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Men of Honor | 2000 | R | - 3.5.7

Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Carl Brashear, the Navy's first black deep sea diver, and Robert De Niro plays his racist officer, Billy Sunday. We follow Brashear on his quest to become a master chief diver in the highly racist 1950s. Based on a true story. Also with Charlize Theron, Aunjanue Ellis, Hal Holbrook, David Keith, Michael Rapaport, Powers Boothe and Joshua Leonard. [2:08]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Some sexual innuendo, including a reference to oral sex and a remark that many men should have sex with one woman. Mild kissing. In several scenes we see shirtless men.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man has part of his leg ripped off by a flying, metal object attached to a free-wheeling cable; we see a good deal of blood. Several tense scenes underwater: A sunken ship falls to the ocean floor with two men trapped inside; a diver is almost hit by submarine; a man almost drowns to death; a man almost freezes to death underwater; a submarine is entangled with a diver's air cables and almost knocks the diver unconscious. A helicopter apparently runs into a ship and explodes; we see it on fire after it crashes into the sea. A cable breaks and a man falls into the sea. A person grabs another and punches him in the face several times, a man hits another in the head with a bed pan, a man throws water on another and then sprays him with a water hose, a man dunks another man's head in a barrel several times and then throws him to the floor, and a man spits tobacco juice on another. Several verbal and physical threats. We hear of a man dying off screen. Blood comes out of a man's nose after being under water for several minutes during a breath-holding competition. We see several shots of a man's stub leg after it was amputated below the knee. We see a few shots of a man with bloody cuts all over his face; also, a man's palm is scarred and bloody. We see a drowned corpse.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 16 F-words, many anatomical references, several scatological references and mild obscenities, some religious profanities, many racial slurs and insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Navy, racism, honor, family, death of a parent, father-son relationships, alcoholism.

MESSAGE - Don't ever give up.

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