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(1948)

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Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

Profanity

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Macbeth is drunk during his first scene as King of Scotland, as well as during the banquet.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

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Violence & Gore

  • There is plenty of violence, but nearly all of it takes place offscreen. Banquo is murdered about halfway through the film, but all we see are the murderer's slashing and cutting. Banquo's ghost appears at a banquet, covered in blood. We do see, however, Macbeth killing Duncan's servants in order to shut them up. Near the end, Banquo kills Young Siward and the Holy Father. Macduff kills Macbeth by slashing his head off during a swordfight, though we never see the head actually coming off. Macduff then tosses what is supposed to be Macbeth's decapitated head (but is a really obvious papier-mache replica) to the ground below. Lady Macbeth commits suicide by throwing herself off a cliff.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Practically the whole film is intense. But the most frightening scene is the murder of Macduff's wife and children. Although we do not actually see most of it, we hear their screams as the soldiers stab them.
  • The scream that Lady Macbeth emits at the end of the sleepwalking scene, as well as in the suicide scene (she hurls herself off a cliff), is quite bloodcurdling.

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