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There is no nudity in this film and no sexual activity. Even in the dance scene participants are reminded that they are not permitted to dance "cheek to cheek".

There are several scenes where mentally unstable women are grabbed firmly by the arms and held tightly. One is wrestled to the ground and restrained.

A mentally ill patient grabs another around the throat.

The depiction of shock treatment is very violent and (pardon the pun) shocking.

An inmate bites a doctor on the finger (not seen).

There is no profane or blasphemous language.

Two doctors smoke pipes. One of the other doctors smokes a cigar. Most of the adult characters smoke cigarettes regularly.

There is very occasional incidental and responsible alcohol use.

This is a particularly intense film - the depictions of life in a mental institution, and some procedures shown, are graphic and confronting.

Argentina:16 / Canada:14A (video rating) / Finland:K-16 / France:16 / Sweden:15 / UK:A (cut) (theatrical) / UK:12 (DVD rating) (2004) / USA:Approved (PCA #12490) / USA:TV-PG (TV rating) / West Germany:16

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