TNT Jackson is a 1974 US/Philippines action film by Cirio H Santiago With Jeannie Bell, Chiquito and Stan Shaw.
Cut by the BBFC for VHS. Uncut on UK DVD and in the US
Summary Review: Topless kung-fu
Jeannie Bell is TNT Jackson! She's on the trail of the scum-suckin' pigs who killed her brother! Watch out! TNT's not just beautiful, she's a martial arts master with vengeance on her mind!
Yes, this movie does contain our heroine's topless kung-fu battle! There is a nice butterfly-knife sequence that was presumably cut by UK censor and enough nudity and charm to make things bearable. Not bad...
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence and nudity after BBFC cuts were waived for:
To Kill a Priest is a 1988 France / USA historical thriller by Agnieszka Holland.
Starring Christopher Lambert, Ed Harris and Joss Ackland.
Cut by the BBFC for both category and animal cruelty for a 15 rated cinema release in 1988. The animal cruelty cuts were retained for 1987 18 rated VHS. Uncut elsewhere in the world and MPAA R rated in the US.
A young priest speaks out against the Communist regime in Poland and is killed for it.
UK: Passed 18 after 21s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:
1989 RCA/Columbia Pictures VHS
Thanks to Scott. The BBFC video cuts to animal cruelty were:
After man escapes with stolen dog in car, remove sight of dog's head trapped in window as it is wound up
UK: Passed 15 after 3:41s of BBFC cuts for:
1988 cinema release
21s of cuts were compulsory on grounds of animal cruelty and the remainder were category cuts to obtain a 15 rating.
Thanks to Scott. The BBFC cinema cuts were:
Reel 4 After man escapes with stolen dog in car, remove sight of dog's head trapped in window as it is wound up (21s cut to conform with Cinematograph Films [Animals] Act 1937).
Reel 5 In murder of priest in forest, reduce number of blows to his head.
Reel 6 Reduce to minimum necessary to establish plot the sequence in which priest's head is covered with plastic bag before he is thrown into river, removing in particular all close shots of bloody face through plastic.
When captain returns home to wife after committing murder, remove sight of her legs over his shoulders during sex as well as his facial reaction to orgasm (whole scene removed by distributor).
To Make a Killing is a 1988 Australia thriller by Karl Zwicky.
Starring Tamblyn Lord, Craig Pearce and John Godden.
Cut by the BBFC for 1991 VHS. Uncut and R18+ rated in Australia. There seem be 2 versions of the film titled Vicious and To Make a Killing
Four years before Romper Stomper seized the attention of Australian audiences in a flurry of controversy, Karl Zwicky and P.J. Hogan executed an intense thriller that according to David Stratton is a terrifyingly nasty
film... the more terrifying because it is so believable.
To Make a Killing (aka Vicious) is a harrowing exploration of inner suburban crime, a dark world where it is difficult to tell your friends from your enemies. What starts as a burglary soon turns into a killing spree. ...
UK: Passed 18 after 9s (some substitution) of BBFC compulsory cuts for:
1991 Oasis Pictures VHS
Thanks to Gary for his comments and the BBFC cuts:
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At 47˝ mins When gangleader Terry is given drink by woman, restore the overcut exchange of looks between them by inserting two extra close-ups from the earlier version (i.e 'VICIOUS') so that she smiles first and he
responds instinctively before retreating into impassivity to protect his vulnerability; then return to her again in TO MAKE A KILLING as she is still trying to smile before he shoots her.
At 52 mins When Terry tells hero that they are all going to have sex with Sondra, reduce shot of her legs kicking in protest as she is held by other boy, removing first part of shot as it pans down from her thighs and
resuming on her feet kicking.
At 52˝ mins Shortly after, reduce shot of Terry pulling down top of her T-shirt by removing first part, resuming to see him clutching top of dress between her breasts.
The second two cuts are definitely intact in the Australian DVD, so I've no reason to doubt that it's uncut.
I've reason to believe that the earlier version called Vicious may have been differently edited, as per the comment on the first cut. It is not the last time the BBFC have actually reedited part of a film instead of simply cutting it.
It is an interesting film, though rather milder now than its reputation was at the time. I don't doubt it would get through the BBFC uncut nowadays.
The 1996 video from Imperial Entertainment was cut as was the 2003 ILC Prime DVD but somehow the DVD released was actually uncut.
The BBFC explained their cuts: Cuts required to remove sexualised violence in scene where man fondles and exposes woman's breasts prior to strangulation and subsequent sight of her lying dead with breast exposed.
To the Limit is a 1995 USA action crime thriller by Raymond Martino.
Starring Anna Nicole Smith, Joey Travolta and John Aprea.
Cut by the BBFC for VHS and DVD (although the DVD cuts seem to have not been implemented). Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Colette is an attractive ex-CIA agent seeking revenge against a ruthless villain and his organization of trained assassins for the murder of her husband while the man is also after mobster Frank Di Vinci for his own personal reasons. It isn't long
before the paths of both Colette and Frank meet whom they share the same vendetta against the same man and they reluctantly try to co-operate with each other to bring him down.
UK: Released without required cuts being implemented for:
Very erotic and sick at the same time. This movie leads you down the dark allies of human sexuality. But it touches more than the loins. This is mostly because of the innocence of the Ai, the main character. Her quest for
true love and happiness stands in a deep contrast with the dark nighttime of Tokyo, ridden with perverse sex and cocaine.
This movie is a must for people interested in culture, sexuality and gender roles. It gives perfect examples of how power play somehow gets us excited, but mainly rests upon images of gender and sex we have invented inside our culture. It's a
little Foucault, it's a little de Sade, it's just very interesting.
The cut US R Rated Version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
The scene with Mr. Satoh before he talks to his girlfriend is longer, including the scene showing him actually inserting the vibrator into Ai after she came out of the shower.
Ai licking both Mr. Satoh and his girlfriend as they are having sex.
Before Ai arrives to Mr. Satoh's room, they are slow-motion scenes showing Yakuza storming into Mr. Satoh's room, yelling at him for being a failure and restrains him. Despite his pleas, the Yakuza tie his girlfriend up and hooks her up with
drugs, with him watching and being helpless to help her. The Yakuza then take turns sadistically raping and beating her.
Shortly after the guy says 'Let her go' referring to Ai, the scene returns to Satoh's bedroom where the Yakuza slashes the right side of her face with a tanto knife to show who's the boss, explaining why later her face is bandaged when she
returns the ring to Ai. The scene then goes back to the lobby showing Ai running into the elevator scared. Miyuki, who was waiting for her, meets up with her after she gets out of the elevator. Seeing her terrified, Miyuki asks her what was
wrong. Ai shakes her head saying everything was all right, it's just he wasn't home that's all. They then go to the young client's room.
The scene where the young client asks to be strangled is longer, showing Ai and Miyuki walking into his room being addressed as Mistress and Mistress Ai.
The 2006 Warner DVD restored the blasted head but retained the cuts for animal cruelty: Cut was required to remove instance of animal cruelty (in this case a horse falling forward over its head in a shoot-out scene)
Tom Jones is a 1963 UK comedy adventure by Tony Richardson.
Starring Albert Finney, Susannah York and George Devine.
Passed X uncut by the BBFC for 1963 cinema release. BBFC have required animal cruelty cuts for all releases since 1971. The animal cruelty cuts were waived by the BBFC for 12 rated home video in 2018. The film exists in a longer original
version and a shortened Director's Cut. Both versions are uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
In eighteenth century England, "first cousins" Tom Jones and Master Blifil grew up together in privilege in the western countryside, but could not be more different in nature. Tom, the bastard son of one of Squire Allworthy's servants Jenny Jones
and the local barber Partridge, was raised by virtuous Allworthy as his own after he sent Jenny away. Tom is randy, chasing anything in a skirt, he having a sexual relationship on the sly with Molly Seagrim, the peasant daughter of Allworthy's
gamekeeper. Tom is nonetheless kind-hearted and good-natured, he who is willing to defend that and those in which he believes. Blifil, on the other hand, is dour, and although outwardly pious, is cold-hearted and vengeful.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 12 uncut for moderate sex references, violence, language with previous cuts waived for:
2018 Bfi [Director's Cut + Theatrical Version] RB Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
2018 Bfi Woodfall [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut] RB Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
There does not seem to be a record of this in the BBFC database.
From IMDb. When the film was first submitted to the BBFC, director John Trevelyan suggested to Tony Richardson that the film would pass as an A if he removed a shot of Mrs Waters cradling an oyster on her tongue before swallowing it
during the famous eating sequence. Richardson refused and the film was passed as an X.
US: The Original Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2018 Criterion Collection [Original Version + Director's Cut] RA Blu-ray
at US Amazon
2018 Criterion Collection [Original Version + Director's Cut] R1 DVD
at US Amazon
Tombs of the Blind Dead is a 1971 Spanish/Portugese horror by Amando de Ossorio. With César Burner, Lone Fleming and María Elena Arpón.
Cut in the US for a PG rating. Cut by the BBFC for all home video releases. The US Unrated version is uncut
Summary Review: Wicked Ending
In the 13th century there existed a legion of evil knights known as the Templars, who quested for eternal life by drinking human blood and committing sacrifices.
Tombs Of The Blind Dead is the first, the originator, and it RULES. Church bells become dinner bells, as the ominous tolling of the chimes signals the rising of the dead Templar Knights, an undead sect of religious warriors who weren't that
nice when they were alive. A few centuries in the grave hasn't tempered their humors much, and now they're blind to boot, hunting by sound (and they hear REAL good), seeking fresh human blood to sustain their lumbering, unholy existences.
The Templars are horror icons, and deservedly so. And the wicked ending is the perfect finish to a movie like this.
US: Uncut Spanish Version is MPAA Unrated for
2014 Blue Underground/E1 [Complete Blind Dead Saga] R1 DVD
at US Amazon
UK: The Spanish Version was passed 18 after 16s of BBFC cuts with the remainder of previous cuts waived for:
2005 Anchor Bay R2 DVD
The BBFC cuts were:
Cuts required to eroticised sexual assault
The victim suffers hard blows to the face to stop her struggling
her breasts are forcibly exposed and groped
the camera particularly focuses on her breasts during the assault
UK: The Spanish Version was passed 18 after 1:51s of BBFC cuts for:
1994 Redemption VHS
The BBFC hacked a rape scene:
The major cut is to a rape scene which occurs before the attack of the Templars in the cemetery. The BBFC have removed well over a minute of the detail of the rape scene. In the cut version all you see of the rape is the heroine being pulled
to the floor.
UK: The cut US Version was passed 18 after 1:57s of further BBFC cuts for:
1988 Channel 5 VHS
UK: A short version was passed X (18) without BBFC cuts for:
The BBFC passed the Director's Cut 15 uncut for the 2009 Buena Vista DVD.
version details on
IMDb : The Director's Cut restores about nine minutes of uncontentious footage. The most noticeable are:
a scene showing the depths of Mattie's addiction to laudanum and her jealousy over Josephine
a sombre soliloquy by Doc quoting Kublai Khan;
a scene explaining Kate's sudden disappearance from the film, with Doc stressing the importance of friendship;
a scene with McMasters and the Cowboys meeting one last time. A small scene showing the graphic result of that meeting has been re-inserted with the line "They got McMasters!" being moved into this small insert.
Tomorrow Never Dies is a 1997 UK/US James Bond action film by Roger Spottiswoode.
With Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce and Michelle Yeoh.
Some cuts were made by the MPAA for theatrical release. More cut by the BBFC for a 12 rated cinema release. The BBFC made further cuts for 12 rated VHS and 2001. The BBFC cuts were dropped for the 15 rated 2002 DVD but original US cuts still
apply. This is the International Version and is the best available. The Inernational Version was rated 12 by the BBFC in 2012.
The International Version includes some cuts made at the rough cut stage to secure an MPAA PG-13 rating. It was substantially less cut than the UK cinema release and has now become the definitive version.
UK: The International Version was passed 12 after a further 6s of BBFC video cuts
2001 MGM R2 DVD
1998 MGM VHS
1998 Warner VHS
The BBFC commented on their video cuts:
Tomorrow Never Dies followed the pattern of the recent Bonds of being slightly too violent for its intended audience. When it opened in the cinema, the Board considered that, on grounds of violence, the film had just
scraped through as a 12, yet to our surprise, the British public, for all their reported concern about screen violence, lapped it up, content to treat James Bond as fantasy violence. The producers were alerted to the probability that, if 12
were to remain the target category on video, the film might need further cuts in violence, since the Video Recordings Act laid down the need to assess the likelihood of underage viewing, which in this case was a virtual certainty.
The additional BBFC video cuts were:
Cuts to scene where Michelle Yeoh dispatches one of the bad guys by means of a throwing star.
Removed scene of Michelle Yeoh taking throwing star from a hidden compartment in her shoe
Cuts to scene where Bond stamps on a man's face
UK: Passed 12 after BBFC suggested cuts at the rough cut stage were implemented for:
1997 cinema release
There have been sound cuts throughout the video.
Reduced impact sounds in fight at Carver's (Jonathon Price's) studio party
Bond gets hit by a baseball bat twice instead of four times
Reduced impact sounds in Chakra torture scene
Reduced impact sounds in fight in bike shop
Reduced impact sounds of Wai Lin's (Michelle Yeoh's) kung-fu kicks
Reduced sound of man being scalded by steam
Reduced sound of Carver being hit by an engine and then his death scream
Reduced impact sounds of Bond's (Pierce Brosnan's) climatic fight scene
Too Hot to Handle is a 1977 US/Philippines action drama by Don Schain
with Cheri Caffaro, Aharon Ipalé and Vic Diaz.
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1977. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Summary Review: Sexy Adventure
Sexy adventure film has international hit lady Cheri Caffaro involved in James Bondish escapades in Manila. She accepts a mission to kill a group of gangsters in the Philippines, but problems arise when she falls for the detective investigating
Caffaro is very sexy in an aggressive sort of way, and the director eroticizes the violence (Caffaro is virtually turned on by pain and death). That is quite a daring thing for a movie to do, and the people here deserve some credit for even
attempting it. The climax of the film is surprisingly suspenseful.
From IMDb. The US R Rated version was heavily cut to avoid an NC-17:
The "drill kill" of the girl in the apartment was about 20-30 seconds longer, showing much more blood fly out of the back of her head, and the drill going all the way through her mouth. After the killer retracts the drill, he then
begins drilling again into her head. Also, this scene is well-lit as opposed to the darkened version in the "R" rated cut.
The man getting his head sawed in half; this scene was much longer. More blood and grue flies out as the killer saws, and the aftermath of the top half of the man's head being ripped off was shown, and the camera lingers longer on it when it
hits the ground.
The man being strapped to the table and killed was a bit longer. There were more hits with the hammer, more screams from the man, and a better view of the powder being poured on his head. A more grisly after-view of the man's lye-laden head
was present afterward.
The cut violence has appeared as DVD Extras but there is no sign of an uncut release, so for the moment this is the best available version.
The Toolbox Murders is a 1978 US horror by Dennis Donnelly.
With Cameron Mitchell and Pamelyn Ferdin.
Cut by the BBFC for 1979 X rated cinema release. Banned as a video nasty on VHS in 1983. Cut by the BBFC for VHS and DVD from 2000 until the BBFC cuts were waived for 2017 18 rated DVD and Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Review: Grisly
The Toolbox Murders starts out with 20 minutes or so of grisly and very well done kill scenes, all of which involve tools. If you like violence, then you'll love the introduction of this film. If you're a sucker for
nudity in horror films, then you'll appreciate the introduction to this film for that as well.
After the kills are complete, the middle portion of this movie is a lot of talk with little or no gore. However the dialog between the killer and the kidnapped girl is very interesting.
If you have the attention span to sit through 'slower' moments of this film, then you'll find something to enjoy in it.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, sexualised nudity with all previous BBFC cuts waived for:
A scene was cut showing a naked woman fleeing from the masked attacker with a nail gun. as he pursues her around a bedroom. He shoots her in the back. She slumps to the ground and he shoots her in the head.
The film has been playing uncut on Zone Horror channel so presumably the BBFC would not cut the film if it were to be resubmitted.
UK: Released on pre-cert video for:
1981 Hokushn VHS
Released on Pre-VRA video by Hokushn in November 1981 and made it onto the
video nasties list in November 1983. It was removed from the list in May 1985 as it was a BBFC approved version.
There are conflicting reports about versions released by Hokushin. The best theory seems to be that there were two versions released:
A cut version missing around 6 minutes of footage. This seems to be in excess of the often quoted cinema version which was missing around 2 minutes. This seems to the most common version with a runtime noted as 83:56s. Maybe there is a
possibility that it was doubly speeded up during NTSC to PAL conversion
Tooned 50 [Part 3] is a animation video by Henry Trotter and Chris Waitt.
With Jenson Button, Sergio Perez and Alexander Armstrong.
Cut for category by the BBFC for 2013 DVD
UK: Passed PG for mild bad language after 1s of BBFC category cuts for:
2013 Abbey Home Media Group plc video
The BBFC commented:
Company chose to remove an inadequately obscured use of strong language in order to obtain a PG classification. Cut made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut 12 classification was available.
Tootsie is a 1982 USA comedy romance by Sydney Pollack.
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange and Teri Garr.
BBFC category cuts for a PG rated 1983 cinema release, then uncut and 15 rated for home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is an unemployed actor with a reputation for being 'difficult'. Desperate for work, Michael dresses up in drag in an attempt to land a part in a daytime soap as a mature woman. He succeeds, and
achieves instant fame as Dorothea Michaels. However, complications develop when he falls in love with Julie, a female cast member (Jessica Lange), while simultaneously having to fend off the amorous advances of both Julie's father (Charles
Durning) and male actors on the set.
Top Sensation is a 1969 Italy drama by Ottavio Alessi.
Starring Rosalba Neri, Edwige Fenech and Eva Thulin.
Banned by the BBFC for 1970 cinema release. passed 18 uncut for 2016 DVD. Uncut and X rated in the US but later cut for an MPAA R rating. There is also a German version and mentions of additional footage shot in 1970.
Attempting to cure her mentally handicapped son's virginity, his mother and several friends embark on a cruise which strands them on nearly deserted island where lust and murder are on the menu!
The BBFC suggested cuts for the 2009 cinema release and 2009 Pathe DVD.
This film was originally shown to the BBFC in an unfinished version. The BBFC advised the company that the film was likely to receive a 18 classification but that the requested 15 certificate could be achieved
by making reductions to a number of scenes. In particular the BBFC suggested that the number of blows in a fight scene should be reduced; an aggressive use of very strong language should be removed; sexual bullying of a naked young male in
showers should be significantly reduced; sexualised killing of a partially naked young male should be significantly reduced; visual element of a severed penis in condom in comic context should be reduced; focus on a screwdriver embedded in hand
should be reduced; focus on screwdriver in neck should be reduced, along with subsequent closer focus on neck wound as blood flows. When the finished version of the film was submitted, all the reductions had been made satisfactorily and the film
was classified 15 .
Tormentor is a 1973 Italy/Spain horror mystery thriller by Maurizio Pradeaux.
With Robert Hoffmann, Nieves Navarro and George Martin.
Cut by the BBFC for 1974 X rated cinema release. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US
Ketty, a photographer living in Rome, accidentally witnesses the murder of a young woman at the hands of a razor-wielding maniac. Ketty and her fiance, Alberto, go to the police--only to learn that two other witnesses to the
crime have been slashed to death. Ketty fears that she will be the next victim when her ballerina friend Magda is brutally killed by the same elusive culprit. The police are baffled, unable to find a motive. It is Alberto who discovers the
connection: all the murdered girls were dancers. Investigating further, Ketty finds a photo identifying the killer. But before she can warn Alberto, Ketty is trapped in a lonely greenhouse, stalked by the homicidal madman!
Torso is a 1973 Italy horror mystery thriller by Sergio Martino.
Starring Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont and Luc Merenda.
The Italian Version was shortened for an English language version. This English version was MPAA R rated in the US but was cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1975 and 18 rated VHS in 1990. The BBFC cuts were waived when the Italian
Version was released on 18 rated DVD in 2007.
Summary Review: Worth the wait
Someone is strangling coeds in Perugia. The only clue is that the killer owns a red and black scarf, and police are stumped. American exchange student Jane and her friends decide to take a break from classes by going up to Danielle's uncle's
villa in the country. Unfortunately the killer decides to follow, and the women begin suffering a rapid attrition problem.
This is one of those Italian horror classics that's actually worth the wait. Not as well put together as Argento or Fulci, but packed with really great jazz tinged music and some totally unforgetable scenes, mainly the
beautifully shot murder in the woods and the final showdown in the house with Suzy Kendall and the masked killer. Almost a classic.
UK: The Italian Version was passed 18 uncut after previous cuts waived for:
The US distributor/producer Joseph Brenner brought the film into the US movie theaters. He created his own edited version of the film with different titles,but this had to be cut further for an R rated US Theatrical Version
Torture Garden is a 1967 UK horror fantasy by Freddie Francis.
Starring Jack Palance, Burgess Meredith and Beverly Adams.
Not cut by the BBFC or MPAA but an Extended Version has been released on DVD.
A special sideshow torture exhibit has the power, according to showman Dr. Diablo, to warn people of evil in their futures. One by one, skeptical customers stand before the Fate Atropos to be shown the greed and violence they're hiding behind
their respectable facades.
UK: An Extended Version was passed 12 uncut for moderate horror and violence for:
2005 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment video
UK: An Extended Version was passed 15 uncut for:
1989 RCA/Columbia Pictures VHS
From IMDb. The Extended Version has 7 minutes of additional material. The additional footage consists of more scenes of Dr. Diablo introducing devices of torture, a longer electric chair scene, and more footage in the Terror Over Hollywood
The distributor had requested a 15 rating for the 1990 cinema release but the examiners' reports show that BBFC examiners had concerns about scenes of violence at this category. They also recommended against cuts to a film expertly and
technically executed . Examiners considered the impact on the audience of the combination of action and violence as well as the likely appeal of the film to teenagers. But ultimately the examiners concluded that the levels of punchy and
upfront violence would best be represented by an 18 certificate.
Touch of Evil is a 1958 USA crime thriller by Orson Welles.
Starring Charlton Heston, Orson Welles and Janet Leigh.
The BBFC cut the Theatrical Version for an A rated 1958 cinema release. Home video releases are uncut. In addition there is also a preview version and a reconstructed version.
Orson Welles created the first cut known as the Preview Version. It did not impress the studio and they gave the editors job to somebody else to produce the Theatrical Version. Orson Welles sent the studio a 58 page letter describing his visions
for the film. This letter was used to create the Reconstructed Version which is felt to be the version closest to Director's wishes for the film.
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.
UK: The Reconstructed Version/Re-edited Version was passed 12 uncut for:
2011 Eureka Limited Edition [Reconstructed+Preview+Theatrical] RB Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
Tough and Deadly is a 1995 USA action thriller by Steve Cohen.
Starring Billy Blanks, Roddy Piper and Richard Norton.
Uncut for 2003 Hollywood DVD but an unknown pre-cut version was used for other VHS and DVD releases
Elmo Freech is a private investigator and was contracted by John Portland, a CIA agent who suffers amnesia, in oder to reveale a dubious case of drug smuggling in which are involved big fishes of the CIA and from Washington.
Tourist Trap is a 1979 USA horror mystery thriller by David Schmoeller.
With Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones and Jon Van Ness.
Not cut by censors but US and UK Blu-ray releases have been shortened by about 4 minutes. DVD releases are uncut.
An eerie and deserted wax museum, SLAUSEN S LOST OASIS, is the site for spine-tingling terror where four unsuspecting young travelers (Including TANYA ROBERTS from Charlie s Angels & A View to a Kill ) are lured into a very
deadly TOURIST TRAP. Slausen (CHUCK CONNERS, Soylent Green ) is the reclusive and bizarre owner of this attraction, which is actually more like a macabre chamber of horrors. The grotesque and frightening mannequins in this sordid side-show are
only the beginning of the murderous mayhem and nightmarish madness to come..
Tower of London is a 1962 USA historical horror thriller by Roger Corman.
Starring Vincent Price, Michael Pate and Joan Freeman.
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1962 cinema release. Uncut and 12 rated for 2017 Blu-ray. Uncut in the US.
On the death of his brother King Edward IV, Richard of Gloucester conspires to get the throne for himself. The late King had two young sons, his heir, Edward V and the younger Prince Richard, but they are not of age and so names his other
brother, Clarence as Lord Protector of the Realm. Gloucester soon kills his younger brother but is haunted by his ghost and what he has done. As he continues to kill those around him, Gloucester is haunted by those he has betrayed hearing voices
and slowly descending into madness. He spreads rumors that the late King's two sons are illegitimate and therefore not eligible to ascend to the throne. He assassinates the young princes and is crowned King Richard III. The ghosts from his past
have the final say however.
UK: The UK Version was passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, scenes of torture for:
The Toxic Avenger is a 1984 USA action comedy horror sci-fi by Michael Herz & Lloyd Kaufman.
With Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen and Jennifer Prichard.
Heavily cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. This R rated version was released without BBFC cuts for cinema release, VHS and DVD. A pre-cut version based on the Director's Cut was also passed without BBFC cuts for 20013 DVD. The Director's Cut
and an extended Japanese Version were released uncut in 2014 but no BBFC details yet. The Director's Cut and an extended Japanese Version are available in the US and are MPAA Unrated.
Welcome to Tromaville, New Jersey -- a small American town, terrorized by criminals. The town's corrupt mayor sits idly by while muggers, robbers and teenage punks victimize helpless citizens. Among the residents of
Tromaville is Melvin, a nerdy, emaciated janitor at the local health club. That is, until he becomes The Toxic Avenger! A gang of thugs devise a cruel hoax that goes horribly wrong as Melvin is cast through a third story window and into a vat of
hazardous toxic waste. However, an unexpected metamorphosis takes place. As the chemicals take hold of his body, Melvin turns into the Toxic Avenger, doer of good and brutal mauler of evil! The rest, as they say, is history. The excitement is
non-stop as the hero sets out to single handedly wipe out the forces of evil that torment the people of Tromaville. THE TOXIC AVENGER is non-stop entertainment that will leave the viewer s glowing from the fun.
Thanks to Andrew and Chris, April 2008: Zone Horror
The Toxic Avenger is being shown on Zone Horror in the uncut version. All the gore and nunchaku scenes are included-even the famous head squash in the gym! Graphic yes, but its so badly done that to me it just becomes a moment of black comedy
genius, a la Bad taste , Braindead etc.
UK: Uncut but no BBFC details yet for:
2014 88 Films [Director's Cut + Japanese Version] Limited Edition Steelbook R0 Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
2014 88 Films [Director's Cut + Japanese Version] R0 Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
The Japanese cut is longer and it has some alternate plot development and character development footage but don't go in expecting much more in the way of sex or gore when compared to the director's cut version.
If you don't already have the director's cut DVD, this is probably the one you want to go for as it is the longest, but it doesn't necessarily flow better.
UK: A Pre-cut Version, presumably the R rated version, was passed 18 without further BBFC cuts for:
2005 Prism R2 DVD
1996 Allied Troma VHS
1986 Palan VHS
1986 cinema release
In response to a query to the BBFC:
Toxic Avenger was never actually cut by the BBFC. However, the version submitted to us was heavily pre-cut by the distributors before it was sent in. The version classified (without cuts) by the Board runs at about 75
minutes, whereas the full version runs about 90 minutes. From what we understand a number of sequences of gore and violence were toned down throughout and a scene involving the use of chainsticks was also removed because, at the time, it was
well known that the Board did not allow the use of these weapons in films). It is entirely possible that it might be possible to classify a stronger version of the film now - perhaps even the full version, but we cannot say for sure without a
Cuts for an R rating were as follows:
Dialogue cut heavily from the scene in the locker room, where Slug, and Wanda talk about hit-and-run pedestrians.
Slug, and Wanda screwing, is briefly shortened.
Heavily cut; the famous head-crushing. The hit-and-run kid moving, and the crew backing up with the car, and crushing his head, and Wanda and Julie going out to take pictures of the corpse, and then the crew driving away, are all cut out in
Shinbone alley; Cigarface kicking O'Clancy, who's on the ground.
Toxic Avenger Part II is 1989 US comedy horror by Michael Herz & Lloyd Kaufman. With Ron Fazio, John Altamura and Phoebe Legere.
Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. This cut version was further cut by the BBFC for VHS. The Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut for DVD and Blu-ray since 2003.
Toxie's mean, green, and back on the screen! Melvin Junko was a nerdy 98lb weakling until he fell into a vat of toxic waste, turning him into the first ever superhuman superhero from New Jersey. This time the hideously deformed creature of
superhuman size and strength takes on Tokyo.
UK: The Director's Cut was passed 18 with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
From IMDB. The Unrated Director's Cut is 7:27s longer than the cut US R Rated Version:
The wheelchair death is gorier and quite longer. He squeezes his body till his intestines burst out of his stomach (along with buckets of blood). Then Toxie takes the wheelchair, picks it up and throws it aside.
The villain who gets choked with the vine and has roses shoved into his eye sockets is gorier and longer. It shows Toxie choking him more and also blood squirting out his neck (he also spits out blood) and it also shows Toxie shoving the
roses in his eyes.
A gorier version of the scene when Toxie punches the Black villain's face in showing blood run down his face and also his body dropping to the ground, showing what's left of his head.
When Toxie bashes the two villains; heads off, it usually cuts to them dancing; in the uncut print their bodies first drop to the ground, causing blood to splash out of their necks (and it also shows toxie tearing hair from their scalps!)
The Indian villain's death shows Toxie tearing his ears off his head
Toxie chases down 3 rapists and kills 2; in the R-rated version the 3rd one (a woman) is never shown. In the uncut print he chases her to a radio station where he shoves cords, microphones in her body
A scene showing Toxie and the Japenese chick playing a game.
A new scene of Toxie complaining that everyone in Japan is staring at him.
Two fights scenes are added. One between two warriors (one gets crushed by Toxie's foot and the other gets thrown on some stand) and a Japanese drag queen who keeps trying to rape Roxie
UK: The cut US R Rated Version was passed 18 after a further 1:07s of BBFC cuts for:
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie is a 1989 USA action comedy horror by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman.
Starring Ron Fazio, Phoebe Legere and John Altamura.
The Theatrical Version was cut for an MPAA R rating but the Director's Cut is unrated and uncut. The director later said that he prefers the Theatrical Version and recent releases since Blu-ray have been reflected his preferences. Both versions
have been passed 18 uncut in the UK.
Summary Review: Untempting
Toxie finds he has nothing to do as a superhero, as he has ridden his city of evil. So he decides to go to work for a major corporation, which he discovers may be the evilest of all his adversaries.
Toxie is told that his blind girlfriend Claire, has a chance to see again, but it costs a lot of money. Then Toxie gets the opportunity to work as a spokesman for his enemy Apocolypse Inc. He says "yes" so he can get money for Claire.
Not knowing what he was doing, Apocolypse Inc. takes over Tromaville and makes everyone slaves to work for them. After Claire's surgery, she opens up Toxie's eyes and he has too battle with The Devil himself.
Generally found disappointing but a few reviewers found the funny side somewhere.
Approximately 1:08s of violent footage is missing from the opening sequence. And not everyone is quite convinced that the director really prefers this version.
Thanks to Jon Dracup
88 Films have said that they got the HD print from Troma in the USA, and that the version they and 88 Films released on Blu-Ray, is Lloyd Kaufman's preferred Director's Cut of the film, and it is alleged, Kaufman says
that the missing gore was never meant to be included ! (Hmmmmm! Really?)
Sadly, it's missing a fair bit of violence, mostly from the opening, 10 minute sequence set inside a Tromaville Video Rental store. The cuts noted are:
someone having a broom handle, shoved through their head, and once through the head, the head is then forcibly separated from the body
someone having their intestines removed, and being strangled with them
a scene featuring someone having their hand and fingers squashed in a videocassette-deck
All these scenes appear in previous (non-UK) DVD versions. A shame, as the cuts are really noticeable in the UK Blu-Ray! And according to someone else, the UK audio commentary goes off-kilter and out-of-sync with
what's on-screen, for about 20 seconds too.
Tracers is a 2014 USA action film by Daniel Benmayor.
Starring Taylor Lautner, Marie Avgeropoulos and Rafi Gavron.
Rated R for some violence by the MPAA in May 2014. The producers wanted a PG-13 and appealed the MPAA decision. The appeal was successful and the CARA appeals board re-rated the film PG-13 for some intense violence, perilous action, sexual
content and language.
Wanted by the mafia, a new York City bike messenger escapes into the world of parkour after meeting a beautiful stranger.
Traces of Death is a 1993 USA horror documentary by John Alan Schwartz.
Starring Damon Fox, Maritza Martin Munoz and Emilio Nunez.
Banned by the BBFC for 2005 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Traces of Death is a collection of archive film and borrowed stock footage. In its opening you see the death of a woman named Maritza Martin, who was gunned down by her ex-husband on Spanish language television. We then witness British SAS
troopers storming the Iranian Embassy in 1980, this is followed by a police chase of a criminal in a pick up truck and the deadly finale. It then goes to footage of animal experiments with a grizzly scene of a live pig being burned alive with a
torch. Autopsy footage is then shown of an Asian individual. We are then shown a very graphic presentation on a male to female sex change operation. One interesting scene has a man who had his nasal cavity removed and replaced with a prosthetic,
the footage is most interesting and worth the price of admission. The producers then suddenly return to the death theme with the well known footage of R Budd Dwyer and his on air suicide with a .357 Magnum, followed by a look at one of the most
notorious Nazi villains...
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2003 Brain Damage 9th Anniversary Collector's Edition R1 DVD
UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
2005 Crypt Keeper DVD
The BBFC explained their ban:
Traces of Death comprises a compilation of uncontextualised clips showing real killings, suicides, medical operations, fatal accidents, autopsies and other distressing images . The work presents no journalistic, educational or
other justifying context for the images shown. Rather, the work presents a barrage of sensationalist clips, for what appears to be the underlying purpose of providing prurient entertainment. That this is the essential purpose of the work is
reinforced by the addition of a sparse but sensationalist voice-over, which deliberately makes light of human death, pain and suffering. Some of the most graphic clips are needlessly repeated in slow motion, further underlining the prurient
and exploitative nature of the work.
The Board carefully considered the work in the light of our Guidelines and the tests set down by the Video Recordings Act. A key consideration is the question of any harm that might be caused to potential viewers or, through their behaviour,
to society because of the manner in which the work deals with violence and "horrific behaviour or incidents". The Board has concluded that the video is potentially harmful because of the influence it may have on the attitudes and behaviour of
at least some intended or potential viewers. By presenting actual human death, mutilation and suffering as entertainment, the work has the potential to desensitise viewers, and perhaps even to incite some to harm others. The work invites the
viewer to take sadistic pleasure in death, injury, mutilation and pain and encourages callousness towards victims. Given the flippant and sensationalist nature of the occasional voice over, the work is perhaps especially likely to appeal to
the juvenile humour of young and impressionable persons (whatever its classification). The Board considers that the work may have a significant brutalising effect on their attitude to human life and pain.
Given the potential for the work to deaden the sensitivity of viewers to pain and suffering and to impair the moral development of younger viewers in particular, the Board also considers that the work raises serious concerns about possible
breach of the Obscene Publications Act. This Act makes it an offence to distribute any work that, taken as a whole, has a tendency to deprave and corrupt (i.e. make morally bad) a significant proportion of those likely to see it.
A further consideration for the Board is that of public acceptability. (This is the ground on which, for instance, the Board has regard to issues of bad language.) In this case the combination of the shocking and distressing images in the
work, the lack of any justifying context, the editorial treatment, and the and the possible appeal to a young audience, all appear to the Board to raise serious concerns about the acceptability of the work to public opinion. Taken together
with the harm issues, and potential breach of the law, these concerns about acceptability strengthen the basis for refusal of classification.
The Board considered whether cutting the work would be a viable alternative to refusing a classification certificate. However, the essential difficultly with Traces of Death lies not so much with any particular images (most of which would
have been acceptable in a different, more serious, context) but with the manner in which the images are presented, and with the underlying, exploitative purpose of the work. Cuts would therefore be unlikely to modify the tone and overall
effect of the work acceptably.
This John Wayne film suddenly started getting cut from the Cinema Club version of 2003 (29s). Similar cuts for the Classic Entertainment release and slightly less for the Latest WHE International version (21s).
The BBFC statement reads: Compulsory cuts required to real animal cruelty, sight of horses being ridden off cliff into water and to horse falls.
The 1934 cinema release and all video versions from 1987 to the Delta Music version of 2004 were all uncut
Based on the Imperium Comics series. Six troubled high school students and their chaperon, an optimistic youth ministries Pastor get stranded in the middle of the Trucker's Triangle, a forgotten locus of consummate evil in the middle of
nowhere. The hapless group seeks shelter for the night in a seemingly abandoned trailer park they find down the road. However, when the sun sets, it's not refuge they find. Instead, terror finds them in the form of Norma, a damned redneck
reaper with a killer body who dispenses vengeance and death aided by her cursed companions, a bloodthirsty brood of Undead trailer trash.
The acting is good. Some of the deaths are very brutal and gory but if you can stomach stuff out of say the Saw films then you will be alright with this. The deaths are actually very good and it is a very gory, sexy film with a great
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
2009 Kaleidoscope R2 DVD
2008 cinema release
pictorial cuts from
movie-censorship.com . The Unrated Version is about 40s longer than the Theatrical Version. The main difference is that the skinning of the boy is loess detailed in the Theatrical Version. Other deaths are also less detailed, but this
does not diminish the cruelty of the torture scenes.
Trainspotting is a 1996 UK drama by Danny Boyle.
Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller.
The 1996 UK release was uncut and BBFC 18 rated. However the BBFC asked for cuts for the follow up VHS. The film was also cut in the US for an R rating and this version was released on UK 18 rated DVD without further BBFC cuts. The film was
released uncut on 18 rated DVD and Blu-ray in 2009.
Cut by the BBFC for 1996 18 rated VHS. Cut in the US for an R rating.
A wild, freeform, Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life, focusing on Mark Renton and his attempt to give up his heroin habit, and how the latter affects his relationship with family and friends: Sean Connery wannabe
Sick Boy, dimbulb Spud, psycho Begbie, 14-year-old girlfriend Diane, and clean-cut athlete Tommy, who's never touched drugs but can't help being curious about them...
UK: Passed 18 uncut for very strong language, strong sex and violence and hard drug use for:
2s missing from the sex scene with Renton and Diane.
1s missing of needle injection substituted by a view of Renton's face
UK : Passed 18 after 14s of BBFC cuts for:
1996 Polygram VHS
The cut was:
a 14s cut to Renton's (Ewan McGregor's) shooting-up scene. The BBFC video policy at the time was to cut step-by-step process of drug taking where they thought it was likely to prove both fascinating and instructive.
Trainwreck is a 2015 USA comedy by Judd Apatow.
Starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader and Brie Larson.
Exists as an Extended Version and an Theatrical Version.
Producer Director Judd Apatow from Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, and This is 40, directs breakout comedienne Amy Schumer from Comedy Centrals Inside Amy Schumer in a new comedy about a young woman with a cool job and a busy social schedule, whose
personal life is somewhat of a trainwreck
UK: The Extended Version was passed 15 uncut for strong language, sex, sex references for:
Trans-Europ-Express is a 1967 France/Belgium thriller by Alain Robbe-Grillet.
With Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marie-France Pisier and Nadine Verdier.
Informally banned by the BBFC in 1967. X rated in in 1977 for cinema release. 15 rated in 2013 on DVD
This stylish, cult 1966 erotic thriller stars French new wave icons Jean-Louis Trintigant. He plays a drug courier smuggling a stash of cocaine from Paris to Antwerp on the Trans-Europ-Express. Matters are complicated by
surreal encounters with police, three filmmakers who are also on the train making a film about drug-traffickers and erotic-fantasy sequences featuring Pisier being bound and subjected to Trintignant's will.
One of the most entertaining and involving films I've ever seen, managing to be cerebral and clever as can be while never giving into being impenetrable for the sake of being impenetrable.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence and sexual fetish images for:
The film was first screened privately for Trevelyan by the distributor, Connoisseur, to gauge his personal opinion. He indicated that all references to and depictions of sexual sadism would have to be removed: This kind of sexual
perversion is a dangerous one and I am sure we would not pass anything that might stimulate a pervert of that kind. When officially submitted to the BBFC the film was rejected, a ruling which this time was backed by the GLC and other
Transgression is probably the most recognisable underground film to appear on the Screen Edge label to date, and has also been the most problematic , with the original release being delayed after the BBFC demanded that ten minutes of footage
be removed. After much negotiation and discussion, a revised print that DiPaolo himself oversaw - lacking about 8 minutes, and with some scenes replaced with previously unseen footage - was approved.
Having seen the full version, I can understand the BBFC's attitude (though hardly to condone it). In fact, Screen Edge were probably lucky that the film wasn't rejected outright as it deals with the censor's main bone of contention - sexual
violence - in a forthright and uncompromising way.
In many ways, the film is the latest in a stream of low budget movies which look into the mind of the serial killer, eg Henry: Portrait of a serial Killer & Schramm. Transgression differs from these movies in its stylised treatment of the
killers fantasies. We see women tied up and tortured (including in the original, some severe knife/nipple interaction)... and we see it from the point of view of the killer. The images are eroticised, because that's how the killer sees his
acts. Hardly surprising then, that the censors were appalled.
The Transporter is a 2002 France / USA action crime thriller by Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen (as Cory Yuen).
Starring Jason Statham, Qi Shu and Matt Schulze.
The film was cut in the US for a PG-13 rating. This cut version was passed 15 without further cuts by the BBFC for 2002 film and 2003 DVD. There is also an uncut International Version.
Ex-Special Forces operator Frank Martin lives what seems to be a quiet life along the French Mediterranean, hiring himself out as a mercenary "transporter" who moves goods--human or otherwise--from one place to another. No questions
asked. Carrying out mysterious and sometimes dangerous tasks in his tricked-out BMW, Frank adheres to a strict set of rules, which he never breaks. Rule One: Never change the deal. Rule Two: No names--Frank doesn't want to know whom he's working
for, or what he's transporting. Rule Three: never look in the package.
UK: Passed 15 for strong violence and threat after 9s of BBFC category cuts for:
2009 Icon video
The BBFC commented:
Company have chosen to remove shots of strong bloody violence within a torture scene, in order to achieve a 15 classification. Cuts were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut 18 was available.
The Trap is a 1966 UK / Canada western romance by Sidney Hayers.
Starring Rita Tushingham, Oliver Reed and Rex Sevenoaks.
BBFC cuts were required for 1966 'A' rated cinema release. The BBFC noted that the cinema cuts persisted to the VHS releases to 1996. The 2018 DVD seems likely to be the same cut version but this is unconfirmed.
A fur trapper takes a mute girl as his unwilling wife to live with him in his remote cabin in the woods.
UK: Passed 15 for strong threat, sexual threat, injury detail without further BBFC cuts for:
BBFC cuts were required for 1966 'A' rated cinema release. The BBFC noted that the cinema cuts persisted to the VHS releases to 1996. The 2018 DVD seems likely to be the same cut version but this is unconfirmed.
Trash is a 1970 USA drama by Paul Morrissey.
Starring Joe Dallesandro, Holly Woodlawn and Geri Miller.
Banned by the BBFC for 1971 cinema release but after extensive cuts it was passed X for 1972 cinema release. Further heavy cuts were demand for 1991 VHS. It was less cut for 1996 VHS and the cuts were waived for 2005. DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated
in the US.
Summary Review: Trash is a classic
The story of Joe [Dallesandro] and his lover-protector, Holly [Woodlawn], who is something to behold, a comic book Mother Courage who fancies herself as Marlene Dietrich but sounds more like Phil Silvers. Joe and Holly try to make a go of things
in their Lower East Side basement, from which Holly goes forth from time to time to cruise the Fillmore East and to scavenge garbage cans, while Joe's journeys are in search of real junk... Trash is true-blue movie-making, funny and
vivid.--Vincent Canby, The New York Times. Written and directed by Paul Morrissey, "presented" by Andy Warhol.
It is a film that could only have been made in the early '70's. It captures people, locations and scenarios that existed then. This type of guerilla filmmaking is less about a script and more about capturing a moment. I
can't imagine these actors sitting around rehearsing scripted lines.
We will never see the likes of this type of filmmaking again. It is an era unto itself. See this film. At times it can be banal and boring and insane but so is life.
UK: The full version was passed 18 uncut with previous cuts waived for:
The only consideration this time was whether or not the two famous injection scenes could be released intact.
Since James Ferman's departure from the Board in 1998 fresh advice had been taken from experts working in the field of drugs. Having viewed other films previously cut by Ferman they concluded that the type of material
shown in Trash was not in fact likely to be instructional. The fact that heroin is injected is widely known and no genuinely useful information (eg how to dissolve the heroin, what quantities to use, etc) could be gained from the film.
UK: The complete film was submitted and passed 18 after 2:20s of BBFC cuts for:
1996 First Independent VHS
The BBFC cuts info:
The BBFC waived their previous cuts to fellatio and masturbation with a beer bottle
The original cinema cuts for drug taking were retained
The original cinema distributor cuts to drug taking scenes were retained
The 1991 video cuts to drug taking were also retained
UK: The extensively cut cinema version was passed 18 after a further 1:48s of BBFC cuts for:
1991 Virgin VHS
The BBFC explained the additional cuts that were specified by James Ferman himself, overruling the advice of his examiners and senior staff who argued that these additional cuts were not required. The unilateral intervention of Ferman was not
well appreciated by the rest of the board and resulted in a formal internal committee investigation. The committee concluded that Ferman's intervention was 'improper'. Ferman's cuts were:
Two scenes in this film are problematic. the scenes at 19 minutes and 55 minutes contain so much detail that they are both instructive and also seductive in immersing the viewer in the ritualistic process of fixing
heroin, mixing it in a spoon, using a tourniquet, finding a vein and actually puncturing it and injecting it .
At 19mins: Reduce detailed use of tourniquet to establish only, removing latter part of shot when it is tightened
At 20mins: Reduce details of puncturing vein with needle by removing close shot altogether as well as the front medium shot which follows, resuming to hear woman's line: My girlfriend's married...
At 21mins: Reduce later close shot with needle inserted and remove bad cut from censored film, resuming on panning shot of addict's arm in close up.
At 55mins: After pan away from syringe in glass of water, cut away before woman's offscreen line Oh, can I do anything to help? so as to remove shot of spoon containing heroin with needle approaching it.
At 56mins: Remove sight of arm clenching to find the vein, replacing it with the following two visuals while couple argue: tight panning shot from shoulder to face and close shot of addict with woman's arm draped over
his shoulder to, resuming on the tight shot of tourniquet on upper arm.
At 57mins: Reduce sustained shot of needle puncturing vein and drawing blood as syringe is emptied, as follows:
a) shorten dialogue by cuttings (sounds only) from man's voice saying Will you look at what's happening to woman's voice saying ooh to before man says Look at that, Jane.
b) then remove (vision only) emphasis on needle puncturing vein after man's voice says every fucking one of them by replacing shot with close reverse angle of syringe in arm which pans up to tight profile of
addict and then down again to syringe, resuming on wider shot of needle pressing vein to hear woman's offscreen line in re-edited track You hate my in-laws.
c) finally, remove last half of shot altogether, cutting away after man in re-edited dialogue says Jane, I hate the sound of your voice , resuming on tight profile of addict's face
UK: Passed X (18) after 2:48s of BBFC cuts for:
1972 cinema release
The BBFC required 2:48s cuts to:
the opening fellatio scene [in fact masked fellatio] (23s)
the first heroin injection scene (43s)
Holly's masturbation with a beer bottle. (1:42s)
The distributor then cut an additional 8 minutes without BBFC permission. The additional cuts were to remove material the distributor thought was boring or offensive
UK: The same cut version was released on pre-cert video for:
Denied a London release, the next opportunity to gauge public and critical opinion would be at the London Film Festival, where the film was shown to critics first and then to a public audience on 19th November 1971 at
the National Film Theatre. Questionnaires were issued to the audience by the film's distributor asking whether or not they thought the film should be classified and the critics were also encouraged to review the film. Of those members of the
public who filled in the questionnaire, only seven were opposed to the classification of the film.
Although the reaction to the Festival screening had gone some way towards reassuring the Board that the film was not regarded as a glamorisation of drugs, there was still a serious concern over its potential
offensiveness and therefore its unacceptability to local authorities.
BBFC Director Stephen Murphy felt that the self selecting nature of the NFT Festival audience ruled it out as an indicator of general public opinion and therefore decided to commission some research of his own from the
University of Leicester's Centre for Mass Communication. This research, undertaken at the end of 1971, involved showing the film to a group of 86 individuals and asking for their reactions. In addition to a number of university students, the
researchers also bussed in a group of middle aged housewives to seek their views. The results, presented to the Board in February 1972, showed that the majority (58%) were in favour of passing the film as it was and did not think that
it promoted drugs (only six people expressed concerns in this regard). However, there were substantial reservations about the offensiveness of certain scenes (which perhaps not coincidentally included two of the sequences that would later be
cut when the film was finally classified).
In June 1972 the distributor again asked the BBFC to reconsider the ban. Unsurprisingly, the BBFC simply restated its view that, in its full version, the film was not acceptable. However, Murphy conceded that it might
now be possible to pass the film if its most offensive moments (as singled out in the Board's own research) were toned down.
Sensing that there was little alternative but to go along with the Board the distributor accepted cuts as an option but stated that he could not make changes without the permission of the director. Accordingly Paul
Morrissey flew to London on 15th July and cuts were discussed. An edited version was prepared and presented to the BBFC with 1:08s cut from three scenes. However, the cuts were still considered insufficient by Murphy and the board upped the
cuts to 2:48s
In a further twist, it was brought to Murphy's attention in 1973 that the version of Trash playing in cinemas might not be the same as the version he had passed. Murphy received a highly defensive letter admitting that
the film had in fact been subject to further cuts after it had been passed by the BBFC. Distributor Jimmy Vaughan explained that During the re-editing of Trash to meet the requirements of your Board, I felt I might as well make certain
cuts of my own [...] I would also like to mention that I myself removed two scenes of blood going into the syringe and several other cuts which I felt myself were either boring or possibly distasteful .
The drugs theme was nominally the justification for the ban, but in fact timing was also an issue. Stephen Murphy was coming in for nutter pressure at the time. A series of controversial films such as The Devils put the BBFC under nutter
scrutiny from the likes of Mary Whitehouse's Festival of Light.
According to the only surviving examiner report, the BBFC was concerned by its effect upon those young people who are not intimately involved in the hard stuff. We think that any cautionary message it might have is
outweighed by the undoubted degradation and its destructive effect upon those who are not intimately involved in the drug scene, or even upon the fringes of it . In considering whether cuts, as Stephen Murphy had initially suggested,
might provide a remedy, the examiners concluded that We do not think that cutting would be a good solution as we would still incur the rage of many ordinary cinema goers without satisfying the progressives .
UK: Banned by the Greater London Council (GLC) for:
1971 London cinema release
Possibly the GLC were also coming under nutter pressure for passing controversial films for exhibition in London.
UK: The film was also banned by Essex and Sussex council, although it was approved for local exhibition by Berkshire council after 2 cuts.
1992 Italy/US thriller by Dario Argento with Christopher Rydell, Asia Argento and Piper Laurie.
An Italian version runs for 109m but this was trimmed of uncontentious material by the distributor by 7m for overseas distribution. The extra material doesn't add much to the film:
a new introduction of the Aura and David characters: David (Chris Rydell) drives Grace (Laura Johnson) at the airport and sees Aura (Asia Argento) being beaten by a man whose plane ticket she tried to steal;
a new scene features Grace visiting David at the TV station and asking him about Aura; David invites Grace to his house and then calls Aura at home to ask her if she needs any food; Aura lies to him and tells she's already eaten;
Aura visits a market and is spotted by Dr. Jarvis (Frederic Forrest), who tries to catch her;
After David and Aura escape from the Marigold, she tells him she's taken a little souvenir from Nurse Volkmann's purse; another new shot shows the Marigold's owner talking to the police;
David checks into a hotel after following Linda Quirk's car and asks for a room overlooking the parking lot;
David asks for information about Dr. Lloyd in a saloon;
After David calls Grace and asks her for prescription forms, she meets and confronts him, trying to make him face the fact that he's become a junkie;
The shorter International Version was passed 18 with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
A young man tries to help a teenage European girl whom escaped from a clinic hospital after witnessing the murder of her parents by a serial killer and they try to find the killer before the killer finds them.
Dario Argento has been making stylish, intelligent thrillers for four decades now. As is to be expected with a director who has close to twenty films in the can, his output has been a little inconsistent over the years. Trauma is on the up
side of things, but it's not one of his best efforts.
The International Version was passed 18 after 6s of BBFC cuts for:
1999 Tartan VHS
1994 High Flyers VHS
The BBFC cuts were:
Cut: A brief glimpse of a wire cutting into Linda's (Hope Alexander-Willis) neck
Cut: Same wire being used to cut Adriana's (Piper Laurie) throat in two shots
The Tree of Life is a 2011 USA fantasy drama by Terrence Malick.
Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain.
The Theatrical Version is uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US and BBFC 12 rated in the UK. There also exists and Extended Version.
The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his
UK: The Extended Version was passed 12 uncut for scenes of potentially dangerous behaviour:
2018 Sony/Criterion Collection [Theatrical + Extended Version] RB Blu-ray
at UK Amazon
US: The Extended Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2018 Sony/Criterion [Theatrical + Extended Versions] RA Blu-ray
at US Amazon
2018 Sony/Criterion [Theatrical + Extended Versions] R1 DVD
at US Amazon
The additional footage will reveal more from the backstory of Pitt's family and will add further background to Sean Penn's charcter too. Malick considers the Theatrical Version still his 'Director's Cut' but he says this new Extended Cut will
shed some light on a few things.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 12A uncut for potentially dangerous behaviour for:
2011 Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent. video
2011 cinema release
US: The Theatrical Version was rated PG-13 for some thematic material
The Trip is a 1967 USA drama by Roger Corman.
With Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg and Bruce Dern.
Banned 4 times by the BBFC in 1967, 1971, 1980 and 1988. Passed uncut for TV in 2002 and DVD in 2004. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Review: Far out man!
Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally (Susan Strasberg) has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John (Bruce Dern), a self-styled guru who's an advocate of
LSD. Paul asks John to be the guide on his first "trip". John takes Paul to a "freak-out" at his friend Max's (Dennis Hopper) pad.
The superb title music by Electric Flag sets the scene for one of the most adventurous of cinematic offerings.
Just why it was banned is unknown and seemingly absurd, of course it portrays drug taking with little emphasis on the dangers surrounding such indulgence, but to argue depiction of such behaviour promotes others to follow
suit would suggest that all films with any violence or portrayal of war should also be banned.
Besides the beauty of the film renders all objections irrelevant. It offers stunning visuals and great actors. A real slice of psychedelic culture and despite seeming slightly dated, has it's heart in the right place. Far
UK: Passed 18 uncut for drugs theme and moderate sex for:
From the opening quote by Ronald Reagan to the intensely sadistic violence in the first few minutes of the film, you know The Tripper will be loaded with sex, drugs, and rock n roll - as well as extreme political jabs and hippie killing.
The Tripper's strongest point of originality lies within its psychopathic murderer who dons a suit, a tie, and a President Reagan mask as he metes out his vicious carnage.
Worth checking out for slasher/horror afficiondos.
The R rated Version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
Il trionfo dei dieci gladiatori is a 1964 Spain / Italy / France action drama by Nick Nostro.
Starring Dan Vadis, Helga Liné and Stelio Candelli.
Cut by the BBFC for a U rated 1965 cinema release. Uncut in the US.
The ten gladiators are hired to travel to Arbela, a small country on the outskirts of the Roman Empire to learn if Parthia is planning to war with Rome. Upon arriving, the heroes decide to kidnap the beautiful Parthian queen and spirit her to
Syria to serve as a hostage.
Trolls is a 2016 USA musical animation comedy by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn.
Starring Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel and Justin Timberlake.
Not cut by censors but exists in UK and US versions (maybe more) presumably to allow localisation of dialogue. Both version was passed U uncut by the BBFC.
From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks' Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of
the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups
of songs from other popular artists, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and many more. DreamWorks' TROLLS is a fresh, broad
comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. In November of 2016, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.
Troma's War is a 1998 US action adventure by Michael Herz & Lloyd Kaufman. With Carolyn Beauchamp, Sean Bowen and Rick Washburn.
Massively cut in the US to achieve an R rated theatrical release. This version was released on VHS in the UK without further cuts. However the BBFC cut the Director's Cut for 1992 cinema release. The Director's Cut is available on US DVD.
Summary Review: Truly demented
A small group of typical Tromaville citizens find themselves in the path of a terrorist army controlled by the power elite. The freedom of Tromaville and the world is at stake! Troma's War creates a new kind of hero to become saviours and
This is a truly demented military-action epic. The film goes off in a direction best described as G.I. Joe on amphetamines, with bloodier-than-Rambo battles, a pig-nosed villain, martial arts, human-ear necklaces, facially-conjoined
twins, tongue-removal-torture and an ASTONISHINGLY offensive henchman named Senor Sida, who's special power is something I probably can't discuss on a family webpage.
ANY sensibilities you may have, this movie will offend... and it's probably the most constantly violent movie in even the Troma library, so it makes one GREAT party tape. Stick around after the credits.
Troma's War is a very underrated movie, and it got totally fucked by the MPAA . Richard Heffner , who just made a noise like a frog and was president of the MPAA, told Michael Herz over the phone that our movie stunk. The MPAA is not supposed
to do that, and they disemboweled our movie. They took out punches and jokes and things that were perfectly acceptable in movies like Die Hard . I think Heffner's words were "No fuckin good, or something. It was very unpleasant.
Our violence is, as you know, cartoon violence. That movie followed The Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke 'Em High , so we had built up some steam. But the only way we could get into movie theaters in 1986 was with an R rating. And the film was
cut down to something like a G-rated movie. I'm very bitter about it; I hope Dr. Heffner burns in hell, quite frankly. And I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but the nerve, the arrogance, the hubris of his comments!
UK: The Directors Cut was passed 18 after 1:33s of BBFC cuts for:
Tropic of Cancer is a 1970 USA biography by Joseph Strick.
With Rip Torn, James T Callahan and David Baur.
Banned by the BBFC for 1970 cinema release. Later the film was granted a London X certificate but hasn't been released since. Uncut on 2010 DVD is the US.
Summary Review: Fairly Explicit
Henry is an ex-pat in Paris, cadging drinks and meals and places to sleep, giving advice about women to clueless men, flirting with the wives of acquaintances, burning bridges, and making philosophical observations. In vignettes we see his wife
Mona come to Paris and leave immediately when she tastes Henry's vagabond life; he tries teaching English at a school in Dijon, takes the son of a wealthy Indian to a bordello, gets a job as a proofreader at the Herald Tribune, and helps out a
pal who's in and out of an asylum and deeply in love with a whore. Can Henry make his own discovery of ecstasy?
The movie had difficulty synthesizing Henry Miller's sense of sacred and profane in harmony. It tried now with a Rip Torn voiceover reading from Miller's work, then with some poetic shots of the beauty of Paris. It
never really seemed to succeed.
The movie could never find anything to focus on. It represents a string of vignettes, and they don't seem to lead to any common goal. Many scenes seem to concentrate on the minor characters for much too long, and without
apparent purpose. Such picaresque efforts rely on the charm of characterization for impact, and this film has some of that, but not enough. It's structured as if somebody said let's make a film of Tropic of Cancer without actually feeling
any passion for why they wanted to do that.
It was certainly interesting to see Rip Torn so young and so good-looking, and to see Ellen Burstyn in such a flagrant display of nudity. Some of the locales are accurately evocative, and Torn is reasonably credible in the
lead. It is fairly explicit in the sexual scenes, and extremely explicit in its use of language.
After the BBFC ban, the film was given a GLC X certificate. It was shown on Sky in the early 1990s. Its most recent UK showing was in November 2009, as part of the Barbican's directorspective of the work of Joseph Strick.
Trivia point: It's almost certainly the first US major-studio film to feature the word 'cunt' in its dialogue - earlier than the usual film so credited, Carnal Knowledge .
Tropic Thunder is a comedy adventure film that has been passed '15' for its strong language, sex references, drug references and comic bloody violence.
The comic bloody violence is mostly confined to the early part of the film and is clearly set up to be a spoof of most action war films. The strongest moment is an accidental death that is mistaken by the characters in the scene for a special
effect. There is some very strong blood and gore in the scene which is meant as a gross-out comedy moment for the audience. There is no dwelling on the infliction of the injury and the comedy provides a mitigating context that allows the
strong gore to be contained at '15' under the terms of the Guidelines for violence and horror at '15'.
The strong language consists of more than 50 examples. At '15' the Guidelines state that there may be frequent use of strong language.
Throughout the film one of the characters is shown to be a drug addict although he does not have access to drugs and so there is no actual drug taking shown in the film. However, a jungle heroin factory provides the film's climactic location
and there are shots of large piles of drugs that are, in keeping with the rest of the film's style, grossly exaggerated and used only for comic effect. There is certainly no activity that either promotes or encourages drug use.
Tropic Thunder also contains some strong sex references, most notably when the addict character is undergoing withdrawal symptoms and makes some graphic remarks by way of solicitation to a character he believes to be gay. The Guidelines
at '15' allow for 'strong verbal references to sexual behaviour' and these remarks come well within this rubric.
Finally, there are some potential offence issues in the film which tries to send up most film-making conventions as well as most politically correct ideas. Consequently one of the 'actors' within the film is shown to have once made a film as a
mentally retarded man and several spoof scenes from this film are shown. In addition, one of the principal 'actors' is a white man who has 'blacked up' for the role in the film-within-a-film. The comic absurdities of these characters are
played out to the full but could be misconstrued as offensive.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for strong language, sex references and comic bloody violence for:
2008 Paramount R2 DVD
2008 cinema release
detailed cuts from
movie-censorship.com . The significantly edited version has lost a fair amount of scenes for timing an pacing reasons but also for cuts to violence especially in the opening war sequence.
Trouble With Eve is a 1960 UK comedy by Francis Searle.
Starring Hy Hazell, Robert Urquhart and Sally Smith.
BBFC category cuts were required for a 1960 U rated cinema release. The running times suggest that these cuts persist for PG rated DVD release in 2018.
Comedy set in the quiet English village of Warlock. Louise Kington has turned her quaint cottage into the Willow Tree Tearooms. The villagers can foresee nothing but scandal however, as Louise is soon found in an innocent though compromising
situation with the local inspector, Roland Axebridge. The arrival of her daughter Eve provides further opportunities for innocuous sexual jokes and double entendres.
BBFC category cuts
UK: Passed PG for mild sex references, innuendo:
2018 Screenbound Pictures video
The running time suggest that the original cinema cuts persist.
pictorial version details from
movie-censorship.com : The Director's Cut of Troy completes many parts of the story line. The characters are much more interesting and many subplots are more suspense-packed, even though the Director's Cut is longer.
The Theatrical Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
There is nothing on the sleeve of the DVD to suggest this was other than standard soft porn fare. Whilst it's hardly great, the ingenuity with which the makers translate the Greek classic Odyssey deserves some praise.
Ulysse is a truck driver who gets lost in the desert after his middle-aged co-driver is lured away by a mirage of beautiful women (The Sirens). They are rescued by a beautiful woman who lives by an oasis (Calypso) who falls in lust with Ulysse
and keeps him with her for weeks. Meanwhile Ullyss' wife Pamela (Penelope) finds her restaurant gradually filling up with bachelor truckers who think Ulysse is dead and fancy claiming his wife and his business. The plot alternates between
Ulysse trying to make the difficult journey home, encountering a one-eyed ogreish woman (the Cyclops), whilst back at the café the suitors and local whores stage drunken sex games and circle around the resourceful Pamela.
All the women, Cyclops excepted, are beautiful and sexy, whilst the men are generally hairy and rather gnomic looking.
The dubbing is haphazard on the English version but even with that obstacle, Elizabeth Turner gives an elegant, sensuous performance as Pamela, making her a woman well worth crossing a desert for.
The BBFC cut the X rated 1980 cinema release. Issues with titles Truck Stop and also Erotic Encounters
Truck Turner is a 1974 USA action crime thriller by Jonathan Kaplan.
Starring Isaac Hayes, Yaphet Kotto and Alan Weeks.
Cut by the BBFC for 1974 cinema release. Later uncut on 18 rated home video. uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Truck is a bounty hunter who gets a job to track down a guy named Gator. When he and his partner find him, a chase ensues and Gator is killed. This makes Gator's woman, Dorinda, very angry and she puts a hit on Truck. The man who agrees to kill
Truck is named Blue. The question is whether Truck can survive with Blue and his gang on his trail.
True Lies is a 1994 USA action thriller by James Cameron.
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Arnold.
Cut by the BBFC for 1994 cinema release. Further cut for VHS and DVD. Uncut since 2010. Uncut in the US
Harry Tasker is a secret agent for the United States Government. For years, he has kept his job from his wife, but is forced to reveal his identity and try to stop nuclear terrorists when he and his wife are kidnapped by the terrorists.
Gavin Salkeld separates the fact from the fiction about the BBFC cuts
Cutting Edge Episode 12:
When re-released on Universal DVD in 2001 the cuts somehow had been forgotten about and this release is uncut. This version can also be identified by the old style 15 certificate image. It was not taken off the market despite both the BBFC and
Trading Standards knowing about it. This version was an Australian dual region 2/4 version repackaged
The True Lies DVD with copyright notice 2003 and new style certificate image is cut. The same cuts were specified as for the VHS video but were implemented differently ending up with 20s of cuts and substitutions
Cuts compiled and compared to VHS cuts by Gavin Salkeld
In the bathroom fight, the headbutt delivered by Schwarzenegger right after he pulls the terrorist's coat down has been disguised by cutting away to a shot of the old man in the toilet cubicle. Unlike the video version, we hear the sound
When Arnie and the bad guy pair fall onto the floor, the shots of Schwarzenegger clapping the bad guy's ear, just before kicking him back, have been disguised by once again cutting to a shot of the old man in the cubicle
Just after Schwarzenegger pulls the hand dryer off the wall, he should hit the terrorist three times hard in the face. However, all the hits have been terribly disguised by cutting away to a shot of Schwarzenegger hitting the terrorist in
the neck with his arm from earlier in the fight; the terrorist flinging his coat on the floor from earlier in the fight, and a slowed-down shot of the old man wincing. This looks very bad indeed, with four frames of the terrorist's bloody
face inserted into a mass of edited footage that looks positively awful
Just after this, Schwarzenegger pulls the bad guy's head into a urinal, and his head clangs into the porcelain. He should then force his head back into the bowl with another loud clang just before flushing it, but we fail to see both hits as
we, again, cut away to a slowed-down shot of the old man that was used earlier in the fight
During the sequence where Schwarzenegger is test-driving Bill Paxton's car, he has a vision of smacking him in the face as he makes comments about Arnie's wife (Jamie Lee Curtis). When Paxton's bloodied face falls backwards into shot, the
shot should hold for about three seconds but we only get a quick glimpse lasting a few frames before cutting away to the zoom-in on Arnie from right before the punch. This looks totally awful, as the camera cuts back to the same shot from
the footage after the punch, and is noticeable by the change of background and Arnie's head jumping position and sudden change of expression. This looks very, very amateurish and isn't doing poor James Cameron any favours at all
During the scene where Schwarzenegger is held captive by the torturer and guard, his escape from their company has been cut. When Schwarzenegger throws the trocar at the guard, we don't see the implement make contact at all, and the camera
cuts away during the whip pan. The resulting sound effect has also being entirely cut
Immediately afterwards, the neck break of the torturer has been removed in its entirety, and we now cut from the aforementioned whip pan to a shot of the man's neck already broken. However, the snap of the neck still plays over this static
shot which looks atrocious
When Arnie rams the tyre iron in the next bad guy's chest, the second shot of him yanking the iron upwards and cracking his ribs has been removed as per the UK video. This is the only cut that doesn't look obvious in the whole DVD
Shortly after, Schwarzenegger begins to take out numerous random terrorists. At one point, he slides down a rope to break one terrorist's neck. In the DVD, the sequence does not cut away as per the video, but the profile shot of the bad
guy's head being twisted with a loud crack has been removed. The remaining footage has been slowed down to fill up the gap left by the now-cut profile shot, and looks dreadful. Just as Arnie makes contact with the bad guy's head, we hear the
sound effect of the neck snapping and cut to a profile shot of the guard falling forwards in slow motion with the sound playing, which looks laughably appalling.
UK: Passed 15 after 9s (1s cinema cut + an addition 8s for video) of BBFC cuts for:
1995 CIC VHS
True Lies, one of the more popular action movies of the 1990s, had some trouble at the BBFC (like a lot of the more popular action movies of the 1990s!). The cinema version escaped with only a single one second cut to remove a double-ear clap.
However on video, due to the possibility of underage viewers in the home, more violence was removed.
Director James Cameron was open about his dislike for the BBFC's intervention, and took it upon himself to implement the cuts personally.
In the bathroom fight, the headbutt delivered by Schwarzenegger right after he pulls the terrorist's coat down has been removed
When the pair fall onto the floor, the shots of Schwarzenegger clapping the bad guy's ear, just before kicking him back, have been sliced
Just after Schwarzenegger pulls the hand dryer off the wall, he should hit the terrorist three times hard in the face. However, this has been reduced to just one hit in this version
Just after this, Schwarzenegger pulls the bad guy's head into a urinal, and his head clangs into the porcelain. He should then force his head back into the bowl with another loud clang just before flushing it, but the second hit has been
During the sequence where Schwarzenegger is test-driving Bill Paxton's car, he has a vision of smacking him in the face as he makes comments about Arnie's wife (Jamie Lee Curtis). When Paxton's bloodied face falls backwards into shot, the
shot should hold for about three seconds but we only get a quick glimpse lasting a few frames before cutting away to Arnie. This looks very awkward and unusual and spoils the rhythm, and joke, of the scene
During the scene where Schwarzenegger is held captive by the torturer and guard, his escape from their company has been cut. When Schwarzenegger throws the trocar at the guard, we don't see the implement lodge itself in the guard's eye, his
head snap back, or his fall off-screen
Immediately afterwards, a few frames have been removed from the start of Schwarzenegger breaking the torturer's neck, in order to lessen the impact of the snap
When Arnie rams the tyre iron in the next bad guy's chest, the second shot of him yanking the iron upwards and cracking his ribs has been removed
Shortly after, Schwarzenegger begins to take out numerous random terrorists. At one point, he slides down a rope to break one terrorist's neck. This sequence has been cut in half and footage rearranged to lessen the tension and relish for
violence. Also, the profile shot of the bad guy's head being twisted with a loud crack has been removed, and instead we hear the sound effect from a high shot as the guard falls forward onto a crate
True Romance is a 1993 USA/France crime thriller by Tony Scott.
With Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette and Dennis Hopper.
Cut by the MPAA for an R rating and further cut by the BBFC for 18 rated cinema and VHS releases. The Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut for 1997 VHS and DVD and is Unrated in the US.
Summary Review : A great movie
Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.
This is a great movie, a cool movie, a funny movie and an action movie. The path to true love never runs smooth and a battle of wits ensues between Clarence, the police and the mob leading to a classic finale in this action
There are classic scenes that unmistakeably bare Tarantino's hallmark. The opening scene where the heterosexual Clarence (Slater) states that he'd sleep with Elvis if he were still alive, or the showdown between Clarence
and dreadlocked gangster (Oldman). Or the showdown between the mob boss (Walken) and Clarence's Dad (Hopper).
UK: The Director's Cut/Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for:
Drug deal in motel room: cut: several violent shots missing and dialogue about "eating pussy". Also cut Samuel Jackson telling Floyd that if he smokes enough sherm he'll be up there suckin' niggers dicks.
Clearance's murder of Drexl: cut: some preamble and several shots including the bullet hitting Drexl in the groin.
Hit man Virgil beating up Alabama in hotel room: major cuts: After 1st blow, 47secs cut Alabama gestures to Virgil that she will tell him where the coke is, Virgil approaches and Alabama spits at him. In response Virgil punches her in the
stomach. Shots of Alabama observing her bruised body whilst lying on the floor are deleted. The scene ends on video when Alabama kills Virgil with her 1st shot. The original has her shooting 4 more times and then beating his dead body with
Shootout at the hotel: heavily cut: numerous shots of bodies riddled with bullets along with the dialogue "Take your fucking SA card and burn it you little cocksucker". Most notably the shot of Alabama killing the cop has been
replaced by a Mafioso doing the dirty deed. Clearly it was felt that the heroine should not kill anyone and get away with it.
UK: The cut R Rated Version was passed 18 after a further BBFC cut of 3s for:
1995 Warner VHS
1994 Warner VHS
1993 cinema release
The original rental version carried a sticker claiming incorrectly that the video was uncut. This was replaced for sell-thru by the more accurate sticker "Original Cinema Version". (This was from an era when cinema versions were
being routinely further cut for home video).
The BBFC cut was:
to remove a very brief shot of Alabama being thrown through a glass shower curtain in the hotel room assault by Virgil.