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Sex & Nudity

  • In the uncut version there are a lot of hardcore sex scenes inserted.
  • During the orgy scene there are a few shots of oral sex (both gay and straight), and a few lesbian sex scenes.
  • A few explicit scenes of masturbation and penetration can be seen (unsimulated).
  • Since the film is about ancient Rome, most of the characters wear robes and the sides of female breasts can be seen.
  • There are several implied sex but no nudity is seen.
  • Several characters' butts are seen in a pool
  • Helen Mirren's character can be seen doing a dance in revealing clothing.

Violence & Gore

  • A few people get decapitated by a large machine, with wielding blades.
  • Near the end of the movie a man gets decapitated with a sword.
  • A girl dies from poisoning.
  • A man is shown bleeding in a bathtub and then his head is forced in the water and he drowns.
  • A man is suffocated with a cloth and he dies.
  • Many people are whipped throughout.
  • A woman is slapped.
  • A man is stabbed many times and he staggers around then he is stabbed several more times by spears. Very bloody.


  • Almost little to no cussing, but there are some instances of "bastard".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Vast drinking scenes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The main character acquires his throne through manipulation and the intentional suffocation of the dying emperor. He slowly loses his sanity over the course of the film, and brings about many strange policies and decisions. Several characters' lives are in jeopardy at one time or another.
  • There are several versions of this movie. Some versions are done through alternate angles and some cut violent scenes.
  • PG version 104 min. This version has little to no blood and had alternate versions of all violent scenes and cuts all scenes of partial nudity.
  • R-rated version 102 min. This version has a lot of blood and has all of the partial nudity scenes.
  • Some may find Caligula's death upsetting.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • Caligula has an incestuous relationship with his sister.

Violence & Gore

  • In the final scene of the movie a small child gets murdered, a man grabs her and stomps her head on the stone stairs of the palace.

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