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Savages only censored in British cinemas

Cuts had to be made to achieve the BBFC 15 rating

Oliver Stone isn't afraid of edgy content as he has proven several times during his career. His newest film Savages doesn't seem to hold back, either. A look at the MPAA rating verifies this:

Rated R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout.

It seems that this discomforts the British distributor Universal Pictures UK to a certain extent since they wanted to release it in theaters with a BBFC 15 rating. Therefore, they submitted Savages while it was still in post-production in order to make sure that the final version would get the desired rating later. However, the contents drove the BBFC to the decision to assign it the BBFC 18 classification. This prompted Universal to cut the film. According to the BBFC's database, scenes with sexual content and violence were affected by that.

This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive an 18 rating but that their preferred 15 rating could be achieved by making changes to a number of scenes. These were to reduce various moments of strong bloody violence, sadistic violence, strong sex and some focus on drug use. When an edited version of the film was submitted for formal rating, changes had been made to satisfactorily address these issues and the film was consequently rated 15.

The edited version got the BBFC 15 rating and will start in British theaters on September 21st, 2012.

Release: Aug 23, 2012 - Author: Blade41 - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: BBFC

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