In Sweden the censors have decided the science-fiction film E.T. - the Extra Terrestrial, which has been a massive hit in the United States and Britain, is unsuitable for children younger than eleven.
January 20 (SVT)
CU Poster of ET, PAN TO GV children demonstrating outside cinema.
January 10 (NBC)
SVs INTERIOR Shots from film seen inside cinema. (2 SHOTS)
CU Signs advertising film.
GV People leaving cinema. (2 SHOT)
SV Ticker seller TILT UP TO SV sign saying no one admitted under 11 years old.
SV Man speaking. (SOT)
TRANSCRIPT: SWEDE: (SEQ 6) "I think it should be right for children to see this film in company with their parents because the parents could explain the sad things in the film for the children."
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Background: In Sweden the censors have decided the science-fiction film E.T. - the Extra Terrestrial, which has been a massive hit in the United States and Britain, is unsuitable for children younger than eleven. They say it is too frightening and too threatening and portrays adults as enemies of children. The decision to ban under elevens from what was made as a children's film has brought protests from parents from parents and children alike with demonstrations outside Swedish cinemas where E.T. is showing. The film tells of a mysterious alien who is stranded on earth and befriends a small boy. One Swede who had just seen it said he considered the film was suitable for young children accompanied by their parents who could explain to them the sad aspects.