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Fortress | 1993 | R | - 7.7.6

Christopher Lambert plays an ex-army officer who ends up in a maximum security prison because his wife is pregnant (she ends up there, too). In this reality, overpopulation has forced the U.S. to ban second births.

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A couple of dream sequences depicting sexual encounters, with a lot of kissing and moaning. There is also an attempted rape scene -- between men -- in the prison. There are a few quick glimpses of male genitalia and bare buttocks. Also several shots of bare breasted women; most are shown in photographs and distorted on a TV screen.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Most of the violence comes from fight scenes where inmates punch, kick, and shove each other. There are a few scenes where weapons are used. A number of people have their stomachs shot out; in one scene a victim puts his hand in the gaping, bloody hole which used to be his stomach. A man is stabbed repeatedly in the back with a shard of glass. Guard dogs attack a man and tear at his arms and legs. In a rather gross scene, a man removes an explosive device implanted in his stomach by dragging it upwards, and out of his mouth. We see it bulging through the skin as it is pulled by a magnet on its way up.


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LANGUAGE 6 - Approximately 35 F-words as well as a generous assortment of other scatological terms and anatomical references.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Voyeurism, population control, abortion, omnipotent corporations.

MESSAGE - The will to survive can help overcome insurmountable obstacles.

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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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