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HANCOCK (2008)

HANCOCK <span>(2008)</span> artwork

HANCOCK (2008)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 92

BBFCInsight Contains strong language, sex and violence

Director(s) Peter Berg

Cast includes Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Daeg Faerch, Valerie Azlynn, Kate Clarke, Hayley Marie Norman, Lauren Hill, Lily Mariye, Darrell Foster, David Mattey, Shea Curry, Stephen Bishop, Alexandra Nowak

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 19/06/2008

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

HANCOCK is a fantasy film about anti-social superhero who begins to use his powers in order to help his community.

Language

There are two uses of strong language ('f**k'), as well as milder terms.

Sex

There is a crude visual sex reference when, after having sex, there is an implied 'superhero ejaculation'. There is also a scene in which a man threatens to shove someone's head up another man's bum; this scenario is subsequently depicted in a comic scene when a man's shocked face, followed by sight of a head supposedly buried in another's backside is shown.

Violence

There are moments of moderate violence throughout. During a fight, a man pulls a weapons and stabs someone in the back with brief sight of impact detail; a man is also hit over the head with a fire extinguisher during the same scene. Overall however, there is a lack of blood and no dwelling on injury.

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 for advice 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 a number of reductions throughout the film. In particular, the BBFC suggested (i) that several aggressive uses of moderate language ('bitch' and 'pussy') should be removed, (ii) that a scene showing Hancock taking a woman back to his trailer and having sex with her should be removed (including an implied orgasm), (iii) that some heavy blows, strangulation and sight of blood during scenes of violence should be reduced or removed and (iv) that the level of sustained threat and tension - particularly in the final scene - should be reduced. When the finished version of the film was submitted a number of substantial reductions had been made, including the deletion of the entire sex scene, and the reduced version was considered acceptable at '12A'. A complete version, with the deleted footage restored, has subsequently been classified '15' on DVD.

Details

Title
HANCOCK
Also known as
HANCOCK - INT'L TRAILER A,US THEATRICAL VERSION,HANCOCK - B,DOMESTIC TRAILER,EXTENDED VERSION,DOMESTIC TRAILER # 2,INT'L TRAILER D,TRAILER A,HANCOCK - PIP COMMENTARIES. X 2 - EXTENDED - 97.15 US THEATRICAL,HANCOCK - DOM TRAILER #1,HANCOCK - INT'L TRAILER A (CLEAN),INTERNATIONAL TRAILER C
Year
2008
Formats
DVD, Cinema
Distributor(s)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.
Classified date(s)
07/11/2008
Main language
English
Other languages
Unknown
BBFC reference
AZF246171

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