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JOHN CARTER <span>[3D]</span> artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 131m 51s

Release date 09/03/2012

BBFCInsight Contains moderate fantasy violence

Genre(s) Adventure, Science Fiction

Director(s) Andrew Stanton

Cast includes Mark Strong, Taylor Kitsch, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, Willem Dafoe, Lynn Collins

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 28/02/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

JOHN CARTER is a science fiction adventure fantasy based on a story by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It tells the story of a Wild West gold prospector who is transported through a 'wormhole' in space to the surface of Mars where he finds himself caught in the middle of a war being fought by the planet's alien inhabitants. The film was classified '12A' for moderate fantasy violence.

The BBFC's Guidelines at 'PG' state 'Moderate violence, without detail, may be allowed, if justified by its context (for example, history, comedy or fantasy)'. Although the violence in JOHN CARTER is moderate in nature and occurs within a clear fantasy context, there are some detailed moments of violence that are more appropriately classified at '12A'. For example, in one scene a man is stabbed in the wrist in close up, causing blue coloured blood to spurt from the wound.

JOHN CARTER also contains some scenes of moderate threat and infrequent very mild language.

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This version of the film is displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find this a more intense experience

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