The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Poster

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MPAA Rated R for some strong violence

Sex & Nudity

  • A man goes to a brothel. Sex is implied but nothing is shown. No nudity.

Violence & Gore

  • There are shootouts, fights against Native Americans. People fight each other with guns and fists, the natives use bows, spears and a few tomahawks. Some blood is shown.
  • Six people are executed. The camera cuts away quickly before the people die. Everything is heard, though.
  • Three fight scenes are quite brutal and bloody.
  • A man's fingers are shot off by the main character.
  • During a man's execution, another man is brutally scalped.
  • A man accidentally shoots himself in the head multiple times, quick but violent.
  • Several horses are seen being shot down and one is shot in the head even though it is offscreen.


  • One mouthed use of shit. One use of shit in French.
  • 1 use of damn, 2 uses of shit, and 1 use of tit.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There is some drinking in saloons and people fight about whether they can drink whiskey or not.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some tension is built.
  • There are some unexpected deaths.
  • The final segment is not violent, but rather dark and uneasy.
  • Very brief but brutal scenes of gunslinging violence
  • Many of the segments have a darkly comic tone to them.


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Sex & Nudity

  • One brief scene involves a man talking to a woman implying that if they're caught the savages will molest her.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In the first story, the main character notices that he got shot in the head. However he does not show pain and simply falls over dead after examining the wound in a mirror. (the wound is shown as a small black hole on the man's head, no details visible as a small trickle of blood comes out of it.)
  • While never shown, it is heavily implied that a man with no arms and legs is thrown off a bridge into a river. Slightly disturbing.
  • The main character of one of the segments commits suicide when the situation looks desperate. We don't see the act but we do see the aftermath.
  • The main character of one of the segments is killed by hanging. We see him with the rope around his neck, then a sack is thrown over his eyes as we cut to black and we hear the sounds of his death.

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