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Approved Running time 127m 8s

Release date 30/05/2012

BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence and threat

Genre(s) Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Director(s) Rupert Sanders

Cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Toby Jones, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Lily Cole, Bob Hoskins, Eddie Marsan, Sam Claflin, Sam Spruell, Johnny Harris, Vincent Regan

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 20/05/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN is an adaptation of the classic fairy tale in which an evil Queen sends a huntsman in search of her runaway stepdaughter, Snow White. The film was classified '12A' for moderate violence and threat.

The film contains several scenes of moderate violence, including stabbings with blades and a scene in which a man is pushed backwards and impaled on the broken shards of a tree. Some blood is seen on clothes and blades but there is little or no clear sight of injuries. There are also scenes of hand to hand combat, involving undetailed exchanges of blows, and scenes of battle violence with limited blood visible but no obvious sight of wounds or injuries. The scenes in question are too detailed and intense for 'PG' but are permissible at '12A' where 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 violence all occurs within a fantastical fairy tale context, albeit quite a dark adaptation of the traditional story.

The film also features scenes of moderate threat, including a scene in which a character becomes lost in a wood and starts to hallucinate that various frightening creatures are surrounding her and that the trees are coming to life. Characters are also threatened by large fantastical creatures elsewhere in the film and are put in danger when flaming arrows are fired into a village made of wooden houses. Snow White is in constant danger from the Queen throughout the film, although the sense of threat is frequently lightened by comical moments and by less threatening scenes. The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Moderate physical and psychological threat may be permitted, provided disturbing sequences are not frequent or sustained'.

The film also contains a brief moment of natural nudity as the Queen sits with her bare back visible. It also includes an oblique reference to drugs as a character comments that it was the 'mushrooms' rather than the drink that has put him in a good mood.

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