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Sex & Nudity

  • A brothel madam is a main character. It is implied that Rhett is a customer of the brothel, and a good "friend," i.e. customer of madam and/or prostitutes.
  • A woman strips naked and she quickly covers herself up; we see a glimpse of what is actually a covered side of one breast.
  • References to adultery.
  • Two cousins marry. Though considered taboo now, it wasn't during the Civil War.
  • A woman is in love with a married man, and offers to have his children, though he refuses.
  • People sometimes kiss passionately, including scenes where a woman kisses a married man.
  • There is a scene in which a woman says that she is willing to "sell herself" for money if needed.
  • A man threatens to rape a woman, but it's nothing direct. Husband picks up his wife and carries her upstairs, implying marital rape, although she is seen waking up in bed the next morning in a happy mood.
  • Some other mild sexual references.

Violence & Gore

  • A woman says, that a man shot a horse and that she thought, that he wants to shoot himself.
  • Some war violence and mild blood.
  • War is a constant theme of the movie.
  • Lots of scenes of the wounded, where hundreds of men lie dying, some with amputated limbs, and all with some blood (though not that graphic). One scene where a soldier has his leg amputated (off screen, but shadows show the amputation occurring), we hear him screaming and yelling in pain, and a woman watching in disgust.
  • Cannons bombard a city, reducing it to rubble and ruins.
  • A soldier threatens to rape a woman, and she shoots him point blank in the face. There is quite a lot of blood splatter.
  • A city gets a report of fatalities at the most recent battle.
  • Characters are slapped or punched.
  • A woman is in pain when she is in labor.
  • Buildings are set on fire.
  • A man falls from a horse, breaking his neck and dying.
  • A child falls from a horse and breaks her neck.
  • A horse in obvious distress is beaten with a whip.


  • Hell is used to refer to the place several times, and Clark Gable also says at one point "damn Yankees".
  • One use of "damn" in the classic line "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." (It was shocking at the time it was originally released.)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man is drunk multiple times.
  • A man gets drunk and acts and talks relatively aggressive.
  • A young woman drinks in secret.
  • Men smoke cigars.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A woman falls off stairs after she tried to hit a man.
  • Discussion of war and disturbing images of wounded soldiers and lists of the dead being disturbed.
  • There is a scene in which a woman comes along her dead mother's body, screaming.
  • There are several scenes in which a woman tries to escape soldiers and is severely frightened.
  • A man and woman escape a huge fire with a baby, a slave and an ill woman in the back of a carriage.
  • A very young girl falls from a horse and breaks her neck.
  • A woman dies in bed.
  • A woman shoots a man in the face, then drags his bleeding body away.

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