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The Big Sleep
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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity

This movie is remembered for shattering sexual innuendo boundaries. There are countless sexual references, including one racy conversation between the two leads that likens horse racing to sexual intercourse. However, though the innuendos might have been eyebrow-raising back then, they are quite mild by today's standards.

One major plot point revolves around finding stolen pictures of Carmen Sternwood that are presumably pornographic. However, due to censoring, nothing is mentioned outright.

Violence & Gore

The villains in the film are evil and intimidating. There are several brandishings of guns, and several people are shot (bloodlessly). Marlowe is drugged and kidnapped.

Profanity

Some very mild language.

Some social drinking. Bacall and Bogart are never seen without their cigarettes, which are prevelant in almost every frame. The opening and closing credits of the film are accompanied by silhouettes of Bogart and Bacall lighting each other's cigarettes.

The villains are evil and intimidating.

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Certification:
Argentina:16 / Australia:PG / Canada:14A (video rating) / Chile:18 / Finland:K-16 (1949) / Finland:(Banned) (1947) / Germany:16 (DVD rating) / Iceland:12 / Malaysia:(Banned) (original rating) / New Zealand:PG / Norway:16 / Portugal:M/12 / Sweden:(Banned) (original rating) / Sweden:15 (re-rating) (1961) / UK:PG / USA:Not Rated / USA:Approved (PCA #10625) / USA:TV-PG (TV rating) / West Germany:16 (f)

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