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Parents Guide for
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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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Sex & Nudity

Rated R for pervasive language, brief strong violence, a sexual assault and for some sexuality/nudity.

There is a scene of rape where a woman is shown nude. In some shots, full frontal.

A man and woman take a bath together. The woman's breasts are seen.

Serpico forcefully removes money from the pockets of a corrupt policeman, in one frame showing his buttocks.

Violence & Gore

A man is shot in the head towards the end of the movie. The gun shot is very graphic and he is shown bloodied from the wound in the beginning and end of the movie.

Some other very mild violence, e.g. an arrestee is slapped to a bloody lip with a book.

A man shows a knife to a woman's face to a few cops after he rapes her. The woman then tells the police how she was raped.


Lots of swearing. At least 52 F-bombs.

Some. Marijuana cigarettes are passed around to upcoming detectives in a classroom. Drugs and drug deals(i.e. heroin) are discussed.

Tense fear hanging over the title character, including the scene where is about to be shot.

In UK, the cover says Contains Very Strong Violence, but it should say Contains Mild Violence And An Unsuccessful/Attempted Rape

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Argentina:18 / Australia:M / Brazil:12 / Chile:18 / Finland:K-15 (DVD rating) / Germany:12 (re-rating) (2006) / Iceland:16 / 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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