The Changeling (1980) - Parents Guide Movie Rating

The Changeling
MPA: R BBFC: 15 Maturity Rating 16+

BBFC Reason
Contains infrequent strong violence

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Sex & Nudity


An unclothed boy is briefly seen sitting in a bathtub. (Non-explicit.)

Violence & Gore


A wheelchair chases a woman through a house. While running away from it, she trips and falls down a long flight of stairs but is not seriously injured. A man dies from a heart attack. Within the first five minutes of the film, a woman and young girl are run over by a truck. The scene is violent in nature but also very brief. A young boy is brutally drowned by his father in a bathtub. This scene is shown twice and is mildly graphic in nature. The aftermath of a car crash is seen where the car is upside down and the windshield is broken. The driver of the vehicle is dead and has blood dripping down his face. A character falls from the second floor of a house onto the first floor. He is not seriously injured, however we do see some blood on him. A mirror shatters and a piece of glass is sent into a character's neck. However, the piece is very small and very little blood is shown.



Very mild. Although 'Son of a Bitch' is used once. 'Hell' and 'Damn' are used a few times.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking


Characters smoke cigarettes and drink wine and champagne briefly.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


In a flashback sequence, a child is drowned in the bathtub by his father. The scene is mildly violent but very intense and could frighten younger audiences. The spirit of the boy who was drowned is seen underneath the floorboards of a girl's room in a vision. This scene is quite shocking and could scare younger viewers. A scene is shown in which a young boy is drowned in a bathtub by his father. The scene is extremely violent and graphic. Viewers may be shocked and upset by this scene.