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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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A character has sex with a female resistance fighter (not shown).

Frequent sexual dialogue throughout the film.

A soldier loses a testicle to an enemy landmine (very bloody).

Childbirth scene inside an abandoned German tank (no nudity).

Use of condoms (on rifles).

Frequent war violence.

Some gore (i.e. a dead man is scene with his intestines spilling out, etc.)

One important plot element is that the Sergeant killed a German soldier in World War I, unaware that the war was over. This is bookended at the end of the film where the Sergeant makes a similar error attacking a German soldier post final surrender in World War II, but the unit manages to save the soldier's life this time upon realizing the mistake.

Not as gory as Saving Private Ryan or other such films, but still disturbing.

"Shit," "goddamn," "asshole," "son of a bitch," "bastard," and other mild curses are used throughout, as well as sexual language and ethnic slurs about Germans and Italians.

Frequent drinking.

One of the main characters smokes a cigar throughout the movie.

Many scenes, including the battle on Omaha beach and the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp, are very disturbing. Also, the Battle of the Kasserine pass early in the film is very tense.

Rated R for war violence and some language (2004 reconstruction)
Australia:M / Canada:14A / Canada:PG (Ontario) / Finland:K-16 / France:Tous publics / Iceland:16 / Netherlands:12 (1980) / Norway:16 (1980) / Singapore:PG / Singapore:NC-16 (2004 reconstruction) (TV rating) / Sweden:15 / UK:AA (original rating) / UK:15 (video rating) (1987) / USA:R (2004 reconstruction) / USA:PG (original rating) / West Germany:16

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