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JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT [Additional material,Audio Description]

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT <span>[Additional material,Audio Description]</span> artwork

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT [Additional material,Audio Description]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 105m 28s

Ratings Info moderate violence, injury detail, strong language

Genre(s) Action, Drama

Director(s) Kenneth Branagh

Cast includes Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, Colm Feore, David Paymer

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 06/03/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT is an action thriller in which a US marine, who has been injured in Afghanistan, is chosen by the C.I.A. to go undercover.


There are a number of fight scenes featuring heavy punches, kicks, strangleholds and other blows. There are also scenes in which people are shot with guns. However, there is no dwelling on the infliction of pain or injury, and the fights and other action violence are similar in nature to those in the 'Bourne' and 'Bond' films. There are a couple of scenes showing stabbings with knives. Although the moments of impact are not shown, there is brief sight of blood on the blades afterwards. In one scene, a man threatens a woman, slapping her face and placing a light bulb in her mouth, before she is rescued by the hero.

Injury detail

Bloody injuries and burns that have been sustained by the hero, during warfare, are presented within a medical context.


There is a single use of strong language ('f**k'), as well as some milder bad language, including uses of 'bitch', 'screw' and 'shit'.

There is documentary footage of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

It also contains some moments of moderate threat and mild verbal sex references.


Title Information
Additional material,Audio Description
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
Classified date(s)
Main language
Submitted run time
105m 28s
BBFC reference
Audio Descriptive

Components List

This work is made up of a number of separate components. Note that since February 2001 the BBFC has measured each component separately, but older works may not have the exact details, only a list of titles


Rating information

The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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