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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

There is a bar scene, where scantily-clad women dance provacatively, and prostitutes try to get customers.

Violence & Gore

Michael shoots a deer.

The American and Southern Vietnamese troops are forced to play Russian Roulette against each other. These scenes are more intense than violent but this is where most of the violence is.

When Michael and Nick are forced to play against each other they decide to break free and Michael shoots a man point-blank in the head (with a bullet hole visible,not graphic) and Nick grabs the nearest soldier, takes his machine gun and starts blasting away. Michael does the same and not many seconds later all the Vietnamese are dead (the shooting is not bloody).

When Nick interferes with a game of Russian Roulette played for money, the bouncer grabs him and he fights with him but Nick runs off (just a little tussle)

Another man is killed in a game of Russian Roulette.

Nick spits in Michael's face.

At the end of the film a man shoots himself in the head to save another man. Blood comes out his head. most graphic scene


12 F-words, 2 uses of "motherf*****r", other profanities used

People drink alcohol frequently

Lots of smoking.

Some disturbing POW scenes and Russian roulette scenes

Rated R for strong violence and portrayals of wartime trauma

Recommended for 13+

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