Col appeals Swedish ‘Hero’ cuts

Columbia TriStar has appealed Swedish censors’ demands that four minutes be cut from “Last Action Hero” in order to make it acceptable for kids’ viewing.

The company wanted an 11 rating, which would even ensure that children between 7 and 11 could see the film if accompanied by an adult.

The national board of censors made nine cuts, totaling more than four minutes , removing several fights with knives, shoot-outs and beatings.

The film has its sought-after 11 rating, which would give Arnold Schwarzenegger a new audience in Sweden: Most of his films, except “Twins,” had 15 ratings.

But Columbia TriStar managing director Roy Matalon thinks the “Last Action” cuts were excessive. He now has appealed to the high court, which has the final decision.

Matalon would prefer the film to get its 11 rating without any cuts: “If they insist on a couple of cuts, I’ll try to convince the producers of the film. I don’t think I’d like to go for more than a minute of cuts.”

“Jurassic Park,” which opens in Sweden Friday, has been given an 11 rating without any cuts, a decision that has come as a big surprise to the industry in Sweden.

Many distribution company reps feel “Jurassic’s” 11 rating will be used against the censors in future ratings battles.

The final decision on the cuts in “Action Hero” will come within a week. The pic is scheduled to open Sept. 24.

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