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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 142m 48s

Release date 25/08/2017

Ratings Info strong threat, violence, language

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Kathryn Bigelow

Cast includes John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, Anthony Mackie, John Krasinski, Samira Wiley, Hannah Murray, Ben O'Toole, Nathan Davis Jr., Peyton Alex Smith, Malcolm David-Kelly, Laz Alonso, Chris Chalk, Jeremy Strong

Summary DETROIT is a drama based on real events and set during the 1967 Detroit Riot.

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 15/08/2017

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

DETROIT is a drama based on real events and set during the 1967 Detroit Riot.


There is strong sustained threat during scenes in which police interrogate and threaten suspects, with much of the threat carrying strong racial overtones. There is sexual threat during a scene in which a male police officer threatens a young woman by briefly placing a rifle barrel under the hem of her skirt, and also in a scene in which he tears her dress open briefly exposing her breasts.

There are scenes of rioting in which petrol bombs are thrown, police and firemen are attacked, and shops are looted and burned.


There are several scenes in which police officers beat and shoot people, some of which include bloody injury detail. Some of the violence has a racial and racist context.


There are several uses of strong language ('motherf**ker', 'f**k') throughout, as well as some milder bad language such as 'whore', 'hos', 'slut', 'piss', 'bastard, 'shit', 'bullshit', 'asses', 'hell', 'Jesus Christ', 'God' and 'goddamit'.

The film also contains some discriminatory terms (for example, 'nigger', 'Negro') and attitudes; however, these are not condoned by the film as a whole.

Marijuana joints are smoked but there are verbal references to the destructive effects of drug misuse. There are also some moderate sex references.


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