Auds can finally take ’60s ‘Trip’

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Cult ’60s counterculture drug pic “The Trip” has been passed by the British Board of Film Classification after 35 years.

The pic, directed by Roger Corman and penned by Jack Nicholson, was Hollywood’s first psychedelic epic, and concerns a divorced adman (Peter Fonda) who turns on, tunes in and drops out with the help of a blissed-out drug dealer (Dennis Hopper).

The BBFC censors gave “The Trip” an “18” classification after turning it down in 1967 and 1988.

“The Trip” qualified under revised BBFC guidelines introduced in 2000. “The board concluded that its portrayal of the hallucinogenic experience was unlikely to convince a modern viewer and took account also of the film’s depiction of the downside as well as the pleasure of drug use,” said a spokesman.

MGM recently released the DVD in the U.S. with a commentary by Roger Corman.

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