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Parents Guide for
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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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Theatrical Cut:

Passionate Kissing.

A stripper gets undressed and takes a shower, you can see her bare breasts.

A woman is seen wearing only body paint, breasts visible.

Prostitutes are shown wearing only skimpy underwear.

A woman wears a leotard that shows much of her buttocks.

A male human and a male android kiss(non-sexual).

A woman straddles a man's neck in attack and holds his head between her legs, she is wearing minimal clothing.

In an Extended Scene a woman takes shower and puts on her boots and bra and all that time, her breasts are very briefly visible.

Not a lot of violence, but the violence that Blade Runner does have can be bloody and intense.

A man is shot twice in the chest; he flies backwards in the chair he was sitting in. No blood is seen, but in the Workprint version you can see smoke or steam coming out of an exit wound for a few seconds afterwards.

A man is shot through the back of the head and you can see (from the front) his forehead burst open. Surprisingly little blood is visible.

A man's skull is crushed (not visibly, but a crack is heard) and we see blood come from his eyes as the perpetrator's thumbs are pressed into his eye sockets while the victim groans in agony (very disturbing). The Final Cut, International Cut, and Workprint versions show this on-screen with blood pouring from the eyes of the man being killed. This isn't as graphic as one might imagine due to much of the blood being obscured from the perpetrator's thumbs. The other versions, U.S. Theatrical Cut and Director's Cut, cut away until the attacker lets go.

A woman is shot in the chest. As she writhes on the ground, she is shot again until she dies. Bloody bullet wounds are very briefly visible, including one shot where blood pours out of the wound. Much of this scene is shot from a far distance.

In the Final Cut, International Cut, and Workprint versions a woman briefly lifts a man lying on the ground a bit by hooking his nostrils with her fingers.

A man grabs another man's hand and breaks a couple of his fingers. You can hear the fingers breaking and see the man wince in pain. He later resets his own fingers and you see them bent back at first.

A man has the tip of his ear shot off at close range, with the wound and blood quite visible.

A man hits another man in the face with a metal pipe. You can later see blood on the man's face.

A man intentionally stabs a nail through his own hand. In the Final Cut, International Cut, and Workprint this is seen clearly with a little bit of blood. The actual stabbing is done very quickly and the shot of it going through is brief. The other versions, U.S. Theatrical Cut and Director's Cut, cut away from this until the nail has already gone through.

"Fucker" is heard. In the Final Cut, this has been replaced by "father."

A few other, milder profanities such as "asshole" or "goddamn."

In older releases with the narration, a derogatory racial slur used towards African Americans is used at one point in the narration, however this is merely spoken narration and given as an example of something - no character is actually calling anyone the word in question.

Characters are seen smoking cigarettes and drinking alcoholic beverages in some scenes.

The scene where an android pokes out a man's eyeballs is very intense and may disturb some viewers. This is arguably the most violent scene in the movie (despite not being extremely graphic).

A character is seen hanging off a building by his fingers.

The film is very dark and depressing, and there is a growing sense of paranoia throughout.

The scene where the main antagonist dies near the end of the film is very sad.

The final confrontation between the main character and antagonist is very intense and frightening.

The ending is emotional and intense.

This movie is okay for 13 and up


(This is not formally part of the Parents' Guide but simply a recommendation.) Although many cuts of Blade Runner have been released, Blade Runner: The Final Cut is generally regarded as the best version of the film, and is truest to Scott's original vision. Please refer to the guide above if wondering whether this particular version is appropriate for your child.

Rated R for violence and brief nudity (Definitive Cut)
Argentina:16 / Australia:M / Brazil:14 / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:14A (Nova Scotia) (Final Cut) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:14+ (TV rating) (Final Cut) / Chile:14 (re-rating) (2015) / Denmark:15 (original rating) / Finland:K-16 / France:12 / Germany:12 (re-rating) (2007) / Hungary:16 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:15 / Ireland:15A / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Japan:R-15 (director's cut) / Malaysia:18 / Mexico:B-15 / Netherlands:12 / Netherlands:16 (director's cut) / New Zealand:M / Norway:15 / Norway:16 (original rating) / Peru:18 / Poland:12 / Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) / Singapore:NC-16 / South Africa:13 / South Korea:18 / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / Taiwan:R-15 (2016) / UK:AA (original rating) / UK:15 (video rating) (1986) / USA:R (certificate #31472) (1991 version) / USA:R (certificate #43682) (Definitive Cut) / West Germany:16 (original rating)

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