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Pride and Glory | 2008 | R | - 6.8.10

The Tierney family has a long history of police service. After 4 officers are shot down in the line of duty one of the Tierney sons (Edward Norton) leads the task force organized to find the killers. When the evidence points in a direction he is not happy to follow, he must choose between doing the right thing and protecting his fellow officers. Also with Colin Farrell, Jennifer Ehle, Noah Emmerich, Lake Bell, Frank J. Grillo, Shea Whigham, John Ortiz and Jon Voight. Directed by Gavin O'Connor. [2:09]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman straddles a man's lap, he cuts off her underwear (we see her bare hip and buttocks) and she thrusts briefly.
 A woman wearing a bathrobe runs down a flight of stairs and her bare breasts are seen when the robe hangs open. A man is bare-chested with a towel wrapped around his waist, and he removes the towel and we see bare abdomen to the hip. A woman wears a full slip and stockings (we see bare shoulders and cleavage).
 A husband and wife kiss in a several scenes. A man tries to kiss a woman and she turns away from him. A man kisses two women and puts his arms around their shoulders.
 A man makes a remark about another man having to avoid prison rape, using crude terms.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man is shown seated in a bathtub in a very dark room, with a club protruding from his mouth (we hear gurgling and gagging and see blood on his mouth and face); the club is removed and he is shot three times.
 A man is beaten to death by several men, with sticks and tire irons (we hear the thud of the first blow, then see the crowd close in and start swinging while he's on the ground).
 Three men with guns drawn break into an apartment, women in the apartment scream, a man is punched in the face repeatedly (we see his bloody face and he spits out a tooth), and he's threatened with being shot; a man then punches a woman holding an infant, she falls to the floor, he takes the infant, places it on an ironing board, picks up a hot iron and holds it over the child's face (he does not burn the child).
 A man with a gun enters a convenience store, punches the clerk, steals money from the register and is shot in the back as he walks away (we see blood on his abdomen and smeared on the floor later. A man shoots himself in the head (blood splatters on a car window). A man is shot (we hear the gunshot and see blood splatter on a window) and we see a woman screaming and running out of the building.
 A man punches a convenience store clerk hard in the face (we see his bloody nose) he punches him again and presses a gun against his head, he threatens to shoot and pulls the trigger several times but the gun is not loaded; he then robs the cash register and leaves the store.
 Two men fight with many punches: they slam each other into walls, a counter and the floor (we see bloody faces and hands) and one is struck a couple of times with a pool ball (we see blood on it). A man shoves a man against a wall, and then punches him in the stomach while yelling at him.
 A man shoves a man against a shed and threatens him. A man yells at and holds a gun on a man.
 We see several dead bodies at a crime scene and they each have bloody bullet wounds. We see three dead bodies in an apartment, two are fresh with pools of blood on the floor under them and the third is older (people make reference to the odor). We see a dead man in a car with a bloody bullet hole in his head. A car is drenched in gasoline and set on fire with a dead body inside.
 People outside a convenience store begin to riot and protest violence by police officers that's taking place inside the store (they attack cars with sticks and tire irons and chant).
 A man yells, becomes enraged, punches a mirror and then sobs when he sees several dead men. There are several very hard and loud tackles in a football game. A man puts a potato on the end of a gun and fires it (we do not see if anyone was struck).
 A boy describes seeing a wounded man leaving the scene of a crime (he says he had a bloody bullet wound in his leg and stomach). A wife screams and cries when she learns that her husband is dead. We hear a man talking about 4 police officers being dead at the scene of a crime. An angry man yells at another man and rushes him (he is stopped before a physical encounter). Two men argue bitterly in several scenes. A man threatens to slit a man's throat, rape his wife and kill his child. A man threatens to take a woman's child away from her. We hear that a woman's child might be taken away from her.
 We see many people gathered and mourning at a police funeral.
 We see several bloody footprints on the ground at a crime scene. We see a bruise on a woman's temple and it is determined that a man pushed a gun against her head and threatened her. A man has dried blood on his hands. A man has a large scar on his cheek, which we hear is from a bullet wound.
 A man urinates in a restroom (we hear him zip up his pants).


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LANGUAGE 10 - 231 F-words and its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 42 scatological terms, 16 anatomical terms (one in Spanish and not translated), 6 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for African-Americans, name-calling (scum, moron, loco, idiot), a man makes a derogatory comment about a man speaking Spanish (monkey language), 4 religious profanities, 11 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man snorts cocaine, and a man smokes marijuana and blows the smoke into a woman's mouth. People smoke and drink alcohol in a bar, and a man drinks alcohol in several scenes and appears drunk in a few of them (references are made to his having a drinking problem). A man smokes a cigarette, a woman smokes a cigarette, and a man playing football smokes on the sidelines and on the field. A woman takes prescription medications in a couple of scenes (she is terminally ill). A man finds drugs on a man and destroys some of it.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Police officers, police corruption, extortion, death of a spouse, death of a friend, death of a husband, forgetting the past, justice, peace, loyalty, culpability, murder for hire, atoning, respect, doing the right thing, guilt, rage, pride, glory.

MESSAGE - Doing the right thing should not be something that you have to wonder about. Ends do not justify the means.

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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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