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MPAA Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language including racial epithets, smoking, some violence and suggestive material

Sex & Nudity

  • One of the characters is arrested for going skinny dipping with another man and is sitting on the floor in the nude (no sensitive body parts are shown) with his partner and handcuffed. Tony throws a towel on him to cover himself.

Violence & Gore

  • One of the main characters is a meaty bruiser who tends to solve problems with his fists. For instance, when a patron causes trouble at the nightclub he works at, the character literally throws him out. When the troublemaker gets more violent, the character beats him up severely. Blood can be seen spattered on his face and shirt.
  • After leaving a jazz bar, the driver character suddenly pulls out a pistol and fires two shots in the air and scares away two toughs who were hiding behind a car in hopes of mugging the pianist.
  • The driver character is arguing with a restaurant maitre'd who does not want the African-American pianist to eat in the restaurant he is going to be performing at. The racist attempts to bribe the driver and when the driver incredulously asks if he is thought to have no integrity, the racist insults him. In a rage, the driver grabs the bigot and throws him against the wall, causing a big crack in it. However, the pianist then defuses the incident and they decide to refuse to perform instead.
  • The main characters get lost while driving and are pulled over at night. The result confrontation gets violent when a racist cop insults the driver and is punched for it. The driver is immediately arresting for Assaulting a Police Officer and the African-American pianist, who was not involved in any way, is arrested also being in a town where African-Americans are not allowed to be in at night.
  • One of the main characters is beaten up by a group of racist men in a bar. We see his face bleeding. The racists are threatened by another main character in order to get them to stop. The bartender then pulls out a gun and forces the assailants to let the man go.


  • Two uses of the f-word, many uses of other profanities, especially go***mn, s*** and bull****. There are also several instances of racial slurs, including n*****.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Set in 1962, smoking is common and one of the main characters does it regularly although the person hiring insists he doesn't while driving.
  • One of the main characters regularly drinks whisky alone at night to the point that he specifically stipulates that he be supplied with a bottle of it each night.
  • Just before the concert tour's final engagement, the driver and the pianist's accompanists each have a glass of vodka.
  • One of the main characters gets drunk before getting beaten up in a bar. He's seen staggering and having to be helped back to his hotel, where he has trouble remembering what room he's in because of how drunk he is.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • One of the main characters is being accosted by a group of racist thugs in a bar and his driver comes to rescue him. One of the thugs threatens the driver with a knife and the driver positions his hand behind his back suggesting he is able to pull out a gun. After a few tense seconds, the bartender brandishes a shotgun and allows the two Northern characters to leave quietly.

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