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Parents Guide for
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There are brief scenes of nudity, including partial female frontal nudity (breasts, buttocks,) on a few occasions.

There are a few sex scenes,not too revealing. Some of the scenes include nudity.

A man asks a woman to perform oral sex, no nudity is shown.


At the beginning of the film, a man is shown with his skin burnt off. Very graphic. For the rest of the film he is disfigured and scarred all over.

Disturbing images of injured and dead bodies.

War scenes with explosions, shooting.

A car explodes. A mans dead body is seen.

Men are searching for mines throughout the movie. These scenes are usually quite intense.

A man is killed by a mine. Another one is slightly wounded. He is seen covered with blood. The actual explosion takes place off-screen.

A man is hit on the back of his head. He falls unconscious. A man brutally punches another than strangles him with a pair of handcuffs.


5 uses of fuck, mainly and an expletive, twice sexually.


Pilots drink champagne.

People drink cocktails and champagne in a bar.

A man turns up drunk at a dinner while others there are drinking champagne.

People and soldiers drink after hearing that the Germans have surrendered.

Some smoking.

Smoking/alcohol/ drugs minimal


Although there are a number of disturbing and intense scenes, the general tone of the film is not violent or scary.

The film can be very emotionally intense and upsetting.

Caravaggio's interrogation and torture scene is very emotionally intense and upsetting.

There are several intense scenes, everything though is fairly mild. 31/50 - This is okay for 13+

Rated R for sexuality, some violence and language

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