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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 126m 46s

Release date 14/10/2011

BBFCInsight Contains moderate language and violence

Genre(s) Action, Drama

Director(s) Shawn Levy

Cast includes Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis, Anthony Mackie

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 04/10/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

REAL STEEL is a Hollywood action film set in the near future where robots have replaced humans in the ring at boxing events. It follows the story of an estranged father and son who rediscover their love for each other whilst training a robot. The film was classified '12A' for moderate language and violence.

The BBFC's Guidelines at 'PG' state there may be 'Mild bad language only'. In REAL STEEL there are a couple of derogatory uses of 'bitch', which are more appropriately classified at '12A' where the Guidelines state 'Moderate language is allowed'. Although most of the violence takes place between robots, and therefore has little relation to the real world, there is one scene in which a man is beaten up by three other men, his attackers hitting him with a metal pipe and kicking him whilst he is on the ground. The scene is shot in silhouette, with sight of the actual blows masked, but the scene is more appropriately classified at '12A' where the Guidelines state 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail'.

REAL STEEL also contains some mild bad language.

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