CALVARY | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 98m 12s

Ratings Info very strong language, strong sex references, bloody violence

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) John Michael McDonagh

Cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Dylan Moran, Kelly Reilly

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 27/05/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

CALVARY is a drama about a priest who is told that he is going to be killed and is given one week to put his affairs in order.


One use of very strong language ('c**t') is delivered by a businessman without any aggression. There are several uses of strong language ('f**k'), as well as other bad language including 'arse', 'bastards', 'bloody', 'dicks', 'pricks', 'shit' and 'screwing'.


There are strong verbal references, including references to child sexual abuse when an adult victim talks about his experience at the hands of a priest. In other scenes an apparent male prostitute uses graphic language when talking with a priest about his behaviour.


Bloody violence occurs in a scene where a character, having already been shot in the stomach, is shot in the head, resulting in a large spray of blood from the back of the character's head and staining the land where the victim falls.

The film also includes infrequent portrayals of drug use. In one scene a man in a pub bathroom snorts cocaine, and in another two men share a cannabis joint. However, the film as a whole neither promotes nor encourages drug misuse. There are references to domestic violence and one character is seen with a bruised eye. There are also a number of dialogue references to suicide, but neither the individual references nor the film as a whole encourages suicide.


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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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