Released shortly after the Hungerford massacre in the UK, the BBFC removed just over 1 minute of violence from the cinema version and a total of 3 minutes of both violence and weapon scenes from the 1989 video version. Among the cuts made to the film were heavy edits to the opening stick fight, butts and kicks during fight scenes, electrical torture scenes, and heavy reductions to closeups of knives and bullet wounds. The uncut version has turned up many times on pay TV (Sky and Bravo).
The original film ended with a dedication that stated: "This film is dedicated to the brave Mujahideen fighters of Afghanistan." Newer releases of the film now say: "This film is dedicated to the gallant people of Afghanistan."
A new British video version, released in June 2000, restores all the violence previously cut from UK versions, but is still missing a 2 second scene in which a horse fall was achieved using a tripwire.