very recent The Wolf of Wall Street, with 506. Certain Newspapers erroneously claimed this to be a new record.

However, if you factor in the running times of Gutterballs against The Wolf of Wall Street, you realise that Gutterballs packs in three times as many swearwords per minute, making it pretty unbeatable...or should that be, unbearable?

EDIT: Here's one for the Conspiracy theorists amongst you! since someone posted a comment correcting the article in the Independent, the Gutterballs entry has been removed from the wiki-link! interesting, considering anyone who has seen it can definitely vouch it has more F-Bombs than The Wolf of Wall Street.

I wonder if Scorcese's people have leaned on wikipedia to hide the truth, so they can claim the soundbite-friendly prize, or if there is some genuine reason why it would have been removed? Maybe migrate this to Skeptics, ha ha.

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10 – Ankit Sharma Jan 7 '14 at 22:17
I won't upvote this until tomorrow ;-) – iandotkelly Jan 7 '14 at 22:27
@iandotkelly, thanks man! I'm on 168 today, and I'm worried I've only got an hour to go...I still think the limit is too low, if I'm in danger of hitting it twice in 2 days... – John Smith Optional Jan 7 '14 at 22:52
I'm happy to down-vote ya to 2,169 again if you'd like ;) – Tom Jan 8 '14 at 0:05
You don't lean on wikipedia. You just hit the EDIT button. – DA. Sep 5 at 16:17

SWEARNET : The Movie, the movie by the guys who "are" The Trailer Park Boys, has 935 F-bombs. According to Wikipedia:

The Guinness World Records website lists the film as holding the record for the most expletives in a film, with a total of 935 of them.

It also helps to realize that while The Wolf of Wall Street was 3 hours long, SWEARNET was only 112 minutes long. Over an hour less. That's a lot more FPM (Fucks Per Minute.)

Wikipedia's page that tallies swear words in movies can be found here.

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According to our computations, considering that our database currently contains around 350 titles only, the ten most swearing movies in history are:

4.44 - End of Watch 4.39 - Kajaki 2.99 - The Wolf of Wall Street 2.91 - Mommy 2.87 - Fury 2.83 - Fresh 2.68 - Brother 2.68 - Street Kings 2.46 - The Boys in Company C 2.44 - 22 Jump Street

The number is the "Swearingness index", computed as the ratio [bad words]/[total words] in the movie script. Bad words are not only f* and derivates. We have a very comprehensive list of bad words.

See for more details.

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"Our" computations? Could you expand on that please. – Chenmunka Sep 5 at 17:41
"350 titles" No offense, but that might not be enough just yet for a definitive answer... – Walt Sep 5 at 18:15
@alejacop It seems you created two different user account. Please follow the instructions provided in the help center in order to merge your two accounts. This will enable you to properly manage your questions and answers, including making any edits to them. – Napoleon Wilson Sep 7 at 14:56
@Chenmunka: I and some friends created the site, where we post statistics based on the analysis of subtitles files – alejacop Sep 8 at 20:08
@Walt: I know that 350 titles is not much, but the number is continuously increasing. I didn't claim that mine was the definitive answer. It is more a suuggestion that, to compute the swearyness of a movie, counting F* is not enough. btw, the sweariest movie ever in the small cinecount database is now "Redirected" (2014) with more than 5% bad words. – alejacop Sep 8 at 20:08

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