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Rated R for strong language and bloody violence, drug use and some sexuality


A husband and wife briefly embrace on a bed, kissing and stripping each other's clothes (no nudity)

Two implications of oral sex. One instance in when a woman crouches down and begins to unzip a man's pants, and another brief and quick glimpse at a woman's head moving up and down over a man's crotch.

Two characters have a love affair, sexual activity is briefly implied. A women hides a gun in her underwear (no nudity).


A father hits his son twice and whips his back with a belt 5 times. The boy has a somewhat bruised face after. A man is bashed once on the head with a wine bottle. He has a slightly bloody bandage afterwards.

A gangster held in the trunk of a car is stabbed and shot several times in the upperbody. He gasps briefly and bloody wounds are shown for a second. His face and part of his torso are blood-soaked for a few seconds.

A man hits another man's face with a gun eleven times. He grunts in pain and blood is seen on his face from a distance.

Two gangsters beat another gangster. One clubs him with a pistol on the head/face offscreen and the other stamps on his head, we see fleeting glances of his boot crunching onto. The victim is partly unconscious, although the pistol whipping causes brief blood spray. His face is then seen mostly covered in blood, and part of his suit is bloodied.

Three men dig up a rotting corpse. Graphic details are briefly seen. One man vomits due to the stench of rotting flesh.

A man is shot in the foot; he winces briefly and a bloody wound is seen for a second.

A gangster is shot in the head; blood spews from the wound briefly. He falls over and blood pools beneath him for a few seconds.

A man is swiftly killed by six gunshots to the chest with a pistol. Blood appears on his shirt.

A man yips as his face is slammed against a car seat 5 times, and then punched 3 times. Blood is visible on his eyes, nose, and mouth. His face is then seen badly bruised in black-and-white for a few seconds.

A man and his wife are shown dead in a car with bloody bullet wounds momentarily. Some blood is splattered across the windows.

A man is shot in the head. A lot of blood splatters on a bed. A man is stabbed in the back of the head with an ice pick. He gasps and dies.

Two bloody corpses are found in a garbage truck. A frozen corpse if found hanging from a hook in the back of a meat packing truck.


300 uses of 'fuck', 22 of 'shit', 13 of 'prick', 4 of 'son of a bitch', 2 of 'nigger', 'cocksucker', and 'dick', and 1 of 'bitch'. Also 7 instances of "bastard", 5 of "Jesus Christ", 4 of "Goddamn", 3 of "hell", and 2 of "damn".


Coke is snorted a few times. Mostly implied rather than explicit except for a scene in which we see the character's facial reactions. A major character is addicted to drugs.

Rather frequent smoking and drinking.


There are instances of strong and/or graphic violence.

Joe Pesci's character is a raging psychopath, and scenes involving him can be intense as violence is always a possibility.

Total: 42/50

Recommended for ages 17+

Argentina:18 / Argentina:13 (re-rating) (139 min. cut) / Australia:R18+ / Brazil:14 / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:18A (Ontario) (re-rating) (2007) / Chile:18 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:16 / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:16 / Iceland:16 / India:A / Ireland:18 / Israel:16 / Italy:VM14 / Japan:PG-12 / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:18 / Peru:18 / Poland:18 / Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Bern) / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #30613)

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