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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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A man is in shirtless in bed with a woman who is in her bra. He then beats her and rapes her (offscreen). The next day while she is in the hospital recovering the detectives tell an attorney she was raped. The victim does not want to testify for fear of being considered promiscuous, and because she was having relations with a married man.

A man pulls a woman top down and starts kissing a woman against her will. He then kisses her breast and attempts to rape her, but ends up not doing so.

A man sees his wife start to take her shirt off (no nudity) and he says "do that again." They are then seen under the covers (no nudity) and sex is implied.

A man kisses a teenage girl for several seconds.

A girl is seen in bed with her panties on.

A man is seen in only his underwear as he is strip searched. This same man is seen shirtless several other times.

A man later demands that a woman and a girl take off their clothes (which they do not).

Some mild references to sex and rape.

It is said several times that a man beat and raped a 16 year old girl.

A man handcuffs a woman to a bed, and bites a chunk of flesh from her cheek. Very bloody, but only shown briefly. (As mentioned above, we are told that the woman was raped afterwards but it is only mentioned, not shown)

A man is attacked by three other men, before single-handedly beating them himself. Throughout the scene, blood is apparent on all of them.

A man is strangled with piano wire, shown with blood trickling down his throat. He attempts to raise a revolver, but the attacker moves it to his victim and fires. This is shown off-screen, but with a very large amount of blood spraying briefly.

Two dead people are found, both with large pools of blood around them. The camera shows a brief close up of a wound inflicted by piano wire of one. A man slips and falls in one of the pools of blood.

A man is set on fire with lighter fluid. He is shown later with grotesque wounds inflicted on his face by the flames.

About 9 nine uses of the f-ck (sometimes used sexually). 3 uses of b-tch (two of them hard to hear). Many uses of son of a b-tch. And other standard profanities are used a few times such as sh-t, bastard, ass, damn, etc.

it is stated that a daughter of the two characters had smoked reefer at school, it is shown.

There is a scene in which a man handcuffs a woman to bed and bites off a piece of her cheek before he begins brutally raping her offscreen.

Rape is brought up several times though never shown on screen.

Frequently and very intense, with sustained terrorization throughout the film.

Cape Fear isn't overly graphic and the rapes are off-screen.

Not a ridiculously violent film but it is very unpleasant.

Rated R for strong violence, and for language
Argentina:16 / Australia:M / Brazil:16 / Canada:R / Canada:18+ (TV rating) / Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) / Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) / Finland:K-15 (2001) (uncut) / Finland:K-16 (1993) (cut) / Finland:K-18 (1992) (uncut) / France:12 / Germany:16 / Iceland:16 / India:A / Ireland:18 / Israel:16 / Italy:VM14 / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) / Singapore:PG / Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / USA:R (No. 31467)

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