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TITANIC [Additional material,Audio description]

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TITANIC [Additional material,Audio description]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 186m 47s

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.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 20/07/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

TITANIC is a 3D version of James Cameron's 1997 film about the cruise liner that sank in the Atlantic in 1912. It was classified '12' 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.


Title Information
Additional material,Audio description
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
Classified date(s)
Main language
Submitted run time
186m 47s
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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