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Die Hard 5 Earns 12A UK Rating
The BBFC passes judgement on AGDTDH

11 February 2013  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: BBFC

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A Good Day To Die Hard

The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise, the confusingly-titled A Good Day To Die Hard, has been given a 12A rating by the British Board of Film Classification, even though it was classified as an R over in the US.

You can read the BBFC's guidance below, but be warned in advance that it contains the words "mild innuendo". Oo-er!

"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".

"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."

A few notes from our end. A partial use of motherfucker? If the word motherfucker is going to be used in a Die Hard movie, chances are it'll be said after the words "Sniff my cheese!" "Yippee-kay-yay" so expect that catchphrase to be more muted than previous instances. Also, as previously hinted at, "mild innuendo" sounds more Carry On than John McClane. Sad, but true.

A Good Day To Die Hard will motherf***er its way into cinemas on February 14.

 

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RE: 12A ?????????????? Why ??????
L: joepeterwilson You do make some good points, might I point out. I just think you're directing your frustrations at the wrong people. The BBFC haven't cut a single second - it's out of their hands! hanks, Joe. The reason I also blame the BBFC is that the studio are 'choosing' to censor within the BBFC's ridiculously strict and completely arbitrary guidelines and willingness to bend over for studios, rather than preserve the right to freedom of expression the UK supposedly has. why More

Posted by Drooch at 16:00 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 12A ?????????????? Why ??????
I'd be almost impressed if it actually turned out to be worse than Cop Out. After being in that piece of shit, he should be happy to ever get work again. More

Posted by AxlReznor at 15:57 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 12A ?????????????? Why ??????
L: joepeterwilson L: Drooch L: MonsterCat L: Drooch Absolute DISGRACE. I hope many of you will join me in boycotting this atrocity. I'm trying very hard to avoid piracy but Fox are forcing UK viewers to avoid censored kiddy crap the only way we know with this cynical, audience-hating move. DH4 was an offence to the excellent Die Hard Trilogy, and this looks set to be as bad, possibly worse (the UK version at least). This project was doomed the moment Joh More

Posted by Drooch at 15:57 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 12A ?????????????? Why ??????
L: directorscut Well reading the description it /i] be a 15s. Letting four f-words pass you might as well just say any amount is acceptable in a 12s movie. Either-way the movie looks crap. Even worse than Die Hard 4. id you see Willis' appearance on The One Show? That was the behavior of a man who knew the film he was promoting was a bit rubbish. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 15:55 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 12A ?????????????? Why ??????
Well reading the description it /i] be a 15s. Letting four f-words pass you might as well just say any amount is acceptable in a 12s movie. Either-way the movie looks crap. Even worse than Die Hard 4. More

Posted by directorscut at 15:53 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 12A ?????????????? Why ??????
You do make some good points, might I point out. I just think you're directing your frustrations at the wrong people. The BBFC haven't cut a single second - it's out of their hands! More

Posted by joepeterwilson at 15:52 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 12A ?????????????? Why ??????
L: Drooch In what way am I 'UNFAIRLY PUNISHING' the BBFC? y blaming them. I don't think the guidelines are that strict, they're certainly more liberal than they used to be. They don't force studios to censor their work. EDIT: Yeah, what MC said. More

Posted by DancingClown at 15:51 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 12A ?????????????? Why ??????
L: Drooch The studio are 'choosing' to censor within the BBFC's ridiculously strict guidelines and willingness to bend over for studios, rather than preserve the right to freedom of expression the UK supposedly has. This is why other countries don't end up with butchered versions the whole time - the difference? The BBFC. In what way am I 'UNFAIRLY PUNISHING' the BBFC? he BBFC is actually fairly relaxed in terms of the criteria which is required to secure a particular rating More

Posted by MonsterCat at 15:50 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 12A ?????????????? Why ??????
L: Drooch L: MonsterCat L: Drooch Absolute DISGRACE. I hope many of you will join me in boycotting this atrocity. I'm trying very hard to avoid piracy but Fox are forcing UK viewers to avoid censored kiddy crap the only way we know with this cynical, audience-hating move. DH4 was an offence to the excellent Die Hard Trilogy, and this looks set to be as bad, possibly worse (the UK version at least). This project was doomed the moment John Moore and Skip Woods sign More

Posted by joepeterwilson at 15:49 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 12A ?????????????? Why ??????
L: MonsterCat L: Drooch Absolute DISGRACE. I hope many of you will join me in boycotting this atrocity. I'm trying very hard to avoid piracy but Fox are forcing UK viewers to avoid censored kiddy crap the only way we know with this cynical, audience-hating move. DH4 was an offence to the excellent Die Hard Trilogy, and this looks set to be as bad, possibly worse (the UK version at least). This project was doomed the moment John Moore and Skip Woods signed on to a Rothman More

Posted by Drooch at 15:42 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 12A ?????????????? Why ??????
L: Drooch Absolute DISGRACE. I hope many of you will join me in boycotting this atrocity. I'm trying very hard to avoid piracy but Fox are forcing UK viewers to avoid censored kiddy crap the only way we know with this cynical, audience-hating move. DH4 was an offence to the excellent Die Hard Trilogy, and this looks set to be as bad, possibly worse (the UK version at least). This project was doomed the moment John Moore and Skip Woods signed on to a Rothman project, but I was prepare More

Posted by MonsterCat at 15:39 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 12A ?????????????? Why ??????
Glad to see no-one's over-reacting. More

Posted by DancingClown at 15:38 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: 12A ?????????????? Why ??????
Absolute DISGRACE. I hope many of you will join me in boycotting this atrocity. I'm trying very hard to avoid piracy but Fox are forcing UK viewers to avoid censored kiddy crap the only way we know with this cynical, audience-hating move. DH4 was an offence to the excellent Die Hard Trilogy, and this looks set to be as bad, possibly worse (the UK version at least). This project was doomed the moment John Moore and Skip Woods signed on to a Rothman project, but I was prepared to reward Fox More

Posted by Drooch at 15:30 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

seems to be the norm now, that children 12 or under are allowed to view films that are more suited for an older audience. Doesnt seem right that true die hards fans having to watch the film with kids on the loose. More

Posted by jimbaf at 15:11 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

12A ?????????????? Why ??????
What the hell are they playing at ?? Watered down Dross that is what this film will be, Bloody greedy twentieth century fox !!! 97 mins way to short !! what happened did they run out of story or money ?? This has got Taken 2 all over it (and that was rubbish as well) another movie franchise ruined !!!! well done Fox & Moore !!!!! More

Posted by veneeringman at 14:58 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

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Slightly confused why the studio was happy to punt for an R in the US but pushed for cuts and a 12A here. I know minors can technically see an R in the States if they're accompanied by an adult, but PG-13 is still very much the rating to aim for if you're concerned about such things, which clearly they are given the UK rating. Strange... More

Posted by paulyboy at 14:51 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

People are missing the basic thing about certifying Die Hard as a kid friendly 12A movie. It's Die Hard - the name totally gives the meaning that this movie is meant to be a bloody crime action thriller not a movie to which a ten or eleven year old should go and see and hear words such as f**k, m******ker It states on the BBFC website that the movie was cut to get rid of the blood and swearing - don't really understand as to why. For me this is a definite miss. Also it's the shortest entry in More

Posted by umer_ejaz at 14:35 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: AxlReznor Kiddie-friendly? Really? I agree that cutting it in order to get their desired rating sucks. But there are i] of 12A rated films that I wouldn't let kids see. iddie friendly as much as Fox know kids can see a 12A and lots of parents ] take them to see it, therefore Fox get more money. Kids can see R rated films in the US with an adult but the closest we have to that is a 12A. Hence the (apparently shit load) of cuts. They pre-cut Chronicle and Taken 2 to get 12A c More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 14:05 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Die Hard 5 Earns 12A UK Rating
L: Shifty Bench L: joepeterwilson The biggest problem is Fox picking people who can't write and can't direct. These are hired guns for a franchise they are not intent on saving. It's a cash cow. They know kids have seen the originals on video or whatever and market it straight at them. Mark Bomback wrote DH4 which wasn't a good film, but it wasn't bad by any means. It had DH elements but was mostly pretty removed from the first. This new one is even worse. It's written by fuck More

Posted by joepeterwilson at 14:04 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Kiddie-friendly? Really? I agree that cutting it in order to get their desired rating sucks. But there are i] of 12A rated films that I wouldn't let kids see. More

Posted by AxlReznor at 14:01 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

early word not good
early word on the internet is its not great, which if true, is upsetting as I love the die hard movies. Ive had a worry since the first trailer- looked very euro (as in transporter 3, from paris with love) the effects looked xbox360 (like Max Payne, also by moore) I do hope it truns out great. to be fair there hasnt been a bad one yet- die hard 2 only got 3 stars but on reflection, c'mon, its a damn entertaining movie, 3 and 4 were just fine and did the job. I have everything crossed 5 is good. More

Posted by mclane1 at 13:59 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: AxlReznor L: Whistler I know the rating doesn't necessarily dictate how good the film will be, but come on. It's Die Hard. This shit needs to be an 18, or at least a 15. ny film needs to be whatever it needs to be. Previous films in a franchise should not be a consideration. hen they shouldn't have written and shot the scenes and then cut them out specifically to get a 12A rating. The franchise and McClane's character is built on violence and bad language. To activ More

Posted by James2183 at 13:59 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Die Hard 5 Earns 12A UK Rating
L: UTB L: joepeterwilson What are Fox thinking? robably the same when they hired the director of A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 to direct Die Hard 2? ote] Well played. More

Posted by joepeterwilson at 13:56 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Die Hard 5 Earns 12A UK Rating
L: joepeterwilson What are Fox thinking? robably the same when they hired the director of A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 to direct Die Hard 2? More

Posted by UTB at 13:52 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

A Good Day to....
Post a review? More

Posted by ryanh75 at 13:47 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Die Hard 5 Earns 12A UK Rating
L: joepeterwilson The biggest problem is Fox picking people who can't write and can't direct. These are hired guns for a franchise they are not intent on saving. It's a cash cow. They know kids have seen the originals on video or whatever and market it straight at them. Mark Bomback wrote DH4 which wasn't a good film, but it wasn't bad by any means. It had DH elements but was mostly pretty removed from the first. This new one is even worse. It's written by fucking Skip Woods who is res More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 13:47 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Die Hard 5 Earns 12A UK Rating
The biggest problem is Fox picking people who can't write and can't direct. These are hired guns for a franchise they are not intent on saving. It's a cash cow. They know kids have seen the originals on video or whatever and market it straight at them. Mark Bomback wrote DH4 which wasn't a good film, but it wasn't bad by any means. It had DH elements but was mostly pretty removed from the first. This new one is even worse. It's written by fucking Skip Woods who is responsible for Hitman, GI Joe More

Posted by joepeterwilson at 13:44 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

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L: UTB L: Shifty Bench I'll still see the film and look forward to the uncut blu ray ote] Lets hope we do get it unlike 4.0... ote] Die Hard 4 was never cut, the version we and the US got was the version they shot so the 'uncut' version on Bu Ray. It's the stupid version with dubbed over swearing and CG blood hits that's not, so it's not a big loss. We'll get an uncut version of 5 on Blu Ray for sure quote]ORIGINAL: AxlReznor Any film needs to be whatever it need More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 13:36 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

Yipee-ki-yay mother foxers!
I don't want to hear a muted Yipee-ki-yay! I say we take over Fox tower Hans Gruber style until our demands of an 18 rated Die Hard! 20th Century Fox seem to be getting good at killing film franchises with there awful ideas! More

Posted by J_BUltimatum at 13:32 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

PRE CUT INFO
BBFC have got this in their pre-cut info box: During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission Note: The following text may contain spoilers This work was originally seen for advice in an unfinished form. 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 More

Posted by joepeterwilson at 13:25 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

It was never a DH flick from the first trailer. That horrible CGI helicopter/jumping out the building to the pool below? The film is also 97 mins long or something daft like that. The reasons behind the cuts are horribly clear. R in the states means kids can go with an adult. 15/18 means nobody under that age, so it's clearly a box office grab. This has absolutely nothing to do with the BBFC being liberal. This has absolutely everything to do with a studio cutting necessary DH ingredients pur More

Posted by joepeterwilson at 13:21 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

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L: Whistler I know the rating doesn't necessarily dictate how good the film will be, but come on. It's Die Hard. This shit needs to be an 18, or at least a 15. ny film needs to be whatever it needs to be. Previous films in a franchise should not be a consideration. More

Posted by AxlReznor at 13:18 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Shifty Bench I'll still see the film and look forward to the uncut blu ray ote] Lets hope we do get it unlike 4.0... More

Posted by UTB at 13:16 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

I know the rating doesn't necessarily dictate how good the film will be, but come on. It's Die Hard. This shit needs to be an 18, or at least a 15. More

Posted by Whistler at 13:11 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

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L: badblokebob More interesting than it being a 12A it that, at the same time, it's an R in the US. That kind of thing is usually down to nudity, of which none is mentioned, so it seems an unusual discrepancy. assume it was rated R for the four uses of the f-word that the BBFC states are in the film. It was the same thing with Terminator 3 which had more than the usually allowed one for a PG-13. DIT: According to Empire, it was pre-cut by the studio to get the rating so we're getting a More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 12:52 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

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Oh no's! Not much swearing! They've ruined it forever! /end sarcasm I've never understood people's obsession with judging the quality of a film based on the BBFC rating it's gotten. I don't think there'll be that much difference in content, anyway... things that got a 15 rating 30 years ago are getting 12 ratings on re-release. BBFC has just gotten more liberal. More

Posted by AxlReznor at 12:51 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

12A?!
wow a lower rating than the 4.0 theatrical version! (15 in UK yet PG13 in the states). When it was announced it was R in the states i was sure itd be 15 but half hoped it might be 18 like DH1. Was half planning on seeing it but after watching a bored B Willis on the One Show, catching bits of the blue steel CGtastic 4.0 inbetween the baftas and remembering how dull it all was, and now being cut for 12A i dont think i could make the effort for 4.0 part 2 (which looks to be way too similar) More

Posted by jackcarter at 12:51 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

'crunchy sound effects'? More

Posted by ambswords at 12:49 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

More interesting than it being a 12A it that, at the same time, it's an R in the US. That kind of thing is usually down to nudity, of which none is mentioned, so it seems an unusual discrepancy. More

Posted by badblokebob at 12:48 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

I genuinely just lost quite a lot of interest in this film. More

Posted by nashnash at 12:47 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

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Of course I'd rather see a 15 or 18-rated Die Hard, but I think people get too focused on the rating and how much gore there is. Adding gore won't make an action film good if everything else about the film is bad, likewise, an action film can still be enjoyable with toned-down gore. As an example, the second AvP film added a hell of a lot more gore and got an 18 rating (I think), but by all accounts was a terrible film (I didn't bother watching it). More

Posted by coljohnmatrix at 12:47 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

Surely this defeats the purpose of what a Die Hard movie should be all about. I say bring back McTiernan and ramp it up to a 15 or an 18 and make it 150 minutes long than this piece of shit Don't really understand how one can make a Die Hard movie as a 12A? More

Posted by umer_ejaz at 12:43 on 11 February 2013 | Report This Post

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