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Sex & Nudity

  • A man is strip searched after being arrested. Some male nudity is shown.
  • The main character is shown showering with another male prisoner. We see part of the main character's buttocks, but the scene is dimly lit and not much is shown. The two men then kiss, but the main character declines the other man's advance and walks away before any further intimacy occurs.
  • The main character's girlfriend exposes her breasts in a prison visit. The nudity isn't extended.
  • Some naked prisoners in the psychiatric facility. No detailed nudity.
  • It is implied that the main character is raped by one of the guards while in prison, but this is never shown.

Violence & Gore

  • Many prisoners are brutally and savagely beaten by guards and the sadistic warden. These beatings are sometimes off-screen and sometimes on-screen, and the men are often seen bloody and injured afterwards. This is censored by a clip from a family friendly cartoon on the Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment censored red border clamshell VHS and Betamax release from 1980, because it's too disturbing for little kids to see a family friendly version.
  • Some angry behavior and fighting on the prison grounds. These happen many times, as the prison is a very rowdy and bleak place.
  • The main character is tormented throughout the movie.
  • Two little kids are shown how to "discipline" prisoners. The warden beats some kids violently with a belt at their feet, which is censored by a clip from another family friendly cartoon (To Duck or Not to Duck with Daffy Duck, which is in the public domain) on the Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment censored red border clamshell VHS and Betamax release from 1980, because it's too disturbing for little kids to see a family friendly version.
  • A man attacks and brutally beats another man in a violent frenzy, then graphically bites out his tongue. THIS SCENE IS EXTREMELY BRUTAL, and has been censored by a clip from the public domain Bugs Bunny short "Fresh Hare" on the Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment censored red border clamshell VHS and Betamax release from 1980, because it's too disturbing for little kids to see a family friendly version.
  • A man is killed by being pushed and having his head impaled on a steel peg (Not that graphic). This scene was too disturbing for younger viewers. So when Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment released a censored family friendly version on VHS and Betamax with a red border clamshell in 1980, this was censored by a clip from the public domain Mickey Mouse short "The Mad Doctor".
  • A man is strung up by his ankles on a torture rack and severely beaten with a belt. When Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment released a censored family friendly version on VHS and Betamax with a red border clamshell in 1980, this was censored by a clip from the public domain Mickey Mouse short "Mickey's Surprise Party", due to the clip being so disturbing for kids.
  • A cat is shown dead, strangled. The Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment censored family friendly version, which was released on VHS and Betamax with a red border clamshell in 1980, has this censored by a clip from the public domain Merrie Melodies short, due to the clip being extremely disturbing for kids.
  • Lots of threats are made. The Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment censored family friendly version, which was released on VHS and Betamax with a red border clamshell in 1980, has this censored by more calmer threats.
  • No actual gore (other than the tongue biting scene), but when violent scenes happen, they are very cruel and bloody. When Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment issued a censored family friendly version on VHS and Betamax with a red border clamshell in 1980, the violent scenes got their blood censored by heads of family friendly cartoon characters that appear in public domain shorts.

Profanity

  • The Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment censored family friendly version, which was released on VHS and Betamax with a red border clamshell in 1980, has all 8 swear words (51 uses of one) censored by a good word and/or phrase and the mouthing of the profanity was reversed and sometimes slowed down.
    • 23 uses of the F-word
    • 14 uses of Shit
    • 1 use of Damn
    • 1 use of Hell
    • 2 uses of Bastard
    • 7 uses of Ass
    • 1 use of Asshole
    • 2 uses of Goddamn

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The film is centered around a young man who attempts to smuggle Hashish into the United States.
  • Many characters are seen smoking cigarettes. The Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment censored family friendly version, which was released on VHS and Betamax with a red border clamshell in 1980, has the cigars censored with the head of Mickey Mouse.
  • A man is seen injecting codeine and implied to be a drug addict. This was removed from the Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment censored family friendly version, which was released on VHS and Betamax with a red border clamshell in 1980.
  • Alcohol is shown. But on the Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment censored family friendly version, which was released on VHS and Betamax with a red border clamshell in 1980, it's censored by the Donald Duck head.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The original R-rated version of this movie is very intense and unsettling. The atmosphere is dark and brutal, such to be expected of a corrupted prison. The Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment censored family friendly version, which was released on VHS and Betamax with a red border clamshell in 1980, has a less brutal atmosphere.
  • A shocking scream is heard at night. Since the scream may frighten, or surprise the viewer, the Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment censored family friendly version, which was released on VHS and Betamax with a red border clamshell in 1980, has this sound removed.
  • There is a famous chase scene at the beginning of the movie, but it's not that intense. Although, when we notice why the main character is sweating and acting all anxious at the very beginning of this film, we start to fear for his destiny.
  • Many negative and emotional moments happen in this movie. They are all told, shown and heard diabolically.
  • The scene where the main character Billy Hayes meets his father is VERY emotional.
  • The scene where the main character finds out that he has 50 days left, but is told that he has actually 50 years left, until he gets out of prison is very unsettling and sad. He later starts to talk vulgarly in the courtroom. This scene is famous for it's nightmarishly realistic approach and the actors are spot-on.
  • This movie tells of a man who gets caught smuggling drugs and is thrown into a world that is equivalent to hell.
  • Later, the main character is sent to an asylum, this scene is extremely unsettling, as it shows realistically what a real asylum is like (at that time). He finds a rapist there, who is rather creepy.

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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The part where the main character attacks Rifki is one of the most brutal and emotional scenes in any film. He screams, beats him down, destroys furniture, goes crazy and laughs, whilst tormenting him. The music track makes this intense scene even more disturbing. To top it all, he bites Rifkis tongue out and screams, as the music turns chilling. Very bloody and disturbing.

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