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MPAA Rated PG-13 for violent sports action and brief strong language (director’s cut)

Sex & Nudity

  • We see a woman dressed in moderately skimpy clothing used in a dance routine.
  • We see a brief up-close shot of a woman's clothed buttocks, (easy to miss).
  • During a dance routine we see rocky and drago with no shirts.

Violence & Gore

  • Each boxing match, there is always bruises, little blood and sweat throughout.
  • Not much.


  • Mild language but definitely nothing too offensive.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Paulie smokes a few cigars.
  • A close-up of brief steroid use.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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

Violence & Gore

  • In the first major boxing fight of the film, a powerful Soviet boxer, Ivan Drago, faces Apollo Creed. During the first round, Apollo hits Drago with a few punches, but he feels no pain. Then, Drago proceeds to land brutal devastating punches to Apollo, even after the bell. We see blood and cuts of Apollo's face at the end of the round. In the next round, like the end of the previous round, Drago relentlessly keeps hitting Creed with brutal punches and hits one final punch to Creed which not only knocks him out, but kills him. Creed then dies in Rocky's arms after the match. The bloodied face of Apollo is see quite a lot throughout the scene.
  • In the climax of the film, and the most major boxing fight of the film, Rocky faces Ivan himself. Throughout the rounds we see clips of punches to the face, the two brutally beat each other and Rocky is seen having a few bruises on is face and Ivan has a cut on his. On the final round Rocky keeps hitting Ivan relentlessly and knocks him out.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Apollo Creed is knocked out and beaten to death during the 2nd round against Ivan Drago, and dies in Rocky's arms, this may be upsetting. The boxing matches are very brutal which may be unsettling. The film has a very loose theme about conflict between between the Americans and the Soviets because the film is set during the peaks of the Cold War and the crowds at both fights are very hostile and this may unsettle some.

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