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The Pelican Brief | 1994 | PG-13 | - 2.5.1

Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington star in this John Grisham legal thriller about an assassination plot against Supreme Court Justices.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Sam Shepard and Julia Roberts share a few passionate kisses while Shepard briefly touches Roberts under her shirt. A Justice is killed in a porno theater and while nothing is shown, we hear the moans from the screen.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A Justice is shot in the head, and the wound and splattered blood are shown. Another Justice is strangled: while not shown, we hear the snap of his neck. Two cars blow up with men inside. A couple of men are shot and some blood is shown. And a man is shown in a big pool of spreading blood, after being shot.


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LANGUAGE 1 - A few quite mild profanities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Assassination, legal maneuvering, saving the environment.

MESSAGE - Some people will do anything to win. The Supreme Court is more political than we may think.

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