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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity


There is a brief story told by Private Ryan that is somewhat suggestive.

There is another suggestive story told by another soldier too.

Some cuss words for genitals.

Violence & Gore


Saving Private Ryan is known for being one of the most graphic war films, but it gets props for showing war in a realistic light. When people are shot there is a large blood spurt and matter. In the D-Day scene, we see many dismembered bodies. One has his intestines spilled on the ground. Numerous people have arms or legs shot off. In the last war sequence of the film, a major character with a sticky bomb is blown up with a large amount of blood. It is a pretty disturbing film.

Some gory "highlights" include: a soldier screaming for help as his intestines are exposed, a soldier looking for his missing arm, a man with his face completely caved in (graphic, but brief), many people on fire, a sniper round graphically going through another sniper's lens and eye, a man completely exploding, and a knife fight with emotional consequences.



20 F-words, 12 uses of "sh*t", 17 uses of "hell" 10 "S.O.B.", 8 uses of "ass", 16 "damn"s, 1 "crap", three terms that reference male genitalia, and lots of insults.


Several soldiers occasionally smoke during the film, such as Reiben who smokes a few cigars and Upham who shares a smoke with a captured German soldier.

Several of the soldiers chew tobacco on several occasions.

One of the soldiers says that he didn't smoke before the war and at the time is smoking a cigarette.


The film is extremely emotional and incredibly graphic in its depiction of war.

The battle sequences throughout the film are intense both literally and emotionally. The opening and closing sequences feature brutal and realistic war-fighting, high-stress situations, loud gunfire, booming explosions, brutal hand-to-hand combat, graphic depictions of death and disturbing sequences of soldiers succumbing to their wounds. The intense battle sequences make the viewer immersed by means of handheld cameras, and getting close to the action, to a point where there is frequently blood or rain water on the lens of camera.

The opening sequence features large amounts of violence that can be unsettling and startling to the unprepared viewer with violence that is unrelenting and drawn out in nature. In addition, the film may provoke unsettling emotions and Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms in those that have previously experienced a combat situation.

The film is meant to detail the realistic and traumatic experience endured by American soldiers of World War II. It can be unsettling.

Total: 35/50

Rated R for "intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence, and for language".

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Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence, and for language
Argentina:16 / Australia:R (original rating) / Australia:MA (re-rating on appeal) / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A (Alberta/Ontario) / Canada:18A (British Columbia) / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:14 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 (original rating) / Finland:K-14 (re-rating) / France:U / Germany:16 (bw) / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / India:A / Ireland:15 / Israel:PG / Italy:VM14 / Malaysia:18SG (DVD release) / Malaysia:(Banned) (theatrical) / Mexico:B / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R15 / Norway:18 / Peru:14 / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) / Singapore:R(A) (original rating) / Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating on appeal) / South Korea:15 / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / Taiwan:GP / UK:15 / USA:TV-MA / USA:TV-MA (TV rating) / USA:R (certificate #35942)

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