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Parents Guide for
The Tin Drum (1979) More at IMDbPro »Die Blechtrommel (original title)

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Several sexual scenes throughout the film, some involving children or characters who are adults but are played by quite young children:

A man hides under a woman's skirts, she groans and he comes out doing his trousers up. She later becomes pregnant.

Seven men are shown fully naked from the rear from a distance.

A woman gives birth and this is seen from the perspective of the child emerging from her vagina. The baby is played by a child actor and is shown having a bath (no nudity shown).

A man caresses a woman's breasts whilst they are fully dressed.

A man and a woman have sex in an explicit scene. The man is shown from the rear fully naked, the woman strips and her breasts are briefly shown twice. They fall onto the bed and have sex, the woman groaning.

A man pushes his hands up a woman's skirt.

A boy and a girl get changed together (the characters are both 16 but the boy is played by a young actor). The boy is shown with fully rear nudity. Then the girl undresses and stands naked. The boy buries his head near her vagina and the camera pans up to her face (she covers her breasts). She is then shown naked from the waist up from behind.

The same two characters share a bed. The boy sucks some sweet powder from the belly of the girl. She then turns the lights off and, although everything is under the covers, they essentially have sex.

A man and a girl have sex (no nudity) with a resulting pregnancy.

Two children end up in bed and the boy is shown with rear nudity getting dressed.

A woman is raped in front of her family (no nudity).


There is a siege on a building and several men are killed in explosions. A man is shot in the back by a group of soldiers, although this is not shown on-screen. Two soldiers process through the building with flamethrowers, although no-one is directly hurt by them. A man who surrenders is shot on-screen and another group of people surrender and line up with their backs to the wall, the implication being that they are also shot.

A man is shot by a group of soldiers. This is quite gory and graphic - you can see several bullet holes in him and blood before he dies.


A group of friends get excessively drunk, with the implication that a child is unattended and gets hurt.

Characters smoke throughout the film.


A child throws himself down the stairs and this is seen from his perspective in a slightly disturbing scene. He is OK afterwards, though.

A group of people go fishing, fish out a severed horse's head and harvest eels from it.

The movie deals with adult themes.

Argentina:X (original rating) / Argentina:18 (re-rating) / Australia:R (original rating) / Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2007) / Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:(Banned) (Ontario) (original rating) / Finland:K-16 / France:12 / Germany:16 (Director's Cut) / Hong Kong:III / Italy:VM14 / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:18 / Singapore:R21 / South Korea:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:X (original rating) (cut) / UK:15 (re-rating) (2003) (uncut) / UK:15 (re-rating) (1994) (cut) / USA:R / West Germany:16 (bw)

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