War Horse
  • Type

    Film

  • Approx. Running minutes

    146m

  • Release date

    13/01/2012

  • Genre(s)

    Drama, War, Drama

Film

War Horse

Contains infrequent moderate battle violence
  • Type

    Film

  • Approx. Running minutes

    146m

  • Release date

    13/01/2012

  • Genre(s)

    Drama, War, Drama

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.

  • Classified date

    27/11/2011

  • Director(s)

    Steven Spielberg

  • Cast

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

  • BBFC reference

    AFF281522