I will try to avoid spoilers but this question is meant for people who HAVE seen the movie.

Apparently there are three different cuts of this movie as far as I know:

  • US cut
  • UK cut
  • Indonesian cut

As I understand it, these cuts vary when it comes to the controversial church scene. The Indonesian cut basically skips the whole thing by cutting from when Colin Firth points the gun at the woman to when he walks out of the church.

My question is what are the differences between the US and UK cuts of this scene? Apparently there are differences because the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) only granted the film a 15 rating after certain violence was taken out of the film.

Is there a lot taken out or is it maybe some split second shot that was a bit graphic or something?

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    From what I can find, the church scene remains intact in the UK version, but other content was either cut or reduced to garner it a rating that would allow kids under 18 to see it, or however the ratings system in the UK works.
    – MattD
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 17:26
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    Did you have people's heads exploding in colory puffs of smoke and fireworks? The US version did, and I'm betting the UK version did and the reason was they wanted a more friendly rating in the UK. Wouldn't really matter in the US because the number of times the word "fuck" is used already pushed it into R territory.
    – MattD
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 17:34
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    @KellyBaker - To be fair on the movie this seems to be a criticism of the Canadian movie ratings system which gives it a 13A or 14A depending on the province - a somewhat lenient rating when compared to elsewhere. It is an R in the US, and a 15 in the UK (which is a mandatory 15, not something that can be waived by an accompanying adult). I was fairly shocked to see a child of (approximately) 8 or 9 in our showing, but I don't think we should be watering down a movie just because the rating system is weak or ignored.
    – iandotkelly
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 1:40
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    Matthew Vaughn seemed to deny that any cuts were made: denofgeek.com/movies/matthew-vaughn/33800/… but the BBFC site says “certain changes were made prior to submission” bbfc.co.uk/releases/kingsman-secret-service-film Another site suggests a difference of 51 seconds between UK and German versions (but I haven’t verified that): movie-censorship.com/news.php?ID=8489
    – alexwlchan
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 20:15
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    The church scene was also censored in latin america, they showed up to when he shoots the woman, cut, and then colin firth looking around the church when everyone is dead
    – user19208
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 2:55

2 Answers 2


I also can confirm that the church scene was censored in Latin America.

I saw the movie in Utah and then last night in Panama.

The church scene in Panama only included the first woman Galahad shoots, cuts of Eggsy's reactions, Merlin's reactions, a couple of guys thrown around from Galahad's POV, Valentine and Gazelle's reactions, then cut to Galahad walking out of the Church I believe. (I am missing some details, but that was pretty much it).

Having seen the church seen again online I estimate about 2:45 to 3:00 minutes being stripped from the film.

Edit: just to clarify, there is A LOT taken out and I was not amused by the censorship.

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    I don't think this answers the question in regards to the US vs. UK versions.
    – DA.
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 3:50

One version has a very amusing line of sexual dialogue removed from it, which is a shame. While it doesn't make much difference to the plot the cut is a little disjointed and it is quite obvious that something was cut out which takes you out of the experience. Having seen a version with the original line still in I was expecting to share a laugh with people that hadn't seen the film and was denied that pleasure... which was also a shame as what was quite a surprising and very funny moment just becomes mildly amusing. Still a fantastic film. I won't say the line but the princess says it towards the end of the film if that gives a hint.

  • Which version has the dialogue?
    – DA.
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 3:50
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    And WHAT is the dialog? Who says it? And why is this answer being upvoted? The OP asks about the church scene and not the movie in general.
    – bobbyalex
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 3:09
  • For those still wondering - [spoiler] youtube.com/watch?v=2--K85dTZxU
    – MayThrow
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 20:21

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