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Sex & Nudity

  • A group of young women dance around a fire completely naked. Their breasts, buttocks, and pubic regions are visible for a lengthy period of time. This scene is ritualistic, not sexual, but still pretty graphic
  • The Landlord's Daughter, sung by many of the islanders in the Green Man inn, is a bawdy song highly suggestive of Willow's sexual proclivity. Willow appears to accept this as a compliment and dances in a suggestive way with Oak.
  • A young man is "presented" to a woman in a window who is referred to as Aphrodite. Later in the scene they are heard having sex - no nudity is shown.
  • Several partially clad and naked couples are seen apparently copulating outside at night.
  • A naked woman with breasts in clear view is seen sat crying against a gravestone.
  • Director's Cut only: The song Gently Johnny describes a sexual encounter.
  • Pregnant women in partially see-through slips are seen picking blossom from trees.
  • Apparently naked young women are seen dancing and jumping through a fire. Lord Summerisle refers to them as children.
  • Willow is seen singing and dancing naked. Her breasts are shown in medium close-up and there are full length views of her back (for which a body-double was used).
  • A woman (Ingrid Pitt) is discovered naked in the bath. She exposes her breasts to Sergeant Howie.
  • Several island women play sexually suggestive games with the Hobbyhorse and Punch during the procession.
  • Schoolgirls refer to a maypole as a "phallic symbol", and schoolboys dance around it while singing a sexually suggestive song.

Violence & Gore

  • Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) hits Alder MacGregor (Lindsay Kemp) on the head with a candlestick, knocking the man unconscious. He is later seen alive and unharmed.
  • Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) punches an islander in the face.
  • Oak (Ian Campbell) throws Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) to the ground and then physically restrains him.
  • Superficial amounts of blood are seen on Sergeant Howie's face after his run through the caves.
  • A police officer finds "a bit of dried skin" attached to Rowan's alleged grave. The groundskeeper refers to it as her "naval string" (umbilical cord), which was saved and attached to the grave.
  • Schoolgirls tie a live beetle to a bit of string on a rusty nail, the goal being to see how long it will keep trying to free itself before it rips its own leg off. Sergeant Howie finds this incredibly cruel.
  • A man is burnt alive as a sacrificial offering. He is seen screaming as the flames surround him.
  • A dead rabbit is found in a grave, partially disemboweled. Sergeant Howie throws it at Lord Summerisle in disgust.


  • A character frequently shouts "God!" and "Jesus!" but at the time, he is literally pleading for God and Jesus to help him. (An alternative interpretation: obviously pious exclamations such as this are not profane, so this doesn't need listing.)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Many of the islanders are seen drinking, smoking and cavorting in the Green Man inn.
  • Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) drinks a pint of beer with his meal.
  • The gravedigger (Aubrey Morris) smokes a pipe.
  • Islanders are shown drinking and cavorting on the morning of May Day.
  • Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) asks for a glass of whisky, which he downs in one.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Appropriate rating would be: R for disturbing ritualistic content, thematic elements, graphic nudity, and sexuality/innuendo
  • The ending is shocking and intense.
  • A severed hand is briefly shown on a candlestick, each finger lit separately as "candles".
  • In the undertaker's, Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward), removes the lid of a coffin to reveal an elderly woman's body with amputated hand and bloody stump.
  • A young girl falls out of a closet, apparently dead. She quickly gets up, laughing, revealing this to be a prank.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • Sergeant Howie is offered as a sacrifice because he is a virgin.

Violence & Gore

  • Six swordsmen are seen apparently decapitating a dancer. No blood is shown (and the "head" is immediately revealed to be a hollow dummy).

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man is burned alive (along with many animals) inside the Wicker Man, we hear him scream but don't see anything horrible

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