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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. –  Tom Cody Jan 7 '14 at 23:38
I thought a profanity tag would help a little. I could have invented a fuck tag after all since that is the subject! I was also going to forgo swearing as a new years resolution. But then I thought, fuck that: you should only set realistic goals. –  matt_black Jan 7 '14 at 23:43
@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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fpm.....lol...+1. –  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
168 is the daily limit? i will upvote you in 14 minutes. –  Dredd Jan 7 '14 at 23:42
I'm happy to down-vote ya to 2,169 again if you'd like ;) –  Tom Jan 8 '14 at 0:05

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