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Suggested MPAA rating: PG for violence and some smoking


A man and woman kiss a few times.

In one scene, Terry says that he needs to get Edie home because there are too many men around with only one thing on their minds.

Terry is shown looking at a magazine with women in swimsuits briefly, but nothing is really visible.


Very violent film for its time period. A man is shown hanging from a meat hook in an alleyway, he has been shot in the chest and his eyes are open.

Terry is severely beaten by John Friendly's goons. He is left lying face down on the dock. Shortly after, his very bloody face is revealed. He then staggers down the dock into the warehouse, covered in blood.

A church is attacked and the people inside are beaten. One man has a particularly bloody face.


Two uses of the word "hell."


In a couple of scenes characters are briefly shown drinking.

In a couple of scenes there is some smoking.


Many intense scenes.

Argentina:13 / Australia:PG / Brazil:14 / Canada:PG (Ontario) / Finland:K-16 / Iceland:12 / Mexico:A / Norway:16 (1954) / South Korea:12 / Sweden:15 / UK:A (original rating) / UK:PG (video rating) (1985) / USA:Not Rated / USA:Approved (PCA #16916) / USA:TV-PG (TV rating) / West Germany:16 (f)

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