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A man and wife kiss in bed, he gets on top of her, they start laughing and kissing, and sex is implied but not shown

A few scenes where sex is strongly implied between husbands and wives, but nothing is shown

A few sexual references

A woman wears a very sheer nightgown, that can be seen-through, and nothing underneath, leaving her nipples discernible.


Intense, realistic, combat violence throughout.

Whenever someone is shot, blood splurts and pours from the wounds. We see several riddled, bloodied bodies. A soldier gets shot point blank in the neck and blood splurts. Several soldiers are shot throughout with lots of blood splurting. A soldier charges another soldier and is shot point blank in the head, and lots of blood splurts.

Scenes of the wounded with many dead and dying men. Bloody.

Many soldiers are set on fire. We see a closeup of one with his face burnt off and the skin on his legs burnt off as well. Very graphic and disturbing, he screams for help.

A soldier gets white phosphorours into his face and he screams as a fellow soldier uses a knife to cut it out.

Several soldiers are bayoneted and we see blood.

Helicopters use gatling guns to gun down hundreds of enemy soldiers. One soldier has his head blown off, another has his chest ripped apart, another's leg is blown off, and similar battle violence.


4 F-words, three of which are spoken in French withing the first 5 minutes.

11 S-words

Numerous milder language and insults. A surprisingly low count for an R-rated war film.


The firebombing scene is extremely disturbing as the man is disfigured by the napalm.

Extremely violent and disturbing throughout.

Total: 30/50

Rated R for sustained sequences of graphic war violence, and for language
Argentina:16 / Australia:MA15+ / Australia:M (TV rating) / Canada:14A (Alberta) / Canada:18A (British Columbia) / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (appeal) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (original rating) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Finland:K-15 / France:12 / Germany:18 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / South Korea:15 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) / UK:15 / USA:R (No. 38702)

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