CUL-DE-SAC | British Board of Film Classification
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CUL-DE-SAC artwork


Type of media Video

Approved Running time 100m 4s

Release date 01/09/1989

Ratings Info Contains nudity, moderate sex references, language and violence

Director(s) Roman Polanski

Cast includes Donald Pleasence, Francoise Dorleac, Lionel Stander, Jack MacGowran, Iain Quarrier, Geoffrey Sumner, Renee Houston, Robert Dorning, Marie Kean, William Franklyn, Jacqueline Bisset, Trevor Delaney

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 16/04/2018

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

CUL-DE-SAC is a thriller, from 1966, in which two wounded criminals make their way to an island where they seek refuge at a remote castle occupied by a middle-aged man and his young French wife.


There is brief female breast and buttock nudity as a young woman looks from her bedroom window and runs across the beach towards the sea.


There is infrequent moderate bad language ('bitch', 'whores') and milder terms including 'bastard', 'bloody', 'shit' and 'son of bitch'.


Scenes of violence include a woman being slapped and hit across her bottom and thighs with a belt, resulting in visible marks on her thighs. A man is punched and there is a shooting, both resulting in brief sight of blood.


Odyssey Video Ltd
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Submitted run time
102m 4s
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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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