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MPAA Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of war violence

Sex & Nudity

  • Lots of inappropriate talk through the film

Violence & Gore

  • Graphic
  • Blood
  • Gore
  • Character is brutally stabbed
  • People are shot and stabbed loads of times
  • Early on, we see a field of battle littered with dead horses and men. Topthorn gets pretty beaten up and broken down toward the end of the war, and Joey tears himself up something awful when he runs through the fields full of barbed wire. (He runs so fast that their tangles cause him to flip over, landing hard and painfully.) He is partially covered in blood. Characters frequently point guns at horses, preparing to shoot them, and we hear guns fired that apparently slaughter other horses.
  • Men suffer as well. We see many die in the course of the story, including two who are shot for deserting. Bodies go flying during explosions. Others are mowed down by rifle or machine gun fire. One soldier is told to stay behind and shoot anyone who retreats back to his home trench. One man gets wounded in the leg. Others are gassed. We see people who are missing limbs and have their eyes bandaged. Violence is relatively bloodless, but we see wounds with blood on them.
  • Albert is thrown from Joey over a fence. Someone's knocked down by a horse. We learn that Emilie's parents died in the war.


  • Characters say "bastard" and "hell" twice each, along with British crudities "bloody" (two or three times), "bugger" (at least four times) and "git" (once).

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • It's a World War I film, so obviously there is some cigarette smoking
  • Ted drinks regularly and gets drunk. Rose largely tolerates his drinking, explaining to Albert that he drinks to forget some of the things he saw during wartime. But she does take away the bottle shortly after Ted threatens to shoot Joey. "Some days are better off forgotten," she tells him. "This isn't one of those days."
  • Whiskey and other alcoholic beverages make sporadic appearances elsewhere too.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Stabbing onscreen


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Most of the war scenes are very intense, as well as the implied deaths of certain characters, including two young brothers.

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