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Parents Guide for
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We also briefly see two men's buttocks in the shower room.

A woman is seen topless in the background of a night club but it only lasts one or two seconds and is very hard to see. You would have to really be looking for it if you wanted to see it. This is very brief and as I already said said not easy to see.


10/10 (director's cut)

A man is shot by a robot with numerous rounds. Close up of multiple bloody bullet impacts on his chest & back. [He is then shot repeatedly after falling onto a table with multiple impact wounds.] It's EXTREMELY bloody, but absurdly over the top.

Two men terrorise and attempt to rape a woman but one gets shot in the crotch by a robot and the other surrenders. A bit of blood but not much.

A man's hand is blown off at close range with a shotgun. [He is shown holding the bloody stump while blood pours from the wound. The arm of that same hand is then blown off.] This is all done for the amusement of the men shooting him. The band of men finally proceed to fire on him continuously, each with shotguns & machine guns, laughing sadistically. The man is shot so extensively, his body appears to be practically ripped to shreds while he screams in agony. Still he survives this attack and one of the men finishes him with a single shot to his head. [The back of his skull is visibly blown out. There's a shot of the aftermath of the attack, showing his body surrounded by blood & gore.] An incredibly brutal, graphic, and disturbing scene. Even some adults find this scene hard to watch.

A surgical team attempts to save a wounded officer. There is one gruesome gunshot wound to his chest, the rest of his torso is covered with blood.

A man is holding a group of people hostage. We see a man's body, face down, clearly dead from having been shot. There are bloodstains. The man holding the group hostage is pulled through a wall and punched in the face, sending him flying out of a window and falling to his death.

A man crashes into a tank full of toxic waste. When he comes out, his skin is melting away. A car then drives into him and he explodes. VERY gruesome, but comically over the top.

Men fire explosive rounds at cars & a shop front in a street for amusement.

A man gets shot several times in the legs by a hitman. Some blood. The hitman leaves a grenade. The explosion is seen from outside the house.

A woman fires an explosive bullet into an operations cab with a man inside.

A man is shot several times with bloody impacts then falls to his death from a skyscraper.

A woman is shot several times in various parts of her body.

A robot shoots down a gang of 20 or so criminals. Multiple bloody impact wounds.

A robot tosses a man through a few glass panes leaving the man's face and neck covered in many bloody gashes.

A robot is fired upon by a much larger robot, causing severe damage. He survives, but is then shot at by a fully armed SWAT unit, causing even more damage.

A man is killed by being stabbed in the neck. Blood gushes from the neck.

[A man is graphically shot in the knee in closeup.]

[ ] = Uncut version only.


22 Uses of fuck. Repeated uses of words like shit, bitch.


A man and 2 women sniff cocaine.

Some drinking and sometimes smoking.

A scene in an active cocaine manufacturing warehouse.

There is a scene in which people are shown snorting cocaine.


Most of the violent sequences described above can be frightening, disturbing, or intense, however it is often comically over the top.

Murphy's death is very brutal and intense; even some adults will find this scene hard to watch.

Keep in mind that all action is at 80s level, like Die Hard.

Total: 36/50

MPAA/USA - Rated R (no reason provided - EDITED VERSION).

BBFC/UK - Rated 18 (strong bloody violence, sadistic horror, hard drug use).

Argentina:13 (director's cut) / Argentina:18 (original rating) / Argentina:16 (special edition) / Australia:R / Australia:MA15+ (cable TV rating) / Australia:M (theatrical rating) (cut) (1987) / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A / Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) (original rating) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:18A (British Columbia) (re-rating) (2012) / Canada:14A (Manitoba) (re-rating) (2004) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2004) / Canada:18A (Ontario) (re-rating) (2004) / Czech Republic:15 (DVD rating) / Finland:K-15 (uncut) (DVD boxset rating) / Finland:K-18 (uncut) (also director's cut) (2002) / Finland:K-16 (1989) / Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (video rating) (1989) / Finland:K-18 (cut) (1988) / Finland:(Banned) (1987) / Finland:(Banned) (cut) (video rating) (1987) / France:12 / Germany:18 / Germany:16 (cut version) / Germany:16 (cut) / Germany:18 (re-rating) (2014) (uncut) (director's cut) / Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (2002) (uncut) / Hong Kong:III / Hungary:16 / Iceland:(Banned) / Iceland:16 (Director's Cut) (video release) / Iceland:16 (cut) / India:A / Ireland:16 / Ireland:18 (director's cut) / Italy:T / Japan:R-15 / Malaysia:18SG / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:M (TV rating) / New Zealand:R18 (theatrical rating) (director's cut) / Norway:18 / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 / Russia:18+ / Singapore:M18 (director's cut) (uncut version) / South Korea:15 (VHS rating) (cut) / South Korea:18 (DVD rating) (2002) / South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) (cut) (1987) / Spain:13 (original rating) / Spain:12 (re-rating) / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #28646) (edited for re-rating) / USA:Unrated (director's cut) / USA:X (original rating) / West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

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