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In the very beginning of the movie, we see a topless woman laying on a bed. Only one of her bare breasts are seen. She then gets up and starts sniffing cocaine off of a glass table. She then goes out to her balcony, and looks over the edge of the railing. We see both of her bare breasts. She then climbs up on top of the railing and the wind blows her nightgown open, revealing both of her bare breasts again.

Riggs gets up out of his bed fully naked. We see his bare buttocks in this scene, no genitals are seen, just his buttocks. The scene lasts about 8 second.

Murtaugh receives a VHS videotape, which depicts 4 women in a shower together. A couple of women are topless, and we see their bare breasts throughout the video. One of the women takes of her top, and we see her bare breasts at the end of the video.

A man says that his daughter was making pornographic videotapes with her friends. We later see one of them.

In one scene, Riggs picks up a prostitute at a strip club.

Lots of talk about prostitutes and proposition, never very graphic.


Numerous people are shot, some with bloody bullet holes, nothing graphic.

Two men are blown up in a car.

We see a character try to commit suicide twice.

A woman leaps off a balcony. She smashes into a car, and her corpse is shown for a little while.

A house is blown up while a woman is inside.

A man is tortured with electric shocks, and another man is tortured by being punched.

One of the villains is burned alive.


About 30 uses each of "f*ck" and "shit." Other profanity including "goddamn," "hell," etc.


The plot involves the drug trade, therefore being several references to drug dealing and usage.

A woman is shown taking cocaine.

A man tastes cocaine (he only does it to reinforce his cover in a drug sting operation).

A man smokes frequently.

Rated R for intense violence, nudity, some strong sexual material, vulgar language and drug material.

OK for 16+

Argentina:16 / Australia:M / Brazil:16 (1999 re-rating) / Brazil:18 (original rating) / Canada:18A (British Columbia) / Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) / Canada:R (Ontario) (original rating) / Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2006) / Canada:AA (Ontario) (re-rating) (1992) / Czech Republic:15 / Finland:K-15/13 (director's cut) (uncut) (2001 reform re-rating) / Finland:K-16/13 (director's cut) (uncut) (2012 reform re-rating) / Finland:K-18 (uncut 1987) / Finland:K-16 (cut) (1988) / France:12 / Germany:16 / Germany:16 (re-rating) (director's cut) / Hungary:16 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Italy:VM14 / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 (original rating) / Netherlands:12 (re-rating) / New Zealand:M / Norway:18 / Peru:18 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:15 / South Korea:18 (director's cut) / Sweden:15 (cut) / Sweden:15 (uncut) (1993) / UK:15 (re-rating) (2010) / UK:18 (1987) / USA:R (certificate #28496) / USA:Unrated (director's cut) / West Germany:18 (cut)

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