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MPAA Rated R for violence, language and some sex-related material

Sex & Nudity

  • A man grabs another man by his crotch. We can see him moaning and in pain. However, nothing explicit is shown.
  • A man's butt is seen.
  • A prisoner said "You wanna suck my d*ck?"
  • There is a scene where we hear sex noises from outside of a house (not graphic and nothing is shown).

Violence & Gore

  • A horribly botched execution by electric chair, lasting for a couple of minutes is performed on a man. We see the victim disturbingly and violently twitching and thrashing uncontrollably, screaming in extreme agony for some time until his head catches fire due to the severe electricity and dies from this. His corpse is shown afterwards and we briefly see disfigurement on his face. This scene is very brutal and disturbing.
  • Two more executions, each lasting roughly 20 seconds. One of them is more emotional than violent.
  • A man cradles the dead bodies of two girls; their hair is matted with blood. The father bloodlessly punches him across the face a few times in despair before he is pulled away.
  • An antagonist is shot five times in the chest, some blood and bullet wounds appear on his shirt as he slumps down dead.
  • A prisoner elbows one guard and chokes another with handcuffs (a bit of blood spurts from his mouth) before bashing his head on the wall, a bit of blood is on their faces. He then kicks an incoming guard in the crotch before another one hits the prisoner twice, knocking him out.
  • A mouse is purposely smashed by a shoe, we see some blood around its head/face.
  • We see a bit of blood on a door and a small blood trail on a floor.
  • An antagonist hits a prisoner once on the fingers with a billy club, it's later brought up that three of them were broken as a result.
  • Guards blast an antagonist with water from a fire hose.
  • A few punches and a slap or two from angry guards towards an antagonist.


  • 12 uses of "fuck", 6 uses of "shit" and "son of a bitch", 12 uses of "goddamn", 3 uses of "dick" (1 used homosexually), 4 uses of "nigger", 2 uses of "faggot" as an insult, and 1 use of "pussy" (last 3 from antagonists).

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • One or two brief instances of smoking. Paul and Hal have what may be beer while grilling some food.
  • The guards grind up some sort of medication/pills that they put in Wild Bill's beverage to knock him out.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The second prisoner execution is graphic and intense. It is an prolonged death. The last execution scene has sudden strong flashes of light which can be alarming but is mostly done in an emotional context.
  • The first execution, while not as violently prolonged as the second, could still be hard to watch due to its realism.
  • An antagonist attacks some guards early on. In two scenes, a protagonist is shown to be in pain while urinating.
  • The kidnap, rape, and murder of two little girls play a role in the plot. The rape and murder are not shown. However, the kidnapping -- which is carried out via manipulating the girls rather than by brute force -- is shown.
  • More compassionate than The Shawshank Redemption in some ways, despite the violence.


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Sex & Nudity

  • A prisoner grabs a prison guard's crotch and holds on. The grab is sudden and there is uncertainty as to the prisoner's intentions. This is not so much a sexual moment as a potentially violent moment. The result is positive, however: the prisoner's action heals the prison guard's urinary tract infection.
  • Paul thanks John Coffey for "helping him", Coffey then asks if Paul's "missu's was pleased" ..

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The execution of John Coffey can be emotional and upsetting, even though it isn't violent. The second execution scene is disturbing.

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