One of the only films to date (along with Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer) that has had to be chronologically re-edited by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) due to explicit and disturbing content. This was during the rape of Kersey’s daughter. To avoid a jump cut, the BBFC cut the first section of the next scene into the middle of the rape, so they could miss the majority of the rape out. In the end, it was missing three minutes of footage when it was finally released.
Had the film been released in theatres uncut in the US, it would have been given an X certificate (over 21's only). This was proposed, and the distributors allowed cuts to be made.