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Action thriller with Bruce Willis censored for 12A

In the last couple of years, British film fans had to accept a number of censored films. The reason for that doesn't solely lie in the BBFC's recent decisions to deny their approval of some extremely violent movies (like Neighbor, I Spit on Your Grave [2011] or The Owner) but also in the fact that many distributors aim at a lower rating for their productions.

The Cold Light of Day, another new film that has to suffer from the latter reason, is starring Bruce Willis and will be released in the UK on April 6th, 2012. In order to get the desired 12A rating, the BBFC demanded cuts. The film (US rating: PG-13) would have gotten a BBFC 15 in its original form.

While still being in post-production, distributor E1 Films submitted the movie to the BBFC in order to check if there were any scenes that could endanger the rating they aimed for. Apparently, the board considered two scenes not suitable for 12-year-olds:

The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a '15' classification but that their preferred '12A' could be achieved by making cuts in two scenes, to reduce a focus on injury in one scene and to remove a large blood spurt in another.

Those two scenes were then edited accordingly and the final cut received the 12A rating in the end. It'll be interesting to see whether the home video releases will contain the uncut version. Unfortunately, that's not always the case in the UK.

Release: Mar 20, 2012 - Author: Blade41 - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: BBFC

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