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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring...

The latest BBFC uprating is from PG to 12A for a cinema release of the extended version

Link Here 8th August 2020

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 New Zealand / USA fantasy adventure by Peter Jackson.
Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom. BBFC link IMDb

Exists as a Theatrical Version and an Extended Version. Both versions were BBFC PG rated until the 2020 cinema release of the extended version which was 12A rated.

The two sequels have always been 12/12A rated for both the theatrical and extended versions.

Summary Notes

A meek hobbit of the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron.

BBFC uncut
12AUK: The Extended Version was passed 12A uncut for moderate fantasy violence, threat:
  • 2020 cinema release



Changing down...

The BBFC cinema rating for The Fast and the Furious has been reduced from 15 to 12A

Link Here31st July 2020

The Fast & the Furious is a 2001 USA / Germany action crime thriller by Rob Cohen.
Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez. BBFC link IMDb

The film was cut in the US for an MPAA PG-13 rating and this cut version is the only one ever released. The film was originally rated 15 uncut in the UK for cinema and home video. The film was passed 12A for 2020 cinema release.

See further cuts details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The Fast and the Furious

Summary Notes

Los Angeles street racer Dominic Toretto falls under the suspicion of the LAPD as a string of high-speed electronics truck robberies rocks the area. Brian O'Connor, an officer of the LAPD, joins the ranks of Toretto's highly skilled racing crew undercover to convict Toretto. However, O'Connor finds himself both enamored with this new world and in love with Toretto's sister, Mia. As a rival racing crew gains strength, O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies.

BBFC uncut
12AUK: Passed 12A uncut for infrequent strong language, moderate violence, sex references:
  • 2020 cinema release



Offsite Article: Monty Python's Life of Brian...

Link Here18th July 2020
Full story: Monty Python...Monty Python winds up the nutters
The BBC retells the censorship story about Life Of Brian noting that the BBFC rating was reduced to 12A in 2019

See article from



Heartbreak Ridge...

The BBFC cuts list from 1986

Link Here13th July 2020
Heartbreak Ridge is a 1986 USA action war comedy by Clint Eastwood.
Starring Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason and Everett McGill. BBFC link IMDb

1983. Tom Highway is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military.

BBFC category cuts were required for 15 rated cinema and VHS releases in 1986 and 1987. Uncut on DVD since 2001. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

The 1986 BBFC cuts list was:

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  • [opening scene with Eastwood and a bald man] In prison scene after credits, reduce coarseness of dialogue by removing the following: "If you want to pop that puppy's can, you don't have to grease him that hard, jawhead.", "Ain't gonna be so smart with your balls stuffed in your mouth."
  • In song improvised by black singer on coach, remove the words "She used my face as a bicycle seat..."

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