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STARRED UP <span>(2013)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 103

Release dates 11/08/2014, 14/07/2014, 21/03/2014

BBFCInsight very strong language, strong violence

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) David Mackenzie

Cast includes Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend, Sian Breckin, Sam Spruell, David Ajala, Anthony Welsh, Peter Ferdinando

Summary In STARRED UP, Jack O'Connell gives a star-making performance as 19 year-old Eric Love, a violent and troubled teenager making the difficult transition from a young offenders' institute to adult prison. He seems to be destined for a life behind bars, but the prison's unconventional therapist (Rupert Friend) is determined to help Eric find a way through, assisted by of one of the prison's longest serving inmates - Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) - who just happens to be Eric's father.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 11/03/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

STARRED UP is a British drama in which a violent young offender is sent to an adult prison, where he joins his father who is already an inmate.


There are over thirty uses of very strong language ('c**t'), often delivered aggressively. The film also includes over 240 uses of strong language ('f**k').


There is strong violence throughout as prisoners fight amongst themselves or against prison officers. Two fight sequences involve bladed weapons. In one, a character is slashed twice across the face with an improvised weapon made from a small razor blade and a plastic toothbrush. In the other, a character is stabbed and killed with a conventional knife. Both assaults result in bloodshed but little is seen in terms of injury detail.

STARRED UP also contains some natural male nudity. There are also some strong verbal sex references.


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Cinema, DVD
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.,th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
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