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Parents Guide for
8MM (1999) More at IMDbPro »

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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


**The plot of the movie involves a private investigator authenticating a possible snuff film - There are strong references to the pornography and the act of masturbation, although there is not much explicitness throughout the movie, mostly it is implied and what is seen is decribed below**

A man walks through a red-light district, there are many scantily clad women, some topless. Books, videos, magazines related to the sex trade are seen. A man is seen asking for the most hardcore porn available.

There is a scene inside a sex store where a man browses and purchases some magazines, moaning can also be heard in one of the back rooms implying sex.

A scene takes place in a porn production office, where women are lining up outside a man's office to audtion for roles.

A woman kneels down in front of a man who begins to unzip his trousers, the man then stops her and closes the curtains.

A man and woman are briefly shown having sex under the bed covers, some moaning and vague thrusting, but they are interrupted.

There is full frontal and rear nudity of a man and woman (woman is partially obscured), it is implied they are about to be filmed having sex for a pornography shoot.

Violence & Gore


Throughout the movie, we see clips of a snuff film in which a girl wearing a tank top and underwear is slapped and then stabbed repeatedly by a man wearing a leather S&M outfit and mask

In a few other films, we see a man's bare butt being slapped by two women in leather outfits, a bound and gagged woman being hit by a leather-clad man, a woman being choked to death and a woman hanging by her arms being slapped, punched and then stabbed repeatedly by two shirtless men (we see lots of blood on her body).

A man is sliced with a knife (we see some blood)

A man is stabbed (we see a knife handle sticking out of his chest) and another is stabbed with what looks like a long skewer (we later see him pulling it out of his bloody stomach).

A man ties another's neck and hands to a post, and it's implied that the man beats him to death with the butt of his gun (we hear the man being hit and later see the bloody gun and the man's bloody body).

A man with tape over his mouth and blood on his face is tied to an archery target; we later see his dead, bloody body hanging from it.

A man pours gasoline on a corpse and sets it on fire.

Lots of threatening with guns and knives; a man shoots at another several times.

A man is shot in the chest with a cross bow and another is shot in the neck (we see lots of blood pouring from the wound).

Twice, a man is handcuffed to a bed and beaten (we see bloody cuts on his face); we also see a few scuffles and several men being punched, kicked and knocked down (often we see bloody cuts on their faces afterwards).

Two men scuffle and fall out of a window.



Approximately 70 F-words as well as several uses of bitch, pussy, and shit by unsavory characters.

Use of word "Jesus" in vain ("Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain" ).


The hero (Nicolas Cage) smokes throughout the movie along with other characters

Mild drinking.

There is some cocaine use.


**The movie deals with underground hardcore pornography including bondage and S&M, there are clips of snuff films shown that can be disturbing to some viewers. The movie also shows more grimy elements that certain viewers might find distressing**

Total Score: 34/50

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Rated R for strong perverse sexuality and violence, and for strong language
Argentina:18 / Australia:R / Belgium:KNT / Brazil:18 / Canada:R (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:18A (British Columbia) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:18+ (Quebec) / Canada:18+ (TV rating) / Czech Republic:15 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-18 (original rating) / Finland:K-15 (re-rating) / France:-16 / Germany:18 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / Italy:VM14 / Italy:VM18 (video rating) / Japan:PG-12 / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:18 / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/18 / Singapore:PG13 (edited version) / Singapore:PG (original rating) (heavily cut) / Singapore:R21 (re-rating) / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:18 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #36153)

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