Raiders of the Lost Ark
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Sex & Nudity

3/10

The film's villain secretly watches in a mirror as a woman changes into a formal dress. However, only her bare back is shown as she takes off her bra.

The two leads are shown about to have sex. They are in bed, and then the scene ends as they start kissing. In the morning, the heroine is topless under the covers.

Indian tribesmen are shown from behind wearing thong-like clothing.

Violence & Gore

8/10

Second most violent of the series.

A man is skewered by a booby trap; we see his bloody remains in a "jump moment". There are spears going through his head, and his body. It is slightly graphic, and fairly bloody, but we see it for about a second.

A man's body is revealed to have many poison darts in its back. His shirt has bloodstains around the wounds. Bloody.

During a bar fight, a man is shot in the face, with spurting blood pouring down his head. Another man is shot in the back of the head and blood dribbles from his mouth (wound not shown).

In a market place fight, a man is run through with a sword and then fruit, we see the fruit falling off the sword as it is pulled back through the man.

A man is shot while driving a truck, it shows a close up of his hand covered in blood, but not the wound.

A big thug is taken out by a spinning propeller (off-screen), splattering blood all over the plane, but we don't see his body.

A car is shown being driven off a very high cliff, and the bodies of the men in it are shown to be flailing along side the car as it falls.

A man is shown being run over by a truck, with his arms and legs flailing up when he is run over by the front, and then the rear tires.

A thug accidentally stabs one of his allies with a sword.

Twice in the movie half-rotted skeletons are shown. They are very frightening and in some cases, very disturbing.

The end scene is very frightening and fairly graphic. A man's face melts completely on screen, another man's face shrivels up with blood coming out of the mouth, and another man's head completely explodes on screen. Blood splatters. The rest of the Nazis have lightning struck through their bodies. Very disturbing.

Profanity

4/10

1 use of "Jesus" as a swear word

1 use of "sh--"

2 uses of "son of a bitch"

2 uses of "bastard"

2 uses of "goddamn"

Several uses of "damn" and "hell"

4/10

Indy is shown drinking (having had drunk 2/3rds of a bottle of hard liquor) in a bar. Men in an Egyptian bar are seen smoking hookahs. Marion is shown smoking once and drinking in two other situations (including in a drinking contest against a man -- which she wins).

6/10

The first scene is fairly frightening and intense, where Indy finds a man with spears through his body and runs from a moving boulder, among other things.

In one scene, spirits fly around in the air. One is shown with a very pretty female face, then, on center screen in an instant, she turns very scary-looking, symbolizing death, and then all of the bad guys are brutally killed. A man's head explodes (blood splatters everywhere). A man's face melts and we see his eyes roll out, his face shrivel up and blood spilling out, and another man's face melts with a lot of blood. The scary creatures then fire lightning bolts that kill all of the other bad guys. This scene can be quite disturbing, .

Indy and Marion are shown trying to escape from a room while snakes are threatening their lives.

The skeletons are very frightening.

A monkey dies after drinking poison intended for another character; this can be upsetting to some given the monkey's playful nature.

This film was rated PG, but would have been rated PG-13 if that rating had been used at the time.

By today's standards this is how the four Indy movies would be rated:

- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - Strong PG-13 / R (Intense sequences of action adventure violence, graphic images, brief language and sensuality)

- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) - R (Intense sequences of action adventure violence, graphic images including torture and child abuse, some language brief sensuality)

- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) - Mild PG / G (Slapstick violence)

- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) - PG-13 (Action adventure violence and language)

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Certification:
Argentina:13 / Australia:PG / Australia:M (DVD rating) / Brazil:Livre / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:A (Nova Scotia) / Canada:PG (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) / Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) / Finland:K-11 (2008) / Finland:K-16 (1981) / France:U / Germany:16 / Iceland:12 / India:U (cut) / India:A (uncut) / Ireland:PG / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Japan:G (2013) / Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) / Norway:16 (original rating) / Norway:15 (re-rating) / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / South Korea:12 / Spain:T / Sweden:15 (cut) / UK:A (original rating) / UK:PG (re-rating) (2004) / UK:PG (video rating) (1987) / USA:PG (edited for re-rating) (certificate #26345) / West Germany:16

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