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Soldier | 1998 | R | - 2.9.5

Trained from birth to be a super-duper soldier, Kurt Russell is forced to fight the very people who taught him how when they invade a village that adopted him, in this sci-fi film. Also with Jason Scott Lee, Gary Busey, Connie Nielsen, Michael Chiklis, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee, Elizabeth Dennehy and Brenda Whele. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A kiss. We see a shirtless man lying in bed with a woman covered by a sheet (only her bare shoulders are visible). We briefly glimpse an illustration of a scantily clad woman on the back of a playing card.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - Lots of gunfire is exchanged and lots of people are shot during several battles; we mostly just see people falling down and only see a few bloody wounds and corpses. A man is shot in the stomach at close range; we see the bullet enter and blood squirt from the wound. We hear a gunshot and it's implied that a boy has been killed. There are lots of explosions (we often see people being knocked down) and several people are hit with firebombs (we see them engulfed in flames). A man drops grenades into a tank and onto a man's lap; we see the tank explode. A man slashes another's throat (we briefly see the very bloody wound) and stabs a man in the eye (we see blood pouring from the wound). A man is impaled with a cross and an airplane propeller falls on another man (we see lots of blood and the propeller sticking out of the man's chest). A man pushes another into a snake pit; we see the snakes attack him and hear him scream. A dumpster crushes two people. Two fights in which men punch, kick, choke, and throw each other and get some bloody cuts on their bodies; in one scene, a man bites another's arm (we see the bloody wound) and a man gouges another's eye (his eye socket is very bloody and swollen and we later see him with a fake eye and some scars). We briefly see a boy punch another repeatedly; the boy has bloody cuts all over his face. A man repeatedly punches a metal can and we see some blood on the can and his knuckles. A man throws a man's head through a window, a man slashes another's stomach with a piece of machinery and a man breaks another's arm and neck (we hear crunching sounds). A man chokes a man and nearly lets a piece of machinery crush his head. It's implied that growling dogs and wild boars fight each other -- we see blood splatter on a window. Three men fall while fighting; we see one get caught up in a chain and hang from his legs (he's later shot in the head) and two hit the ground on their backs (we see their bloody bodies in two scenes). After an explosion a man loses a leg. A gust of wind blows a man from a ledge and he rolls down some steps before passing out. A woman kills a snake with a shovel, a boy kills a snake with a boot, and a man puts a stake through a snake (we see some blood squirt from it). A tank drives through buildings and cars and crashes into another tank (the driver's head smashes through a window, and we later see him inject a large shot into his very bloody arm). A man has scars and a tattoo on his face; we see him with bloody cuts on his face, arms and body in many scenes. A man cuts his finger with a knife and we see some blood. We see urine run down a man's pant leg and puddle around his shoe.


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LANGUAGE 5 - Two F-words, an anatomical reference, a couple scatological references, a couple mild obscenities and some insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - War, military training, death, family, loyalty.

MESSAGE - Ruthless soldiers can learn to have feelings

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