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What was the most NON-GRATUITOUS piece of nudity you've ever seen in a movie?


This is a counterpart to the What was the most gratuitous piece of nudity you've ever seen in a movie? thread.

Certainly in the movies mentioned in that thread, even the movies where there are arguments against the nudity being gratuitous, the nudity was not absolutely necessary. There are plenty of ways to make it clear the characters would be nude without explicitly showing it.

So what movies have nudity that is really necessary to show in the movie? Outside of porn that is, that being the an important part of those movies. Are there any movies that could not have been as good as they were without the nudity?

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Old 12-12-2019, 11:53 AM
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The "nice software" scene in Short Circuit immediately springs to mind.
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Old 12-12-2019, 11:59 AM
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Kate Winslet's boobs in Titanic.
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Rape and revenge movies? Here is a list:
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Old 12-12-2019, 12:11 PM
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Sirens. Sam Neill plays an artist who does nude paintings, and Hugh Grant plays a minister who disapproves. The whole point of the movie is that nudity is not going to destroy civilization.
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Old 12-12-2019, 12:35 PM
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Chernobyl was a mini series rather than a movie, but the miners working in the nude due to the extreme heat and lack of ventilation while tunneling under the reactor was pretty non-gratuitous, and apparently historically accurate.
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I think the pudgy unappealing stripper dancing behind Jeff and Shawn in the bar scene in I, Tonya is not gratuitous. Not only is she actually topless, and not one of the "sparkly bra" (non) strippers usually seen, she's more like the kind of dancer a cheap club in a small town would have. And it underlines what a pair of pathetic fools the two are.

With apologies to the actress.
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Watchmen uses Doctor Manhattan's progression from wearing clothes to nudity to underscore his loss of connection with humanity.
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I've always thought Sigourney Weaver stripping down to her underwear in Alien was a little unneeded. Not that it wasn't a great scene and she looked hot, but she could have kept a jump suit on or something.
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I've always thought Sigourney Weaver stripping down to her underwear in Alien was a little unneeded. Not that it wasn't a great scene and she looked hot, but she could have kept a jump suit on or something.
Wrong thread.

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“Quest for Fire.” Rae Dawn Chong is starkers all through it.
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Rape and revenge movies? Here is a list:
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls000023819/
Is the nudity necessary though, or is it just there for the pervs?

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“Quest for Fire.” Rae Dawn Chong is starkers all through it.
I wondered about this one. You hardly see anything and she covered up some naughty bits. It seemed realistic for the situation, though maybe overdone.

Other answers are good too, I expected Schindler's list, other movies have done the same thing.
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Old 12-12-2019, 02:24 PM
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Blake Edwards's S.O.B. where Julie Andrews shows her boobies. It is integral to the story, truly.
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Mrs. Henderson Presents. It was a movie about creating nude "tableaus" in a theater as a way to keep it from going under. It's the entire point of the movie (and her reasoning for doing it is very touching). One important plot point is how she manages to get the censor to approve it.

Here's the trailer.
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Do we need a thread for gratuitous non-nudity?

because The Full Monty really needed to live up to its title. If any movie should....*



*or did I see some bowlderized version?
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Old 12-12-2019, 05:39 PM
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12 Monkeys had a scene of Bruce Willis in a decontamination shower. In the context, a decon shower was perfectly logical and reasonable, and showing it served to illustrate just how cruel and dehumanizing the world he lived in was. It worked.

One of the X-Men movies (the third one, I think? I can't remember the precise title) had Mystique get shot with a de-mutant-izing drug, that left Rebecca Romjin-Stamos nude and curled into a fetal position. On the one hand, of course Mystique doesn't usually wear any clothes, because she can just simulate them with her powers, and so once stripped of her powers she'd look as naked as she actually is. And on the other hand, from a cinematic point of view, it served to highlight how vulnerable and helpless she is without her powers.
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The scene that popped into my head when I read the question is from the movie Nell, with Jodie Foster. It has been many years since I saw it, but Nell was found after her mother’s death and seemed to be a young woman who was let to grow up as sort of a feral child. In one scene she was seen bathing, in a stream I think, and her nudity underlined her innocence and vulnerability.

My husband had an old episode of My 3 Sons on the other day, and I spotted Jodie as one of Dodie’s little friends, she looked to be about 7 years old. Maybe that’s why she was top of mind for me.
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ITA.

There's a lesser-known but also excellent movie called "In Darkness" which is also about a man who hadn't meant to rescue Jews but did, and it has a scene where a group of women, of all ages, are marched into the woods and shot. They're all naked, which adds to the plot because it reflects humiliation.
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It was an HBO movie, but Strip Search had very integral, and very uncomfortable nudity.
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Yes. What a putz I was. Damn similar titles.
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A 1976 Japanese movie (that could not be shown unedited in Japan) called "In the Realm of the Senses," which told a supposedly true story about an obsessive sexual relationship before WWII, had not only full frontal nudity of both sexes, but actual sex acts on screen. It was not pornography (no close-ups, for one thing) but it did have a tough time getting shown in some parts of the world. Although the story could have been told less graphically, the nudity and sex was pretty much the entire story.

One bit of hypocrisy and irony in the Japanese movie biz: the lead actor, Tatsuya Fuji, suffered no ill effects on his career from this film, even though we saw his willy both soft and hard, and in use, during the film. He is still a busy working actor today. But his leading lady, Eiko Matsuda, was nearly blackballed for her part, and only worked on a few more films, the last one in 1982. She died in 2011.
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But his leading lady, Eiko Matsuda, was nearly blackballed for her part
Are we still doing phrasing?
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Kathy Bates getting into the hot tub in "About Schmidt."

I saw that movie on opening weekend and we did not know that scene was in the movie. The only other time I've heard a movie audience howl that loudly in reaction to a scene they didn't know was in the movie was the "choking on vomit" sequence in "This Is Spinal Tap", the first time I saw it in a theater.
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The above reference to "uncomfortable nudity" reminded me of the film Babel. I will not attempt to summarize or characterize it further, it really merits watching.

N.B.: It is heartbreaking.
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And most any movie regarding the Holocaust and the like. (Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS and such, excluded.)
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The Magdalene Sisters had a scene where a priest examines the--prisoners? Inmates? Not sure how to describe their status--in the shower. It was very comparable to a similar scene in Schindler's List.
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A nude Arnie arrives from the future in Terminator.
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In The Crying Game, Dil's intentionally startling nude scene is absolutely essential to the plot.

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In The Crying Game, Dil's intentionally startling nude scene is absolutely essential to the plot.
Ninja'ed AGAIN!
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This is the one I came in to mention. Male and female prisoners, all ages, shapes and sizes, being paraded in from of the Nazi doctors, to determine which ones might be useful workers.
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This is the one I came in to mention. Male and female prisoners, all ages, shapes and sizes, being paraded in from of the Nazi doctors, to determine which ones might be useful workers.
But the girlfriend nudity was absolutely gratuitous and out of character for Spielberg.
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A Room With a View. The full frontal nudity scene of the village vicar cavorting with the younger boys in a totally non-sexual way in the swimming hole, just letting go and succumbing to the simple joy of the moment, humanized him in a wonderful way.

Maybe my all-time favorite film ever.
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The Magdalene Sisters had a scene where a priest examines the--prisoners? Inmates? Not sure how to describe their status--in the shower. It was very comparable to a similar scene in Schindler's List.
Yes, you just reminded me of The Pawnbroker.
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Since Halle Berry has been mentioned in the other thread for "Swordfish", she should be mentioned here for "Monster's Ball".
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There's an HBO/BBC movie about a dirty bomb going off in London. I forget the name of the movie, but it's very well done. There is a scene of random citizens being decontaminated before they are allowed to leave the area. Everyone is stripped of their clothes and they go through a very harsh shower. There is no segregating of the sexes or anything. It is very dehumanizing.
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Karen Allen in Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Gratuitous or no? I could go either way.
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You mean Brooke Adams?
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A Room With a View. The full frontal nudity scene of the village vicar cavorting with the younger boys in a totally non-sexual way in the swimming hole, just letting go and succumbing to the simple joy of the moment, humanized him in a wonderful way.

Maybe my all-time favorite film ever.
Seconded!

Here's the scene:

A Room With a View 1985 - bathing scene

(Watch till the ladies come strolling by towards the end.)
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The Naked Prey - Literally in the title
Vanishing Point - The girl on the motorcycle, exuding innocence and sexuality.
Walkabout - Jenny Augutter - First swimming alone in the pond, then with The Boy and Her Brother at the end.

Almost any movie by Korean director Kim Ki Duk.

Note: A common theme of his films is that his characters have no proper names.

The Bow - The Old Man giving The Girl a bath
Samaritan Girl - Yeo Jin and Jae Yeong in the bathhouse
Sping, Summer, Fall, Winter...Spring - The Disciple and The Woman
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A 1976 Japanese movie (that could not be shown unedited in Japan) called "In the Realm of the Senses," which told a supposedly true story about an obsessive sexual relationship before WWII, had not only full frontal nudity of both sexes, but actual sex acts on screen. It was not pornography (no close-ups, for one thing) but it did have a tough time getting shown in some parts of the world. Although the story could have been told less graphically, the nudity and sex was pretty much the entire story.

One bit of hypocrisy and irony in the Japanese movie biz: the lead actor, Tatsuya Fuji, suffered no ill effects on his career from this film, even though we saw his willy both soft and hard, and in use, during the film. He is still a busy working actor today. But his leading lady, Eiko Matsuda, was nearly blackballed for her part, and only worked on a few more films, the last one in 1982. She died in 2011.
It's available on pornhub. It's definitely high brow pornography.

I miss 70's porn. You got everything from thought provoking situations, mind bending ideas, social commentary to comedy to romance and tragedies. These days it's just a countdown to the anal scene.

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