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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 96m 20s

Release date 25/10/2013

BBFCInsight Contains strong language and moderate violence

Genre(s) Drama, Thriller

Director(s) John Crowley

Cast includes Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent, Julia Stiles, Anne-Marie Duff, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ciarán Hinds, Riz Ahmed, David Sibley, Jemma Powell, Denis Moschitto, John Humphreys

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 15/10/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

CLOSED CIRCUIT is a thriller about two lawyers whose lives are placed in danger when they defend a terrorist and become caught up in a government conspiracy. It is rated 15 for strong language and moderate violence.

The film contains around 13 uses of strong language ('f**k').

There is a scene in which a man strangles another man from behind. We see brief shots of the struggle, which are intercut with a conversation between two other characters, then sight of the dead man hanging by a makeshift noose in an attempt to suggest that the man took his own life. In another scene, a woman is attacked by a man in her own home. The man grabs the woman by the throat, after which she smashes a glass over his head and bites him on his arm, managing to escape. In a further scene, a man grabs a woman from behind and starts to strangle her, but he is soon hit with a crowbar by another character. The scene takes place at night and there is little detail.

At one point, a teenage boy fills a sink with water, plugs in a hair drier and throws it into the water. He does this in order to short out the power to the room, so that he can escape without being seen by cameras.

No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.


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