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MPAA Rated R for language, some sexuality and actuality violence

Sex & Nudity

  • 7/10
  • Oskar is seen having sex with his mistress in a darkly lit room. There is moaning, some thrusting and you can see a side-view of his lover's breast.
  • A woman lies in Goeth's bed. Her breasts are clearly seen in various shots each lasting for 5-10 seconds.
  • A man kisses one woman after another
  • A woman wears a shirt that allows the form of her nipples to be seen at times.
  • A man fondles a woman's clothed breast.
  • A man kisses a woman who does not want to be kissed
  • Many Jewish prisoners are seen being forced to strip, run, and be examined. Full-frontal nudity of both women and men. Most times, the nudity is shown quite briefly. Non-sexual.
  • Oskar's mistress is reclining on the bed, and her breasts are seen clearly, including nipples and areola.
  • Jewish women are seen getting into a shower. There is full-frontal nudity. Non-sexual.
  • The sexuality and nudity in this film is very explicit

Violence & Gore

  • 10/10
  • Although not a great deal of violence is portrayed, it remains difficult to watch because of its realism. Much of it is directed in such a way that it is not as intense as you may imagine. Many instances are depicted by long or medium shots, and together with the sequences being shot in black-and-white, the impact is somewhat reduced.
  • A one-armed man struggles to dig a hole. Two Nazis shoot him; blood is seen pooling on the ground.
  • A woman is shot through the back of the head, shown from a distance. A small bullet wound hole is shown, with blood briefly spurting and pouring on the ground.
  • A man is pulled away from the other Jews leaving their homes, and is shot in the back of the head; the top of his head explodes and tears apart, blood pools and spurts around him.
  • A man with an ill wife tries to tell a Nazi about her condition. Instead, she is shot in the head. Blood splatters on the man's face from the shot, and spurts from the wife's head while the man cries.
  • A group of people hiding in a bedroom are shot (including children), one by one. The shots are off-screen, as a German Nazi official plays a cheery tune on the piano.
  • Amon wakes up and and nonchalantly executes Jews through a window with a sniper rifle.
  • When Amon deems a worker to be unproductive, he marches him outside and attempts to execute him. However, despite trying two pistols, both mechanisms jam and he ends up beating the worker instead.
  • A pile of bloody bodies is seen outside a building.
  • A group of hospital patients are executed by Nazis with machine guns. The nurses give out cyanide to patients so they don't die from being shot.
  • A large group of children and women are put into one room where they are all shot to death by two Nazis with machine guns.
  • Amon intimidates a young woman; she cries, and then he beats her. Amon pushes a shelf of wine on top of her, but she is not killed.
  • A soldier shoots a little boy in the chest while two other solders hold the boy up. There is no blood: only feathers from his jacket.
  • Dead bodies are dug up to be burned. There is a heap of them already being incinerated.
  • Amon Goeth is executed by hanging. The entire scene is shown in one shot.


  • 7/10
  • About 12 uses of "f**k", along with several uses of "bitch," "damn," "ass," and "shit."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • 4/10
  • Several characters are seen drinking alcoholic beverages. One character is seen drunk in a few scenes. Smoking is frequently shown.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • 10/10
  • The sequence of the ghetto being liquidated contains continual violence, which viewers could find emotionally disturbing.
  • The sequence of a worker surviving an attempted execution by Amon Goeth is suspenseful.
  • This film is considered to be a significant depiction of the Holocaust. Because of its subject matter, it can be emotionally taxing and difficult to watch.
  • The entire sequence at Auschwitz is extremely disturbing. Especially the shower scene.

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