THE SPIRIT | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 102m 5s

Release date 26/12/2008

Ratings Info Contains moderate violence

Director(s) Frank Miller

Cast includes Gabriel Macht, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, Jaime King, Paz Vega, Eric Balfour, Sarah Paulson

Cut This work was cut. The cuts were made at the request of the distributor to achieve a particular category. To obtain this category cuts of 0m 25s were required. Details of cuts below may contain spoilers or plot details.

  • Cinema release suitable for 12 years and over icon12A

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 16/12/2008

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE SPIRIT is an adaptation of a comic book about a crime fighter called The Spirit, who must secure special powers in order to defeat his arch nemesis Octopus.


There are scenes of moderate violence throughout. Characters are seen fighting each other with a range of weapons including pistols, knives and machine guns, as well as engaging in hand-to-hand fighting throughout as they exchange crunchy kicks and punches. There is also occasional sight of blood such as when a man pulls a knife from his leg after being attacked.

There is a brief scene of nudity when a woman's towel slips from her body, exposing her bare buttocks.

There are uses of mild bad language such as 'piss', 'son of a bitch' and 'bastards'.

Cuts information

Distributor chose to make cuts to achieve a 12A classification, removing: focus on knives as a group of hoodlums surround and threaten a woman; sight of the hero mounting his foe on the ground and repeatedly punching him in the head; sight of a severed finger flying towards the camera; and part of a man's rib-cage embedded in the ground. A 15 certificate without cuts was available.


Lions Gate UK Ltd
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