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MPAA Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements

Sex & Nudity

  • Themes of love and sexual ambiguity are explored, though no sexual acts are actually seen.

Violence & Gore

  • Contains moderate violence throughout the film.
  • Two young men fight with switchblades and stab each other with them. In a later scene, the resulting wounds can be seen through a character's shirt.
  • A few characters are shot; however, these instances of violence lack great detail.
  • A character drives a car over a cliff and perishes. The car is seen exploding from a distance.
  • Some characters intimidate others by shaking and/or strangling them.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Contains infrequent casual smoking.
  • A teenager appears to be heavily intoxicated and behaves in an eccentric manner.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A domestic dispute occurs between a child and his parents. He eventually threatens his father by strangling him but is quick to relent and is appalled by his actions.
  • A daughter's affections towards her father are regularly rejected. She cries upon revealing that he referred to her as a "tramp".
  • The film deals with themes of adolescence, disillusionment with the human condition and imitable behaviour that may require adult guidance.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • At the end of the film Plato is shot and killed by a police officer Very intense and sad.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The scene where Plato dies is very intense especially for a film released in 1955.

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