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Two men remove the tops off two women and we see their bare breasts: both couples begin kissing and touching each other passionately, and one woman makes sexual comments and noises.

A woman removes her robe behind a sheer curtain as a man looks at her; we see her bare breasts and abdomen to just below the hips, and the man caresses her breast briefly.

A man caresses a woman's face tenderly.

A man and woman lie in bed together smoking a pipe; she's in a robe and he's bare-chested with his pants on.

A nude man runs through an army camp and we see his bare buttocks and see him from the side and back as he bends over revealing a hint of genitals.

There are several posters of nude women exposing bare breasts and bikini panties, and men look at and talk about Playboy centerfolds.

There are some sexual references: A man yells in frustration after not having had the opportunity to have sex with a woman, and a man tells a group of men that they can have a couple of hours with some Playboy bunnies.

Three Playboy Bunnies entertain a group of soldiers and they dance suggestively in tiny costumes which expose cleavage, thighs and a hint of buttock cheeks: the soldiers make sexual remarks and yell.

A man hangs from a tree covered with blood and nude from the waist down.

We see a man bare-chested and in his underwear a few times; one time he appears to be without underwear but he draws a sheet up to his waist before anything more is seen, and another time the sheet slips and we see a full shot of his bare buttocks.

Also a man drops his pants and we see his bare buttocks.

A group of people are dressed in native-type garb which exposes part of their buttocks.

Two men hang from a helicopter and one ends up pulling the pants off the other exposing his boxer shorts.

A number of men are seen bare-chested in a battle environment in several scenes.

We briefly see a photograph of a group of partially nude people, another photo of a woman with bare breasts, and we see a group of nude children sitting on a shore.

A man urinates in a forest; we see him from the back and hear a bit of a trickle.


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.\

Contains several very intense battle sequences


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.


USA - R (ORIGINAL VERSION)/R for disturbing violent images, sexual content and some drug use (REDUX VERSION)

UK - X (ORIGINAL RATING)/15 (strong violence, war horror, gore, sex, strong language) (RE-RATING/REDUX VERSION)

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) / Finland:K-15 (Redux version) / Finland:K-16 (original rating) / France:12 / Hungary:16 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Israel:PG / Italy:VM14 / Italy:T (Redux version) / Mexico:B15 (Redux version) (re-rating) / Mexico:C (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 (theatrical version) (2008) / UK:15 (Redux version) (2002) / UK:18 (re-rating) (1985) / UK:X (original rating) (1979) / USA:R (Redux version) / USA:R (original rating) / West Germany:16

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