The Exorcist
  • Director(s)

    William Friedkin

  • Production Year

    1974

  • Release date

    28/01/1974

  • Approx. running minutes

    122m

  • Cast

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

Film

The Exorcist

  • Director(s)

    William Friedkin

  • Production Year

    1974

  • Release date

    28/01/1974

  • Approx. running minutes

    122m

  • Cast

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

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

    28/01/1974

  • BBFC reference

    AFF029742