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Bare male butts seen in the beginning. A penis is seen once, hardly noticable.


Scenes of intense Vietnam combat, with explosions and gunshot wounds. Quite graphic sequences.

A scene in which an extremely intense and emotional game of Russian Roulette is played where we see graphic blood spurts and blood pouring out of a head wound.


32 F-words, 4 with "mother"; 24 uses of "s--t"; 10 uses of "a--hole"; 5 uses of "bitch"; 10 uses of "goddamn"; 3 uses of "damn"; 3 uses of "Jesus Christ"; 2 uses of "Jesus"; 2 uses of "Christ".

2/10 People drink alcohol frequently. Lots of smoking.


The entire movie is extremely intense, with multiple scenes of emotional deaths and situations.

The Russian Roulette scene is said to be one of the most intense and frightening "Non-Horror" scene of all time.

The movie isn't as uplifting of a war movie as, say Saving Private Ryan, but it's still suitable for most teens, even if they aren't the target audience.

Argentina:18 (original rating) / Argentina:16 (re-rating) / Australia:MA15+ (cable rating) / Australia:R18+ (original rating) / Brazil:18 / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) / Canada:16+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) / Finland:K-16 (1988) / Finland:K-18 (1979) / France:12 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Italy:VM14 / Japan:PG12 (2010) / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 (DVD rating) / New Zealand:R16 (video rating) / Norway:18 / Norway:15 (2008) (re-rating) / Norway:15 (2007) (re-rating) / Peru:18 / Portugal:M/18 / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:X (original rating) / UK:18 (re-rating) (1987) / USA:R (PCA #25008) / West Germany:16

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