The Exorcist
  • Director(s)

    William Friedkin

  • Production Year

    1998

  • Genre(s)

    Horror

  • Approx. running minutes

    117m

  • Cast

    John Mahon, Reverend John Nicola, Vincent Russell, Richard Callinan, Mason Curry (voice), Eileen Dietz, Yvonne Jones, Robert Gerringer, Mercedes McCambridge (voice), William Peter Blatty, Mary Boylan, Wallace Rooney, Ron Faber, Donna Mitchell, Roy Cooper, Arthur Storch, Reverend Thomas Bermingham, Vasiliki Maliaros, Titos Vandis, Pete Masterson, Rudolf Schundler, Gina Petrushka, Robert Symonds, Jason Miller, Linda Blair, Reverend William O'Malley S. J., Barton Heyman, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Ellen Burstyn

Film

The Exorcist

  • Director(s)

    William Friedkin

  • Production Year

    1998

  • Genre(s)

    Horror

  • Approx. running minutes

    117m

  • Cast

    John Mahon, Reverend John Nicola, Vincent Russell, Richard Callinan, Mason Curry (voice), Eileen Dietz, Yvonne Jones, Robert Gerringer, Mercedes McCambridge (voice), William Peter Blatty, Mary Boylan, Wallace Rooney, Ron Faber, Donna Mitchell, Roy Cooper, Arthur Storch, Reverend Thomas Bermingham, Vasiliki Maliaros, Titos Vandis, Pete Masterson, Rudolf Schundler, Gina Petrushka, Robert Symonds, Jason Miller, Linda Blair, Reverend William O'Malley S. J., Barton Heyman, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Ellen Burstyn

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.

  • Classified date

    25/02/1999

  • BBFC reference

    CVF029742

  • Language

    English