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One of the main characters enters into an affair with a much older man who also happens to be in a relationship with the character's mother.

Zhivago tends to a female patient who lies naked on a bed. Only her back is seen from the waist up.

There is a scene in which rape is implied, but not shown.

Late in the film, Lara and Zhivago are shown in bed together after they have had sex for the first time. The sex is not shown at all; all we see is a shot of the kitchen with a corner of the bedroom visible from the entrance.. Through this corner, we see blankets moving as Zhivago and Lara move in bed.

In a restaurant and in one of Zhivago's father in law's houses. nude statues of women are shown


A group of peaceful protesters are attacked by soldiers bearing swords. A group of people are killed and several are wounded. No actual violence is shown on screen.

Komarovsky rapes Lara at one point, and she follows him to the restaurant at which he is dining and shoots him in front of the crowd that is celebrating Zhivago and Tonya's engagement. However, she only wounds him.

There are several scenes showing soldiers fighting and getting killed during World War I and the Russian Civil War.

The rape scene, though not visually graphic, can be disturbing, as it depicts the start of a psychological sexual control Komarovsky instills over Lara through a great deal of the movie.


Several uses of "bastard".


Several characters drink and smoke throughout.

3/10 The opening funeral scene is very morbid and macabre with intense music including a full close up shot of the pale looking corpse in an open lace upholstered coffin. This scene might be upsetting to some people but it all depends on the person.

The Russian Revolution scenes are quite intense, but no harsh violence is shown. Much later on, after having been a prisoner, Zhivago escapes and makes a long journey on foot through the snow and freezing weather back to his home. During this journey, he hallucinates.

Zhivago dies of a heart attack in the middle of the street near the end of the film.

The girl becomes quite agitated as she relates how Komarovsky abandoned her as a child.

Rated PG-13 for mature themes (re-rating) (1995)
Argentina:13 / Australia:PG / Australia:A (original rating) / Brazil:Livre / Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:A (Nova Scotia) / Canada:PG (video rating) / Finland:K-16 / Hong Kong:IIA (2016) / Iceland:12 / Japan:PG-12 / Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) / Netherlands:12 (re-rating) / Norway:16 / South Korea:12 / Spain:13 / Sweden:11 / UK:PG (tv rating) / UK:PG (re-rating) (2008) / UK:PG (video rating) (1992) (1999) (2008) / UK:15 (video rating) (1987) / UK:A (original rating) (1966) / USA:PG-13 / USA:Approved (original rating) / USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (1995) / USA:GP (re-rating) (1971) / West Germany:12 (f)

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