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  1. An R-Rated Intended Release?

    Prior to the release of Die Another Day in the United States, debate raged as to the classification of the film. Inevitably, a PG-13 rated film was released to audience, but an MGM site indicates that the intended rating was original R.

    The rating can be found on MGM and United Artists ‘For Your Consideration’ site, the purpose of which is to ask members of film groups such as the MPAA to consider various films for award nominations. For instance, Madonna’s ‘For Your Consideration’ campaign for Die Another Day garnered the performer with Golden Globe and Golden Satellite nominations.

    The Die Another Day ‘For Your Consideration’ page lists the film as being rated R. The rating would mean that cinemat patrons younger that 17 would require a parent or adult guardian. The film was apparently given the rating for Action, Violence and Sexuality.

    The different rating comes as the closest official indication that scenes from the United States cut of Die Another Day were removed in order to achieve a PG-13 rating.

    MGM has put Die Another Day forward for the following award considerations;

    BEST PICTURE

    Michael G. Wilson And Barbara Broccoli

    BEST DIRECTOR

    Lee Tamahori

    BEST ACTOR

    Pierce Brosnan

    BEST ACTRESS

    Halle Berry

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

    Toby Stephens

    Rick Yune

    John Cleese

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

    Rosamund Pike

    Judi Dench

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    Neal Purvis and Robert Wade

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

    David Tattersall BSC

    BEST FILM EDITING

    Christian Wagner

    BEST ART DIRECTION

    Peter Lamont, PRODUCTION DESIGNER

    Simon Wakefield, SET DECORATOR

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN

    Lindy Hemming

    BEST MAKEUP

    BEST SOUND

    BEST SOUND EDITING

    [SUPERVISING SOUND EDITOR]

    Martin Evans

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

    David Arnold

    BEST ORIGINAL SONG

    Madonna and Mirwais

    “Die Another Day”

    Performed by Madonna

    If you’d like to discuss the rating, or nomations, please visit this thread of the Die Another Day Forums. Thanks to Jim for the tip-off.

    daniel @ 2002-12-29
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