King’s Speech may be edited for young viewers

The Oscar-nominated film The King’s Speech starring Golden Globe-winner Colin Firth may be edited in order to gain a wider audience. The movie’s executive producer/distributor Harvey Weinstein wants to remove the coarse language to earn a lower rating. The film is currently rated R in the U.S. and Weinstein is hoping that trimming the profanity will earn the film a PG-13 or even PG rating. The movie was a greater success in Great Britain, where it’s rated ’12-and-over.’ “The British numbers are huge because the rating lets families see the movie together,” said Weinstein. “Tom [Hooper, the director of the film] and I are trying to find a unique way to do this that keeps his vision of the movie.” If the movie is recut, the new version won’t reach theaters until after the Academy Awards. In the meantime, Weinstein Co. is planning to expand the movie to more than 3,000 theaters across North America — which is wide for a low-budget picture — along with an ad campaign around Valentine’s Day. Although it’s not a romance, Weinstein said the campaign for the romantic day will encourage people to “see it with the person who inspired you and changed your life.”

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  1. Rita • January 27, 2011 @ 11:02 AM

    I WILL GO SEE THE NEW VERSION W/OUT THE PROFANITY. HOORAY!!! I can’t thank you enough Mr Weinstein for taking the profanity out!! It is Not part of acting. Its just FOUL SOUNDING WORDS….. Really Truely and Honestly I’m Not Wasting my Life listening to that/or my $$$$$ either! I was finally going to have the time to develope 1 of my other interests. Thanks 4 not letting it be a romantic movie! Theres Way Too much of that! Thank you So Much For Listening! I appreciate this more then you’ll know.

  2. Terrence • January 27, 2011 @ 11:19 AM

    They should think of this before the movie hits theatres. Now they look stupid. If they wanted it to appeal to all ages, they should have realized that earlier. I personally wouldn’t mind if they cut down on swearing and sex in movies.

  3. Christie • January 27, 2011 @ 2:08 PM

    If they could cut the sex scenes out of Black Swan, that’d make it way better. I don’t care about profanity too much, as long as it’s not every other word.

  4. rolande boutin • January 27, 2011 @ 3:34 PM

    Très bon film ,réalité de la vie peu importe le peuple et la royauté.le film se mérite plusieurs nominations aux OSCARS …

  5. Lorne • January 27, 2011 @ 3:49 PM

    Americans are ridiculous – you can see all manner of violence in a PG-13 film, but show a pair of t**s or say ‘f**k’ more than once and you get an R rating.

  6. anonymous2 • January 27, 2011 @ 4:20 PM

    How stupid editing the movie.Adults like it because it’s an adult movie.Who wants to sit alongside squirming and complaining 6 and 7 year olds at this movie.

  7. Jo-Anne • January 27, 2011 @ 10:23 PM

    I understand their reasoning to gain a larger audience (translation $$$) but I was not in the least bit offended by the “profanity” in this movie, it was a wonderful film…

    Believe the profanity in many films is necessary for realism and many of these films are not intended for youth audiences. Should any adults feel it’s not for them either….don’t attend

    Heaven forbid I one day hear Pacino Scarface “Gosh darn can you please flutter off…”

  8. Sunshine • January 29, 2011 @ 10:37 AM

    This is crazy! Leave the movie alone! There are worst words than F*** in other movies and lyrics today. If the King did swear back then, show the movie as it was played out back then!

  9. underzenith • January 29, 2011 @ 12:48 PM

    wow they are stupid, there weren’t many scenes with profanity as it is, and the ones that had it were done very tastefully and had relevance to the story, it’s not like they were swearing for no reason and you end up losing an aspect of the story by taking it out. Producers are stupid sometimes.

    and Christie, same thing with Black Swan, you take the sex scene out and you lose a change in character and an aspect of the story. Just because you may have been a little creeped out by it does not mean it should be taken out of the movie.

  10. underzenith • January 29, 2011 @ 12:48 PM

    wow they are stupid, there weren’t many scenes with profanity as it is, and the ones that had it were done very tastefully and had relevance to the story, it’s not like they were swearing for no reason and you end up losing an aspect of the story by taking it out. Producers are stupid sometimes.

    and Christie, same thing with Black Swan, you take the sex scene out and you lose a change in character and an aspect of the story. Just because you may have been a little creeped out and disturbed by it does not mean it should be taken out of the movie.

  11. Mary • January 29, 2011 @ 3:52 PM

    I saw the movie and it’s great without the changes.How many kids now days haven’t heard the profanity that is so widespread in our society. Let them see the movie as is it’s not the first time they would be exposed to this word! I would rather my child be exposed to bad language than to Watch the almost porn type of so called entertainment on TV and some of the sex scenes in movies, that have no relevance what so ever except for shock value! As for Al Pacino without his gutteral tongue in Scarface the movie would have been gutless!

  12. Maggie • January 30, 2011 @ 12:59 PM

    I saw the movie at the Toronto Film Festival, and it was wonderful in its original form. There is no need to edit out a few words for family audiences; it is hypocritical, unnecessary, and ridiculous, especially when violence, blood and gore is regularly seen on American TV. To destroy the original film is equivalent to mutilation and an affront to any thinking person; leave the text the authentic, realistic and humane way it was written. It is more than suitable as it is for children to watch with their parents.

  13. Oscar Man HERE • January 30, 2011 @ 4:05 PM

    »» “THE KING´S SPEECH” will WIN the “Best Motion Picture of the Year” OSCAR!! 🙂 Go “The KIng´s Speech”! GO!!! 8)

  14. Kathleen • January 30, 2011 @ 6:33 PM

    I haven’t seen the “King’s Speech” as of yet. But,I think that I would “appreciate” just as much, if it were to be shown in its original format–so who cares if there’s a few swear words in it?–rather than it being “hacked at” to make it more family freindly! I believe that it would “take away” from the seriousness, and Drama of the movie. I saw the movie ‘REDS’ when I was only 13, and it had alot of blood and gore in it, as it was basically a war movie, but it was still rated PG–I went with my parents! the ‘Godfather’movies were shown on T.V. before I hit 16yrs.of age, and they had quite the bloody fight scenes, and bad language (which I think were dubbed out), but were still shown on the T.V. for any young person to watch(hopefully chapperoned by their parents!) So, do you get my drift? Changing the “script” will probably take away from the movie! That would be unfortunate.

  15. Leanne • February 11, 2011 @ 9:13 PM

    I’ve seen this movie 3 times and there is hardly any “profanity” in it. Dumbing down this movie for American audiences is an insult to the movie and to the struggles that Prince Albert went through.

    Leave the move the way it is.

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