5 films where the edited for TV version went wrong

Odd List Simon Brew 16 Jun 2009 - 05:13
Snakes On A Plane

Just what did TV editing do for Casino, Scarface, Die Hard 2, Robocop, and especially Snakes On A Plane...?

You know the drill by now. Often, when a TV company buys the rights to show a film, they know damn well that they're going to have to tone it down and censor it for transmission.

This, in the past, has seen directors insist on the Alan Smithee moniker being added to the credits in some cases, so ridiculous are some of the edits. Heck, even when E.T. was shown for the first time in the UK, the BBC insisted on some little nips and tucks. Nothing on the scale of what Spielberg himself did in 2002, but hey ho.

Here, then, for your enjoyment - and there are some profanities in the clips, so make sure you're of age before you click them - are five examples of how movies have been censored for the purposes of broadcast TV.

And the Snakes On A Plane one, especially, is a corker...

Casino

"Don't ever go over my head again, you stupid sucker you."

Robocop

"You are going to be a bad mother crusher!"

Die Hard 2: Die Harder

Amazing. Just listen to Bruce Willis' voice change dramatically on this one.... "Joe off!"

Scarface

"Where'd you get that beauty scar, tough guy? Eating pineapple?"

Snakes On A Plane

And finally, the piece de resistance. Snakes On A Plane exists for one line of dialogue. And it was never going to make the TV version...

"This Monday To Friday plane." Who the hell came up with that?!

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I remember an airing of Trading Places where Dan Aykroyds character got told "Freak you, you mother freaker"

I love the fact that the Casino edit takes OUT the F-Words but is happy to leave the anti-semitism intact?!

You forgot Tremors.
Dude with all the guns: "We did it, we killed the muther huffer."
Kevin Bacon (over the walkie talkie): "Repeat. There are two more mother huffers."

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