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Death and the Maiden 1994 No one younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema.

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  • where the material is in breach of the criminal law, or has been created through the commission of a criminal offence
  • where material or treatment appears to us to risk harm to individuals or, through their behaviour, to society. For example, the detailed portrayal of violent or dangerous acts, or of illegal drug use, which may cause harm to public health or morals. This may include portrayals of sadistic violence, rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour
  • which make this violence look appealing; reinforce the suggestion that victims enjoy rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour; or which invite viewer complicity in rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or other harmful violent activities
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Death and the Maiden
 103 minutes (1 hrs 43 mins)
UK release date UK release: 21st April 1995
 BBFC Age Rating:  18 age rating
US release date US release: 27th January 1995
MPAA Age Rating: R
Roman Polanski
Sigourney Weaver
Paulina Escobar
Ben Kingsley
Dr. Roberto Miranda
Stuart Wilson
Gerardo Escobar
Krystia Mova
Dr. Miranda's Wife
Jonathan Vega
Dr. Miranda's Son
Rodolphe Vega
Dr. Miranda's Son
Gilberto Cortes
String Quartet Player
Jorge Cruz
String Quartet Player
Carlos Moreno
String Quartet Player
Eduardo Valenzuela
String Quartet Player
Sergio Ortega Alvarado
String Quartet Manager
Karen Strassman
Elena Galvin
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