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Sex & Nudity

  • After Billy Batts and Tommy have an argument, Batts claims "I've f**ked kids like him in the can before." Implying that he raped people in prison.
  • A husband and wife briefly embrace on a bed, kissing and stripping each other's clothes (no nudity)
  • Two implications of oral sex. One instance in when a woman crouches down and begins to unzip a man's pants, and another brief glimpse at a woman's head moving up and down near a man's crotch (obscured by a kitchen counter).
  • Two characters have a love affair, sexual activity is briefly implied. A women hides a gun in her underwear (no nudity).

Violence & Gore

  • Several scenes of shocking violence.
  • One character is something of a loose cannon and violence usually occurs around him.
  • A man with blood all over his torso is running and screaming claiming he's been shot. There is also blood all over his hands.
  • There are several instances where people get roughed up by gangsters.
  • Goodfellas is widely regarded as one of the most realistic and unflinching gangster films ever made. The violence portrayed is quite realistic and portrayed as cold and even brutal at times.
  • A father hits his son twice and whips his back with a belt 5 times. The boy has a somewhat bruised face after. A man is bashed once on the head with a wine bottle. He has a slightly bloody bandage afterwards.
  • A gangster held in the trunk of a car is stabbed and shot several times in the upperbody. He gasps briefly and bloody wounds are shown for a second. His face and part of his torso are blood-soaked for a few seconds.
  • A man hits another man's face with a gun eleven times. He grunts in pain and blood is seen on his face from a distance.
  • Two gangsters beat another gangster. One clubs him with a pistol on the head/face offscreen and the other stamps on his head, we see fleeting glances of his boot crunching onto his face. The victim is partly unconscious, although the pistol whipping causes brief blood spray. His face is then seen mostly covered in blood, and part of his suit is bloodied.
  • Three men dig up a rotting corpse. Graphic details are briefly seen. One man vomits due to the stench of rotting flesh.
  • A man is shot in the foot with blood spurts; he winces briefly and a bloody wound is seen for a second.
  • A gangster is shot in the head; blood spews from the wound briefly. He falls over and blood pools beneath him for a few seconds.
  • A man is swiftly killed by six gunshots to the chest with a pistol. Blood appears on his shirt.
  • A man yips as his face is slammed against a car seat 5 times, and then punched 3 times. Blood is visible on his eyes, nose, and mouth. His face is then seen badly bruised in black-and-white for a few seconds. Two men then threaten to feed him to lions.
  • A man and his wife are shown dead in a car with bloody bullet wounds momentarily. Some blood is splattered across the windows.
  • A man is shot in the head. A lot of blood splatters on a bed. A man is stabbed in the back of the head with an ice pick. He gasps and dies.
  • Two bloody corpses are found in a garbage truck. A frozen corpse if found hanging from a hook in the back of a meat packing truck.


  • Constant, and pervasive throughout.
  • 300 uses of "fuck", 22 uses of "shit", 13 uses of "prick", 4 uses of "son of a bitch", 2 uses each of "nigger", "cocksucker", and "dick", and 1 use of "bitch". Also 7 instances of "bastard", 5 instances of "Jesus Christ", 4 uses of "Goddamn", 3 uses of "hell", and 2 uses of "damn".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several of the scenes where drugs are being used take place in a kitchen, filled with equipment used to make drugs.
  • Cocaine is snorted a few times. Mostly implied rather than explicit except for a scene in which we see the character's facial reactions.
  • A major character is addicted to drugs such as cocaine, heroine, and quaaludes, and becomes a drug dealer.
  • There is frequent smoking and drinking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use, and some sexuality.
  • A man throws a lamp in anger trying to shut his nagging wife up.
  • There are instances of strong and graphic violence.
  • Joe Pesci's character is a raging psychopath, and scenes involving him can be intense as violence is always a possibility.

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