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Parents Guide for
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A woman is heard screaming. Two cops arrive at the scene, and it can be assumed she is being, or has been, raped by 2-3 young men. As they try to carry her away, her breasts are visible for around five seconds. The young men drop her and start running. the actual rape isn't shown

An officer forcefully removes money from the pockets of a man in police custody, briefly revealing his back side as his pants are ripped.

After a gang rape is stopped by police arrival, the attackers threaten the victim with a knife and briefly hold her hostage. The woman then describes the rape to the police, in an office. She is visibly traumatized and still partially uncovered.

A man in police custody is kicked between the legs and beaten about the face with a heavy book.

Homophobic accusations at a work place.

A plainclothes officer chases down a man on the street, then beats him in a bathroom as part of a money laundering scheme. The victim is water-boarded in a toilet.

A man is threatened with a knife by a coworker. A fight ensues and promptly ends when a firearm is brandished.

A man is shot in the face/head. The gun shot is graphic and the victim is shown bloodied from the wound.

32 F-bombs.

Slurs: use of "n-gger" and "sp-c" and "f-g"

Marijuana cigarettes are passed around to upcoming detectives in a classroom. They are smoked, described as good.

Drugs and drug deals (i.e. heroin) are discussed, including taking and solicticing bribes from dealers.

Tense fear hanging over the title character. Aforementioned gang rape and weapons violence.

Argentina:18 / Australia:R (original rating) / Australia:M (re-rating) (1984) / Brazil:12 / Finland:K-15 (DVD rating) / Germany:12 (re-rating) (2006) / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:18 / Peru:18 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:15 / Sweden:15 / UK:X (original rating) / UK:18 (tv rating) / UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (2003) / USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #23806) / West Germany:18 (original rating)

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