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[There are two scenes with Vietnamese prostitutes. In one scene, the prostitute says to Joker and his accomplice, "Me so horny! Me love you long time!" and discusses prices, saying she can do "sucky." Then when his friend takes a picture of Joker and the prostitute, she flips the back of her skirt to show her black panties. In the other scene, another prostitute rides up to the American squad with her pimp, who says she can do "f**ky sucky." She refuses to be bought by a black man. Then he unzips his pants and shows her his genitals off-screen.

Many of the drill sergeant's lines are sexually descriptive, referencing intercourse, homosexuality, oral sex, etc. You know, your average drill instructor...

One man often discusses with another his intentions for the other's sister.


A lot of war violence, including frequent shooting. The more graphic instances are noted.

A sniper shoots a soldier who is slowly killed by the sniper shooting into his leg and foot (plenty of blood) while being watched by fellow soldiers, not knowing where the sniper is located. One soldier follows out in an attempt to help his fellow soldier but ends up being lured and shot by the sniper himself. The sniper is shot in the chest multiple times. Blood sprays.

A soldier is blown up by a land mine, off-screen.

A man kills his drill sergeant, blood sprays.

A man kills himself with a rifle on-screen in an intense and emotional sequence.

10/10 A HUGE portion of the R Rating.

Around 93 uses of "fuck" and 42 of "shit" (along with at least 5 uses of "bullshit" and 1 use of "shitty"), along with at least 15 uses of "ass," 11 of "Goddamn," "asshole" and "hell," 5 of "son of a bitch," 4 of "dick," 4 of "Jesus H. Christ," 1 "damn," 1 of "Holy Jesus," 1 of "Jesus Christ," 1 use of "whore,"


Several scenes with people smoking cigarettes.

A scene in which soliders are in their bunks smoking pot. Brief and not graphic.


The first 45 minutes of the film are intense because of boot camp training.

Families attempting to flee Vietnam are shot at from a helicopter and then joked about.

The dehumanization of soldiers is a key theme throughout the movie, being shown to varying degrees.

After being shot, the sniper lies praying on the ground. She is then shot in the head by Pvt. Joker to discontinue her pain and dishonor.

Total Explicit Rating: 37/50

This is a classic, intense, emotional movie. It is good for teenagers and up, if they can handle their emotions bein' whipped around a bit, along with an insane profane variety.

Argentina:18 / Australia:R18+ / Brazil:16 / Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia) / Canada:14A (Manitoba) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) (original rating) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:14A (Nova Scotia/Ontario) (re-rating) (2012) / Finland:K-16 / France:12 / Greece:K-17 / Hong Kong:III / Hungary:18 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Israel:16 / Italy:VM18 (original rating) / Italy:VM14 (re-rating on appeal) (1988) / Japan:R-15 / Malaysia:U / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:18 / Peru:18 / Portugal:M/16 / Russia:16+ / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:15 (re-rating) (2007) / UK:18 (1987) / USA:R (#28633) / Vietnam:(Banned) / West Germany:16

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