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MPAA Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality

Sex & Nudity

  • A male rear is shown for about 2 seconds
  • A man and woman are seen kissing in a bedroom alone for about 15 seconds
  • A women strips off her dress. You see her bare backside and the side of one of her breasts(nipple included).
  • kissing lasting 6 seconds in background in a bar
  • 2 men are stripped to their undergarments in one scene

Violence & Gore

  • This is perhaps Scorsese's most violent movie that he's ever made. And one of the most violent gangster movies ever made
  • Dead bodies are shown, may be distressing.
  • Two gangsters are hit in the backs, bodies, and faces with baseball bats in a prolonged scene. Their faces are completely covered with blood. Dirt then hits their faces as they are tossed in a hole, implying they are buried alive.
  • A man is stabbed in the neck with a pen several times (blood briefly squirts in close up) and then kicked multiple times and stabbed some more around the upperbody, he is offscreen after the first 7 stabs. We see the attacker with a bloody pen-holding hand for several seconds.
  • A bloodied and beat up gangster has his head tightened in a vise. His eye bloodily pops out of his head for a split-second. Blood briefly spurts from his mouth, running down his cheeks. His throat is then slit with a switchblade (seen from a distance).
  • A man is shocked once with a cattle prod and has his hand hit a few times with a hammer in close up. Some blood is on the table.
  • Several shootings, not overly violent, although a few bloody bullet wounds are seen. Two women are included, one is briefly riddled in the chest with bullet wounds and the other is shot in the head a few times with blood dripping out her mouth.
  • A man is hit on the head, and has a bag put over to suffocate in his blood. A dead body has a bloody chest bullet wound. A dead couple has bloody bullet wounds. A pimp is beaten, blood on the nose and mouth. A few bloodless punches and pushes. All of these are brief.


  • The f word alone is used 422 times throughout the film. Many other expletives occur as well.
  • 1 use of "cunt"
  • Other profanities are used throughout including shit, bitch, ass, damn, as well as some derogatory racial terms.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Lots of Smoking
  • Cocaine is used a few times. A woman is implied to be abusing prescription medication (pills). She is sometimes also shown to be under the influence of various substances.
  • Fairly frequent cigarette smoking, coming from Robert De Niro's character for the most part. Alcohol is occasionally drunk.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The pen scene is rather hard to watch, particularly when the kicking starts, since the attacker is known for hard blows.
  • The baseball bat scene is graphic and lengthy.


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Violence & Gore

  • Near the end of the movie, there is a scene of men being executed by the bosses. Most involve gunshots and are bloody, but brief.

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