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Sex & Nudity

  • A prostitute approaches two men and makes sexual comments like "Me so horny", referring to her appearance. She later poses for photographs and briefly lifts her skirt to reveal her skimpy underwear.
  • Nude magazine is seen. Bare breast are seen.
  • Lots of dialogue about various sexual topics and acts. One soldier pulls out his penis (not shown, but talks about it) in order to entice a Vietnamese woman.
  • Some sexual insults from the drill sergeant

Violence & Gore

  • A man is severely beaten with bars of soap wrapped in towels by members of his own platoon.
  • A lot of war violence, including frequent shooting. The more graphic instances are mentioned below:
  • One character gets shot in the head, blood sprays.


  • The boot camp leader swears like a mad man.
  • Approximately 65 uses of "Fuck" ( some used sexually ) and 22 uses of "shit" (along with at least 5 uses of "bullshit" and 1 use of "shitty"), along with at least 5 uses of "ass," 11 of "asshole" and "hell," 5 uses of "son of a bitch," 1 of "Jesus Christ," 1 use of "whore," 2 uses of "cocksucker"
  • Derogatory terms for African Americans, the Vietnamese, Italians and Jews like n*gga and other disrespectful terms

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several scenes with people smoking cigarettes.
  • A scene in which soliders are in their bunks smoking pot. Brief and not graphic.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

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  • The first 45 minutes of the film are intense because of boot camp training.
  • Families attempting to flee Vietnam are shot at from a helicopter and then joked about.
  • The dehumanization of soldiers is a key theme throughout the movie, being shown to varying degrees.
  • This is a classic, intense, emotional movie.


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Violence & Gore

  • A man kills himself with a rifle on-screen in an intense and emotional sequence.


  • 80 percent of the language is used in the first 40 minutes of the movie.

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