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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

A dead man is shown nude. Front, although his whole body is blurred off. This is brief and shown in a non-sexual sense.

At the supply depot scene, bikini pin-ups of Playboy models can be seen in the background briefly

A group of scantily clad Playboy models dance provokingly in front of a military audience. The scene takes a minute or two and includes sexual movements.

A man hangs bikini pictures on the boat.

Apocalypse Now Redux includes significantly more sexual content, including several shots of fully-nude women.

Violence & Gore

Some intense war violence throughout. The level of war violence and its effects on people is intense and is not appropriate for kids under 15 or so.

Soldiers kill civilians.

A real water buffalo is shown being slaughtered.

A man is beheaded. It's all off-screen, but we briefly see his head after it is removed.


F*** (and its other derivatives like F-ing, f-you, etc.) is said 119 times counting Jim Morrison's singing (12 uses with "mother"), 36 s-words, c-nt is used once but can be missed, 3 uses each of words referring to the male genitals ("pr-ck" "c-ck" and "c-sucker"), 20 a-words (6 used with "hole"), and 20 uses of G*dd***/G*dd***it.

A soldier uses LSD and some of his visual hallucinations are shown. Marijuana is smoked. Cigarettes are smoked consistently throughout the movie. Alcohol is used both abusively and socially throughout the movie.

Early in the movie, a soldier is seen drinking himself to limit while waiting for his assignment.

The entire film has a very psychological feel to it, as it deals with men who deal with stress over the disturbing vision of war.

The combat scenes may be intense to some, and the water buffalo being slaughtered is disturbing, especially for those people sensitive to animal abuse.

This is a mature film. Best for 15-16 and up, and Apocalypse Now Redux is best for 17-18 and up.

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Rated R for disturbing violent images, language, sexual content and some drug use (Redux version)
Argentina:18 (original rating) / Argentina:16 (re-rating) (Redux version) / Australia:R / Brazil:16 (Redux version) / Brazil:14 (original version) / Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia) (Redux version) / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (Redux version) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) (original rating) / Canada:AA (Ontario) (Redux version) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:AA (Ontario) (re-rating) (1992) / Chile:18 / Finland:K-15 (Redux version) / Finland:K-16 (original rating) / France:12 / Hungary:16 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Israel:PG / Italy:T (Redux version) / Italy:VM14 (original rating) / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 (Redux version) / Norway:15 (Redux version) / Norway:18 (original rating) / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 (Redux version) / Singapore:R(A) (Redux version) / Singapore:M18 (Redux version) (re-rating) / South Korea:15 / South Korea:18 (Redux version) / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / UK:15 (Redux version) / UK:X (original rating) / UK:18 (re-rating) (1985) / USA:R (Redux version) / USA:R (original rating) / West Germany:16

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