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Parents Guide for
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Sex & Nudity

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 while another man watches (they are unaware of his presence), and we see them later sleeping in bed together.

Three nude women (we see their bare buttocks, backs and breasts) lie with a man in bed. Two nude women lie in bed together (we see their bare breasts back stomach and hips).

Violence & Gore


In the Prologue sequence: two large groups have an extensive face-off street battle with various weapons; people are beaten with clubs and many are stabbed with cleavers, knives, and axes; woman lunges in air at man and rips his ear off with her teeth; blood spurts at various moments and several shots are very graphic; 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 with a rock thrown by a spiteful man. Several young boys have brief and juvenile fist fight in an underground dwelling. Clearly corrupt cop hits young man with a baton. 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, woman holds small knife to man's throat, draws small thin line of blood. Quick shots of a violent "boxing-style" fight match. Brief mayhem ensues when Police breakup fight match. Man is shot in shoulder (not shown) but survives. While being wrestled to the ground, would-be assassin is shot in gut and intimidated by Bill. Young man and older man have shoving altercation against wooden wall. In a daredevil sideshow, man hurls knives at female assistance, but it is clear that it is not part of the show and he means to terrify her. Older man deflects a knife being thrown at him and hits younger man in the stomach with a knife. A very bloody and violent beating involving six headbutts and a burning with a scorching knife blade. Young man shown hanging from metal spiked fence in pain. Man shot with small pistol under chin, blood sprays out top of head. Man hit in the head with a club, falls, and kicked by group of young men. Spiteful man hit by a priest in the face with a club. Man throws large meat cleaver at another man's back. After hitting him he is struck dead in the head with a Shalaylee.

In an extensively graphic depiction of the draft riots of 1863: rioters are shot coming through a front door; crowd hurls rocks at police officers. In racial scorn, Black men are accosted and beaten in the streets. Several corpses are seen being dragged and hung on light posts. Woman is hit in stomach and punched in face by two robbers. Woman shoots older woman in the chest. National Guardsman shoot at mob of people killing many and soaking the streets in blood. National Guardsman shoot charging man in very bloody firing squad manner. National Guardsman beat charging man with butts of rifles and bayonets.

In Streetgang showdown: man hits man in face with club and stabs him in the back; aftermath of shrapnel injury to man's stomach; young man stabs man in chest with knife, extensive blood spurts out when he removes the blade.


5 instances of 'fuck', 3 of 'chink', 2 of 'shit', and 1 each of 'son of a bitch', 'whore', 'bitches', 'cunny juice', and 'mother-whoring Irish nigger' (8 more of 'nigger' as well). Also 9 of 'hell', 7 of 'Jesus', 3 of 'damn', 2 of 'Goddamn', and 1 of 'Christ'.

mid-19th century cigarettes, cigars, pipes are used. People pass around a large pipe in a lounge parlour, opium or hash. People are shown heavily drunk and intoxicated at a brothel.

Frequent alcohol consumption, though mainly in the background.


Bill the Butcher is a menacing character and the stabbings, beatings, coercions, etc. involving him are very intense.

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

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Rated R for intense strong violence, sexuality/nudity and language
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