Obscenity battle cost OKC plenty
In the 1990s, a dust-up over obscenity proved costly to Oklahoma City taxpayers.
A group called Oklahomans for Children and Families complained the movie “The Tin Drum” was obscene.
About a small boy's response to the rise of the Nazis before World War II, the film won the Academy Award for best foreign language film in 1979.
After a district judge said “The Tin Drum” was pornographic, Oklahoma City police seized videotapes of the film in June 1997.
A federal judge later ruled rounding up copies of the film was unconstitutional.
Settling legal challenges to the seizures eventually cost the city more than $700,000.
William Crum, Staff Writer