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Crimson Tide



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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman star as two officers on a nuclear submarine, at the brink of nuclear holocaust.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A couple of obscene sexual references; a couple of barechested men; a kiss between a man and his wife.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A fire in the galley results in explosions and people being bandied about. A man has a cut over his eye which is dripping a great deal of blood. A man is punched in the face resulting in a slightly bloody nose and a small cut on his cheek. A man is hit in the face by a hatch. A dead body is shown floating in the bilge. A man dies of a heart attack. A submarine sustains a hit, which causes the sub to shake violently -- this happens twice -- and people are injured but not severely. Two men are held at gunpoint.

PROFANITY 6 - About 25 F-words, 15 scatological terms, many milder obscenities, a couple of sexual references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Military orders vs. morality, authority, nuclear holocaust.

MESSAGE - While a soldier must follow orders, sometimes he has to follow his own moral compass and be ready to face the consequences.

Special Keywords: S1 - V5 - P6 - MPAAR

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