For a Few Dollars More ( classified in 1967)
Seen at the same time as Fistful of Dollars this was cut by 3m which included the entire second flashback scene. The BBFC didn’t consider rejecting this one which probably influenced their decision not to reject the original.
I saw this cut print in cinema and BBC TV.
The subsequent problems with the DVD/Blu Ray releases have been caused by using the cut M USA print and failing to splice the previously censored footage back properly. Nothing to do with censorship.
The footage missing from the current UK/USA DVDs and Blu Rays of Indio stopping the beating up of Manco and Mortimer plus the other couple of missing shots was all present in the UK cinema version.
FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965)
Classified ‘X’ for theatrical release in 1967 after the following cuts (c. 3m)
DR2 - Remove as far as possible the blows on the helpless man at the hands of Indio’s gang (NB: a 10s cut to the opening of the scene resuming on Indio just after he has struck Tomaso)
DR6 - Reduce to a bare minimum the beat-up of the two bounty hunters and remove as far as possible the laughter of their assailants (NB: 1m25s cut. Apart from the opening 30s the entire sequence was removed, resuming at the point Indio stops the fight).
DR7 - Remove the whole flashback to the rape and death of Mortimer’s sister. (1m25s cut - from CU of watch with sister’s picture to Indio’s sweaty face after flashback)
Uncut version classified ‘15’ for video in 1986.
Pre-cut USA ‘M’ rated version classified ‘15’ on video between 1997 and 2002.
The pre-cert video release from Warner was uncut, as was the initial video release but this was subsequently replaced by the USA ‘M’ rated version which was missing about half of the beating-up in DR6 as well as other shots of violence (such as the CU of Calloway’s head wound and the repeated shooting of the off-screen prison warden) not cut previously by the BBFC. The DR7 flashback and the DR1 blows were, however, intact.
Slightly pre-cut version classified ‘15’ for DVD in 2005.
The SE DVD/Blu Ray restores most of the violence in the DR6 beating-up and some other MPAA trims but is still missing approximately 30s of footage. About 25s of uncontentious footage, present in both the UK theatrical print and previous video releases, is missing from end of the DR6 beating-up sequence showing Indio stopping the fight and explaining his reasoning to a henchman (which causes an abrupt continuity error and leaves the fate of No Name and Mortimer unexplained until later). There are also a couple of other minor MPAA trims which have not been restored such as Indio’s manic laughter at the end of the prison break. The most complete version is in Italy although the German Blu Ray at least restores the end of the fight.