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A man and a woman kiss and moan. He unties her dress, kisses her neck and chest. She opens his shirt passionately and kisses his bare chest to seduce him more.

Many women are shown in corsets with their bare breasts exposed and seducing. Some are in cages hanging from the ceiling, and men bid for them.

In one scene many women in corsets, with their breasts exposed, are shown kissing men, some men fondle the women, and a woman kisses another woman's shoulder. One man has sex with a woman; she's lying back on a table with her leg lifted and he's thrusting.

A man and a woman kiss passionately. He lifts her up and presses her against a beam. They moan and have sex, unaware another man is watching them. Later they are shown sleeping in bed together.

Three nude women (with bare buttocks, backs, and breasts) lie with a man in bed.

Two nude women lie in bed together, with bare breasts, back, stomach, and hips visible.

In the prologue, two large groups have an extensive street battle with various weapons. People are beaten with clubs, and many are stabbed with cleavers, knives, and axes. A woman lunges in air at man and rips his ear off with her teeth. Blood spurts at various moments. A man rips another man's cheek open. A man stabs another man in both sides with large knives.

While leaving an immigrant boat, a woman is hit in the face by a rock thrown by a spiteful man.

Several young boys have brief fistfight in an underground dwelling.

A corrupt cop hits young man with a baton.

A man seated at a table ruthlessly stabs another man in hand with a knife.

Men have Irish-style fistfight. Graphic only in sound effect of punches and anger expressed between men.

In defense, a woman holds small knife to man's throat, drawing a small, thin line of blood.

Quick shots of a violent "boxing-style" fight. Brief mayhem when police break up the fight.

A man is shot in shoulder (not shown) and survives.

While being wrestled to the ground, Bill shoots a would-be assassin in the gut.

A young man and older man have shoving altercation against wooden wall.

In a daredevil sideshow, a man hurls knives at a female assistant. It's clearly not part of the show, and meant to terrify her. An older man deflects a knife being thrown at him, and hits younger man in the stomach with a knife.

A very bloody, violent beating involving six headbutts and burning with a scorching knife blade.

A young man hangs from a metal spiked fence, clearly in pain.

A man is shot with small pistol under chin. Blood sprays out of the top of his head.

A man is hit in the head with a club. He falls, and a group of young men kicks him.

A priest hits a man in the face with a club.

A man throws large meat cleaver at another man's back. The man is then killed by a blow to the head with a shillelagh.

In the draft riots, rioters are shot coming through a front door. The crowd hurls rocks at police officers. Black men are accosted and beaten in the streets. Several corpses are dragged and hung on light posts. Two robbers hit a woman in stomach and punch her in the face. A woman shoots an older woman in the chest. National Guardsman shoot at mob of people, killing many and soaking the streets in blood. National Guardsmen shoot a charging man in very bloody manner. National Guardsmen beat a charging man with butts of rifles and bayonets.

In street gang showdown, a man hits another man in face with club and stabs him in the back. A man's stomach has a shrapnel injury. A young man stabs another man in chest with a knife; a lot of blood spurts out when he removes the blade.

Nine instances of "hell"

Eight instances of "nigger"

Seven instances of "Jesus"

Five instances of "fuck"

Three instances each of "Chink" and "damn"

Two instances each of "shit" and "Goddamn"

One instance each of "son of a bitch", "whore", "bitches", "cunny juice", "mother-whoring Irish nigger", and "Christ"

People smoke mid-19th century cigarettes, cigars, and pipes.

People pass around a large pipe of opium or hash in a lounge parlour.

People at a brothel are heavily drunk.

Frequent alcohol consumption, mainly in the background.

Bill the Butcher is a menacing character, involved in numerous intense stabbings, beatings, coercions, and other acts.

The opening gang battle may disturb some viewers, due to its graphic nature.

OFFICIAL MPAA - Rated R for intense strong violence, sexuality/nudity and language.

OFFICIAL BBFC - (18): strong bloody violence.

Rated R for intense strong violence, sexuality/nudity and language
Argentina:16 / Australia:MA15+ / Brazil:18 / Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Finland:K-15 / France:12 / Germany:16 (w) / Greece:K-17 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / India:A / Ireland:18 / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:18 / Peru:14 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 / Russia:16+ / Singapore:NC-16 (edited for re-rating) / Singapore:R(A) (original rating) / Singapore:M18 (re-rating) (uncut) / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / Switzerland:16 (canton of the Grisons) / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #39927)

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