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Beirut | 2018 | R | - 6.7.8

A former US diplomat (Jon Hamm) is called back to 1982 Beirut, Lebanon after a CIA operative and friend is kidnapped and he must negotiate his release in an environment separated and dominated by political and religious factions -- Christians, Muslims, the PLO and the Israelis. Also with Rosamund Pike, Mark Pellegrino, Dean Norris, Shea Whigham, Douglas Hodge, Jonny Coyne, Leïla Bekhti, Kate Fleetwood and Idir Chender. Directed by Brad Anderson. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in French and Arabic with and without subtitles. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Men play cards using a deck that has pictures of fully nude women on them (we see pubic hair, breasts, buttocks, abdomens and legs). Several women are shown wearing bikinis and one piece swimsuits while water-skiing (cleavage, abdomens and legs are visible). Several people are shown wearing swimsuits on a beach (women reveal cleavage, abdomens and backs and boys and men wearing trunks show chests, abdomens and backs). A woman wears a dress low-cut in the back that reveals her back. A woman wears low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A woman on a TV is shown wearing a skimpy bikini and dancing (we see cleavage and her bare abdomen to the hips). A woman in a club dances and we see her bare abdomen and legs briefly.
 A husband and his wife kiss in a few scenes. A man and a woman kiss in a flashback sequence. A married man and a woman hug and kiss a few times.
 A comment is made about "dangling a skirt in front of a man," to get him to cooperate. A reference is made to a woman being a Belgian hooker. It is implied that a married man and a woman are having an affair.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - We hear rapid gunfire in a home crowded with people: women scream and people run as two gunmen hold a boy and a woman at gunpoint until the gunman is shot and he sprays the room with bullets as he falls, shooting a woman in the back (we see her with blood on her mouth and a man holding her has bloody hands). A man shoots another man in the back of the head and blood splatters on other men seated at the table with him (we see blood on the table and on the man's face when he is taken away). A man is shot twice and we see blood spurt as he falls to the ground; many gunmen shoot at each other and at a van as it speeds away.
 A bomb explodes outside a crowded meeting room and people fall, scream and run (we see a few bloody wounds). A man holds a gun to a woman's head and another woman tells the gunman to shoot the woman; she is taken into another room and we hear gunshots (suggesting that the woman has been shot, but we see her unharmed later).
 We see a man being punched in the face repeatedly (in the background of a scene) and his face is bloody. A man is shown bound and with a swollen eye and bloody face and nose from beatings. We see several photos of dead and blood-soaked bodies after terrorist attacks.
 A man is held at gunpoint while bound in a van. Several armed men yell at and approach a man on a street and he is pulled into a van by another man. A man with a gun threatens another man. A woman with a gun threatens a man and yells at him. A man is shoved out of a van (he stumbles but is not harmed).
 A tank drives through the streets of Beirut and we hear gunshots outside the airport as a woman screams. A tank drives along a beach where people sunbathe and swim. Many men are shown throughout city streets holding weapons and some hold roadside checks. Children are shown climbing on and playing near an anti-aircraft gun. Several bombs explode in the near distance throwing earth into the air and a man says that it is the Syrian air force.
 A man yells at another man and makes a reference to another man's mother and sister having been blown up. Several men argue about turning a young boy over to authorities. Two men argue about a young Palestinian refugee. Several men argue and throw papers during a labor contract negotiation. A man makes a comment about, "A car bomb last night." We hear reports of Israel invading Lebanon. We hear about a building housing US Marines in Lebanon being bombed and destroyed. We hear about the American Embassy in Lebanon being bombed. We hear about Palestinian refugee camps. A reference is made to 50,000 people being dead. We hear that an American CIA operative is taken hostage. People argue and yell during a hostage negotiation. References are made to a terrorist responsible for blowing up busloads of people and an airliner. A man yells at another man and throws him (not physically) out of a meeting. An Israeli representative asks for permission to destroy Beirut. A man talks about his parents hating each other just enough to stay together.
 Two young boys run alongside a taxi and they are holding what seems like a toy gun and a real looking gun. Several young boys crowd around a man as he walks through a street and seem to be reaching into his pockets. Many scenes of buildings and streets in rubble from bombings and fighting are shown throughout the movie. A man and a woman walk through the rubble of what used to be the man's home and we hear gunfire in the distance. A man stands at an airport as a casket is wheeled past him (his wife's body is inside the casket). A bride and a groom are shown being photographed among rubble.
 A man spits on the ground (we see spittle).


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LANGUAGE 8 - About 39 F-words and its derivatives, 16 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, name-calling (yahoos, fat, lunatic, irritated tourist, stupid, drunk, delusional, crazy, son of a whore, monsters), exclamations (put up or shut up, shut-up, thief), 4 religious profanities (GD), 14 religious exclamations (e.g. Jesus, Jesus Christ, For Christ's Sake, Honest To God, Christ, Good God, Oh God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Men and women are shown holding and drinking a variety of alcoholic beverages (wine, whiskey, etc.) at a dinner party, a man and a woman drink from glasses of what is probably whiskey, a man drinks from a flask in several scenes, a drink is poured for a man at a bar and other people are shown drinking, several small liquor bottles are shown empty on an airplane tray table, men and women drink at a recital, many people are shown drinking in a club/bar where two men play cards, a man is shown asleep in a chaise by a pool with a glass of alcohol on a table next to him, a woman drinks wine in a dark apartment, people drink and smoke in a bar scene, a man pours a bottle of liquor down a drain, and we hear that a man has a drinking problem. Men and women smoke cigarettes in a home at a dinner party, a pack of cigarettes is shown on a bar next to a man, a man smokes in a hotel room, a man smokes in an office, a man smokes on an airplane, men smoke cigarettes in a conference room, people are seen smoking hookah pipes in a few scenes, and a man smokes by a swimming pool.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Middle East conflict, civil war, Palestine, Israel, PLO, Mossad, Militia of Islamic Liberation, Christian militia, mediation, betrayal, alcoholism, lessons of Vietnam, labor union contract negotiations, labor strikes, ceasefire, failure, trust, guilt, strategic intelligence, common sense, embezzling, peace, mutually assured destruction, Henry Kissinger.

MESSAGE - When the talking stops the fighting starts.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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