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The Phantom | 1996 | PG | - 2.5.2

Billy Zane stars as the masked avenger in purple tights.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Three kisses: One involuntary; one by surprise; one romantic. Zane is seen shirtless. Pygmies in typical pygmy scanty dress. The Phantom drops into a woman's shower room. A couple of women are briefly seen in underwear.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A cave full of skulls and skeletons. A skeleton strangles a guy. The Phantom knocks a guy against a tree. A woman gets socked. A couple of big brawls, with plenty of punching, kicking, swordplay, etc. A few gunfights (nothing too explicit). A man is skewered with a spear and is pinned to a wall. A thug is shot with a cannonball from an old cannon. One person disintegrates and another explodes into a spectacular fireball. A man gets eaten by a shark (some blood in the water). Most disturbing moment: A microscope is rigged to shoot knife blades into a man's eyes. This occurs off-camera, but you hear his scream.


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LANGUAGE 2 - Some scatological terms, some mild profanity.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The supernatural, corruption and crime, duty.

MESSAGE - The familiar "good will win over evil" saw.

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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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