Tai-Chi Master is a 1993 Hong Kong action comedy thriller by Woo-ping Yuen (as Yuen Woo Ping). Starring Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh and Siu-hou Chin.
Exists as a uncut Hong Kong Version and a shortened and cut US Version
Jet Li was a monk in Shaolin. In a friendly competition for a higher place in Shaolin, his childhood friend almost
kills a fellow student for using a concealed weapon (which cannot be used in the competition). He and his friend got kicked out of the Shaolin. They met rebellions at that time of China. His friend betrayed Jet Li and his rebellion friends for money from
the China government. Jet Li went crazy and discovered the art of Tai Chi at the recover period. Revenge seem to the only thing he is going to do.
UK: The Hong Kong Version was passed 15 uncut for strong violence and infrequent strong language for:
Taken is a thriller about a retired spy who must rescue his daughter and her friend from a sex-trafficking gang. The film was passed '18' for 'strong violence and an extended scene of torture'.
Besides a kidnapping scene where the terrified daughter is dragged screaming from under the bed where she is hiding, the film features several other scenes of strong violence - notably a cold-blooded shooting of a villain's innocent wife, a moment where
the ex-spy is throttled in close-up leading to a heavy beating of a villain with a fire-extinguisher, and a fight where the ex-spy repeatedly plunges a broken bottle into the chest of a man who has slashed him with a curved knife.
scene, which is longer and stronger than the same scene in the film release, involves the kidnapper being electrocuted several times by the ex-spy as he tries to force the man to reveal his daughter's whereabouts. The man is seen to judder, a spike
driven is into his leg, and his face shows his agony. He is left screaming off-screen at the end of the scene when the ex-spy leaves him being electrocuted. This scene, in dwelling on the torture, exceeded the boundaries of the strong violence permitted
by the '15' Guidelines which state that 'Violence may be strong but may not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury', and tipped the classification into '18'
In addition, the film also contains a crunchy scene where a man is shown to be hit
forcefully by a truck at a distance, and a muffled use of strong language.
pre-cut UK Theatrical Version
UK: Distributor pre-cuts were made to obtain a 15
2008 cinema release
The running time is about the same as the Harder Cut but the BBFC note that it is toned down compared with the home video version.
Thanks to Motorcycle Man:
The BBFC noted in a Q&A session on Twitter that the distributor
chose to make changes to secure a 15 classification.
In fact the distributor replaced the torture scene by the same scene cut for a US PG-13 rating. However the remainder of the film was based on the International Version rather than the PG-13
The same version was also released in Ireland with a 15A rating.
3:01s US Theatrical Version
US: The US Theatrical Version was
cut by 3:01s for an MPAA PG-13 rating
The Theatrical version an alternate electrocution torture sequence. In the Unrated version, Neeson stabs two metal spikes into the legs of his hostage and connects the jump leads to them. In the Theatrical Version, he
simply attaches the leads to the metal chair. This is completely different footage redone to secure a lower rating.
Also c uts to the shoot outs, and some fisticuffs have been shortened in length for the film's US release to
secure a PG-13 rating.
Taken 2 is a 2012 France action thriller by Olivier Megaton. With Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace.
Cut for a US MPAA PG-13 rating and further cut by the BBFC for a 12A
cinema release. The cut PG-13 rated Theatrical Version was passed 15 by the BBFC for DVD. The Extended Version is uncut and Unrated is the US, 15 rated in the UK. There is an alternative end available as a DVD extra
Collider interviewed the Director of Taken 2 , Olivier Megaton and revealed that his was somewhat perplexed at the censorship process to cut the movie down to a US PG-13. He called for a PG-15 where he feels that the movie
would be better placed.
He said that the movie would be released MPAA Unrated on DVD and Blu-ray and that this would restore about 10 minutes of footage that was removed from the fight scenes.
The PG-13 version is 6:12s shorter. A fair amount of this is filler material, cut for timing reasons. There is also plenty of material removed to reduce violence. Eg Reducing the blood color, reducing or removing the sound of cracking
bones. Even in the unrated version, the film is not as violent as Taken 1.
~1:06s advised category cuts
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 12A for moderate threat and violence after further BBFC advise category cuts were implemented for:
2012 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a 15 rating but that their preferred 12A rating could be achieved by making changes to three
scenes. These were to reduce elements of violence and threat. When an edited version of the film was submitted for formal classification, the scenes had been reduced and the film was consequently rated 12A.
Taken 3 is a 2015 France action crime thriller by Olivier Megaton. Starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace.
BBFC advised category cuts were made for a cinema 12A rating for 2015 release. In the US there is a complete Theatrical Version. Released on home video in an Extended Cut rated 15 in the UK and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Bryan Mills, an Ex-government operative is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed as he is tracked and pursued, Bryan Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the
true killer and clear his name.
UK: The Extended Harder Cut was passed 15 uncut for strong violence, torture, strong
2015 20th Century Fox [Theatrical Version only] R1 DVD
at US Amazon
Hopefully uncut but there have been a couple of recent examples where BBFC advised category cuts have been adopted for worldwide release.
advised category cuts
UK: Passed 12/12A for moderate action violence, infrequent strong
language after BBFC advised pre-cuts for:
2015 20th Century Fox video
2015 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
This film was originally seen for advice in an incomplete form. The BBFC advised the company that the film was likely to receive a 15, but that their requested 12A could be achieved by making reductions in scenes of violence. When
the finished version was submitted for formal classification, those changes had been made and the film was classified 12A.
See pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com . The Director's Cut
restores 2 sex scenes and a couple of violent scenes cut for the Theatrical Version. In addition the Director's cut includes several minutes extra of uncontentious plot.
UK: The cut Theatrical Version was passed 15 for strong language and moderate sex, violence and horror without
BBFC cuts for:
2004 Warner video (unreleased)
2004 cinema release
Taking Tiger Mountain is a 1983 UK / USA Sci-Fi film by Tom Huckabee and Kent Smith. Starring Bill Paxton, Barry Wooller and David Guthrie.
Exists as a Theatrical Version and a Revisited Version
In a dystopian future, Billy Hampton ( Bill Paxton , in his first on-screen role) is a World
War III draft dodger who finds himself part of an experimental brainwashing program created by a group of radical feminists. After being released from the program, Billy heads to Wales for what he believes will be a sex-filled vacation. But, unbeknownst
to him, Billy is really there to assassinate the Welsh Minister of Prostitution.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2019 Vinegar Syndrome [Theatrical + Revisited Versions] RA Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2019 Vinegar Syndrome [Theatrical + Revisited Versions] RA Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon
Tales of Terror is a 1962 USA comedy horror mystery by Roger Corman. Starring Vincent Price, Maggie Pierce and Leona Gage.
Cut by the BBFC for 1963 cinema release. Uncut on UK home video. Uncut in the US
Three stories adapted from the work of Edgar Allen Poe. A man and his daughter are
reunited, but the blame for the death of his wife hangs over them, unresolved. A derelict challenges the local wine-tasting champion to a competition, but finds the man's attention to his wife worthy of more dramatic action. A man dying and in great pain
agrees to be hypnotized at the moment of death, with unexpected consequences.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for moderate horror and violence for:
Tam Lin is a 1970 UK horror by Roddy McDowall. With Ava Gardner, Ian McShane and Richard Wattis.
IMDb notes that There are two cuts, the original Roddy McDowall version and a US
Version emphasising the horror elements. Multiple versions have been cut by the BBFC. Not clear which version is which.
Based on the ancient Scottish ballad "Tam Lin" (one of it's
many titles), the plot concerns an aging, beautiful woman who uses her wealth (and occasionally, witchcraft) to control a decadent pack of attractive young people she surrounds herself with. But when her latest young stud falls for the local vicar's
daughter, she vows revenge.
Tamahine is a 1963 UK comedy by Philip Leacock. Starring Nancy Kwan, John Fraser and Dennis Price.
BBFC category cuts were made for an 'A' rated 1963 cinema release. Passed
12 uncut for 2015 DVD release.
A free-spirited young Polynesian girl is sent to live with her uncle in England. The many social and other rules new to her that she encounters there, as
well as attention from student body of a local school cause much hilarity.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for mild sex references, nudity for:
Tamara Drewe is a 2010 UK comedy by Stephen Frears. With Gemma Arterton, Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper.
UK: A doubly pre-cut Version was passed 15 for strong language, sex and sex references for:
2011 Technicolor/Momentum Online
2011 Technicolor/Momentum RB Blu-ray
2011 Technicolor/Momentum R2 DVD
This version seems to have been distributed worldwide.
The BBFC noted that the distributor Momentum further cut the film just to get a toned down customer advice:
Tamara Drewe was originally classified 15 on 9 July
2010 with the consumer advice Contains very strong language, strong sex and sex references . Subsequent to this to company submitted a revised version with minor changes in two scenes:
In one case, some explanatory captions had been removed [perhaps because of the reference to 'Jailbaiit Jody']
in the other case, a single use of very strong language had been removed.
['Lucky cunt' was replaced by 'Lucky cow']
This amended version was classified 15 on 28 July with the revised consumer advice Contains strong language, sex and sex references .
The BBFC further explained the 15 rating:
TAMARA DREWE is a film about a young woman who returns to her home town and ruffles feathers within the community. It was classified
15 for strong language, sex and sex references.
At 15 the BBFC's Guidelines state that There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck'). The strongest terms (for example, 'cunt') may be
acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable . During TAMARA DREWE there are over thirty uses of strong language and one mouthed but inaudible use of very strong language,
which is drowned out by background noise.
The Guidelines at 15 also state that Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail. There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour, but the strongest
references are unlikely to be acceptable unless justified by context . The strong sex in the film includes a scene in which a man thrusts into a woman during sex. In another sequence, a character takes off her knickers and lies on a counter as a man
stands in front of her prior to offscreen sex. However neither of these scenes contain any strong visual detail. The verbal sex references include a teenage schoolgirl fantasising about a man licking her teapot lids , and elsewhere she makes a
reference to her v-plates melting . She also fantasies about lying on a bed with a man entering the room before lifting her into his arms, but the scene ends before any sexual activity takes place.
film there is occasional sight of nudity, such as when Tamara is seen lying naked on her bed with her buttocks visible. Other scenes also feature her naked, but without any strong detail. The film also contains a brief verbal reference to a character
having grown marijuana in the past, while there is occasional sight of characters (including teenage girls) smoking cigarettes. In one scene, two characters fantasise that another may have tried to commit suicide and this is represented by a vision of
the would-be victim lying on the floor beside a bottle of pills, with vomit on her clothing. However this is merely a fantasy, with the character in question not carrying out such an act.
UK: A pre-cut version was passed 15 for very strong language, strong sex and sex references after BBFC advised cuts were implemented for:
2010 cinema release (not released)
The BBFC commented:
This film was originally shown to the BBFC in an unfinished version. The BBFC advised the company that the film was likely to receive an 18 classification but that the requested 15 certificate could be achieved by making cuts to
remove two aggressive uses of very strong language. When the finished version of the film was submitted, these aggressive uses of very strong language had been removed and the film was classified '15.
Tammy and the T-Rex is a 1994 USA comedy Sci-Fi film by Stewart Raffill. Starring Denise Richards, Theo Forsett and Paul Walker.
Originally MPAA R rated in the US, but the film was cut and released
theatrically with an MPAA PG-13 rating. Presumably the MPAA R rating was surrendered. The uncut version, or Gore Cut, was finally released on home video in 2019 and 2020.
An evil scientist implants the brain of Michael, a murdered high school student, in an animatronic Tyrannosaurus. He escapes, wreaks vengeance on his high school tormentors and is reunited with his sweetheart Tammy. Together, the
couple try to elude the mad scientist and the police and find a more appropriate vessel for Michael's brain.
US: The Gore Cut is MPAA
2020 Vinegar Syndrome [Uncut Version + PG-13 Version] R0 4K Blu-ray/R0 Blu-ray Combo at US
2020 Vinegar Syndrome [Uncut Version + PG-13 Version] R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at US Amazon
2019 Video Syndrome [Gore Cut HD + Theatrical Version SD] Limited Edition R0 4K Blu-ray/R0 Blu-ray Combo
Originally MPAA R rated in the US, but the film was cut and released theatrically with an MPAA PG-13 rating. Presumably the MPAA R rating was surrendered.
During opening sequence, the impact of the sex scenes was reduced by keeping the sound going but replacing the strongest visuals with shots of the mens's faces remembering or imagining the
experience. (One scene of both men brooding required retention of both vision and sound of their silence).
Cuts were made as follows -
When fat, middle-aged man recalls or imagines scene of mutual masturbation on commuter train, explicitness
of visuals was reduced by replacing the four strongest sections with shots of him thinking, as follows:
After woman's hand is inserted in man's unzipped trousers and she starts to masturbate him, cut away (vision only) after brief LS of them standing in corridor and insert MCU of him thinking, followed by bug CU of same, resuming on tight shot of their
heads on train
When camera pans from their hands masturbating each other to tighter shot of her hand masturbating him, replace remainder of this shot with low-angle CU of him thinking, resuming on tight shot of their heads
tight shot, insert big CU of him thinking to replace CU of masturbation, resuming on tight shot of his hand insider her underwear, panning to include her hand in his shorts
After brief establishment of above masturbation shot, insert big CU of
him thinking, followed by separate insert of a high angle mid shot of him at table, followed by separate insert of wide angle of two-shot of both men at separate tables, resuming on tight shot of mutual masturbation. After she climaxes and he watches her
walking away in station, reduce younger man's memories of raping his girlfriend, as follows -
After he is established sitting astride her, remove all sight of him forcibly removing her bra, replacing visuals with insert of very tight profile of him, followed by separate mid-shot of him sitting at table on right of frame, followed by wide
angle of both men sitting in silence (synch sound), resuming on tight shot of violent struggle on bed
after above struggle, insert CU of rapist remembering as he drinks tea, followed by wider shot as he puts down cup, resuming on tight shot of
rape as he turns her over
after he turns her onto her back and begins to insert, replace visuals with CU of him thinking morosely to left of frame, followed by repeat of same insert to increase length, resuming on rape just before he kisses her
and she begins to respond.
Tango & Cash is a 1989 US action film by Andrei Konchalovsky. With Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell and Teri Hatcher.
Cut by the BBFC for 15 rated versions. 18 rated versions are uncut. Uncut
and MPAA R rated in the uS.
Ray Tango and Gabriel Cash are narcotics detectives who, while both being extremely successful, can't stand each other. Crime Lord Yves Perret, furious at
the loss of income that Tango and Cash have caused him, frames the two for murder. Caught with the murder weapon at the scene of the crime, the two have no alibi. Thrown into prison with most of the criminals they helped convict, it appears that they are
going to have to trust each other if they are to clear their names and catch the evil Perret.
UK: A pre-cut version was passed 15 after 43s of further BBFC cuts for:
1999 Warner R2 DVD
1990 cinema release
The BBFC cuts were:
Deleted two shots of a Chinese guy being pushed to the floor by Cash with a chair.
Deleted shot of Tango bloodying a prisoner's nose by pulling his head into cell bars.
Thugs come off worse in a prison fight against Tango &
Cash. A hit to the head with a metal box, a hit in the balls, hits with a baseball bat, and a head being smashed into the glass of a laundry machine, all being deleted.
Deleted shots of Tango & Cash being dipped into water containing
live electricity cables.
The distributor's cuts were:
The electrocution of Face was reduced by 5s.
Deleted shots of Tango & Cash shooting bad guys in Perret's place and resultant blood spurts and injuries.
Deleted deaths of Quan and Lopez.
Soon after 19s of brutal fight is
deleted in a cross cut scene with Tango and Cash in separate fights. This includes Cash putting a grenade down Requin's pants
Tango of Perversion is a 1973 Greece crime thriller by Kostas Karagiannis (as Dacosta Carayan). Starring Lakis Komninos, Erika Raffael and Dorothy Moore.
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1974 cinema release. Uncut and MPAA UNrated in the US.
Joachim is an impotent man who who secretly films his friend Stathis having sex
with girls from the Tango Club. When Stathis kills the lesbian that he catches with his girlfriend, the death is caught on film. Necrophilia soon follows.
Target: Harry is a 1969 USA mystery thriller by Roger Corman (as Henry Neill). Starring Vic Morrow, Suzanne Pleshette and Victor Buono.
BBFC Cuts were required for 18 rated VHS in 1986. Passed 18 uncut in 1996
and 15 uncut for DVD in 2008. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.
Pilot Harry Black is hired to fly a man named Carlyle to Istanbul, where he's murdered. Now, mysterious
Diane Reed and a local gangster, Rashi, are after Harry believing that he has the priceless plates Carlyle used to counterfeit money.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for one scene of strong violence:
Tarzan's Three Challenges is a 1963 UK / USA action adventure by Robert Day. Starring Jock Mahoney, Woody Strode and Tsu Kobayashi.
BBFC category cuts were required for a 1963 cinema release. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
The spiritual leader of an oriental country is dying.
The leader's evil brother Khan is plotting to prevent Kashi, the youthful heir, from assuming his rightful position. Tarzan is summoned to protect Kashi and, in doing so, he must face Khan in three tests of strength. The final test is a sword fight which
takes place on a wide-mesh net stretched over cauldrons of boiling oil. Jeweled elephants lead grand processions, and a thousand girls perform the "dance of the candles". A baby elephant named Hungry replaces Cheetah in the humor role.
Taste the Blood of Dracula is a 1970 UK drama fantasy horror thriller by Peter
Sasdy. With Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen and Gwen Watford.
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1970 cinema release. This cut version was
passed 15 for home video and is the best available. The film was further cut in the US for a PG rating, but later releases are the same as the UK release.
Summary Review: Adding a Bit of Bite in Life
Three elderly distinguished gentlemen are searching for some excitement in life. In a nightly ceremony they restore the count back to life. The three men killed Dracula's servant and as a revenge, the count makes sure that the gentlemen are killed one by
one by their own sons.
The acting by the entire cast was superb, especially Ralph Bates. The costumes, art direction, photography, and directing was one of the best in the Dracula series. Atmosphere and the great performances
makes this a must see.
UK: The UK cinema cuts still apply to the version passed 15
without further BBFC cuts for:
Taxi Driver is a 1976 USA crime drama by Martin Scorsese. Starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster and Cybill Shepherd.
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated 1976 cinema release and again on VHS in 1976
and 1986. Uncut on 18 rated home video since 1993. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from
insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool. He's a loner who has strong opinions about
what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her.
UK: Passed 18 uncut with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
To avoid an X rating back in the 70s, Scorcese toned down the reds in the final shootout during final processing of the film stock to make the blood less bright and obvious, and therefore make the scene less
intense. These changes persist to this day. Apparently he thought the change worked for the better, anyway!
UK: Passed 18 after 1s of BBFC cuts for:
1990 VCI VHS
1986 RCA/Columbia VHS
1976 cinema release
The BBFC cuts were.
1s has been cut from the scene where the underage Jodie Foster unzips Robert De Nero's fly on the grounds it would otherwise contravene the Protection of Children Act.
The BBC clearly did not agree though as at that time it screened the film uncut.
2004 Film Four video version . For TV showing not released on DVD
The BBFC commented:
[The film] contains scenes of unsimulated sex between the lead character and his male partners, including a scene in which one man urinates into the mouth of another. In the context of this serious drama the
BBFC passed these scenes at 18, and did not consider that the urination was a likely breach of the Obscene Publications Act 1959.
Summary Review: Good Film
Frank Ripploh is gay and a bit of a rascal. He keeps his
personal life and teaching separate, but he sometimes corrects student papers in public toilets as he waits to score. One evening, he meets Bernd. They become lovers. How long can Frank keep his sexual orientation out of the classroom? Things come to a
head during Berlin's annual Queen's Ball and the morning after.
An excellent film, worth watching. Anybody wanting to learn about the secret lives many gay men have to live to have their sexuality kept secret
should watch this film.
UK: Passed 18 after 1:43s of BBFC cuts for:
1994 Pride VHS
This time, the director agrees to the cuts because they are less heavy than the cuts originally required in 1981 (some sight of erections and anal detail is permitted).
At 10 minutes - During scene in toilet, clear sight of man's anus removed.
At 11 minutes - During same scene, sight of erect penis being touched by man after it is poked through hole in cubicle wall ('glory hole') removed.
minutes - Explicit gay sex scene reduced by removing explicit sight of fellatio, anal sex, masturbation, ejaculation and handling of penis.
At 47 minutes - During medical examination in STD clinic, shots of gaping anus removed.
minutes - During 'film within a film' (in fact an educational film made by the German authorities for use in schools to warn children about strangers) , shots showing man's hand on boy's crotch and man apparently forcing boy's hand into his trousers
removed. [Supposedly under the Protection of Children Act, although because of the close shots used you can't actually tell if it's the boy's crotch or the boy's hand].
At 77 minutes - Golden shower scene cut to remove all sight of stream of
urine coming from man's penis and going over other man's face and mouth. [This is done in a single continuous pan so it is clearly real].
UK: Pre-cut and released without a BBFC certificate to cinema clubs for:
1982 cinema release
The cuts were:
The educational film was cut to avoid falling foul of the Child Protection Act.
UK: Passed X (18) after extensive cuts for:
1981 cinema release (but not actually released)
The BBFC required extensive cuts to explicit sex, explicit anal detail, urolagnia and a scene that could be in breach of the Protection of Children Act. This was to a (genuine) German educational film called Christian and his Stamp Collector
Friend , all about the dangers of speaking to strange men, extracts from which are shown in the film.
The director refused to make cuts and withdrew his film from classification (hence no record of this submission on the BBFC website)