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MPAA Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexuality, nudity, substance abuse and some violence

Sex & Nudity

  • A man and woman have sex on a beach. They kiss passionately and moan loudly while the man thrusts on top of her. They are both fully clothed.
  • (appears suddenly somewhat distant) A man walks out of a shower naked; his bare buttocks and, briefly, his genitals are visible.
  • (Appears very suddenly and full screen closeup) A woman lies on a bed completely nude... Her nude back, buttocks and legs are visible, and her breast is briefly seen.
  • Much of the film is based around abortions and children given up to an orphanage after birth there

Violence & Gore

  • Two men briefly fight with knives. One man's hand it cut and another has his jacket sliced.
  • We see a man covered in blood and he tells another man how he was stabbed. He then took his own knife and stabbed himself several more times. He later dies.
  • A girl is found very ill. We later learn that someone tried to perform an abortion on her with a crochet hook and hear a graphic description of her wounds. She later dies.
  • Several scenes show women having abortions.


  • Some mild profanity (hell, damn, etc.)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The doctor ( Michael Caine ) is seen huffing ether and getting high.
  • Various characters smoke in several scenes and casually drink.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some scenes are emotionally intense. The topics of abortion, substance abuse and incest may be distressing to some.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • We learn that a woman is pregnant by her own father. Nothing explicit is ever seen or said.

Violence & Gore

  • A man overdoses on ether and dies. We see his hand smash a glass bottle and cut him, and we see some blood. The addiction to ether is related to pain relief in a more primitive medical era.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man is addicted to ether and is shown abusing it in several scenes. He later overdoses and dies.

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