'King's Speech' edited for April 1 re-release
Saturday 26 March 2011
The current version of the Oscar-winning film
The King's Speech will be pulled from US theaters and replaced with an edited version in 1,000 theaters on April 1, in an effort to broaden to a teen audience with a new less restricted rating.
The April Fools Day release day is no joke to the director and cast, who have protested the studio's decision to cut words that earned the film an "R" rating. Director Tom Hooper said that he wouldn't edit the profanity out, according to the blog Deadline Hollywood.
A film's R or Restricted rating, according to the system of the Motional Picture Association of America review board, requires children under 17 to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian - due to the use of "hard language," in this case.
A press release announcing the removal of certain words states: "The release of The King's Speech PG-13 offers families nationwide access to a positive story about stuttering and overcoming obstacles and social stigmas."
A PG-13 film allows children 13 years old and over to see the film without an adult. Less objectionable words were dubbed during a pivotal scene between speech therapist Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, and a stuttering King George VI portrayed by Colin Firth.
The family-friendly version will be re-released in US theaters until April 19, when the DVD is released.
The King's Speech has earned $359.5 million worldwide, per Box Office Mojo figures.
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