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An interracial marriage, which was completely illegal at that time (and at the time the film was made) is sympathetically portrayed, though no sex or nudity is shown.

Only a fistfight.

No swear words.

"Goshamighty!" is used instead of "Godamighty!"

The term "darkies" is used twice, but that is an outdated racial term, not a profanity. The term "niggers", which is heard in the stage version of the play, is not used in the film.

A black woman is referred to as, "eight ball" by a disrespectful man. The term most definitely refers to the woman's skin color.

Julie becomes an alcoholic in the second half of the film, after her husband leaves her. However, she is never seen truly drunk, although we infer that she has been so previously from the dialogue.

In two scenes Gaylord Ravenal is seen with a cigar in his mouth.

Nothing actually frightening, though there is a rather intense moment in which Steve makes a cut on Julie's hand with a pocket knife and sucks some of her blood.

There is also a storm scene. Nothing bad happens to any of the characters during this scene, though. Magnolia is distraught and in pain during part of this scene because she is about to give birth.

Finland:S / UK:U / USA:Approved (PCA #2043)

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