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MPAA Rated R for gangster violence and some language

Sex & Nudity

  • Sex scene, both characters are clothed but we see motion.
  • A few passionate kisses between main characters are shown
  • When a man walks and lingers where a woman is taking a bath, we see a glimpse of her breast and she is opening her leg in a very provocative manner.
  • A man walks in on a woman bathing, he quickly leaves. (We do not see her)
  • A man is seen in his underwear for a brief second. There is no nudity.
  • A man and woman kiss. Scene lasts 1-2 seconds.

Violence & Gore

  • Man is shot in the head, a bleeding bullet wound in the face is shown.
  • Several shootouts involving Tommy guns, shotguns, B.A.R.'s, and .45 pistols.
  • We see several people getting shot in gunfights. Blood is almost never seen.
  • There is a scene where it is implied they tortured a man. Not explicit.
  • A man is shot in the back of the head, an object blocks our view of this happening.
  • In a robbery, a man is shot in the shoulder, and some blood is noticeable. Other gangsters later bandage the wound, and we see the bloodied bandage.


  • Surprisingly very little swearing for a gangster flick, mainly just used for impact
  • Multiple uses of g*dd**n
  • 1 use of f--k
  • About 5 uses of s--t
  • Lots of uses of b-----d, d--n and what the hell

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several characters smoke.
  • The prohibition era is going on, and we see some alcoholic beverages smuggled and consumed.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Several shootouts and gunfights throughout.
  • The end could be upsetting to some.


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Violence & Gore

  • Billie is roughly interrogated by FBI agents. One agent slaps her repeatedly and is incredibly rough with her. He eventually scares her so much she pees herself. Her dress gets soaked with urine. A sympathetic character carries her away. This scene could be a bit intense for sensitive viewers.
  • Floyd gets shot by a long range rifle. We see him fall on the ground presumably dead.
  • Two federal agents gun down Nelson in a field. Later, we see him lying on the ground. This may be the most brutal violence in the entire film.
  • FBI agents go after a bunch of villians in a building. They run around the building shooting all of the villians but blood isn't visible because the scene is very dark so It's hard to make out what is happening.
  • Tommy is shot in the head but he survives.

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