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'Fifty Shades Of Grey' film gets 18 rating for 'strong sex and nudity'

Big screen adaptation of EL James's erotic novel opens in UK cinemas on February 13

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Fifty Shades of Grey
The eagerly-anticipated Fifty Shades Of Grey film has been given an 18 certificate by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) owing to "strong sex and nudity".

Fifty Shades Of Grey is scheduled to open in cinemas on February 13 – right in time for Valentine's Day. The big screen adaptation of EL James's erotic novel has been already rated 'R' in the US for "strong sexual content and unusual behaviour".

Now the BBFC has awarded the film a similarly stringent certificate, explaining: "The film contains strong sex and nudity, along with the portrayal of erotic role play based on domination, submission and sado-masochistic practices. There are also strong verbal references to such practices and the instruments used."

The Fall's Jamie Dornan stars as Christian Grey, the kinky businessman who seduces demure college student Anastasia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson. Dornan recently revealed that he visited a sex dungeon to prepare for the role. The film's supporting cast includes Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle and Rita Ora.

Fifty Shades Of Grey was directed by Nowhere Boy's Sam Taylor Wood with EL James serving as a producer. The tracklisting for the soundtrack has recently been released and features songs by Beyonce, The Rolling Stones, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding and Sia.

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