THE EXPENDABLES | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 103m 19s

Release date 19/08/2010

Ratings Info Contains strong violence and language

Genre(s) Action, Adventure

Director(s) Sylvester Stallone

Cast includes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Ravi Shankar

Cut This work was cut. The cuts were made at the request of the distributor to achieve a particular category. To obtain this category cuts of 0m 2s were required. Details of cuts below may contain spoilers or plot details.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 09/08/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE EXPENDABLES is a US action thriller about a group of mercenaries on a mission to overthrow a dictatorship in a fictional South American country.


The strong violence occurs throughout the film, with the mercenaries shooting and stabbing dozens of people in a manner that is strongly reminiscent of a video game. The film contains many moments epicting the infliction of injury but most of these occur in the context of lengthy battle scenes where the general mayhem and chaos lessens the visual impact of the actual killings. Consequently there is no 'dwelling' upon the infliction of injury.

A key motif within the film is the use of knives, with one character in particular being shown as especially expert. Many people are killed with knives, either by direct stabbings to the body or neck, or through being struck by knives that are thrown at them. The knives used in THE EXPENDABLES are depicted in a somewhat glamorised fashion, with occasional close-up shots of glinting blades. However, none of the knives are everyday, commonplace kitchen knives. All the blades seen in the film are large specialist weapons, including specialised throwing knives, that are not easily accessible to the public. Given the very particular circumstances within which the knives are used, by tough mercenaries on a tropical island, the film was regarded as significantly removed from everyday life or more realistic urban environments.


The film also contains multiple uses of strong language (eg 'f**k').

Cuts information

The company chose to remove one shot, showing a hero sadistically twisting a knife into a guard's neck, in order to obtain a '15' classification. Cut made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut '18' classification was available.


Lions Gate UK Ltd
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