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Sex & Nudity

  • A prostitute approaches two men and makes sexual comments like "Me so horny", referring to her appearance. She later poses for photographs and briefly lifts her skirt to reveal her skimpy underwear.
  • Nude magazine is seen. Bare breast are seen.
  • Lots of dialogue about various sexual topics and acts. One soldier pulls out his penis (not shown, but talks about it) in order to entice a Vietnamese woman.
  • Some sexual insults from the drill sergeant

Violence & Gore

  • A man is severely beaten with bars of soap wrapped in towels by members of his own platoon because he slows everyone down and keeps on making mistakes, which causes punishment for the other men. He cries out in pain. Very brutal and intense.
  • Families attempting to flee Vietnam are gunned down from a helicopter and then joked about.
  • Several members of the Viet Cong are fatally executed from a far distance in a destroyed city.
  • A little girl is shot in the gut very large blood spurts, and bleeds out, she then begs a soldier to shoot her, the soldier then shoots her offscreen, afterwards another man cheers and congratulates the man for killing the girl. This scene is extremely disturbing.
  • A man is shot in the leg by a sniper, blood gushes out and he falls to the ground screaming in pain. He is then shot again in the chest, a ton of blood spurts out. Another soldier tries to rescue him but gets shot in the kidney, lots of blood sprays, he screams in pain as well. He then gets shot in the arm with lots of blood spurting. Both men are then violently gunned down by the sniper, lots of blood spurts. Their whole bodies are covered in blood. This entire sequence is extremely brutal.
  • A viet cong firing squad ambushes a military base. An intense gun battle ensues between the marine corpse and the viet cong. No one is shot, there is just a lot of shooting and a few explosions.
  • A man is shot in the chest by a sniper. He screams in agony, blood is shown coming out of his mouth. He has trouble breathing which causes him to die.
  • A lot of brutal war violence, including frequent shooting. The more graphic instances are mentioned below:


  • The boot camp leader swears like a mad man.
  • Approximately 65 uses of "Fuck" (some used sexually) and 22 uses of "shit" (along with at least 5 uses of "bullshit" and 1 use of "shitty"), along with at least 5 uses of "ass," 11 of "asshole" and "hell," 5 uses of "son of a bitch," 1 of "Jesus Christ," 1 use of "whore," 1 uses of "cocksucker"
  • 80 percent of the profanity is used in the first 40 minutes of the movie.
  • Derogatory terms for African Americans, the Vietnamese, Italians and Jews like n*gga and other disrespectful terms

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several scenes with people smoking cigarettes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Official ratings are provided above.
  • The first 45 minutes of the film are intense because of boot camp training.
  • The dehumanization of soldiers is a key theme throughout the movie, being shown to varying degrees.
  • This is a classic, intense, emotional movie.


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

Violence & Gore

  • A man kills his drill sergeant, blood graphically spurts out of his chest. Very intense and dark.
  • A man kills himself with a rifle on-screen in an intense and emotional sequence. Blood and brain matter splatters all over the walls, extremely disturbing.

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