Northfork

 
 

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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
Profanity
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MPAA Rating: PG-13

It's 1955 and people in the small town of Northfork are being evacuated from their homes to make room for the construction of a dam. The film mixes scenes of trench-coat clad government agents hired to remove townspeople who won't leave and the sickbed dreams of an orphaned boy cared for by a priest. The dreams include fantastic creatures that may or may not be angels. With Mark Polish, James Woods, Nick Nolte, Anthony Edwards and Duel Farnes. Directed by Michael Polish. [1:34]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss passionately on a bed, and we see her bare buttocks under her dress as he caresses her. A young man and a young woman kiss tenderly.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man's feet are shown nailed to a porch with railroad spikes (we see a bit of blood). A boy lies dead and a man grieves over him. A man is shot with a tranquilizer dart and falls to the floor unconscious. A man shoots at two men in a car, breaking out the windshield which sprays them with glass. A man shoves a man against a wall and threatens him. A man jumps across an opening in a house, slips and hits his head. A cemetery is shown a few times, with empty holes where coffins had been. A coffin pops to the surface of a body of water (we see this a couple of times). A man in a boy's dream has hands that he unscrews and replaces (a wooden pair, a china pair); we hear twisting and a pop once when he is changing hands. Another man in a boy's dream has brown-tinged teeth. A woman in a boy's dream has safety pins attached to her forehead that hold a wig in place. People talk about having wings amputated. A boy falls out of bed and is shown on the floor. A boy dreams of a creature that looks like a wooden horse on stilts and with a lion's mane. A boy is very sick in bed, drifting in and out of consciousness and near death. A boy has two scars on his head and two scars on his back. Two men talk about the smell of death, and two men talk about exhuming a woman's remains. A few explosions shake buildings. Men throw furniture and belongings out of a house and they crash through a window. A man prays for a boy to die. A man puts a boy in a bathtub of water and ice (he has a fever).

PROFANITY 4 - 1 scatological term, 13 mild obscenities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Progress, death, orphans, government agents, fascistic tactics, being displaced, terminal illness, grief, power plants, fate, angels.

MESSAGE - We are all angels, it's what we do with our wings that separates us.

Special Keywords: S3 - V4 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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