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THE HOBBIT - AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY <span>(2012)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 165

Release dates 14/12/2012, 13/12/2012

BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence

Genre(s) Fantasy, Adventure

Director(s) Peter Jackson

Cast includes Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Billy Connolly, Andy Serkis, Lee Pace, Ian Holm, Aidan Turner, Mikael Persbrandt, James Nesbitt, Barry Humphries, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy

Summary The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever...Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's 'precious' ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities...a simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-Earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 03/12/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE HOBBIT - AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is part one of Peter Jackson's three part prequel to the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel. A young hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, is enlisted by the wizard Gandalf to go on an adventure with dwarves. It is rated 12 for moderate violence.

In many respects the feature is very similar to the three films in the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy.

Scenes of moderate violence include the storming of a dwarf city by a dragon, and battles between the band of dwarves and both orcs and goblins. In one battle there is reference to a dwarf king being beheaded, with sight of a head being held by an orc before it is thrown to the ground. It is neither bloody nor gory. An orc also has his arm severed with a sword, with brief sight of black blood dripping from the stump. In another scene the dwarves are attacked by large creatures resembling wolves and ridden by orcs. Orcs are shot with arrows and at one point an arrow is pulled from an orc's neck. However, while arrows are seen hitting the creatures, these moments are not bloody. At one point the dwarves are captured by goblins and must fight to escape. The battle includes decapitations and stabbings, and a large goblin's stomach being slashed open. While there is a lot of violence involving bladed weapons, the context is clearly fantastical and there is no emphasis on injuries or blood.

There are also scenes of threat, including Bilbo and the dwarves being caught by trolls who plan to eat them. But they are saved before they come to any harm. When Bilbo encounters Gollum, the creature considers eating Bilbo, having previously been seen hitting a goblin with a rock while singing about eating that too. But Bilbo is able to outwit the creature.

THE HOBBIT - AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY also features scenes in which characters smoke pipes and drink alcohol. However, this reflect the habits of the fantasy characters and does not condone smoking or excessive drinking.

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.



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Some versions of this film are displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find them a more intense experience

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