The Dirty Dozen

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Who knew? A surprising number of mainstream movies were initially rated NC-17 for sex, violence, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or other elements most parents would consider off-limits for children. These were cut just enough to get the less-restrictive R rating.

American Pie: The teen comedy, which became a pop-culture phenomenon, toned down its crude sexuality and language.

Boys Don't Cry: The filmmakers had to cut a sex scene between Hilary Swank and Chloe Sevigny's characters if the movie wanted an R.

Cliffhanger: Nearly every violent scene in the 1993 Sylvester Stallone action film had to be trimmed to secure an R.

The Getaway: A sex scene between Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger's characters in the 1994 remake had to be excised.

The Godfather Part III: A few seconds depicting blood gushing from a character's neck were deleted in order to get an R.

Hard Target: John Woo had to slice 20 minutes of violence from the 1993 pic starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.

The Hills Have Eyes: Wes Craven had to trim the more grisly moments in his 2006 remake to deliver an R-rated film.

Law Abiding Citizen: A scene of Gerard Butler's character stabbing his cellmate, who bleeds to death, with a steak knife had to be cut from the 2009 film.

Original Sin: Four minutes of explicit sex scenes between Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas' characters were trimmed in the U.S.

Pulp Fiction: A scene showing a head exploding after John Travolta's character blows it off was deleted.

Scream: About 20 seconds of gore were cut to secure an R rating.

Summer of Sam: Spike Lee had to trim two scenes of nudity in the 1999 crime drama to deliver an R-rated film to Disney.


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