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Murder in the First



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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

Kevin Bacon stars as a man imprisoned in solitary confinement and tortured in Alcatraz. Christian Slater, Gary Oldman and Embeth Davidtz also star.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Kevin Bacon is seen nude in solitary confinement, shown from the side and back, usually in shadows. A man looks up the skirt of a female attorney, touches her leg and attempts to masturbate. A prostitute removes her underwear and attempts to have sex (and oral sex) with an inmate. The oral sex is out of camera range. The man's pants are down around his knees (he is shown from the side).

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Bacon is beaten and is bleeding when he is put in a dark dungeon-type cell. He is beaten repeatedly, with hands tied to the ceiling. There are close-ups of Bacon's face, as his torture reduces him to an animal-like state. A man cuts himself shaving with a straight razor, then slices his own hand deliberately and proceeds to slice the ankle of Bacon, who is tied to prison bars. A prison inmate is killed by stabbing with a spoon. The body is shown with the spoon sticking from the throat.

PROFANITY 7 - The full range of profanity, from the F-word on down, is used with regularity. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Corruption in the penal system; murder/manslaughter.

MESSAGE - People can be driven to violence by extreme circumstances.

Special Keywords: S4 - V7 - P7 - MPAAR

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