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It is implied that some of the villagers were raped in the massacre. Not seen.

Some strong sexual references throughout. A couple pretty explicit.

The soldiers read various pornographic magazines. Bare breasts and pubic hairs are seen.


A man is shot in the lungs and has trouble breathing while oozing blood. It is implied that a man is piecing his internals back in. Scene isn't graphic.

Many men are shot and killed, wounded, and screaming.

A brief scene of taking wounded men back to an Aid zone, though it is a short scene there are many sitings of wounded men, dead mutilated bodies, and medic is covered in blood.

An unarmed Vietnamese woman is shot in the head at close range as her husband and daughter look on in horror; we see blood spray from the wound, very graphic.

A Vietnamese soldier is taunted before having his head bashed in with a rifle butt. This is implied and offscreen and quite unrealistic as only quiet thuds heard. Some blood sprays onto the perpetrator's face, but this is not graphic. The whole scene is intense, disturbing, and horrifying however.

One soldier loses a hand when another soldier accidentally throws a grenade in his direction (some blood is shown). Two men are in a Vietnamese bunker when it explodes, and one emerges with no arms.

One soldier has his leg blown off by a booby trap (the injury is not shown).

In one battle scene, a soldier runs away from his foxhole, but runs into a tree and is then bayoneted by a Vietnamese soldier.

It is implied that a young Vietnamese girl was raped. This is not seen however, although you do see a group of soldiers crowded around while she is crying.


Contains frequent strong language, the 'f' word is used about 159 times, and many uses of shit, ass, bitch, and 1 use of the 'n' slur. Language is frequent in spurts rather than constant but it can be very aggressive.


Cigarette smoking is pervasive throughout the entire film.

Wounded men are given Morphine syrettes to ease their suffering.

A soldier steals a case of beer.

A soldier introduces another to Marijuana by passing him a Marijuana cigarette.

A group of soldiers smoke Marijuana at their base camp. The methods of smoking are a pipe, a gas mask, a joint, and a Remington rifle.

A group of soldiers drink beer, whiskey (referred to as "Kentucky Windage"), and Southern Comfort during a poker game.

A Sgt. is implied to be a heroin user.

Soldiers smoke Marijuana from a pipe in their barracks.

A Sgt. is shown drinking straight out of a bottle of Jack Daniels. He is visibly intoxicated, and takes a hit from a Marijuana pipe. He implies that the soldiers around him smoke Marijuana to "escape from reality."

A soldier smokes a Marijuana joint in the jungle. A fellow soldier takes the joint and tells him "You've been smokin' too much of this s---t. Gotta control that. Bring a man down"

A soldier takes a bag of heroin out of the clothing of a dead Vietnamese soldier and smiles happily.


While this film is not as graphic as other war movies, such as Saving Private Ryan. It still has a dark and graphic undertone, and most of the violence is realistic to things that have happened in Vietnam.

A scene in which a Vietnamese villager is being tortured by soldiers, especially the conclusion, may be very disturbing to many viewers

One theme of the film is that of some of the soldiers who have been there for as short as two weeks going insane with bloodlust and mental visions.

The implied rape of a young Vietnamese girl is disturbing.

The end is very depressing.

Overall the violence is not particularly graphic (films like Robocop and Total Recall are far more bloody) however the film is very emotionally disturbing.

R for sequences of intense war violence including disturbing graphic images, a sexual assault, pervasive language, and some drug content.

Argentina:18 / Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2007) / Australia:R (original rating) (1987) / Australia:M (re-rating) (1987) / Brazil:14 / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Finland:K-16 / France:12 / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:16 / Iceland:16 / India:A / Ireland:15 / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Japan:PG-12 / Malaysia:(Banned) / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:M (DVD rating) / New Zealand:RP16 (original rating) / Norway:18 / Peru:18 / Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) / Singapore:NC-16 (cut) / South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2001) / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:15 / USA:R (PCA #28241) / Vietnam:(Banned) / West Germany:16

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