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The Tragedy of Macbeth
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Parents Guide for
Macbeth (1971) More at IMDbPro »The Tragedy of Macbeth (original title)

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One Brief witch lifts her tunic briefly in front of Macbeth and Banquo. Her vulva is briefly exposed.

Macbeth is lead into a cave by a totally nude ugly witch (her breasts, buttocks, and vulva are exposed briefly) to find the three witches along with a large group (20 or 30) of other witches performing a naked ritual. Many breasts are shown, brief glimpses of buttocks and vulvas are also seen.

Macduff's prepubescent 12 year old son stands in the raw in front of his mother in a basin of water whilst she pours water over him and washes him. His penis, scrotum and buttocks are seen.

Lady Macbeth sleep walks bare naked over to a desk and sits down. Her servant and doctor watch her and talk about her. They then lead her, still naked, and lay her in bed. Her buttocks are frequently seen, her breasts are seen occasionally, and her vulva is seen briefly.

Lady Macduff walks out of her room and sees one of her servants being raped by three soldiers. No nudity is shown, but the screams her servant emits can be quite traumatic.

A man is hanged.

A man is stabbed repeatedly. Seen in a long shot.

A young child is stabbed in the back.

A knight has a sword stabbed through his helmet.

A man has an arrow shot through his head.

A man's neck is cut open and blood pours out.

A man is beheaded and his head is later shown on the end of a pole. This is pretty graphic though brief.

A sword passes through a man's armor, from his underarm to the other side of the body.

A man is shot in the forehead with an arrow.

A man is killed with an axe.

Several bodies (including children) are shown slaughtered and covered in blood.

A brief scene of a dead dog and a dear bear is shown being carried away (presumably after a fight), there's blood left on the floor after them.

There are scenes of dead people, killed and covered in blood, haunting their murderers.

A very bloody film but it's not that bad by today's standards and is within a historical context.

The S-word is used once when a boy insults his attacker. There are a few uses of "hell" and "damn".

People drink alcohol in some scenes.

The host of a brutally murdered man covered in blood haunts the murderer.

There are intense battle scenes.

There are scary scenes with witches.

The murder scenes are frightening as is the attack on a household as everybody, including children, are slaughtered.

Suggested MPAA description: Rated 'R' for strong bloody violence, disturbing images and some nudity.

Australia:M / Canada:PG (Manitoba) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (DVD rating) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:14A (Alberta) (re-rating) (1999) / Finland:K-15 (2002) (DVD rating) / Finland:K-16 (1972) (cut version) / Italy:VM14 / Netherlands:16 / Singapore:PG / Singapore:M18 (re-rating) / South Korea:15 / Sweden:15 / UK:AA (original rating) / UK:15 (video rating) (1985) / USA:R / West Germany:16

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