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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 129m 44s

Release date 21/09/2012

Ratings Info Contains strong language, violence, drug use and sex

Genre(s) Action, Drama, Thriller

Director(s) Oliver Stone

Cast includes Aaron Johnson, Salma Hayek, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 11/09/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SAVAGES is a US drama-thriller in which a pair of Californian marijuana growers and dealers who become embroiled in a spiralling conflict with a brutal Mexican drug cartel.


There is frequent use of strong language ('f**k') throughout.


Scenes of strong violence include grainy video footage showing people being threatened by members of the Mexican cartel and subsequent sight of their severed heads and decapitated bodies. There is blood splatter when people are shot, and a scene in which a man is tortured and set on fire by his cartel colleagues.


There are a number of scenes showing drug use, including the smoking of marijuana joints and the use of bongs.


There are scenes showing sexual activity between the two drug dealers and their mutual girlfriend. These include images of thrusting and some nudity but no strong detail. A woman is briefly seen riding a man during sex, also without strong detail.

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 work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive an 18 rating but that their preferred 15 rating could be achieved by making changes to a number of scenes. These were to reduce various moments of strong bloody violence, sadistic violence, strong sex and some focus on drug use. When an edited version of the film was submitted for formal rating, changes had been made to satisfactorily address these issues and the film was consequently rated 15.


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