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The Stranger rapes a woman who insults him within the first 20 minutes of the film. He drags her into a barn, shoves her into a stable and jumps on top of her, kissing and groping. We see him unbuckle his belt, and the rest of the scene is from the waist up, with the woman moaning, and it is implied that she enjoyed it.

Later, Stranger has dinner with the same woman, and it is implied they have sex later in the evening. They are seen in bed together, bare shoulders and back revealed.

Stranger attempts to rape another woman, forcfully dragging her into a bedroom, but then collapses on the bed because he's tired. After an argument, the two kiss, and wake up in bed together (bare shoulders seen) the next morning.

A few sexual references are made

A woman wears a dress revealing cleavage.

Eastwood sits in a bathtub naked, but nothing is seen.


Three men are shot and killed, little blood seen.

A man is whipped to death by 3 men. Blood is shown all over his face and body.

Three different men are shot in cold-blood.

Another man is whipped to death.

Outlaws ride in to a town and shoot and kill several people in cold-blood.

A man is shot multiple times with some blood pouring out.

A man is hung by a whip and killed.

A man has his ear blown off, with blood around it.

A man has a stick jabbed through his throat, we hear gory sound effects, then briefly see the wound with hardly any blood.

A man is shot in the ear, and we see the bloody hole in his ear.


Occasional use of the word "shit" and "bastard".

"Damn" and "ass" are uttered as well.

Religious profanities are uttered as well.

Some drinking and cigar smoking.

The Stranger smokes a cigar frequently.

The two scenes where the man is being whipped is intense and sadistic.

The final 15 minutes is very dark and might scare younger viewers !

The implied rape scene can be intense for younger viewers.

The whole movie has a mysterious atmosphere accompanied by an eerie score.

This movie is very tame by todays standards. 2015 rating: R for Violence and Sexual content, including a scene of rape

Argentina:16 / Australia:M (cable rating) / Australia:R18+ (original rating) / Australia:M (re-rating) (1995) / Brazil:18 / Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:Tous publics / Germany:BPjM Restricted / Hungary:16 / Iceland:16 / Italy:T / Netherlands:12 / Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1974) / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:16 (heavily cut) / Norway:(Banned) (1983-2003) (cinema release) / Russia:16+ / Singapore:M18 / South Africa:16 / South Korea:15 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 (heavily cut) / UK:18 / UK:X (original rating) / USA:R / West Germany:18

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