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Sex & Nudity


Some discussion about sex. Issues of prostitution.

A man is shown streaking fully nude (it is shot from a distance so and is semi-brief).

Violence & Gore


A woman is slapped by her father

A man is dragged out of the bar by his mother.

Stan smacks his wife to the ground and has to be restrained and almost starts a fight with Nick

Michael shoots a deer dead.

A Vietnamese soldier throws a grenade down into a pit filled with women and children and we see the explosion.

The soldier then shoots a woman and her newborn baby dead (with bloody results) and in return Michael torches the soldier with a flamethrower and shoots him many times. Nick and Stevie then sees Michael and run towards him but they're ambushed and captured.

The American and Southern Vietnamese troops are forced to play Russian Roulette against each other. During this we see at least one man shoot himself dead with blood gushing and we see many more dead and bloody bodies all around the camp

During the Russian Roulette sequence, a Vietnamese man slaps Michael and Nick very violently and constantly as they are about to shoot. It is very intense.

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) 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 has some bloody results).

Michael, Steven and Nick are floating down a river on a flotsam when they finally see an american chopper picking them up. Nick makes it on board but Steven falls into the water and Michael goes after him, when they finally make it to the shore we see that Steven has broken both of his legs (a gross-looking wound with the bone sticking out)

When Nick interferes with a game of Russian Roulette played for money, the bouncer grabs him and he fights with him and Nick escapes.

Michael holds a gun to Stan's head.

We see riots on the streets of Saigon (burning cars, bodies etc.)

Another man is killed in a game of Russian Roulette.

Nick spits in Michael's face.

At the end of the film Nick is killed in a game of russian roulette This scene is very disturbing since it is an on screen suicide as we see the gun go off and blood pour out of his head this scene is very disturbing, and sad, and was especially disturbing for 1978.



68 F-words; other profanities used


People drink alcohol frequently. Lots of smoking. Some drug use.


Disturbing scenes of a Vietnamese POW camp with very disturbing and intense scenes of Russian roulette.

The final russian roulette game is intense and disturbing.

This film is VERY emotionally intense.

38/50 - Recommended for 17+

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