Murder by Death (1976) Poster

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Sex & Nudity

  • Many frank conversations about sex which are inexplicit enough that kids will probably not understand. Several references to sexual topics including necrophyllia and homosexuality.
  • The only activity onscreen occurs when a man is shown grasping his wife's clothed bottom.
  • A woman is shown wearing a cleavage revealing dress, and another is shown in a seductive nightgown.
  • Twain's house contains a statue of a nude female.

Violence & Gore

  • There are several instances of attempted violence.
  • Marcel falls down the stairs.
  • Wang kills a large snake. (offscreen - although it's corpse is shown - it is obviously a fake snake.)


  • Actors play characters of a different ethnicity portraying stereotypical depictions of that ethnicity
  • Profanity: "caca"(1)
  • Religious Profanity: "damned"(1) "devil"(2) "dieu"(1) "god"(5) "goddamn"(1) "godforsaken"(2) "hell"(2) "holy cow"(1) "holy Shanghai"(1) "Jesus H Christ"(1)
  • Insults and Derogatory Terms: "baby"(2) "bitch"(1) "crazy broad"(1) "dame"(2) "dames"(3) "Frenchie"(2) "idiot"(2) "imbecile"(1) "Jap"(1) "little man"(1) "old geezer"(1) "pansy"(2) "queeries"(1) "short madman"(1) "slanty"(1) "stupid imbecile"(1) "twit"(1)
  • 1 instance of "up yours".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Drugs: None
  • At least 9 instances of tobacco smoking.
  • Some social drinking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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Violence & Gore

  • Bensonmum's corpse is shown.
  • Twain is shown with several knife wounds. (mildly graphic)

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