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MPAA Rated R for strong violence and language

Sex & Nudity

  • Couple in bed, naked but no nudity visible. Dancer shown in only underwear and covered nipples.
  • Attempted rape at the start but it's stopped
  • Illegal prostitution and girls being drugged and forced to be sex workers is mentioned and spoken of
  • People walk into a room with illegal sex workers (extremely brief and no nudity)
  • Breasts from the side (no nipples visible)
  • Mickey Cohen is a gangster and one of the min ways he gets profit is through illegal trafficking of sex workers (women whom they've kidnapped etc) this is never explicitly shown except for a very brief scene that last for 5 seconds and has no nudity however this is discussed
  • A husband and wife are shown in bed together. (They're not having sex, they're just asleep in bed together!)
  • A man kisses a women
  • A dancer is seen in a bar. She is wearing clothes that reveal slight cleavage.
  • No sex or nudity in this section. Only a few references that would merit this section a PG.

Violence & Gore

  • A man is hit by a car. Very little blood is seen, and the scene lasts for 3 seconds.
  • Three men walk into the back yard of a man's home at night and demand to see a woman in his house: the man says she is gone and knocks out two of the men with punches as they run at him but the other man shoots him in the stomach and we see a bloody wound as he falls into a swimming pool (we see him from inside the pool floating face down with his eyes open); the other man shoots him in the back of the head from above and the water turns red with blood.
  • We see a shootout in a hotel lobby with loud Tommy gun fire and thousands of bullet casings, blazing gun muzzles and flying shrapnel (some is in slow motion close-up); one shot goes through a man's face and head to splatter a large red mass onto a marble wall as the man falls out of the frame, several other men fall dead with a little blood around chest wounds, and bullets demolish a large Christmas tree and boxed gifts as well as some ornaments bursting toward the camera lens in slow motion.
  • A shootout in front of a nightclub destroys several cars, there are several men with bloody wounds, and kills a teen boy with a large bloody wound to the shoulder and chest (the boy dies in the arms of a crying man); a detective walks into the club, draws a pistol and aims it at a crime boss, but another man grabs and tosses the cop into the men's room and tells him to go home.
  • A shootout occurs as young boys throw lighted firecrackers, adding to the sparks and noise, and a laundry truck parks at a curb and gasoline is released into a puddle underneath until a man tosses a burning cigarette into the puddle to create a flaming explosion that knocks several men to the ground; one man dies as a woman cries over him in the street and Tommy gun fire breaks out in a prolonged fight scene and several men fall dead, with some blood showing around wounds.
  • During an extended car chase Tommy guns and handguns are fired between vehicles, with cars attempting to run one another off the road, a rocket launcher shoots grenades into several cars filled with men, blowing off fenders and doors and exploding one car in flames and smoke as it flips toward the camera; one vehicle falls into a deep ditch, police officers pull the two men inside to the ground and shoot them in the legs, telling them to retire from dealing heroin.
  • In a bar a man puts his hand against a wall and a second man throws a knife into it, drawing blood and pinning it to the wall; the first man shouts in pain and a police officer sarcastically tells him to pull the knife straight out so as to do as little damage as possible.
  • A man in an elevator fights three men, dropping them all to the floor; he enters a hotel room and fights three more men (all of their faces are bloodied by punches) and he frees a woman closed up in a Murphy bed in the wall.
  • Throughout the film, several scenes include gunfights between police and gangsters, with fistfights, kicking, grappling, razors flashing, knives thrown into men's chests leaving bloody wounds and significant lengthy rounds of Tommy gun and handgun fire; we see blood and gore as men fall dead on sidewalks and the steps of hotels and office buildings after shootings, one man is strangled in close-up with a garrote and falls dead and another man is slammed in the head and gut with a lead pipe and falls off screen before we can see the damage.
  • Outside a hotel, gangsters and undercover police officers shoot one another with Tommy guns, destroying several cars and killing several of them with a little blood spilled, an officer calls out, "Light 'em up" to begin additional shooting and an officer jumps onto the back of a car carrying a crime boss and shoots the driver, who drives into a fountain and is then shot dead by another police officer.
  • Two men fight bare handed and both suffer extremely bloodied faces before one man knocks the other man to the ground after driving his face through a car window and driving a fist into his face a dozen times (we see the battered man with a bloodied, swollen, poorly stitched face as he receives a mug shot and we hear that he went to Alcatraz).
  • Hooded men break into a man's home and use guns with silencers to shoot and kill the man, his wife and his maid, who all fall motionless to the floor.
  • A drive-by shooting. The wife is shot, but she lives.
  • In a public lunchroom, two men approach another man and a woman at a table; the man stands up, knocks both of the other men out, takes a bottle of acid from one of them and pours it onto the man's clothed crotch, which we see burn with smoke as the victim screams, "You'll get yours!"
  • Three men are locked into an elevator by their boss and we see a wall of flame shoot up the elevator shaft and hear screams as the camera cuts to a street scene.
  • A woman is slapped. A man comes in and shoots the person who slaps her.
  • A plainclothes police officer questions an informant on the street, twisting the man's arm and hand until blood appears on one finger.
  • Undercover police officers are arrested by a sheriff and break out of their holding cell amid a lot of gunfire and fist fighting (several men suffer bloodied and bruised faces); the next day, the officers practice shooting at a desert shooting range, firing a lot of ammunition.
  • Two detectives argue briefly and one punches the other in the eye, cutting it, with a little blood showing.
  • Undercover police break into the back room of a nightclub where a telephone gambling operation was underway, shooting up the phones and knocking guards and other men unconscious.


  • 21 uses of "fuck", 9 uses of "son of bitch", 7 uses of ass, 5 uses of "shit", 5 uses of "whore", and 1 use each of "bitch", "pussy", and "cunt"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several scenes in policemen drink alcoholic beverages in several scenes; at home, in hotel rooms, during card games, and particularly in nightclubs.
  • Several scenes also have men and women lighting and smoking cigarettes (at home and on the street, in restaurants and cafes, in nightclubs, outside theaters, in offices, in hotel lobbies and hotel rooms, in elevators, at a cookout and in automobiles.)

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There are two scenes of violence which have a different tone to the usual moderate shooting violence of the film, one being a scene at the start of a man getting torn in half by two cars being tied to him and driving away (darkly lit so no blood but still disturbing) and the other being a man getting drilled in the face (this is shown through a thick glass so not very visible apart from some splatter of blood and brains against the glass although it is still very disturbing)
  • More blood shown from fists than bullets, even though more shots fired than punches thrown.
  • The film is rated R for the violence. Not anything like torture, just shooting.
  • A teenage boy is accidentally killed in a drive-by shooting. We do not see him die.
  • One scene shows a man shot in the head. Lasts maybe 1-2 seconds and isn't graphic.
  • Several people get shot, but very little blood is shown.

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