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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 112m 44s

Release date 10/01/2013

BBFCInsight Contains strong bloody violence and very strong language

Genre(s) Crime, Drama

Director(s) Ruben Fleischer

Cast includes Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Mireille Enos, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Jon Polito, Michael Peña, Dennis Cockrum, Josh Pence, Holt McCallany, Frank Grillo, Troy Garity, Sullivan Stapleton, Evan Jones, John Aylward, Jack McGee

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 31/12/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

GANGSTER SQUAD is a period crime drama about a Los Angeles police officer who leads a secret task force to bring down organised crime figures. It is rated 15 for strong bloody violence and very strong language.

In one scene a man is chained between two cars which are driven in opposite directions, ripping his body apart. In another scene a gangster's hand is held through an elevator grille, severing his hand. There are also a number of scenes in which men are beaten and scenes in which people are shot with bloody impacts. The violent scenes occur within the context of a period crime drama and are generally rapidly edited so that they do not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury. In a further scene, a clothed woman is pushed onto a bed with an implication that she is about to be raped. However, she is rescued before anything happens.

There are a couple of uses of very strong language ('c**t'). One use is very clear and occurs when a gangster discovers that his prostitutes have been rescued by the police. He complains that "Now my whole crop of c*** is gone". The use is crudely descriptive but resentful rather than aggressive and is not directed at a particular individual. The second use occurs as a gangster angrily smashes up his house. The use is muffled, unclear and undirected. There is also some strong language ('f**k', 'motherf***er', and 'c**ksucker'), as well as occasional discriminatory language and some moderate and mild bad language (for example, 'prick', 'bastard', 'son of a bitch', 'pissed', 'shit', 'smartass', 'damn', 'goddamn', 'Jesus Christ').

GANGSTER SQUAD also features some sexualised nudity and suggestive dancing in a club.

The film also features scenes of drinking and smoking.

No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.


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