Classic films including Jaws stricter ratings for modern audiences

Just when you thought it was! Classic films including Jaws and Ghostbusters get stricter ratings to adjust for modern attitudes

Young fans who saw Jaws in 1975 certainly thought it was safe to go back into the cinema.

But the censors are now not so ready to agree. They have given the Steven Spielberg classic – and a host of other blockbusters including The Empire Strikes Back – stricter ratings.

They claim it is to keep up with modern attitudes. Other films to be reclassified include seemingly harmless family favourites such as Lord of the Rings, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Ghostbusters.

Jaws has seen its rating raised from PG ¿ meaning parental guidance is advised for young children ¿ to 12A

Jaws has seen its rating raised from PG – meaning parental guidance is advised for young children – to 12A

Raiders of the Lost Ark, から 1981, was PG for its video issue but last year's cinema re-release saw it rated 12A

Raiders of the Lost Ark, から 1981, was PG for its video issue but last year’s cinema re-release saw it rated 12A

Jaws has seen its rating raised from PG – meaning parental guidance is advised for young children – to 12A, meaning under-12s must be accompanied by an adult.

The ‘threat and injuryin some scenes was deemed to deserve a higher age rating and 12A did not exist when the film was made a PG.

帝国の逆襲, から 1980, previously had a U rating – suitable for all aged four and over. It has been lifted to PG due to brief ‘moderate violence– including a scene in which Luke Skywalker’s hand is chopped off in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader.

The British Board of Film Classification says the changes are to ‘keep in step with the direction in which society is moving’.

ブレイク・リチャードソンは、エプスタインの生涯と悲劇的な死についての新しい映画で、若いポール・マッカートニーに不思議な類似性を持っています: The Fellowship of the Ring, has also been made a 12A due to 'regular scenes of fantasy battle involving stabbing, slashing and arrow impacts'

ブレイク・リチャードソンは、エプスタインの生涯と悲劇的な死についての新しい映画で、若いポール・マッカートニーに不思議な類似性を持っています: The Fellowship of the Ring, has also been made a 12A due to ‘regular scenes of fantasy battle involving stabbing, slashing and arrow impacts

帝国の逆襲, から 1980, previously had a U rating ¿ suitable for all aged four and over

帝国の逆襲, から 1980, previously had a U rating – suitable for all aged four and over

Films are reclassified only when a distributor submits them for a new release. At that point the BBFC applies its most recent guidelines.

Raiders of the Lost Ark, から 1981, was PG for its video issue but last year’s cinema re-release saw it rated 12A for ‘moderate violenceand ‘horror’, bringing it in line with the guidelines.

Ghostbusters has received a similar upgrade due to a sex scene, and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, has also been made a 12A due to ‘regular scenes of fantasy battle involving stabbing, slashing and arrow impacts’.

Ghostbusters has received a similar upgrade from PG to 12A due to a sex scene

Ghostbusters has received a similar upgrade from PG to 12A due to a sex scene

The BBFC, which uses an extensive public consultation to help formulate its guidelines, points out that ratings for some films have been lowered.

The Fast and the Furious, から 2001, was dropped from a 15 to a 12A after a bloody scene was cut by the distributor.

Chris Davies, BBFC compliance manager, 前記: ‘It is our role to keep in step with the direction in which society is moving, to ensure our standards meet the expectations of people across the UK.

The Fast and the Furious, から 2001, was dropped from a 15 to a 12A after a bloody scene was cut by the distributor

The Fast and the Furious, から 2001, was dropped from a 15 to a 12A after a bloody scene was cut by the distributor