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Nil by Mouth
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A brief shot of a woman's breasts. Some graphic sexual dialogue, including a story that involves an 'orgy'.


A man hits his brother-in-law and then bites his nose, resulting in a bloody wound.

A man punches/kicks his pregnant wife several times offscreen, we later see her face and leg badly bruised later on. We later learn she has miscarried due to the beating.

A man shoulders into another man. The man attacks the victim and another man and the rest of the crowd pummel and kick him several times until they smash him through a glass window.

A man punches another man who just comes out on the street.

A man pushes his mother-in-law only to have another man punch him in the chin and kick him until someone else intervenes.

A man injects himself with a unknown drug; we see blood.

A man throws an empty beer bottle at the wall, tears the phone cord out of the wall and then tears his apartment apart.

A man screams and kicks a locked gate door. Then he kicks a rock loose from a wall and throws it through the window. He makes a lot of death threats.


428 uses of 'fuck', 83 of 'cunt', 9 of 'shit' and 'bastard', 5 of 'bollocks', 3 of 'wanker', 2 of 'tits', and a rather crude use of 'asshole'.


Characters frequently smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol, sometimes to the point of intoxication. Several scenes take place in pubs and a woman smokes and drinks while pregnant.

A character is a heroin addict and we see him shooting up several times. Cocaine and speed are snorted a couple times.

Weed is smoked a few times and is often mentioned.

Nearly everyone smokes throughout the entire course of this picture.


The nose-biting and wife-beating scenes are fairly brutal. A lot of angry, violent threats coming from Ray Winstone's character.

Overall: 43/50

Rated R for graphic drug use, non-stop strong language, brutal domestic violence and some nudity

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