Private Peaceful
  • Director(s)

    Pat O'Connor

  • Production Year

    2014

  • Release date

    24/10/2014

  • Genre(s)

    War, Drama

  • Approx. running minutes

    103m

  • Cast

    Frances de la Tour, Jack O'Connell, John Lynch, George McKay, Alexandra Roach, Richard Griffiths, Maxine Peake

Film

Private Peaceful

moderate battle violence
  • Director(s)

    Pat O'Connor

  • Production Year

    2014

  • Release date

    24/10/2014

  • Genre(s)

    War, Drama

  • Approx. running minutes

    103m

  • Cast

    Frances de la Tour, Jack O'Connell, John Lynch, George McKay, Alexandra Roach, Richard Griffiths, Maxine Peake

PRIVATE PEACEFUL is an adaptation of the book by Michael Morpurgo, in which two brothers fall in love with the same girl and then go off to fight in the First World War.

Violence

There are some intense scenes of battle violence set in the trenches and battlefields of France. These include sight of British soldiers being mown down by German machine-gun fire as they charge an enemy position, sight of soldiers being blown off their feet when a shell explodes in a trench, and sight of a German soldier being shot in the back after infiltrating a British trench. In another scene there is a sense of panic as the Germans deploy gas and the British soldiers hurriedly put on their gas masks. Dead bodies are seen from time to time, including that of a dead German soldier draped over barbed wire in No Man's Land. Although there is very little detail of blood or injuries, the scenes are intense.

The film also contains occasional mild sex references and mild bad language, including the terms 'arse', 'bastards', 'bloody', bugger and 'shit'. There is some use of outdated discriminatory terms, such as 'Frenchie', 'Bosch' and 'Hun' but these merely reflect the period in which the story is set. There are occasional scenes of cigarette smoking that also reflect the period in which the story occurs but the film as a whole neither glamorises nor promotes the practice of smoking.

  • Classified date

    24/10/2014

  • BBFC reference

    BFF291661

  • Language

    English