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CUL-DE-SAC artwork


Type of media Film

Approved Running time 111m 51s

Release date 16/11/2012

BBFCInsight Contains moderate language and violence and nudity

Genre(s) Crime, Drama

Director(s) Roman Polanski

Cast includes Donald Pleasence, Francoise Dorleac, Lionel Stander, Jack MacGowran, Iain Quarrier, Geoffrey Sumner, Renee Houston, Robert Dorning, Marie Kean, William Franklyn, Jacqueline Bisset, Trevor Delaney

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 06/11/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

CUL-DE-SAC is a black and white thriller from 1966, directed by Roman Polanski. Two wounded criminals make their way to an island where they seek refuge at a remote castle occupied by a middle-aged man and his young French wife. The film is rated 12A for moderate language, moderate violence and nudity.

The moderate language comprises two uses of 'bitch' and one of 'whores'. Milder language include the use of 'bastard', 'bloody', 'shit' and 'son of bitch'.

There are two scenes with moderate violence. In one, a woman is hit across her bottom and thighs with a belt, resulting in visible marks on her thighs. She is also slapped. When a man tries to help her he is punched in the face, leaving a small amount of blood under his nose. In another scene a character is shot with a revolver with sight of blood spots on the person's shirt. When the person collapses some blood spills from their mouth and the front of their shirt is covered in blood.

CUL-DE-SAC also includes brief natural female breast and buttock nudity as a young woman looks from her bedroom window and runs across the beach towards the sea.

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.


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