The King's Speech (lost re-edited PG-13 version of historical drama film; 2011)
On December 25, 2010, The King's Speech was first released into theaters in the United States. Amongst its critical acclaim, there was backlash over the fact that the film had received high age ratings restricting it to older viewers over a scene of strong language in a speech therapy context. In the UK, the film was initially rated "15" by the British Board of Film Classification but was re-rated "12A" on appeal.
The film did not have the same success with the rating board in the United States; the MPAA refused to change the R rating on The King's Speech, leading to a backlash from the general public. As such, the distributor decided to release an edited PG-13 version of the film into theaters for a limited time, starting from April 1, 2011. An edited poster for the film advertised: "The film that won the best picture of the year is now the family event of the year".
The actor who played King George VI in the film, Colin Firth, spoke publicly about being against the release of the PG-13 cut of the film.
A number of articles were written on the PG-13 version, some of which have conflicting information; some say that the scene with strong language has the F-words replaced with the word "shit", while others say that some profanities were muted. If the F-words were replaced with 'shit', it is unknown rather a new version of the scene was filmed or if they were simply dubbed over.
This PG-13 version was never released on any form of home media after running in theaters. It was never released outside of the United States in any form, likely due to international rating boards being more lenient on the film, making the R-rated version the only way you can see the film now.
- The King's Speech | British Board of Film Classification Retrieved 25 Jul '17
- Colin Firth: 'I Am Against' PG-13 Cut of 'King's Speech' - Hollywood Reporter Retrieved 25 Jul '17
- 'The King's Speech': The new PG-13 version smudges a terrific film, but will anyone give a #@*%!? - Entertainment Weekly Retrieved 25 Jul '17