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Sex & Nudity

  • A minor female character is implied to be a prostitute. No sex or female nudity are shown.
  • No explicit sexual content/nudity is displayed in the film.
  • There is one scene of brief male nudity. Only a part of his butt is shown.

Violence & Gore

  • One man is seen with many wounds on his chest, arms, and legs. Blood is clearly visible. Later, when a doctor tries to stop the bleeding with cotton weed pads, the blood, that soaks the pads is seen.
  • An interrogator attempts to gouge out a man's eyes, but stops before any damage is done.
  • The violence is pretty tame for an R rating. A PG-13 rating would be more appropriate for this movie.
  • Tuco throws a guard off the moving train and repeatedly hits the back of his head on a rock.
  • A man is violently beaten during an interrogation, with some blood shown. A woman is beaten and we can see blood on her lip.
  • Some scenes of soldiers bleeding mild to moderately with bullet wounds in the chest area.
  • A man is shot four times in the face through a pillow; nothing is heard and only a steaming hole in the pillow is seen. One character is bashed in the skull a few times (blood is briefly shown) and his dead body is run over by a locomotive offscreen.
  • Numerous men are killed quickly by gunshots, some in one-on-one gun duels, others by military skirmishes and firing squads. Primarily bloodless, but corpses are often shown.


  • 5-6 uses of "bastard", 2-3 uses of "bitch", 1-2 uses of "asshole", 1 use of "bullshit", and 1 use of "Goddamn".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Characters are shown frequently drinking and smoking throughout the film.
  • Eastwood smokes nearly all the time in the movie.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The scene between Tuco and his brother Pablo is very emotional.
  • Rated PG-13 for intense western violence, some language, and smoking
  • The R rating (or 18 in the UK) is outdated, with nothing in the film being more violent or intense than a modern Bond film. More deserving of a PG-13/12
  • Fairly intense scenes include the interrogation and bath shooting.
  • The movie's final minutes could be intense to some viewers.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • The movie features, for the most part, fairly standard western/warfare violence (lots of people are shot with bloody results). The most graphic/potentially upsetting scenes are the following: 1) Tuco is about to be hanged with a rope around his neck several times but is rescued at the last moment by Blondie, who shoots the rope - in one of these occasions Blondie initially misses the shot and Tuco nearly chokes to death; 2) Tuco forces Blondie, who is dying of thirst, to crawl through the desert at gunpoint as a revenge for his previous betrayal; 3) Tuco is beaten up by one of Angel Eyes' henchmen during a brutal interrogation.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A scene, with a bleeding man, who asks Tuco and Blondie to blow up a bridge, that is fought by two parties of soldiers, is rather emotional and includes many sad and touching moments.
  • In one scene, Blondie and Tuco come to a place where there is what remains of a structure with numerous dead soldiers inside of it. As Blondie goes to check it out, he finds a soldier who is not only still alive, but also very young (early 20s). In a kind of mercy-type way, Blondie let's the young man take a couple of puffs from his cigar and even takes off his coat and trades it for a poncho to put on the young man like a blanket before he does eventually die. This can be a mildly sad scene for some as it depicts the realism of war and just who can suffer from it.

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