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MPAA Rated R for intense prolonged realistically graphic sequences of war violence, and for language

Sex & Nudity

  • A male soldier tells another male soldier "I thought you liked it in ass?"
  • Overall in terms of graphic nudity, this movie has none.
  • There is a brief story told by Private Ryan that is somewhat suggestive.
  • There is another suggestive story told by another soldier too.
  • Some cuss words for genitals.

Violence & Gore

  • A Nazi sniper gets one of his eyes shot out by an American sniper.
  • A radio man gets his face blown up by a blast.
  • A man bleeds from his stomach while crying for his mom. In another scene, a soldier holds his intestines in while calling for his mom. Very graphic.
  • Many people are blown up
  • A Flak gun is used against American infantry, killing them graphically, even decapitating one.
  • Just after the camera cuts to a different angle, a tank crew man is shot in the face at point-blank range. Gory matter that sprays out from the headshot can be seen.
  • A bomb blows up prematurely in a soldiers hands, killing him instantly. Extremely graphic.
  • As graphic as you can get in a war movie without becoming exploited. Violent movie but everyone should watch it to see the evils of Nazism.
  • The first 27 minutes of the film depict soldiers landing on Omaha beach in Normandy. The sequence contains extremely realistic, graphic violence, which can be hard to watch. During the sequence many soldiers are shot with realistic results, people have their limbs blown off, people are burned alive etc. At the end of the landing sequence the beach is littered with corpses, and the ocean is red with blood.
  • The film contains prolonged sequences of war violence. The opening and closing sequences feature prolonged violence with dismemberment, exposed entrails, soldiers engulfed in flames and other disturbing images. The depiction of war violence remains consistent throughout the film, with hand-to-hand combat, sniper fire, and other inherently brutal depictions of war fighting. The film also features a scene in which a soldier succumbs to his battlefield wounds. This scene, as with many of the other scenes in the film, could be unsettling to young viewers or those with a sensitivity to battlefield violence.
  • At one point toward the end of the film, a soldier is locked in hand-to-hand combat with another, eventually ending with the painfully slow death of the soldier by being slowly impaled in the heart with a knife. Emotionally hard to watch, as the immediate events leading up to this point may build up heavily for some people.
  • While the violence in the film is not unrealistically gory, the realistic violence is plentiful and frequently difficult to watch.


  • Almost every curse word used at the time is said in this movie.
  • About 19 F-words, 15 of "shit", 1 use of "cocksucker", many mild obscenities and scatological references and some anatomical references.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Scenes show the use of tobacco products, but no illegal substances. The use of tobacco products is not uncommon to films in the genre and era.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a very disturbing event in which a young solder without an arm, seems to calmly (due to shock) pick up his recently dismembered arm and walks away.
  • The battle sequences throughout the film are intense both sensually and emotionally. The opening and closing sequences feature brutal and realistic war-fighting, high-stress situations, loud gunfire, booming explosions, brutal hand-to-hand combat, graphic depictions of death and disturbing sequences of soldiers succumbing to their wounds. The intense battle sequences make the viewer immersed by means of handheld cameras, and getting close to the action, to a point where there is frequently blood or rain water on the lens of camera.
  • The first war scene is truly terrifying. It is about 30 minutes. You can't get any more realistic than that scene. NOT for the faint of heart. The movie also ends with another 30 minutes violent battle. Lots of people die. Heads get blown off, bodies explode, and people get stabbed.


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Violence & Gore

  • An enemy soldier is shot from a distance (sniped through the scope of his sniper rifle), killing him graphically.
  • The medic, Wade is shot several times (off-screen) and the others try to tend his wounds. This sequence is very graphic as blood gushes from his wounds, and he eventually dies. A very emotional and disturbing scene.
  • The final battle contains scenes of very graphic violence, especially the death of pvt. Mellish, as he is very graphically stabbed to death. The scene is given a close-up.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A soldier is slowly impaled through the chest with a knife.

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