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THE EXORCIST (1973)

THE EXORCIST <span>(1973)</span> artwork

THE EXORCIST (1973)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 117

Release dates 11/10/2010, 01/10/2001, 30/03/1999

BBFCInsight Contains very strong language, strong threat and supernatural horror

Genre(s) Horror, Drama

Director(s) William Friedkin

Cast includes Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair, Reverend William O'Malley S. J., Barton Heyman, Pete Masterson, Rudolf Schündler, Gina Petrushka, Robert Symonds, Arthur Storch, Reverend Thomas Bermingham, Vasiliki Maliaros, Titos Vandis, Wallace Rooney, Ron Faber, Donna Mitchell

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 12/04/2016

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE EXORCIST is a US horror film in which a young girl is possessed by a demon.

Threat

There are frequent scenes of strong threat and horror in which a young girl's physical appearance and behaviour alters as she falls deeper under the control of a demonic spirit. Her face appears to decay, and she is seen levitating, thrashing wildly on a bed and vomiting. In one sequence she also thrusts a bloodied crucifix between her legs.

In other scenes characters glimpse the face of the demonic spirit and experience supernatural occurrences. There is also a protracted sequence in which the young girl undergoes a series of medical tests which appear to cause her discomfort.

Language

Occasional use of strong language ('f**k', 'c**ksucker', 'motherf**ker') occurs, as well as infrequent use of very strong language ('c**t') spoken by the possessed girl.

Sex

There are occasional strong sex references, including to oral and anal sex, and sexualised uses of strong language ('f**k'). These are primarily spoken by the possessed girl.

Trailer

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Details

Title
THE EXORCIST
Also known as
THE EXORCIST - TV SPOTS,THE EXORCIST (DIRECTOR'S CUT)
Year
1973
Formats
Cinema, DVD
Distributor(s)
Warner Home Video Ltd,Warner Brothers,On Demand Management Ltd,Columbia-Warner Dists
Classified date(s)
20/10/2010
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF029742

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