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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

4/10

A man and woman are dressing in a cheap hotel room before getting back to work, obviously post-coital and in the midst of an affair. Both are half-dressed, the woman in her brassiere and the man, shirtless. Their conversation is punctuated by some necking and sensual kissing.

There are subtle sexual undertones to the plot. Voyeurism is depicted as a man watches a woman undress through a peephole, but no nudity is shown. His mother berates him about his objectification of women. It is verbally implied that an Oedipus complex exists between the mother and her son, although this is left to our imagination. Various props and scenery also support this idea. However, even the most astute viewer may miss these things; this is a very psychologically complex film.

Someone is referred to as a transvestite, and the definition of a transvestite is then given.

Violence & Gore

5.5/10

Someone gets stabbed to death with a butcher knife while showering. It is fairly brutal, as the attacker delivers multiple blows to the victim who screams. Nudity suggested, and FX blood (which was actually Hershey's chocolate syrup) can be seen running down the drain. The girl finally collapses onto the floor, her dying gaze fixated on the audience, and we witness the aftermath of the murder in real time: the removal and dumping of the body, etc.

Later on, a man is stabbed once reaching the top of a stair flight. We see blood on his face and he tumbles backward, landing on the floor, his assailant following to finish the act. The scene quickly fades as the killer raises and lowers the knife again while the man screams.

Later, during the film's climax, there is a brief struggle between two men in which one bashes the other over the head with a vase in order to flee.

Near the end of the film, the dried and embalmed corpse of a person is found.

Profanity

0/10

2/10

Besides a scene in which a man smokes, the drug and alcohol content of this movie is nonexistent. There is however an early scene in which drinking/alcoholism are subtly joked about between two men.

10/10

This film is very suspenseful. While engrossing, the scenery and music alone may frighten younger viewers. The film's depictions of violence are, while not graphic, are fairly brutal, especially for the time period. Additionally, the story's dark sexual undertones, though implicit, should be taken seriously as adult topics.

The shower scene is both infamous and famous as well as disturbing especially for 1960, Now it is a tame scene but still will upset sensitive viewers.

This film has gone from PG to PG-13, from PG-13 to R, and then to UNRATED. As of 2014, many film critics say it would be PG-13 or a light R if released today.

Total: 24/50. Recommended for ages 15 and up.

[i]Suggested MPAA rating: PG-13 for disturbing violent content, some sensuality and brief partial nudity.

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Certification:
Argentina:16 / Argentina:13 (DVD rating) / Argentina:16 (original rating) / Argentina:13 (re-rating) / Australia:M / Brazil:14 (video rating) (2000) / Brazil:18 (TV rating) (1996) / Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Canada:18A (British Columbia) (2010) / Chile:18 (original rating) / Chile:14 (re-rating) / Czech Republic:U / Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1969) / Finland:K-16 (cut) (1965) / Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1960) / France:16 (original rating) / France:12 (re-release) / Germany:12 (re-rating) (2006) / Germany:12 (re-rating) (2004) / Iceland:16 / Israel:16 / Italy:16+ / Italy:T (video rating) / Japan:G (2013) / Netherlands:12 / Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1960) / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Norway:16 (1960) / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/12 / Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) / South Korea:15 / South Korea:18 (DVD rating) (2000) / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (re-release) / UK:X (original rating) / UK:15 (tv rating) / UK:15 (re-release: re-rating) (1998) / UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1999) (2003) / USA:TV-14 (TV rating) / USA:Approved (certificate #19564) (original release) / USA:R (re-rating) (1984) / USA:M (re-rating) (1968) / West Germany:18 (original rating) (nf)

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