The Party's Over is a black-and-white British film directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Oliver Reed. Although filmed in 1963 it was censored in the UK over scenes of implied necrophilia, which delayed its release until 1965. It was produced by Anthony Perry, with music by John Barry. Guy Hamilton asked for his name to be removed from the credits in protest at the censorship of the film.
The party s over 1964 pre credits and credits sequence
Enigmatic young American heiress Melina (Louise Sorel) has fallen in with a group of Chelseabeatniks, catching the attention of the gang's defiant leader Moise (Oliver Reed) but inviting scorn and jealousy from the group's other members, including Moise's lover Libby (Ann Lynn). After Melina apparently vanishes during a wild and drunken party, Melina's abandoned fiancé Carson (Clifford David), sent by her father to return her to America, begins investigating, eventually revealing the truth about her fate.
The film was submitted to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in March 1963. John Trevelyan the Secretary of the Board of the BBFC called the film 'unpleasant, tasteless and rather offensive'. The BBFC requested three rounds of cuts, before granting an X certificate and allowing the film to finally reach cinemas in the UK in 1965. Two big changes were incorporated, a voiceover by Oliver Reed and a happier ending focusing on Nina and Carson.
Director Guy Hamilton, along with the producer and executive producer, removed their names from the credits in protest.
DVD & Blu-ray Release
The Party's Over was released on Dual Format Edition in the UK as part of the BFI's Flipside series.