A Good Day To Die Hard UK rating and cuts confirmed

News Simon Brew
11 Feb 2013 - 11:43

UPDATED: Not only is Die Hard 5 a 12A in the UK, but it had extra cuts to get the certificate...

UPDATED: Since we first posted this story, the BBFC has revealed that Fox had been in consultation over how to get the certificate it desired. In its original form - presumably the version the US is getting - the film would have been given a 15.

To quote the BBFC: "The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a '15' certificate but that their preferred '12A' classification could be achieved by making a number of cuts to both language and visuals. When the finished version of the film was submitted for formal classification, edits had been made to reduce the number of uses of strong language (both 'f**k' and 'motherf***er') and to reduce sequences of bloody violence, including blood sprays when characters are shot in the head, and punches to restrained individuals. The formal submission was consequently rated '12A'. "

Here's our original story from earlier...

After it was classified as an R in the US, hopes were high that the new Die Hard movie, A Good Day To Die Hard, would have the harder edge that Die Hard 4.0 was lacking. However, the UK certificate for the film has been confirmed, and it's been revealed by the BBFC that Die Hard 5 is a 12A.

Obviously, a 12A certificate isn't an indiciation of the film's quality, and nor does swearing and violence suddenly turn a film into something special. Sadly though, there was a real sense with the last Die Hard movie that it had been neutered somewhat to fit a family friendly rating. And while the UK release of A Good Day To Die Hard has been passed uncut (as in, the BBFC hasn't insisted on cuts) - with a running time of 97 minutes 33 seconds (it's the shortest film in the series by far) - you can't help but fear that the edges have been knocked off again, just to get more bums on seats.

You want proof? Here's the BBFC's extended note: "The film contains four uses of strong language ('f**k') and a partial use of ‘motherf***er’, the end of which has been cut short so the implied strong language is not heard in full".

The guidance continues: "Against a backdrop of explosions, car chases and the destruction of property, there are a number of scenes featuring shootings which occasionally show brief bullet impacts, but there is no focus on blood or injury. In scenes of hand-to-hand combat we see brief punches and kicks, impressionistic rifle butt blows and an implied, but unseen, neck break. Although there are some crunchy sound effects and incidental shots of the heroes with blood on their faces and clothes, no detail of injury is shown.

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD also includes scenes of gun threat to the head and several brief shots of knife-blades as the heroes prepare to defend themselves. There are also passing references to 'doing drugs' and some mild innuendo."

We've gone from Ellis snorting cocaine, to passing references and mild innuendo. Marvellous.

Just in time for half term then, it seems as though A Good Day To Die Hard is the film to take your 12 year old to see. Who would have though that'd ever happen back when Hans Gruber was running around?


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