Wolf of Wall Street, the movie that set the record for the most f-bombs in a R-rated film, has been cut by 45 minutes in Dubai.
Profanities were muted and depictions of drug use and nude scenes were edited out, leaving many filmgoers confused and bewildered.
Martin Scorsese’s cautionary tale on financial greed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who was imprisoned for fraud, featured numerous sexually explicit scenes and drug use in excess.
While it’s standard policy in the Middle East for films to be previewed by governments before censoring, the National Media Council told The National that its censors were not responsible for the cuts to the film and insisted they were done by the distributor, Gulf Film, before they saw the full version of the movie.
One woman complained on the Facebook page of Reel Cinemas, a theatre chain in Dubai, that she and a friend walked out after about 40 minutes because “the movie was simply incoherent and unwatchable with such large amounts of the storyline having been removed.”
Two movie chains in Dubai, Vox Cinemas and Reel Cinemas, rate the film as 15+ with a movie time of 140 and 135 minutes, respectively – which is less than the original 180-minute runtime.
But censors in the United Arab Emirates werenít the only ones hitting the edit button, the filmís producers were told to cut three scenes before the film could hit the screens in India.
The offending scenes include a gay orgy, Jonah Hill's public masturbation sequence and the opening of the film, which features DiCaprio blowing cocaine into a woman's butt using a straw.
-with files from WENN
Here's what people had to say about The Wolf of Wall Street edits on Twitter:
Upside to watching the wolf of wall street in kuwait? Can't say that it goes on too long. Downside? If loses that vital butt candle scene— zone de danger (@AdamBitar) January 15, 2014