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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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MPAA Rating: R

Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci help the mob run Las Vegas in the 1970's. Also with Sharon Stone, James Woods, Don Rickles, Alan King, Kevin Pollak, L.Q. Jones, Dick Smothers, Frank Vincent, John I. Bloom, Pasquale Cajano, Melissa Prophet, Bill Allison and Vinny Vella. Directed by Martin Scorsese. [2:58]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man is behind a woman thrusting violently while they are both lying on their sides (we only see their faces and shoulders). In two scenes, a man guides a woman's head into his lap for oral sex. We see some cleavage, a woman in a bra and undies in one scene and a nude woman in the background of a scene (her breasts and buttocks are visible).

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - In a close-up shot, a man's throat is stabbed with a pen numerous times; we see lots of blood spurting. A woman is shot in the head point-blank and as her head is tipped over blood drains out of her mouth. Many people are shot and violently beaten (we see a great deal of blood and bloody bodies) and in one scene we see a gang shoot-out. A badly beaten man has his head put in a vise and squeezed until we see one eye begin to protrude. Two men are beaten with bats until their bodies are bloody and their faces disfigured; a man has his hand beaten with a baseball bat -- in close-up -- and we watch his skin split while he's screaming. A man is buried alive. People are threatened (sometimes with guns) and there are many scenes of screaming and cussing. A car explosion is shown a couple of times.

PROFANITY 10 - 100+ F-words, many anatomical references (most quite obscene and graphic), many scatological references and many mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Mafia, gambling, Las Vegas.

MESSAGE - If you live by the sword, then you're going to die by the sword.

Special Keywords: S5 - V9 - P10 - MPAAR

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