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WAR HORSE

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WAR HORSE

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 146m 27s

Release date 13/01/2012

BBFCInsight Contains infrequent moderate battle violence

Genre(s) Drama, War

Director(s) Steven Spielberg

Cast includes Emily Watson, Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Thewlis

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 03/01/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

WAR HORSE is a drama based on the book by Michael Morpurgo and its subsequent stage adaptation. A young boy is separated from his horse at the beginning of the First World War. The film follows the events that befall both of them.

Violence

There are some intense scenes of battle violence set in the trenches in France during the First World War. These include sight of soldiers being shot and falling to the ground while others disappear into showers of mud as explosions blow up the earth around them. Bodies are shown lying in No Man's Land, with some entangled in barbed wire and others encased in mud. However, there is little detail of blood or injuries.

The film also contains some scenes in which horses are apparently hurt, killed, or seen to be in danger, including a sequence in which a horse becomes entangled in barbed wire. Other horses collapse from exhaustion and either die quietly or are shot off screen. The film has full AHA (American Human Association) accreditation which guarantees that no animals were harmed during the making of the film.

The film also contains some mild bad language, including uses of 'bugger', 'bastard' and 'sod'.

There are some mild sex references, including a man telling his fourteen year old brother that he is "too young for women".

In addition, there are some further scenes of mild threat.

Details

Title
WAR HORSE
Year
2011
Distributor(s)
WDSMP UK
Classified date(s)
27/11/2011
Main language
English
Submitted run time
146m 27s
Approved footage
13180+8
BBFC reference
AFF281522
Registration number
CFJ24857

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