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MPAA Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality

Sex & Nudity

  • A woman is seen in her underwear while a man is in a bathrobe. It's implied they were having sex. No nudity.
  • There is a brief sex scene lasting about 4 seconds shown from the shoulders up. There is moaning. No nudity.
  • A woman briefly removes her dress from behind. Her buttocks and the side of her breast are seen for a second or two. Two men are stripped to their undergarments in one scene.

Violence & Gore

  • A woman painfully chucks a group of innocent chips on the floor and then laughs, death is implied.
  • A man is stabbed in the neck with a pen several times (blood briefly squirts in close up) and then kicked multiple times and stabbed some more around the upperbody, he is offscreen after the first 7 stabs. We see the attacker with a bloody pen-holding hand for several seconds.
  • A bloodied and beat up gangster has his head tightened in a vise. His eye bloodily pops out of his head for a split-second. Blood briefly spurts from his mouth, running down his cheeks. His throat is then slit with a switchblade (seen from a distance).
  • A man is shocked once with a cattle prod and has his hand hit a few times with a hammer in close up. Some blood is on the table.
  • Several shootings, not overly violent, although a few bloody bullet wounds are seen. Two women are included, one is briefly riddled in the chest with bullet wounds and the other is shot in the head a few times with blood dripping out her mouth.
  • A man is hit on the head, and has a bag put over to suffocate in his blood. A dead body has a bloody chest bullet wound. A dead couple has bloody bullet wounds. A pimp is beaten, blood on the nose and mouth. A few bloodless punches and pushes. All of these are brief.


  • There is a lot of language in this film but over the course of the nearly three hour runtime it kind of blends in.
  • Many uses of the F Word. Other milder profanities are used throughout such as shit, bitch, ass, damn, as well as some derogatory racial terms.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Cocaine is used a few times. A woman is implied to be abusing prescription medication (pills). She is sometimes also shown to be under the influence of various substances.
  • Fairly frequent cigarette smoking, coming from Robert De Niro's character for the most part. Alcohol is occasionally drunk.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The pen scene is rather hard to watch, particularly when the kicking starts, since the attacker is known for hard blows.
  • The baseball bat scene is graphic and lengthy.


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Violence & Gore

  • Nicky and his brother are hit in the backs, bodies, and faces with baseball bat. Nicky is forced to watch his brother getting beaten up brutally with graphic results. Then Nicky's brother is buried alive. Nicky meets his demise the same way but ends much quicker. They are both buried alive. The scene is incredibly graphic and hard to watch.

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