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SHERLOCK HOLMES - A GAME OF SHADOWS

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SHERLOCK HOLMES - A GAME OF SHADOWS

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 128m 37s

BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence

Genre(s) Action, Adventure

Director(s) Guy Ritchie

Cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry, Jared Harris

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 29/11/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SHERLOCK HOLMES - A GAME OF SHADOWS is a drama based on the famous fictional detective's clash with arch criminal Professor Moriarty. The film was classified '12A' for moderate violence.

The film contains sequences of violence throughout, with some early hand to hand clashes as key characters are attacked by a group 'heavies' and later by Cossack assassins. The fights are stylised in their presentation and combat moves are dramatic rather than realistic. There is also an element of comedy. Dynamic camera movement is used to increase the sense of pace while not dwelling on any detail, blood or injury. Knives feature in a couple of the scenes, but there is no glamorisation and no detail of their use. Other sequences include a running battle on a train and an escape from a munitions yard with Great War style artillery landing around the fleeing heroes. There is occasional sight of superficial wounds, such as smears of blood on faces, and at one point a key character appears to be dead before being revived. At '12A'/'12' the BBFC's Guidelines state 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by the context'.

The film also contains some oblique references to drugs. Holmes is seen smoking a thin pipe and an acquaintance refers to him living off a diet that includes '...cocoa leaves'. There is no direct reference to Holmes using cocaine but those viewers familiar with the original novels may draw some conclusions based on these subtle references.

There is also some implied nudity as Holmes' eccentric brother is seen wandering around his house naked, with furniture etc strategically placed to block sight of his genitals.

Parents can find additional information about the content of this film if they visit www.pbbfc.co.uk.

Details

Distributor(s)
Warner Brothers Entertainment UK Ltd
Classified date(s)
28/11/2011
Main language
English
Submitted run time
128m 37s
Approved footage
11575+8
BBFC reference
AFF281469
Registration number
CFJ24861

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