MULTIPLE MANIACS | British Board of Film Classification
Quick search of releases

Advanced search


MULTIPLE MANIACS <span>(1970)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 97

Release dates 17/02/2017, 15/02/1990

Ratings Info strong sex references, sexual violence

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

Director(s) John Waters

Cast includes Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole, Cookie Mueller, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey, Susan Lowe

Summary MULTIPLE MANIACS is a US comedy, from 1970, about a couple who run a travelling sideshow attraction.

Cut versions One or more versions of this work have been cut. Cuts are detailed for each respective version found under "Related works".

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 06/01/2017

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

MULTIPLE MANIACS is a US comedy, from 1970, about a couple who run a travelling sideshow attraction.


There is a lengthy sequence in which it is implied a person is being penetrated using a rosary; the penetration is intercut with dramatised scenes depicting the Stations of the Cross.

Other sexual scenes include implied oral sex. There are strong verbal sex references, including to pornography and coprophilia.


There is a scene in which a character is dragged into an alleyway and raped. Another sequence features the same character being sexually assaulted by a giant lobster. Both sequences of sexual violence feature thrusting, but no nudity.

Scenes of violence include people being shot and stabbed, in a wholly unrealistic manner. There is some sight of blood and some sight of gore, including a scene of cannibalism.

There is breast and buttock nudity in various scenes, in both sexual and non sexual contexts.

There are scenes of drug misuse, including heroin injection, marijuana smoking from joints and from a hookah, glue sniffing, and people being forced to take 'acid'. There are visual and verbal references to drug misuse, including to a heroin addict going through 'cold turkey'.

There is infrequent very strong language ('c**t'), as well as occasional strong language ('f**k') and a range of milder terms (including 'whore', 'bitch' and 'slut'). There is also use of discriminatory terms, including 'fags', 'lezzers' and 'dykes'.

There are various bad taste scenes, including a man eating vomit.


DVD, Cinema
Sony DADC UK Limited,Park Circus Limited,Castle Communications PLC
Classified date(s)
Main language
BBFC reference

Share this!

Facebook logo Twitter logo