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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

WWII courtroom mystery based on a novel by John Katzenbach: A law student (Colin Farrell) becomes an officer due to his family's political connections, but is soon captured and thrown in a German POW camp, where he's assigned to defend a black prisoner accused of murdering a white prisoner. Bruce Willis costars as the POW's ranking officer. Also with Terrence Howard, Cole Hauser and Vicellous Shannon. [2:05]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - We see a nude man from the side squatting down; the only thing visible is the side of a buttock. There are many nude men in a room being de-loused; we see bare chests, backs, legs and buttocks. Men watch a movie with women wearing what looks like old-fashioned tennis dresses; we see their bare shoulders and legs.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man is shot in the head and brain matter splatters on another man's face; the other man is punched in the face and thought to be unconscious. A man is dragged from his barracks and stands before several guards who shoot him and he falls to the ground. Many soldiers line up to witness an execution; a man is shot, he jerks and falls to the ground. Two B51s fly over a train full of men and open fire; soldiers are shot and killed and bombs dropped on buildings and trucks cause explosions. A soldier jumps from a small window in a train car, lands hard on the ground hurting his arm, runs to open the train car door and is shot several times (we see him die and see a very bloody head wound). A bomb is dropped on a train and it explodes sending men hurtling through the air. A man lies among many frozen, dead bodies. We see other frozen, dead bodies in a field littered with motorcycles and trucks. We see a dead man lying on the ground after his neck has been broken. We see a dead body lying on a table in a morgue. A man is winged in the hand (there is some blood). A man is being shot at while he drives his jeep over a hill, hits a tree, is thrown out and hits his head hard on the ground -- we see him later with bloody feet and a bloody gash on his cheek. Two planes fly over a prison camp shooting at each other. One is hit and crashes into the camp sending wreckage all over and setting a building on fire -- we see a few wounded men with burned and bloody skin. A man is tortured while being interrogated: the captors take his clothes, lock him in a frigid cell and question him repeatedly. A man tries to attack another man and threatens to kill him but is held back, and two men nearly fight when one makes racist remarks. A man grabs a man by the collar and shoves him into a wall, and a man is slapped in the face. A man threatens another man with a gun. A man talks about his son having been killed in war. Men march through snow covered roads toward a POW camp. We see men jammed into a train full of POWs and another train full of women appears to be heading for a work camp. A man breaks a radio with his rifle butt. We hear details of a murder trial, which include descriptions of the cause of a man's death. A munitions plant explodes sending plumes of flames and smoke into the air. A man goes to the latrine, and a rat crawls out. We see maggots floating in some soup that men are about to eat. Two men light their flatulence with a lighter. A man collapses and vomits.

PROFANITY 5 - 9 F-words, 9 scatological references, 1 anatomical term, 10 mild obscenities, 7 derogatory terms for African-Americans and many racist remarks, 1 derogatory term for Caucasians, 1 religious profanity, 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - War, honor, courage, the Geneva Convention rules, POWs, racism, bigotry, torture, interrogation, perjury, sabotage, framing someone, propaganda, sacrifice, duty, cowardice.

MESSAGE - The true meaning of honor is to have the courage to do what's right even if it is unpopular and sacrifices are necessary.

(Note: Many men are shown smoking cigarettes and some are shown drinking alcohol.)

Special Keywords: S3 - V6 - P5 - MPAAR

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