Violence and Weapons Home›Education resources›Student guide›Timelines›Violence and Weapons Featured articles 1947 Brighton Rock is attacked by critics as 'nasty and sensationalist' but is a success at the box office. 1954 The BBFC rejects The Wild One on the grounds that it presents an 'unbridled spectacle of hooliganism'. It is not rated until 1967. 1955 The BBFC requires cuts to Rebel Without A Cause to remove a knife fight. 1964 The BBFC rejects Lady In A Cage on the grounds that is an exercise in sadistic brutality and might 'have the effect of encouraging juvenile violence'. The film is later rated 18 uncut on video in 2002 and 15 uncut on DVD in 2005. 1973 Enter the Dragon is rated X for cinema release with cuts to violence, but with nunchaku (chainsticks) scenes intact. A Clockwork Orange is removed from sale by Stanley Kubrick after controversy about its violence and death threats against his family. 1975 After reported outbreaks of violence involving martial arts weapons, BBFC Director James Ferman enforces a blanket ban on all sight of nunchaku and shuriken (throwing stars). 1979 James Ferman recalls Enter the Dragon to cut nunchaku scenes. The Warriors is rated X uncut. Local authorities, concerned by reports of the film's effects in the US, ask the BBFC to reconsider. The BBFC declines. 1984 Streets of Fire is one of the last films to feature butterfly knives before they are added to the list of banned weaponry. The Video Recordings Act is introduced to prevent underage access to unsuitable videos and crack down on so-called 'video nasties'. More about the Video Recordings Act... 1986 Sight of a poster featuring Bruce Lee holding nunchaku is cut from No Retreat, No Surrender. 1987 Outright ban on nunchaku, shuriken and balisong is waived in non-action/martial arts works where the sight is incidental, comic, brief and/or used to establish character. After the Hungerford Massacre, Rambo III is cut to reduce violence and knifes. 1991 Sight of an anthropomorphic turtle wielding a string of sausages in a manner similar to nuchaku is cut from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze. 1993 The James Bulger case prompts concerns about possible effects of video violence. Child's Play 3 is wrongly linked to the case and withdrawn from sale. Parliamentary discussion of the VRA delays release of Reservoir Dogs and other works. More about Reservoir Dogs... 1995 Natural Born Killers is rated 18 uncut after the BBFC investigates possible links between the film and killings in France and the USA. No link is found but after the Dunblane School Massacre, the distributor decides not to release the film on video. More about Natural Born Killers... 1999 The ban on martial arts weaponry is lifted. For the first time the BBFC publishes a set of written Guidelines which disallow emphasis and glamorisation of realistic contemporary and easily obtainable weapons but do not automatically ban any weapon. 2000 Enter the Dragon is rated 18 uncut on video. A Clockwork Orange is re-released in UK cinemas after Stanley Kubrick's death. More about A Clockwork Orange... 2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is cut for glamorisation of knives in a film aimed at young teenagers. Natural Born Killers is finally released uncut on video and DVD. More about Lara Croft: Tomb Raider... 2002 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze is rated PG uncut. 2003 Secondhand Lions is cut for PG on film (at the distributor's request) for sight of a flick-knife and instructions on how to hold such a weapon. The film was raised to 12 without cuts for its video and DVD release. 2004 The Passion of the Christ is rated 18 for extended scenes of strong violence. Complaints are received saying that it should have a received a lower rating. 2005 Sin City, based on a series of graphic novels by Frank Miller, is rated 18 for strong vigilante violence. 2006 Casino Royale is rated 12A and 12 despite some scenes of violence and torture. Complaints are received saying that it should have been 15. More on Bond... 2007 Horror film 30 Days of Night is rated 15 on film for scenes of strong bloody violence, but the category is raised to 18 for DVD release. Violence and Weapons have been key concerns throughout the years. Share this!