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Parents Guide for
Caligula (1979) More at IMDbPro »Caligola (original title)

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Caligula is widely considered to be one of the most obscene films ever made. There are sex scenes that show close-ups of oral sex on males and females, showing graphically the genitals of both sexes. The film's sexual content is considered pornographic in nature, with several hardcore inserts intended to sexually arouse, but really turn out to be quite disturbing (this is in the unrated version, though).


Glorified incest, sadomasochism, oral sex (one scene with ejaculation), graphic intercourse (all unrated although some moderate sex).

Almost every type of sexual behavior is depicted in this film, whether the subject of a scene or merely in the background. Full frontal male and female nudity is seen throughout, and there are several orgies that contain graphic sex (besides the full frontal nudity, most of the content is unrated).

A man and woman frolic in the woods (they are sister and brother), they wear short togas showing legs, buttocks, and the woman's breast. The man sucks her breast (unrated to a degree).

Throughout the film, many breasts, buttocks, male and female genitalia are seen (the R-rated version shows male genitals, but all scenes of female genitals have been removed).

Nude laborers are shown working on a roadway.

A man in a robe swims with a group of nude young men and women, full frontal nudity.

Two men walk through an orgy scene talking; background figures are shown nude, genitals visible, having sex, freakish figures are depicted (edited in R-rated).

Nude cleaners are shown scrubbing the floor.

Three nude men covered in mud are standing and talking.

A man kisses a woman and fondles her breasts (toned down in R-rated version)

A woman puts her hand on her adult brother's crotch and kisses him.

A man lifts a woman's dress and exposes her buttocks then has sex with her under his robe.

Large phallic and vagina sculptures are displayed.

A woman is disrobed by a man, she is placed on a table and a man has sex with her under his robe, there is blood shown after on his hands and between her legs.

A man struts about in full frontal nudity.

In a jail scene, nude women are fondled.

In a brothel/party/orgy scene, many group sex acts are shown, including male to male oral, female to female oral, penetration, female genitals, many extended close-ups of female to male oral sex including an ejaculation (unrated) A large group of nude warriors/spear carriers are shown running.

Nude unconscious women are carried through a banquet, pubic areas are centered (female genitals are edited out in R-rated version). An orgy/banquet shows more nudity, sex, fondling.

Babies suck from phallic bottles.

A woman is seen having sex with a snake in the orgy room at the beginning of the film. The scene is short and involves the woman pushing the snake into her vagina while it squirms.

The R-rated version does not have hardcore sex as listed but nonetheless contains full frontal nudity of both sexes continuously. However, only the male genitals are displayed. All female genital displays have been edited out except for displays of pubic hair.



Male to male oral sex is shown briefly and quite suddenly. The man performing the act speaks and semen is seen in his mouth.

A group of men is shown in closeup masturbating to ejaculation into a bowl; the semen is used as a skin cream on the nude reclining woman. A man dabs some semen onto his head.

Nude and partially clothed women, in thin, see through robes, are shown in a pool, female masturbation, female-female oral sex, fondling.

A combination feast/orgy is shown with male/female nudity and sex.

There are many scenes showing extreme/explicit sex and nudity.

A man is forced to disrobe and kneel on a table, another man appears to insert his fist covered in lard or cream into the other's rectum.

A man and two women kiss and fondle each other, nude, on a bed. Two women are shown in closeup performing oral sex on each other, to an orgasmic coda.

A man kisses and fondles a dead woman's body. He carries/drags her inert nude body around a room.


A girl dies from poisoning.

A man is shown bleeding in a bathtub and then his head is forced in the water and he drowns.

A man is suffocated with a cloth and he dies.

A dead horse is seen - it is in chunks and pieces.

Many people are whipped throughout.

A woman is slapped.

A man is stabbed many times and he staggers around then he is stabbed several more times by spears. Very bloody.

A woman is stabbed, a lot, and she is very bloody.

A man's head is cut off. The scene is very graphic, with blood and chunks.



A man is forced to drink wine and he is stabbed and blood flows out and his guts hang downward.

Quick scenes of a naked girl hanging in the air and being whipped and blood is all over her, a girl is upside down and is doing a handstand and her legs are up and a triangular object is inserted into her vagina and is hammered down lots of blood, men are shown with spears or something sticking out of their bodies lots of blood, a girl slides on a rope that has spikes on it and it cuts her vagina and legs she bleeds, a man is shown bloody, a man is in a chair and he has cuts all over him and he is crying and bleeding, the background is a cloth and its covered with blood.

A machine with huge blades cuts people's heads off lots of blood and heads roll.

A man is raped by another man with his fist and blood is on his hands.

A girl is raped and and there's blood on her legs and behind. Also blood on the rapist's finger.

A man is cut slowly many times with a short sword. He screams and bleeds a lot. Then a part of his penis is cut off (bloody) and it is fed to a dog.

A toddler's head is smashed on a staircase and lots of blood is seen.


Almost little to no cussing, but there are some instances of "bastard" and "slut".


A man is murdered by being forced to chug wine.

Murder by alcohol poisoning.

Vast drinking scenes.


The main character acquires his throne through manipulation and the intentional suffocation of the dying emperor. He slowly loses his sanity over the course of the film, and brings about many strange policies and decisions. Several characters' lives are in jeopardy at one time or another.

Unrated version: 42/50

R-rated version: 34/50

The R-rated version is much more toned down. No hardcore sex (although there is some mild sex and full frontal nudity). The violence is also more mild (but still gory).

Argentina:18 / Australia:R18+ (cut) / Australia:RC (uncut) / Australia:X18+ (uncut) / Belgium:16 (DVD rating) / Belgium:KNT (original rating) / Belgium:16 (video rating) / Brazil:18 / Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:(Banned) (Nova Scotia) (original rating) / Canada:(Banned) (Ontario) (original rating) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2007) / Denmark:16 / Denmark:15 (DVD rating) / Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2001) / Finland:K-18 (heavily cut) (1981) / France:16 / France:X (DVD release) / Germany:BPjM Restricted / Germany:18 (SPIO/JK) (cut) / Hong Kong:III / Iceland:16 (cut) / Iceland:(Banned) (original rating) / Italy:VM18 / Japan:R-18 / Malaysia:(Banned) / Mexico:D / Netherlands:16 / Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:18 / Peru:18 / Portugal:M/18 (DVD rating) (uncut) / South Korea:18 (cut) / Spain:X / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:X (original rating: 1980) (cut) / UK:18 (uncut version) / USA:Unrated / USA:R (heavily cut) / USA:X (self applied MA for "Mature Audiences") / USA:Unrated (uncut) / West Germany:18 (nf)

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