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TITANIC <span>[3D,IMAX]</span> artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 195m 50s

Release date 06/04/2012

Ratings Info Contains strong language, nudity, intense threat and disturbing images

Genre(s) Drama, Romance

Director(s) James Cameron

Cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton, Bernard Hill, David Warner, Victor Garber, Jonathan Hyde, Suzy Amis

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 27/03/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

TITANIC is a 3D re-release of James Cameron's 1997 film about the cruise liner that sank in the Atlantic in 1912. It was classified '12A' for strong language, nudity, intense threat and disturbing images.

There is one use of strong language in English and an unsubtitled use of the Italian equivalent. The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent'. The film also contains a scene of breast nudity when a female character poses for a drawing. The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Nudity is allowed but in a sexual context must be brief or discreet'. The scene does not carry any direct sexual context, although the scene does occur as part of a developing relationship between the two characters. Later in the film, the couple consummate their relationship. However, this is indicated only by sight of a sweaty hand on a steamed-up window and by the pair embracing after sex, without any nudity. The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Sexual activity may be briefly and discreetly portrayed'.

Inevitably, given that the film is based on the story of a real-life tragedy in which many people were killed, there are a number of scenes of intense threat as passengers panic and try to escape the ship. Some disturbing images also occur when people jump from the ship, when frozen corpses are seen in the sea after the disaster and when passengers are shot in order to prevent them overwhelming the lifeboats. However, there is no sight of blood or injury. The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Moderate physical and psychological threat may be permitted, provided disturbing sequences are not frequent or sustained'. Although the latter section of the film focusses on the sinking of the ship, there is a strong emphasis on the efforts of the central characters to survive that counterbalances the more intense moments of threat. Furthermore, the film is based on a very well known disaster and it has been available at the '12' level, on film, video and DVD for nearly 15 years.

The film also contains some mild bad language, including uses of 'shit', 'bullshit', 'son of a bitch' and 'goddamn'.

Parents can find additional information about the content of this film if they visit www.pbbfc.co.uk.

This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.


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20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
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195m 50s
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Note to parents
This version of the film is displayed in the 3D or IMAX format and some younger children may find this a more intense experience

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