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MPAA Rated R for language, some violence, disturbing images and brief drug content

Sex & Nudity

  • A man reaches under a woman's shirt on her stomach
  • While the young Paul is with his drugged up father in Morocco, you see him standing in the foreground, while a young woman clad only in her underwear passes by in the background. It is clear that she is not wearing a bra, but she is seen from the side only. Later the camera changes angles and you see Paul's father cuddling in bed with his mistress. Both are topless, but sensitive areas are obscured. Also during this seen a brief view of a woman's breast is shown while Paul is in the drugged state. This woman is lying on a couch nearby.
  • Before his kidnapping, we see Paul talking to scantily clad Italian women who are obviously prostitutes.
  • He has no real interest in them, though it's perhaps suggested he's had intimate experiences with similar women in the past.
  • Paul finds his father (who's high on drugs) in the arms of another woman in Morocco.
  • We see their bare arms and shoulders
  • That scene also pictures a seemingly topless woman's bare back.
  • There's a verbal reference to Getty doing an interview with Playboy magazine in 1965.
  • He also talks about being able to remember, in the guise of Emperor Hadrian, all the times that he "made love to his concubines."
  • We see a nude, classical male statue.
  • A woman's outfit reveals cleavage.

Violence & Gore

  • To convince his family to agree to the ransom, John Paul Getty III's kidnappers force him down to cut off part of his ear, in great detail, with himself still conscious. That ear is delivered to a newspaper with later threats to send more vital body parts if the ransom is not paid.
  • There is sight of a burned body which is shown in some detail.
  • Paul is roughly yanked into a van and has a hood thrown over his head.
  • The boy desperately tries to convince his kidnappers not to cut his eyes out after he sees two of the men without their masks.
  • One of them also says, "If she, doesn't pay, we mail her a finger."
  • That doesn't happen, but something similar eventually does.
  • Several of Paul's original kidnappers are shot by police, but he's then transferred into the clutches of an even more ruthless Italian criminal kingpin before police can rescue him.
  • That man orders Paul's ear to be cut off because the ransom hasn't been paid, and the camera watches the gruesome deed as a doctor removes the appendage
  • Paul screams and squirms while being held down by multiple other men.
  • We see a fountain of blood shoot up from the wound afterward, and Paul wears a bloody bandage the rest of the movie.
  • The boy also manages to light a fire in a field outside one of the buildings where he's kept as part of an escape plot
  • We hear that he once set his school on fire as well.
  • Several people shoot clay pigeons with rifles on one of Getty's estates.
  • Paparazzi repeatedly and recklessly chase Gail and Fletcher when they travel through Rome by car.
  • We see a corpse that's been burned beyond recognition.
  • Gail hits Chase with a phone, bloodying his head.
  • One man clotheslines another who's running.


  • Between 2 and 4 F-words
  • About a dozen f-words, and four s-words.
  • God's name is misused at least twice.
  • We hear one to three uses each of "h---," "d--n," "b--ch" and "b--tard."
  • Someone exclaims, "Holy mother!"
  • We see a crude hand gesture.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There are some references to drug addiction; bag of marijuana briefly shown
  • Various characters drink alcohol (wine, beer, champagne) and smoke cigarettes throughout the movie.
  • And because this is a movie set in the '70s, we even see people smoking on commercial airplanes.
  • One of Paul's kidnappers tries to get him to drink hard liquor before the doctor comes to cut his ear off.
  • The man tries to convince Paul that it'll make the experience less painful.
  • Said doctor uses a rag drenched in (apparently) chloroform to knock Paul out, but he horrifically awakens before the "surgery" is complete.
  • Paul's father is shown stoned on hashish in Morocco.
  • It's said that he once did drugs with Mick Jagger.
  • By film's end, it's obvious that these illicit substances, combined with his alcoholism, have taken such a toll on the man that he's nearly in a vegetative state.
  • One of Paul's captors smokes a marijuana joint.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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Violence & Gore

  • During a shoot out at the captors den, at least three criminals are shot dead as they try to escape, with blood spurting from their wounds. Not long after, we see one of them die slowly, choking on blood. There is a graphic shot of his bullet wound.

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