The film was denied a MPAA seal of approval due to a scene between Oliver Reed and Carol White that implied oral sex. Universal distributed the film through a subsidiary that was not a signatory to the MPAA. Along with a similar scene in Charlie Bubbles (1967), this helped to bring about the end of the Production Code and its replacement with a ratings system.
The BBFC originally requested the complete removal of Josie's single use of 'fucking' for the film's cinema release. A compromise was reached between the censors and Michael Winner, and instead the word was partly obscured by the sound of a car horn.