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MPAA Rated R for violence, some disturbing images, and language

Sex & Nudity

  • A soldier tells another (with an injured hand) "You'll be back to wanking in no time." The injured soldier replies "Wrong hand."

Violence & Gore

  • A few scenes of combat violence with bloody injuries.
  • Compared to many other modern war films the brutality of war is quite restrained in this film.
  • A plane crashes and an injured soldier is seen.
  • There is a war scene, soldiers are seen being attacked by bombs and guns.
  • Two soldiers fight on screen. One chokes the other to death. This scene is in darkness, however.
  • A brief standoff of two soldiers shows one bloody soldier on the ground. Brief moment.
  • A scene across no mans land shows some corpses with bloody wounds. A character slips and his hand goes into a large open wound in a dead soldiers back.
  • A scene near the end of the film shows a field hospital with many soldiers suffering from severe wounds. A soldier missing an arm, and several soldiers missing pieces of their legs are shown. Camera does not focus on these injuries, however they are in plain view for 10-15 seconds.
  • A commanding officer hands an flare gun to a soldier and jokingly tells him that he'd hate to lose it to German soldiers, so hands him a grenade and says "if you get hit, could you be so kind as to toss this back?" This is done for war humor.
  • While helping a fellow soldier, one gets his hand punctured by barbed wire.
  • Emotionally intense scenes
  • Dead and decomposing horses are shown, with accompanying visuals and sounds of swarming flies.


  • 11 F-words, but otherwise very light on profanity for an R-rated film
  • 7-9 uses of "Jesus", less than 5 uses of "shit", a few uses of "bastard", a few uses of "hell". A soldier gives another the middle finger. Brief enough that you might miss it.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Lieutenant Leslie is seen smoking a cigarette just as he blesses the two soldiers before they go over the top.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The entire film is made to look one long continuous take so it's always intense
  • A scene where a character begins to cry when he realizes he is going to die is very intense. This scene lasts a while since it is one shot, and we watch the soldier take his final breaths. Very intense.
  • The ending is quite intense. A solider runs across the battlefield, and in the background we can see soldiers being killed.
  • A lot of the violent scenes are very intense. There is a scene where a soldier is being chased by shooting enemies which is quite intense. The music adds to this dramatic atmosphere throughout the movie.


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Violence & Gore

  • A plane crash lands with the pilot, suffering burns, being pulled out of the wreckage. A bloody stabbing and shooting then follow.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The ending can be very emotional when a soldier learns of his brother's death.
  • A character caught in a river climbs across dozens of bloated corpses to get out. It is very emotional and disturbing.
  • Whilst in underground trenches, a trip-wire causes a bomb to go off. It is very unexpected and could throw some viewers off guard.

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