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Anna and the King | 1999 | PG-13 | - 2.6.0

The story of English schoolteacher Anna Leonowen's experiences teaching the King of Siam's children in 19th-century Siam. With Jodie Foster, Yun-Fat Chow, Ling Bai, Syed Alwi, Tom Felton, Randall Duk Kim, Kay Siu Lim, Melissa Campbell, Deanna Yusoff, Mano Maniam and Keith Chin. [2:27]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Two instances of very mild sexual innuendo. A woman is "made up" by several others and it's implied that she is going to have intercourse with a man (we only see him walk in the room and touch her face). We see many shirtless men and a little cleavage.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man and woman with blood on their faces and bodies are carried through a street filled with cheering people (some of whom throw things at the couple); then they're placed on a stage and beheaded (for a split second we see a blurry shot of the man's head falling off; we also see blood spray on the woman's hands as they go limp). A man being shot at jumps out of a window and when he lands we hear a loud snap and see his very bloody shin; he's later shot in the head (no blood is visible) and his body falls into a river and floats away. Men enter a house and we hear screams and gunshots; we also see the shadow of a man being shot (his body hits the window and blood sprays onto the curtain). Soldiers invade a camp and shoot a few people (no blood is visible, we just see the bodies fall to the ground); in another scene, a few other men are shot (again, no blood is visible). Lots of men are poisoned (we see them choking and falling to the ground). In a village, we see many bodies hanging from nooses and several dirty and bloody corpses of young children in a pile. We see a woman in chains and a man with a restraint around his neck and arms; her back is hit with a cane repeatedly (we see blood on her back) and he is slapped. We see a dirty, bloody woman chained to a wall and wailing loudly. Crates fall on a man and we see him lying on the ground. Fireworks are shot at a group of soldiers and a bridge explodes (we see a man on the bridge as it collapses). Boys shove each other and scuffle. Some threatening with guns.

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LANGUAGE 0 - None.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Siam, Siamese traditions, conflicts between cultures, concubines, colonization, love, murder, death of loved ones, grieving, betrayal, courage.
MESSAGE - Tradition should not be followed blindly, without thought or examination; Leadership is about doing the right thing, not inspiring fear or appearing to be strong.
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