Even the summary of Hangmen oozes action-sleaze from the 80''s, and the film itself also fulfills this cliché with its heavily-sunglassed CIA mercenaries in ill-fitting suits, shooting automatic firearms as if their ammunition supply was infinite. Of course, there is also the upright agent who tries to stop the pack and to do so he gathers his buddies from the Vietnam War, because they also have their old combat skills still on call. By the way, the action movie is the feature film debut of Sandra Bullock and the first directing work of John Christian Ingvordsen, who produced several more films with excessive use of weapons and a thin story in the years after.
In Great Britain, the uncut version is available on DVD with the BBFC 18 rating. The version on VHS, which was released years earlier, carried the BBFC 18 rating as well but had been shortened by just over 5 minutes. Besides several scenes of violence, they have also shortened a few shots showing the use of butterfly knives.
The cut BBFC 18 VHS by Medusa was compared to the uncut German VHS (FSK 18, equivalent to the R-Rated version) by Intercontinental Home Video.
28 cuts = 5 minutes and 22 seconds
Danny plays around with the butterfly knife.
Danny to his buddy Brian: This is a Butterfly.
Again Danny is waving the butterfly around.
Mrs. Black holds the gun up.
She shoots a second bullet in Brian's back.
The mercenary chokes the woman to the ground. Then he opens the bag with the knives inside.
The bad guy chooses one of the knives and stabs the woman on the floor with it.
Two more men are shot at the scrap yard.
Completely missing is how the armed mercenaries enter the house and search it.
In their bed, Ken and his mistress are riddled with several bullets.
A car is approaching and then stops. Meanwhile, Sgt. Ryan runs towards the car.
The men take the running Ryan under fire.
The guy happily inspects the machine gun and asks his buddy where he got the gun from. He answers that he got the gun as a gift from a Vietcong. His buddy asks amusedly whether he killed him in return for it. Everyone starts laughing.
Danny unfolds his butterfly to cut through the cuffs.
The shooting in the factory takes much longer.
Dog fires his weapon in two directions.
A bloody bullet hole is missing.
The victim then slides down the wall.
Rob shoots an opponent from behind.
Shooting exchange between two opponents. One of them dies.
Mrs. Black fires at an opponent and kills him.
She is shot by Dog shortly afterwards.
The dead man lies bleeding on the grid for a longer time.
A butterfly is unfolded.
You see the cops and how they have pointed their guns at Rob and the other one.
During the credits, a few men run towards the camera and aim their guns at it. Instead, the shortened version shows someone rappelling out of a window.
No time difference
A few men have gathered around a billiard table and are discussing. On the billiard table are weapons and ammunition. The shortened version shows alternative material again.
No time difference
A guy is talking to another person. A door opens behind him. A few men enter the room. One of them points his gun at the guy in the red shirt on it. In the next shot, you see several men standing next to each other and shooting around.