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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
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MPAA Rating: R

Sean Connery stars as a law professor defending a death row convict who's proclaiming his innocence.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A brief shot of a man hanging naked from his jail cell bars (his buttocks are briefly seen in shadow). A man forces a woman's hand to his crotch. A man threatens a woman and her daughter with rape (using veiled references).

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - The murder and attempted rape of a young girl are discussed throughout the film. A coroner discusses the autopsy of a child. A man is beaten during a police interrogation. A man threatens another man with a gun in an extended, tense scene. Autopsy photos are briefly shown (bloody gashes are evident). Two very bloody mutilated bodies are shown. The gruesome details of electrocution are discussed in a classroom lecture. A man is shown with a bloody knife wound on his throat. A fight scene with threats, tackling, punching and stabbing. A man is hit with a baseball bat.

PROFANITY 7 - About 20 F-words, a large number of milder obscenities, one scatological reference. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The legal system, standing up for your beliefs, death penalty, innocence and guilt, revenge.

MESSAGE - Truth is not always what it appears to be; be wary of hidden agendas.

Special Keywords: S4 - V6 - P7 - MPAAR

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