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Altered ‘Speech’ due out

Fri., March 25, 2011

Colin Firth as King George VI in “The King’s Speech.”
Colin Firth as King George VI in “The King’s Speech.”

Studio omits profanity in film

Colin Firth said he didn’t like it, but a new version of “The King’s Speech” is heading to theaters just the same.

The Weinstein Co. said Thursday it was releasing a tweaked version of the Academy Awards best-picture winner starting next Friday in which a scene featuring Oscar winner Firth’s swearing as the stuttering Duke of York has been amended to omit the F-word.

The studio also said that the original R-rated version will no longer be shown as of next weekend.

“The King’s Speech” has been doing quite well even with the R rating, grossing about $2 million last weekend.

The new release is clearly aimed at the glut of spring-breakers available for moviegoing – though it remains to be seen whether adolescents who haven’t already seen the period drama will now be flooding theaters.

The Weinstein Co. is promoting the new cut as a “family film” – which means that, in the company’s eyes, the story of a 1930s monarch rising up against Nazism will be competing squarely against the Easter Bunny saga “Hop.”


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