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TOM JONES [Director's cut]

TOM JONES <span>[Director's cut]</span> artwork

TOM JONES [Director's cut]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 121m 30s

Release date 28/05/2018

BBFCInsight moderate sex references, violence, language

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Tony Richardson

Cast includes Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith, Edith Evans, Joan Greenwood, Diane Cilento, George Devine, Joyce Redman, David Warner, Wilfrid Lawson, Freda Jackson, Rachel Kempson, Jack Macgowran, Julian Glover, Lynn Redgrave, Micheal Macliammoir

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 18/05/2018

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

TOM JONES is a period comedy drama about the adventures of a young man in the 1700s.


In one scene, a man and woman show their desire for each other by suggestively handling and eating food during a feast.

It is initially implied that a man has had sex with his mother. However, it is subsequently made clear that the woman is not his mother.

Although the film concerns a young man who has sex with several women, sexual activity is implied rather than shown. There are also some verbal references to sexual activity.


There is a scene in which a man forces himself on a woman, dragging her to the floor. However, no further sexual assault occurs as the man is interrupted, and the woman is saved. There are also some verbal references to "rape".

In one scene, a man who has been prepared for execution by hanging briefly hangs from a noose before he is rescued by another man.

In another scene, it is implied that a dead deer is eaten by dogs, and this scene is followed by one in which a man holds up a dead deer's head. However, there is no sight of real animal cruelty.

There are also scenes in which a man is struck on the head and in which another man is stabbed with a sword. However, injury detail is limited.


There is use of moderate bad language (for example, 'bitch', 'whore', 'whoremaster'), as well as some milder terms such as 'bastard', 'slut', 'arse', 'bloody', 'sodding', 'hussy', 'trollop', 'harlot', 'goddamn', and 'damn'.).

In one scene, two fighting cocks are held in front of each other. There is no cruel goading to fury, and an implied cockfight is not shown.

There are also some brief scenes of mild threat, and brief sights of limited bloody injury detail.


Title Information
Director's cut
BFI Video
Classified date(s)
Main language
Submitted run time
121m 30s
BBFC reference
Previous cuts waived

Components List

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Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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