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Turtle Beach | 1992 | R | - 4.7.5

Greta Scacchi, is an Australian photojournalist wanting to break the story of the Vietnamese boat people seeking refuge in Malaysia.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - The only real nudity is a woman's bare derriere. A scene where a woman uses her body to cool her husband's anger-playing the baby, the "bad girl," to the papa who is always protecting her; she is clad in a negligee and he puts his hand to her breast.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - The movie opens with rioting in the streets. Later, during a Hindu festival, a long needle is poked through a youngster's lip. When the Vietnamese boat people try to swim to shore, the Malaysian villagers charge them with swords and butcher knives-slicing open their sides, chopping off heads, etc. Eventually only dead bodies are left floating in pools of blood.


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LANGUAGE 5 - The F-word is used once-and that's about it.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - The movie raises questions of extra-marital sex, submissive sex, the black market, oppression and violence.

MESSAGE - Of course, the main message is the victimization of refugees, which can also be applied to the treatment of minority groups in general.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

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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