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ANGELS & DEMONS (2009)

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ANGELS & DEMONS (2009)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 133

Release dates 14/05/2009

Ratings Info Contains strong violence, gory injury and horror

Genre(s) Thriller

Director(s) Ron Howard

Cast includes Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Armin Mueller-Stahl

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 04/05/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

ANGELS & DEMONS is a thriller drama about attempts to stop a secret organisation from destroying the Papacy. This US version was passed '15' for scenes of strong violence, gory injury and horror.

These include the sight of a dead priest with a rat eating inside the corpse's mouth and eyes, a priest bleeding on the steps of the Vatican, blowing out blood from a chest wound, a crucified priest, screaming in pain over a fire as attempts are made to save him and a priest setting himself on fire. These exceed '12A/12' Guidelines which say that 'violence must not dwell on detail; and there should be no emphasis on injuries or blood although occasional gory moments' are allowed. Guidelines at '15' allow for 'strong threat and menace,unless sadistic. Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury, though the strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable.' This DVD version does not contain images among the strongest and lacks sadism. The sequence of branded dead or dying priests are seen after the majority of their injury has been inflicted and the focus is on attempts to save their lives.

There is also mild language. The mild language is infrequent and includes 'hell' and 'bastard'.

Precuts information

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 film was originally shown to the BBFC in an unfinished version. The BBFC advised the company that the film was likely to receive a '15' classification but that the requested '12A' certificate could be achieved by making reductions in four scenes. In particular the BBFC suggested that sight of blood splattering onto a character's face, sight of a character screaming in pain as he burns, sight of a wound being injected and sight of a character self-immolating and burning should all be reduced. When the finished version of the film was submitted, all these reductions had been made satisfactorily and the film was classified '12A'.

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Title
ANGELS & DEMONS
Also known as
ANGELS AND DEMONS - US THEATRICAL VERSION,EXTENDED VERSION,ANGELS & DEMONS - DOM TRL #1,ANGELS & DEMONS - DOM. TRL #2,ANGELS & DEMONS - INT'L TRL A,INT'L TRL C,INTERNATIONAL TRAILER E,ANGELS & DEMONS DOM TRAILER 1 THEATRICAL
Year
2009
Formats
DVD, Cinema
Distributor(s)
Sony DADC UK Limited,Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.
Classified date(s)
18/08/2009
Main language
English
Other languages
Italian
BBFC reference
AZF254386

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