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THE WATER HORSE

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THE WATER HORSE

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 111m 33s

Release date 01/02/2008

BBFCInsight Contains mild language and fantasy danger

Director(s) Jay Russell

Cast includes Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Joel Tobeck, Craig Hall, David Morrissey, Ben Chaplin, Alex Etel, Marshall Napier

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 22/01/2008

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE WATER HORSE is a fantasy adventure-drama, set in Scotland during World War 2, about a lonely young boy whose life is changed by an amazing sea creature that hatches from an egg that he finds on a beach.

The film was classified 'PG' for mild language and fantasy danger. There are several uses of 'bloody' and one of 'arse', none of which are used in a notably aggressive manner but which would not be acceptable at 'U'. Such language is however allowed at 'PG' where BBFC Guidelines state that there may be 'mild language only' and which invite parents to decide if such language is suitable to be heard by their own children. Mild danger and intensity occurs in several scenes in which the creature, and child or adult characters, come under threat. But these scenes are of adventure action, firmly embedded in the film's fantasy context, and feature no unduly drawn-out scary sequences or notable details of injuries. Consequently, they meet with the allowance of the Guidelines at 'PG' which state that 'Frightening sequences should not be prolonged or intense. Fantasy settings may be a mitigating factor'. The issues in the film are also balanced by the very positive messages it carries for younger children in its story of a lonely young boy who, through friendship, discovers courage and resourcefulness within himself.

Details

Also known as
THE WATER HORSE - LEGEND OF THE DEEP
Distributor(s)
Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd.
Classified date(s)
05/11/2007
Main language
English
Submitted run time
111m 33s
Approved footage
10040+0
BBFC reference
AFF241019
Registration number
CFJ16072

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