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Snow Falling on Cedars | 1999 | PG-13 | - 4.6.5

Based on David Guterson's acclaimed 1994 novel, "Snow Falling on Cedars" follows a small town reporter (Ethan Hawke) as he covers a murder trial, and in the interim learns about war, racism, unrequited love and journalistic integrity. Also with James Cromwell, Richard Jenkins, James Rebhorn, Sam Shepard, Eric Thal, Zeljko Ivanek, Max von Sydow, Youki Kudoh and Rick Yune. [2:06]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A little sexual innuendo and a few scenes in which a boy and girl kiss, sometimes passionately. A man and woman kiss passionately and have intercourse in the shower, and a newlywed couple have intercourse with a little moaning (in both scenes we see only their bare arms and shoulders). A man and woman kiss and it's implied they have intercourse (we don't see any nudity). We see a corpse's bare backside.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man's arm is severed; we see a close-up of the bloody stump as doctors try to reattach the arm. We see a bloody, gashed skull with a little brain matter exposed; a man pokes his finger in the hole and touches the brain. A man hits another in the head with the butt of a gun and kills him. There's killing with guns and grenades in WWII battle scenes. We see foam coming out of a man's mouth and nose and a close-up of a bloody cut on a hand. We see a slightly bloody corpse in the snow, a corpse pulled from the water in a fishing net and a few corpses washed ashore (some are dismembered and we see body parts partially buried in the sand).


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LANGUAGE 5 - One F-word, a few anatomical and scatological references, an insult and numerous racial slurs.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - WWII, murder, cultural differences, war camps, refugees, pack-mentality, the legal system, discovering one's sexuality, relationships, honesty, journalism, unrequited love, family.

MESSAGE - Do what you know is right and people will eventually commend you for it.

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