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Braveheart | 1995 | R | - 6.10.2

Mel Gibson stars as William Wallace, the real-life 13th century Scottish hero.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A few kisses. A woman is standing naked and we see her breasts (although she is in shadow). A man climbs on top of a woman. A couple of sexual innuendoes, and state-sanctioned rape is discussed. A group of men lift up their kilts in battle and expose their genitals (it's a long shot so we don't see anything very clearly); they then lift up their kilts and wriggle their buttocks (we see this clearly).

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VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - There's a lot of extreme, graphic violence as well as gore: People are hit and bludgeoned with clubs, balls on chains and rocks, shot with arrows, gutted with spears and thrown off rooftops; several body parts are lobbed off (we see some close-ups); one person is impaled, another is tied to a post and his throat is slit; horses are also speared through the chest and abdomen. In one scene a young boy sees a hut full of hanging corpses (men, women and children) with protruding tongues and bulging eyes. Soldiers take away a woman on her wedding day for state-sanctioned rape. Another woman is nearly raped, but she fights off her attacker. A woman is beaten by soldiers, tied to a post, and then her throat is slit. We see a leper's rotting face, complete with oozing, bloody bandages. Hot tar is poured on a group of men and they are then set on fire and writhe in agony. A man is tortured before being killed in an extended scene: he is hung but not to the death, he is pulled in two directions with a rope and he is then placed on a crucifix and disemboweled (we only see the hook and his grimacing face) and beheaded (we only see the ax come down). Bloody corpses with gaping wounds are evident throughout.

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LANGUAGE 2 - A few scatological terms, some milder obscenities and sexual innuendo.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - War, political freedom, kings and tyrants, revenge.
MESSAGE - Nothing is more important than freedom.
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