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The General's Daughter | 1999 | R | - 8.8.7

An army detective discovers a web of cover-ups when investigating the rape and murder of a female officer. With John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Clarence Williams III, James Woods, Rick Dial, Pablo Espinosa, John Frankenheimer, Boyd Kestner, Leslie Stefanson and Peter Weireter. [2:00]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - Some sexual innuendo. We see a woman on top of a man moving sexually, some dominatrix scenes (a woman whipping a man, using handcuffs, etc.) and some blurry sex scenes -- with blurry nudity -- on a video tape with audible groaning and moaning. Handcuffs, vibrators and a strap-on dildo are seen in a bedroom. During a rape scene, bare breasts and sexual movement are visible. In many extended scenes, we see full frontal female nudity (a tied-up corpse is on its back); we also see a man's naked torso, a few men's bare buttocks as they shower and a woman's bare breasts with a glimpse of full frontal female nudity.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - During an extended rape scene, a woman is restrained, punched and raped; we later see her severely bruised and battered face with bloody, cut lips, and swollen, bloody eyes. A woman spits in a man's face and he then strangles her to death. While people are walking through a minefield, a man steps on one and is blown apart. Two men fire shots at each other and fight while in water; one beats the other's head against a boat and tries to choke him, one threatens the other with a knife, and then the boat's motor slices one's neck (the water becomes bloody). We see a corpse with a bloody bullet hole and blood on its face (plus lots of blood soaked into the sofa around it) and a corpse with a bruised face and a rope tied around its neck; veins are clearly seen through the face and shoulders of another corpse. While men are fencing, one pokes his sword into the other's mask. Shadowy figures follow a woman then slam her onto the ground and sit on top of her. A man grabs another's arms roughly behind his back as he handcuffs him, men kick each other then one hits the other in the back of the head and face with a shovel. A few men are thrown against walls, a man is grabbed by the neck and face, a woman throws hot coffee on a man, a man knees another in the face (he gets a slightly bloody mouth), a man is grabbed by the ears and slammed head-first into a wall and a man holds a gun between another's eyes. A man's hand is hurt when his pliers slip while changing a tire. A cat smears blood on a window and tracks bloody prints through a house, a man bloodies a handkerchief with his head wound (the bloody cloth is seen a few times) and a woman has a bloody nose and mouth. Explosions, fires, gunfire and stalking during military training sessions. Reckless driving and threatening with knives.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 18 F-words, some anatomical and scatological references and many mild obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Criminal investigations, the military, betrayal, cover-ups.

MESSAGE - Betrayal is the worst crime of all.

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