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From Dusk till Dawn



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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

George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Keitel get stuck in a bar that's full of vampires. Also with Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek, Ernest Liu, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Tom Savini, Fred Williamson, Michael Parks, Brenda Hillhouse, John Saxon, Marc Lawrence and Kelly Preston. [1:48]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Sexual innuendo. A woman puts her foot in a man's mouth and he sucks on it. Women dance, gyrate and caress themselves suggestively with their buttocks and breasts showing. Most of the nudity is in the background but a few times breasts are clearly seen for extended periods.

VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - The gore and violence are relentless and explicit. Body parts are torn apart and we see heads and arms and legs rolling around, a vampire band plays guitar on a limbless body, several decapitated heads are still alive, a vampire's heart is ripped out and continues beating, a teenager is attacked by many vampires and we see them feeding on him (much blood). There are many vampires with hideous, deformed faces, vampires "melt" when they're killed, vampires explode and burst into flames, vampires suck people's necks (with lots of spurting blood). Two people are shot, one in the head with buckets of blood. A man has a hole shot through his hand: we see the bloody wound throughout the film. A hostage is killed and we see flashes of spattered blood and a bloody body. A man is set on fire. People are beaten up a few times (some blood).

PROFANITY 10 - 50+ F-words, many anatomical references (very obscene), many scatological references, many mild obscenities and one racial epithet. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Vampires, thievery, brotherhood, hostages, spiritual faith, running from the law.

MESSAGE - When all seems hopeless, you might still survive if you fight back.

Special Keywords: S6 - V10 - P10 - MPAAR

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