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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

Sylvester Stallone stars as an expert mountain climber forced to help a viciously psychotic villain (John Lithgow) recover 100 million dollars, scattered in three suitcases on assorted Rocky Mountain precipices. Michael Rooker and Janine Turner co-star.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Stallone does takes off his shirt -- repeatedly, despite sub-zero temperatures.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Naturally, since this is a film about mountains, a number of people fall (and fall) to their deaths, while the camera attentively follows their trajectories. Also, a number of people are riddled with bullets, some in slow motion, and some people are blown-up. Splattered blood is everywhere. There are also a number of violent fights with punching, kicking and stabbing, which look (and sound) very realistic. During one such fight, Stallone impales his adversary on a stalactite (it's the one pointing down) and holds him there for a while, while blood dribbles all over. A pack of wolves tries to chomp on an unconscious man -- who's dangling from a tree -- but nothing is shown. Stallone burns 33 million dollars, which may unnerve some people.

PROFANITY 7 - Lots of F-words and derivatives, used imaginatively. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Greed, guilt, psychosis, evil and cold-blooded murder.

MESSAGE - You mustn't blame yourself, if you've done all you can to prevent an accident.

Special Keywords: S1 - V8 - P7 - MPAAR

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