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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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Sex & Nudity

Note: The number at the beginning of each section refers to how explicit that aspect of the film is on a scale of 1-10. The fraction at the end of the Frightening/Intense Scenes category is the total sum of all the sections out of the highest sum possible (50) and therefore an approximation of how much explicit content of any kind is in the film.


Violence & Gore


A powerful soviet boxer faces Apollo creed. Apollo hits the other boxer but he feels no pain. Then the other boxer brutally hits Apollo, even after the bell. We see blood and cuts of Apollo's face at the end of the round. In the next round, the soviet boxer keeps hitting him in and knocks him out, he dies in Rocky's arms. The bloodied face of Apollo is see quite a lot throughout the scene.

Rocky faces Ivan himself. Through the rounds we see clips of punches to the face, the two brutally beat each other and Rocky is seen having a few bruises on is face and Ivan has a cut on his. On the final round Rocky keeps hitting Ivan and knocks him out.



Mild language but definitely nothing too offensive.


Paulie smokes a few cigars.

A close-up of brief steroid use.


Apollo Creed is beaten to death and dies in Rocky's arms, this may be upsetting. The boxing matches are very brutal which maybe unsettling to a few. The film has a very loose theme about conflict between between the Americans and the Soviets because the film is set during the peaks of the Cold War and the crowds at both fights are very hostile and this may unsettle some.

Total content:15/50

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