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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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It is implied that two women have been raped.

An adult magazine is seen for a few seconds.


For a PG-13 movie, it's quite bloody. Pretty close to R-rated stuff.

In many, many scenes people are shot with assault rifles, RPG's, pistols, tanks, grenades, and so on. Many are at point blank, or killings of wounded soldiers, and one is a suicide. Most killings are from being repeatedly shot. At the time, this movie broke the record for largest number of violent acts in a film.

A person appears to have a tracker inside him, as a traitor he is executed (this is emotionally intense).

A deer is killed and a person drinks it's blood.

There is lots of violence against teens.


Some mild language.


Some smoking and drinking, some by teens.


Many scenes are intense, and almost all of the main and side characters have killed someone.

There are killings of insolent sand main characters, always quite sad.

Teenagers being killed (some in graphic ways) may seem cruel to some.

Total Content Advisory: 24/50- The lack of harsh language was probably the only thing that stopped Red Dawn from getting an R rating. 13+

Argentina:Atp / Australia:M / Brazil:14 / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:A (Nova Scotia) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Finland:K-16 (2001) (uncut) / Finland:K-16 (1989) (cut) / Finland:(Banned) (1984) (uncut) / France:Tous publics / Iceland:16 / Netherlands:12 / Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) / Norway:16 (original rating) / Norway:15 (re-rating) / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:PG / Sweden:15 / UK:15 / USA:PG-13 (No. 27320) / West Germany:18

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