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Sex & Nudity

  • 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 hooker.
  • Some sexual insults from the drill sergeant

Violence & Gore

  • A lot of war violence, including frequent shooting. The more graphic instances are mentioned below:
  • A man kills his drill sergeant, blood sprays.
  • A man kills himself with a rifle on-screen in an intense and emotional sequence.


  • 80 or so uses of "fuck" ( some used sexually ) and 22 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 of "son of a bitch," 1 of "Jesus Christ," 1 use of "whore,"
  • Most of the language is used in the first half of the movie
  • Derogatory terms for African Americans, the Vietnamese, Italians and Jews.

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

  • 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. It is good for older teenagers and up, if they are mature enough to handle it.

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