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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

Suggested MPAA rating R for strong violence including some scenes of torture, sexuality/nudity and language

There is a sex scene with Babe and Elsa; he is shown thrusting on top of her, once he finishes, he rolls over and her breasts are exposed.

Once Babe gets out of a bath, he is shown nude for an extended period of time.

Violence & Gore

Death Count: 11-12

Two old people get into a car fight. It starts with some shouting, then slamming each others rear bumpers, eventually they start racing and wind up crashing into an oil truck.

A baby carriage with only a doll in it explodes.

A villain tries to kill another guy with piano wire. Blood sprays. The fight goes on for awhile, and the guy eventually manages to break the villain's neck. We see another guy with a mass bloody neck in a dimmed theater; presumably killed with piano wire. One villain uses some kind of contraption knife to kill two people, and then while trying to kill another winds up stabbing himself.

Two villains mug a couple in the park. A guy has a flashback about when his father was killed (its in monochrome, but we still see blood).

Two guys playfully fight each other, although using profanity. Later though at a dinner they have a heated argument.

A guy after being asked to use as bait, but not that night; is used. The villains enter his apartment while he's in the tub. He tries frantically keeping them out, but they eventually pry the door open and put his head in the water to knock him out. When he comes to he's tied to a chair. A third villain enters and repeatedly asks him the same question over and over again and eventually scratches his gum with a dental picker. Later, he drills a hole in his upper front tooth.

Another guy apparently stabs a villain in the back and then apparently shoots another from a distance.

A confrontation takes place and ends up in four people getting shot. A guy forces another guy to swallow diamonds.

A man stabs himself with a knife.


Approximately 10 f-words are present throughout the film as well as some other language including $hits, damns, bastards, goddamn, Chr*st

There's some other insults too and people argue in another foreign language that could contain swearing. The word $hit is definitely uttered once in French. In addition seals in French is 'phoques' which sounds just like the F-word.

The word c-nt is written on a wall and it is shown 3 times (the first time for a few seconds, the other two times like not even a second (but you'd really have to be extreme detailing to catch it though)).

One of the main character's is seen smoking in a doctor's clinic (1976 of course was a different day).

People drink in a few scenes.

The dental torture scene will disturb some viewers.

There's a fight scene with a piano wire and then later 2 dental torture scenes which are quite intense.

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Argentina:18 (original rating) / Argentina:13 (re-rating) / Australia:M / Brazil:14 / Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2002) / Finland:K-16 (cut) (1990) / Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1976) / France:-16 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Italy:VM18 / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Norway:16 (1977) / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / UK:X (original rating) / UK:15 (re-rating) (2013) / UK:15 (theatrical re-release) (re-rating) (2013) / USA:R / West Germany:16

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