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MPAA Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive strong language, drug use and some sexuality

Sex & Nudity

  • A man and woman are seen kissing in a bedroom alone for about 15 seconds
  • A woman strips off her dress. You see her bare backside and the side of one of her breasts (nipple included).
  • Two scenes which imply Oral Sex, neither are graphic, and both scenes cut away before anything happens.
  • kissing lasting 6 seconds in background in a bar
  • 2 men are stripped to their undergarments in one scene

Violence & Gore

  • This is perhaps Scorsese's most violent movie that he's ever made. And one of the most violent gangster movies ever made.
  • Dead bodies are shown, may be distressing.
  • A man is restrained and then his hand is hit repeatedly with a hammer.
  • Two gangsters are hit in the backs, bodies, and faces with baseball bats in a prolonged scene. Their faces are completely covered with blood and bruises. Dirt then hits their faces as they are tossed in a hole, implying they are buried alive.
  • A man is stabbed in the neck with a pen several times (blood briefly squirts in close up) and then kicked multiple times and stabbed some more around the upperbody, he is offscreen after the first 7 stabs. We see the attacker with a bloody pen-holding hand for several seconds.
  • A bloodied and beat up gangster has his head tightened in a vise. His eye bloodily pops out of his head for a split-second. Blood briefly spurts from his mouth, running down his cheeks. His throat is then slit with a switchblade (seen from a distance).
  • A man is shocked once with a cattle prod and has his hand hit a few times with a hammer in close up. Some blood is on the table.
  • Several shootings, not overly violent, although a few bloody bullet wounds are seen. Two women are included, one is briefly riddled in the chest with bullet wounds and the other is shot in the head a few times with blood dripping out her mouth.
  • A man is hit on the head, and has a bag put over to suffocate in his blood. A dead body has a bloody chest bullet wound. A dead couple has bloody bullet wounds. A pimp is beaten, blood on the nose and mouth. A few bloodless punches and pushes. All of these are brief.


  • 1 use of "cunt"
  • The f word is used 422 times in the movie, making this the #6 film with the most "fucks" ever in the history of mainstream cinema, only behind Swearnet, Fuck (2005), Wolf of Wall Street, Summer of Sam, and Nil by Mouth. Definitely not a movie for younger audiences in terms of both the language and violence. Most of them are unsurprisingly said by Joe Pesci's character.
  • Other profanities are used throughout including shit, bitch, ass, damn, as well as some derogatory racial terms.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Lots of Smoking
  • Cocaine is snorted a few times.
  • A woman is implied to be abusing prescription medication (pills). She is sometimes also shown to be under the influence of various substances. At the end of the film she dies from overdosing on pills.
  • Fairly frequent cigarette smoking, coming from Robert De Niro's character for the most part. Alcohol is occasionally drunk.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The vice scene is one of the most graphic scenes in the film, as a man's head is forced into a vice and is tightened until his eye pops out, then he begs for death. Quite graphic and disturbing.
  • Casino is an extremely violent and rather emotional film.
  • The pen scene is rather hard to watch, particularly when the kicking starts, since the attacker is known for hard blows.
  • The baseball bat scene is graphic and lengthy.


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Violence & Gore

  • Near the end of the movie, there is a scene of men being executed by the bosses. Most involve gunshots and are bloody, but brief. Some are very brutal

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