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KILLER JOE

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KILLER JOE

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 98m 5s

BBFCInsight Contains strong bloody and sadistic violence and sexual threat

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) William Friedkin

Cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, Marc Macaulay, Jeff Galpin, Danny Epper

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 15/08/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

KILLER JOE is a drama in which a police detective who also works as a contract killer is hired by a young man to kill his mother so the young man can use his mother's life insurance to clear a debt to a drug dealer.

Violence

Violent scenes include those in which a woman is punched hard in the face, causing her face to become heavily bloodied, a scene in which a can of food is used as a weapon to repeatedly punch a man in the face, a scene in which a man is beaten because of his debt to the drug dealer, and scenes where characters are shot and there are accompanying blood spurts.

Threat

There are also two scenes of sexual threat. In one scene, a young woman is ordered to remove her clothes before she is engaged in sexual activity. In the second scene, a woman is made to kneel and suck on a chicken drumstick which has been placed in front of a man's crotch. During this scene the man holding the chicken mimics sexual pleasure by thrusting his hips towards the woman and moaning.

There is also some strong language ('f**k'), sexualised nudity and drug misuse.

Details

Title
KILLER JOE
Year
2012
Distributor(s)
Entertainment One UK
Classified date(s)
16/08/2012
Main language
English
Submitted run time
98m 5s
BBFC reference
AVF286493
Remarks
Widescreen

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

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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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