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Defiance [2008] [R] - 4.8.5



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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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WWII film based on the true story of a family of brothers (Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell and George MacKay) who created a community for escaped Jews deep in a Belarusian forest. Also with Alexa Davalos, Tomas Arana, Mark Feuerstein, Jodhi May, Kate Fahy, Iddo Goldberg, Iben Hjejle, Martin Hancock, Ravil Isyanov and Jacek Koman. Directed by Edward Zwick. [2:17]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss passionately. A young man and a young woman kiss at their wedding ceremony. A man kisses a young woman's hand and tries to convince her to join him (she appears uncomfortable and walks away).
 A man and a woman lie in bed together covered by a blanket (his bare shoulders and her bare legs are visible), and it is implied that they have had sex.
 A woman offers herself to a man in exchange for protection, he touches her face tenderly and she places his hand on her clothed breast (nothing else is shown).
 A man says of a woman: "She is a tasty one." A woman says that she was raped at gunpoint and is pregnant. A man says that pregnancy will not be allowed in a village.
 Several women are shown bathing in a stream (they are all wearing long slips that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders and cling to their bodies).

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man with a gun bursts into a home, holds a gun on a man and his family, shoots two young men (blood platters on the wall behind them), then shoots the man (blood splatters) and a woman screams and pleads for him to kill her too.
 A German soldier is brought to a camp where he is surrounded by displaced Jews who taunt and jeer, they begin to strike him with their fists and they kick him, and they then use sticks and gun-butts until he has been beaten to death (we see them crowded around him, screaming and striking, but no blood is evident).
 Many soldiers are shot at they pass on a road, we see bullets strike and blood spurts and sprays, and two men are shot in the head. Several men with guns walk through a village, and one man shoots another man in the back (he falls to the ground); a truck is set on fire and another man is shot and falls to the ground.
 A man urinates on a man hiding in brush on the side of a road, and the man hiding stabs the other man in the crotch (we hear a crunch, the man screams and falls to the ground where he is shot).
 A tank attacks a group of people, they fire, many are struck and killed (blood spurts), a man runs with an explosive in his hand, he falls on the ground and is blown up, and an explosive is dropped inside a tank and blows up.
 A vehicle with a mounted machine gun finds a group of men on the road after an attack, it opens fire, the men scatter, and a couple of men are struck and fall to the ground; one young man runs through thick woods and is chased and fired upon (it is feared that he is killed). Several people with guns await an attack, a woman is shot in the head (blood spurts), a man is shot (blood sprays), and another woman is shot and is thrown to the ground. A man shoots a man in the chest and threatens several others.
 A soldier driving a motorcycle runs into a cable stretched across the road, and he is thrown to the ground where he is beaten and shot by several men (it is dark and no gore is visible). We see several people shot by soldiers as they are being forced to leave their homes (we see them fall to the ground dead). A man is shot, another man is chased and shot, and several others in a car are shot along with a woman (we see a bit of blood on the woman's neck). Men with guns walk into a camp, they shoot into shelters, people shoot at them and they shoot back (a few people are struck and one man is shot in the shoulder).
 We see a man hanging from rafters in a barn, the man has blood on his head, face and chest, where a sign that reads "Jew lover" has been nailed.
 Planes fly over a forest where people are hiding, bombs are dropped on them, they run for shelter, and several people are thrown when the bombs explode; a shelter where many people are hiding is blown up, a man is thrown, and he strikes his head on a tree (he has a bloody nose and ear).
 A woman walking through woods is chased by a dog, the dog grabs a bag off her back, the woman tries to retrieve it, the dog attacks her, and she shoots it (we see blood on the woman's hand and we see her carrying the dog's body across her shoulders).
 A man punches another man who punches him back, they fall to the ground fighting and wrestling, one man kicks the other man, grabs him off the ground and throws him down again; then one man tackles the other man, pins him down and holds a rock over his head (he does not strike him). A man punches another man in the face. A man slaps another man in the face and calls him a name.
 A man has a very bloody face after a beating. A young man has a bruised eye after a beating. A boy has a swollen and bruised cheek after having been struck. We see what looks like a pile of dead bodies in a large ditch (it's hard to make out anything other than flesh tones). We see several dead people with bloody wounds. We see people suffering from frostbite (a foot is shown with blackened toes). A man coughs deeply and collapses, he coughs again and dies (he dies off-screen).
 Women and children are separated and taken away by soldiers (we hear screaming and pleading). People are lined up, forced to wear yellow stars on their clothing and taken away by soldiers. Two men walking through woods are held at gunpoint by many other men, who take them to talk to their commander.
 A man shoots his horse to feed people (we hear the gunshot). A man with a gun enters a camp and demands food.
 A man and a young man argue and threaten each other with knives (they are separated unharmed). People argue angrily and bitterly in several scenes. A young man cries uncontrollably after an attack on his family that left his father dead and another man shakes the young man by the shoulders to try to make him stop. A man falls to his knees, sobs and pounds his head against a tree (we see blood on his forehead and face) after hearing that his wife and child had been murdered. A man buries a dead man in a field.
 We hear news reports that 50,000 people have been murdered after Germany invaded Belarus, while we see newsreel-type images of people being forcibly rounded up by soldiers who push and strike them. We hear that in a city there were 3,000 Jews and now only 50 remain. A soldier talks to a civilian about "hunting Jews" and he jokes about it. A man says that he fears that a young man will be tortured and hanged. A man is told that his wife was murdered. A man talks about his brother being killed by Germans. We hear that people are suffering and dying from Typhus.
 Men and women practice shooting guns. Many wounded and sick people wander through a thick forest trying to find a safe place. A young boy is found hiding under floorboards in a cabin (he is very frightened). A man is startled when another man makes a loud noise while they are planting an explosive. A man coughs deeply and appears very sick in a few scenes.

PROFANITY 5 - About 5 F-words, 8 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, savage, pig), 3 exclamations (shut-up), 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Two men drink alcohol from a bottle, men are shown distilling alcohol from potatoes, two men drink a toast to the dead, men drink from a bottle and pass it around to others, a woman drinks from a flask, men offer a bottle of alcohol to a young boy (about 12) and he takes a drink, and a young man drinks from a bottle. Men smoke cigarettes in several scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Anti-Semitism, World War II, Nazis, the SS, Adolph Hitler, the Holocaust, concentration camps, death camps, mass murder, genocide, vengeance, family, friendship, community, power, freedom, greed, love, marriage, sacrifice, betrayal, corruption, intellectuals, politics is meaningless, survival by fighting vs. survival by hiding.

MESSAGE - With hope people can survive the most extreme circumstances.

Special Keywords: S4 - V8 - P5 - MPAAR

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