The Shawshank Redemption
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Sex & Nudity

A gang beat and rape another man multiple times. The rapes occur off-screen. In one particular scene their leader tells a man to give him oral sex using implied terms "You'll swallow what I give you to swallow". However, nothing sexual happens after the man questions the gang leader's literacy and the gang starts beating him in response. Nothing is seen but the references are very crude

In a couple of scenes, many men can be seen nude; only a side view of their buttocks as well as a brief view of a man's buttocks from a distance during a mass shower can be seen.

Lots of sexual innuendo, there is a good deal of sexual dialogue in the movie, including a homosexual rape reference, with a brief use of crude terms.

A man briefly touches another man (mostly off screen) during a mass shower; the other man leaves and he starts a sexual talk with another man.

Violence & Gore

A man is beaten by several prison guards. It is later stated that the man died. The scene is in heavy shadow so there are no clear injuries visible, but the scene is very intense.

A man is beaten by several prison guards. He is hit several times and falls to the ground. He tries to crawl away, but is dragged off-screen and the beating continues. He is later seen very bruised and battered and it is stated that he spent the rest of his life in a hospital.

A man is shot several times in the chest. Blood sprays and the man falls to the ground dead. We see the body and the gunshot wounds briefly.

A man hangs himself. We see his body jerk and go still as he hangs. This scene is quite depressing and may make some viewers emotional.

A man puts a gun under his chin and shoots himself. The camera cuts away just before the shot but we see blood spray against the window and see the body.

A guard is very abusive verbally and physically towards the prisoners

A gang beat and rape another man multiple times. The rapes occur off-screen. In one particular scene their leader tells a man to give him oral sex using implied terms "You'll swallow what I give you to swallow". However, nothing sexual happens after the man questions the gang leader's literacy and the gang starts beating him in response.

Profanity

"Fuck" is used 61 times. "Shit" is used 30 times. "Ass" and "bitch" are also used very frequently.

Very crude sexual dialogue is present in some scenes mostly by the other prisoners.

Many instances of language are aggressive, and/or threatening.

Some scenes containing usage of tobacco, and some scenes of alcohol usage.

A "bag of reefer" is mentioned in a voice over.

The main character is drunk at the beginning.

Cigarettes are a commodity in this movie, so they are mentioned and seen a few times.

In one scene about 8 prisoners and a few prison guards drink celebratory beer(s).

Drug references.

There are many beating scenes and the movie is very emotional.

Most of the beatings are very upsetting.

Tommy's death is shocking and upsetting.

A man vomits.

Suicide scenes are very emotional.

A very sad movie with a uplifting message.

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and prison violence (certificate 33087)
Certification:
Argentina:16 (original rating) / Argentina:13 (re-rating) / Australia:MA / Australia:M (TV rating) / Brazil:16 / Canada:14A / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:14 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:U / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:14 / Iceland:16 (video rating) / Ireland:15 / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Japan:PG-12 / Japan:G (2009) / Malaysia:18 (re-rating) / Malaysia:(Banned) (original rating) (1994) / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:R / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) / Singapore:R(A) (original rating) / Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) / South Korea:15 / South Korea:12 (cable rating) / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / UK:15 / USA:R (certificate 33087)

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