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Che: Part Two | 2009 | R | - 1.8.5

Che Guevara (Benicio Del Toro) leads guerillas after the Cuban revolution into 1960s Bolivia. Also with Demian Bichir, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Franka Potente, Lou Diamond Phillips and Rodrigo Santoro. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. In Spanish with English subtitles. [2:11]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A wife strokes her husband's arm and he lays in her lap as they recline on a couch. A man tells a group of men to stay away from a woman's hammock.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Two men lead a man outdoors (the man is injured, tied up and he limps), his execution is ordered by another man, and he's shot three times -- we see this from the perspective of the man who's being shot, as he moans and breathes laboriously, falls to the floor, and his vision blurs.
 A man holds his stomach and blood pours out through his uniform and into his hand (he has been shot); he screams and cries on a gurney, a doctor operates on him (we see metal surgical tongs and an open wound in his stomach briefly) and a doctor says to the man, "the worst is over," as he rubs his chest (the man dies). A man is shot and is seen bleeding from the chest (he cries there's bloody gauze on his wound).
 Men walk through an abandoned village cautiously with their guns drawn, soldiers fires machine guns at them, men are struck in the chest and face and fall backwards, and men yell and scream, "Run!" We hear and see explosions and multiple people fall to the ground.
 Dead bodies are shown wrapped in blankets. Dead bodies are seen with blue and bloody faces. A dead woman is shown in silhouette as two men look over her. Two men look at a woman's dead body (we see her shadow and from a distance), one asks, "What happened to her face?" and the other man replies, "The piranhas ate it." A man is shown dead with blood on his mouth and neck. From a distance, three dead bodies are shown lying in a row. A dead man is shown with his eyes open. A dead man's head is covered with a blanket, and rope is tied around his neck. Four men carry a dead man on a stretcher (his mouth is parted open and his eyes are closed). A man punishes another man by putting the dead bodies of his two friends in a room with him (their faces are blue and bruised and one man's eyes are open).
 Men shoot at one another in a ravine, there are explosions, and men fall into a ravine as they are shot. Men hide behind rocks as they are fired upon by other men (we hear the sounds of explosions, men yelling, bullets hitting rocks, and bullets whizzing through the air). A man is shot in the leg, groans in pain, and holds his leg and has trouble walking.
 A young boy is shown with one eye, a man holds open the boy's eyelid (there is no eye, only black scar tissue) and uses tweezers to remove three black objects (presumably ticks). A man is shown with a swollen black eye. A man is seen with a bloody eye.
 A man ties a bloody bandage around another man's leg. A man is shown having his shoulder bandaged and there's a small amount of blood. A man is seen having his thumb bandaged. A man is shown with a bandaged ankle and blood is seen seeping through the gauze. A man is shown with a bloody wound on his face.
 A man pulls a horse, the horse is stubborn and won't follow, and the man pulls out a knife and stabs the horse in the neck (the horse cries out and we see blood drip down its neck). We hear a baby pig squealing as it is being slaughtered (we do not see anything).
 Two men get into an argument and begin to fight and yell: they push each other and other men break up the fight. A man pulls another man's beard and the man reacts by grabbing the man's arms and shoving him. A man punches another man in the head, the man responds by spitting in his face and the first man reacts reaches for his gun; and another man stops him.
 Men are shown shooting guns in target practice. A man takes out a handgun and pulls back the chamber to intimidate another man. A man removes a pistol from a glove compartment. Men remove guns and unwrap them. Men are shown carrying machetes and clearing brush as they walk.
 Men shoot at other men from behind rocks, and the men being shot at yell, "We surrender!" and one man sobs, "My superiors are cowards, please don't kill me." A man orders another man to shoot a man below the waist, a man yells at another man to sit down, and a man yells at another man to shoot a man.
 A man cries when another man tells him, "They killed your brother." A man says, "I can't stand up or pee." A man orders men to "liquidate any guerilla forces." A man tells his leader that their men are starving, and he replies, "Kill a horse." A man talks about an army that "rapes women, kills, destroys families [and] makes us slaves." A man orders a group of men to stay away from a woman ("keep away from her hammock. Whoever touches her will be severely punished"). A man talks about people being "massacred by the army." A man talks about dying heroically. A man says about another man, "If he betrays us, he'll pay with his life." A man talks to other men and says, "Some of us will die." A man says, "By the end, we will have become human waste." A man talks about torture. A man talks about child labor, children working in mines, and men who work in mines not making it to the age of 30. A man talks about children being "all full of ticks." A woman is upset and yells when men take items from her store.
 A man is shown sitting on a floor up against a wall, his arms and legs are bound with rope. A man injects another man with medication into the stomach (we do not see the needle go in). A man injects a sick woman, but we do not see the needle. A man holds onto a tree trunk as he struggles to breathe (he is wheezing and coughing due to asthma). A man riding a horse falls forward trying to breathe.
 A man removes false teeth from him mouth and saliva drips out.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 5 F-words, 6 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 4 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Caucasians, name-calling (traitor, crazy, moron), 1 religious profanity.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man orders other men to give another man morphine, and a man talks about cocaine. People drink alcohol at a party. A man smokes a cigar in multiple scenes, and men smoke cigars, cigarettes and pipes in various scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Bolivia, the National Liberation Army of Bolivia, the Communist Party of Bolivia, guerilla warfare, combat, the C.I.A., Fidel Castro, Marxism, Communism, Imperialism, Capitalism, Democracy, Fascism, military theory, weaponry, executions, poverty, loyalty, literacy, United Nations, American foreign policy.

MESSAGE - Power corrupts. One should always be aware of when and where to stop.

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