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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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A married man and his mistress have fully clothed sex for about 7 seconds, no nudity is shown, just thrusting and moaning.

A woman reveals herself to her new husband. We see her bare breasts and nipples.

A woman makes a hand gesture implying her husband has a large penis.

A man kisses his mistress briefly

A man is shot by others with machine guns. He is shown bloody with wounds for roughly eleven seconds, a bloody smear then appears on his mouth for two seconds.

We see a severed horse head for a few seconds, with blood shown on part of a man's clothes and his bed for another few seconds.

A man is shot four times by another man through a glass door. A bullet wound and later some blood on the glass is briefly seen. A man and woman in bed are shot to death with machine guns, bullet wounds are visible. Lasts two seconds.

A man is stabbed in the hand and then garroted, a trickle of blood is seen on his hand. Lasts for roughly 18 seconds before the scene cuts.

A man is shot in the eye, he slumps down dead. We see his glasses crack, and blood streaming for a second.

A man shoots two men, one in the head (we briefly see a bullet hole and red mist shooting from it), the other in the neck, then head with blood dripping from the bullet hole for two seconds.

A man is shot 5 times in the back (from a distance), a dripping bullet wound is shown for a second or two.

A man is shot dead in a car (not visible), a bullet hole in his head with blood trickling down is then seen for several seconds.

Three men are shot by a policeman imposter; they die. Some blood is around two of the bodies briefly and a bullet wound dripping blood is shown on a man's back for two seconds.

A man is strangled to death in a car, lasts for 13 seconds. He kicks through the windshield while struggling.

A man is punched once. He is then seen with a rather swollen face and subtle black eye. A man beats his wife offscreen shortly. He is also bloodlessly roughed up by her brother in one scene (from a distance).

7 uses of 'son of a bitch', 5 of 'ass' (nonsexual), 3 of 'bastard', and 1 of 'dick' and 'crap'. Also 1 use of 'piece of ass' and 'banging' from hostile characters. And some racial slurs (mainly against Italians, but towards other races also; this includes two uses of 'nigger').

Some casual smoking and drinking.

A minor theme of drug trafficking is present in the movie. It is presented as a lucrative, but dirty, dangerous business.

Some of the assassinations are intense, the tollbooth and revolving-door shootings especially.

The horse head scene may upset some.

BBFC - (15) Strong violence.

Argentina:16 (2011 re-rating) / Argentina:18 (original rating) / Australia:R18+ (original rating) / Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2008) / Austria:16 / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A (Manitoba) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:14A (Alberta) (2010) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) (2007) / Chile:14 (re-release) / Colombia:18 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1988) / Finland:K-18 (cut) (1972) / France:12 / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:16 / Iceland:16 / India:A / Ireland:18 / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Japan:R-15 / Japan:G (2010) / Mexico:C / Mexico:B15 (2013) / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:18 / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Poland:15 / Portugal:17 (original rating) / Portugal:M/18 (re-rating) / Russia:16+ / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Spain:13 (re-rating) / Sweden:15 / UK:X (original rating) / UK:15 (re-rating) (2008) / UK:18 (video rating) (1987) / USA:R (PCA #23101) / West Germany:16

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