Alternate Versions (2)

  • For the 1989 reissue/restoration, the director trimmed approx. 7 minutes from the original. The initial home video release in 1981 on the Magnetic Video label contains the full-length original, which includes the following footage/dialogue cut from the reissue:
    • Tom running from Squire Western; Black George caught for killing sheep; trial
    • Sophie: "Oh, my little bird."
    • Molly being called a slut by her family: "You will have a bastard"
    • Tom/Sophie montage: Tom reading, eating nuts, picking berries, Tom and Sophie singing
    • Teachers fighting Tom; Tom going around tree; riding teacher
    • Tom's dream at the Inn
    • Sophie and Lady Fitzpatrick: Trimmed frames from laughing
    • Sophie and Lady Fitzpatrick: "What will you do in London?" "I have a friend..."
    • Sophie and Lady Fitzpatrick: "What about your friend?" "He is away for a few days. When he returns we shall make other arrangements."
    • Lady Bellaston and Lady Fitzpatrick: "The girl is obviously intoxicated and nothing less than ruin will content her."
    • Lady Bellaston muttering French phrase at dinner
    • Lady Bellaston: Dialog after "Are you afraid of the word 'rape'?"
    • Transition from Bellaston and Fellamore to Tom and Partridge
    • Transition from Tom and Partridge to "Rape"
    • Partridge and Tom: "She'll be the one to break it off"; transition to note; dialog: Narrator reads letter, Bellaston remarks to maid not to receive Tom Jones again.
    • "Scandal are the best sweeteners of tea."; transition
    • Partridge looking for people to uphold Tom's character (in the original he approaches one man, then two more - scene of him approaching the first man was cut)
    • No reprise of song for Tom as he's going to be hanged
    • End titles (re-done for reissue with restoration credits and extended music by 15 seconds, while cutting some of the original company credits)
  • When the film was first submitted to the BBFC, director John Trevelyan suggested to Tony Richardson that the film would pass as an 'A' (under 16's accompanied) if he removed a shot of Mrs Waters cradling an oyster on her tongue before swallowing it during the famous eating sequence. Richardson refused and the film was passed as an 'X' (no over-16's allowed). All UK releases since then have been cut by 12 secs to remove shots from a cockfight scene, which is regarded as cruel animal activity by the BBFC.