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Primal Fear | 1996 | R | - 6.7.8

Richard Gere is a high-powered defense attorney who decides to represent a young man accused of murdering an archbishop.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Sexual innuendo. A brief scene from a homemade porn video has young men and a woman (the woman is topless and one of the men's buttocks are evident) caressing each other.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man's fingers are chopped off in a bloody close-up. The murder scene is shown a few times as are photos of the bloody corpse, shown with deep, bloody knife wounds and gouged out eyes. A young man with bloodstained clothes is chased; another foot chase with another man, a few fistfights and scuffles. A man's earring is ripped leading to a gush of blood.


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LANGUAGE 8 - 25+ F-words, many scatological references, many mild obscenities, some anatomical references.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The legal system, multiple personality disorder.

MESSAGE - Defense attorneys are able to defend someone who's guilty because they believe in the legal process.

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