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Hear No Evil | 1993 | R | - 4.5.5

Thriller about a deaf damsel-in-distress (Marlee Matlin) victimized by a corrupt cop (Martin Sheen) and protected by a rock-climbing restaurateur (D.B. Sweeney).

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Matlin is in the bathtub, and there's a very quick glimpse of her breasts. Several kisses, one of which apparently leads to love-making, although we only see the couple in bed and under the sheets, after the fact. There is an explicit scene of translating sexual terms into sign language which leads to more kissing, and presumably more sex.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - In the opening scene, a female security guard is shot three times in the chest in slow-motion. We see blood spurting. A cop slams a man's head onto a desk, then throws him to the floor; he gets a bloody nose. Another man is interrogated and beaten: he's punched in the nose and his thumb is broken. A car blows up and flies off a bridge, two women are beaten, and one is graphically choked. We see an elderly woman unconscious with a bloody mouth. And a bloody hand, after it has gone through a window. A man is pushed out a window; he's shown bloody, lying in a flower garden.

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LANGUAGE 5 - In this film we get profanity in two languages; regular English and American Sign Language. Five F-words and one of its derivations. The remaining (about 20) are scatological, anatomical, or sexually explicit references.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Robbery, murder, police corruption, deafness.
MESSAGE - Money isn't everything. Hearing-impaired people are not invalids, and shouldn't be treated as such.
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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