The Exorcist
  • Director(s)

    William Friedkin

  • Production Year

    1973

  • Genre(s)

    Horror

  • Approx. running minutes

    117m

  • Cast

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

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Film

The Exorcist

Contains strong horror, language and sex references

When a 12 year-old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.

  • Director(s)

    William Friedkin

  • Production Year

    1973

  • Genre(s)

    Horror

  • Approx. running minutes

    117m

  • Cast

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

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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

    12/11/2004

  • BBFC reference

    FVF029742

  • Language

    English