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Gladiator | 1992 | R | - 2.8.4

A "Rocky" wannabe, about yet another "Great White Hope," in this case an Irish teenager (James Marshall) with a lethal punch, who joins an illicit boxing circuit.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - There's only one sexy scene, where the hero is in bed with his girlfriend, presumably after they've made love; both are covered with blankets up to their necks, and nothing is shown.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Since this is a boxing movie, there are oodles of fights resulting in oodles of bloody noses, blackened eyes and, cuts and bruises. There's one knife fight, (no one's cut) and a hospital scene where one fighter is in a coma.


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LANGUAGE 4 - Moderate amount of four letter words and assorted foul language.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - While not explicit, the scene where the hero is in bed with his girlfriend may provoke discussion of pre-marital sex.

MESSAGE - The explicit message is that education is good, and boxing is not; it's delivered by a teacher, and the hero's girlfriend. However, since the hero ends up punching out a couple of bad guys, the implicit message is that violence can be justified when the hero is righteous.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

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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