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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

Kevin Costner directs and stars in this Western about four freegrazers -- cattlemen who wander the countryside without owning a piece of land. The freegrazers (Costner, Robert Duvall, Diego Luna and Abraham Benrubi) run into a ruthless, ambitious rancher (Michael Gambon) who's violently opposed to sharing his land with anyone. The four men must decide whether to stay and fight for their way of life or to leave and forfeit their cattle. Also with Annette Bening and Dean McDermott. [2:14]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman kiss a few times, and a man and a woman express their romantic interest in each other. A man talks about hiring dancing girls for his saloon, and a man talks about a man taking "payment" from his mother "any way he could." A woman undresses (we see her in her period undergarments) and a man sees her through a slightly open door. A woman's shirt hangs open and reveals a bit of cleavage. A man and a young man are shown bare-chested while being examined by a doctor.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Four men approach two other men and they face off in the street: One man is shot in the head (we see a bloody hole), another man is shot in the stomach (he is lifted off the ground), another man is shot in the shoulder (blood spurts), another man is shot repeatedly and slumps to the ground, and more gunfire is exchanged back and forth. A man is shot repeatedly and sits against a wall gasping and asking for the man to finish him off. A man is shot in the foot and then in the back and we see blood spurt out of his chest, a man standing outside is shot through a wall and is thrown through the air (he twitches as he lies on the ground dying). A man opens a door and is shot in the stomach and another man is shot as he runs away. A man holds a woman around the throat with a gun to her head, a group of people hold him at gunpoint and another man approaches and shoots him repeatedly (the woman is splattered with blood). Men shoot back and forth, many are hit and killed, some are hit and wounded (we see some blood on wounds). A man is chased by many men shooting at him, until he is hit and falls to the ground dead. We see a dead man after having been shot in the head (we see a bloody hole) and a dead dog with a bloody wound on his side. A young man lies unconscious on the ground with a bloody head and stomach wound. Two men hold four other men at gunpoint, one is hit in the face with a gun, another hit in the stomach with a gun, another hit in the face with a gun, and they are forced to remove their pants and lie on the ground. A man holds a man at gunpoint, chains him into a jail cell, hits him in the face with a gun and puts him to sleep with chloroform (several other men are handled in the same way). We hear about a fight that has left one man with a broken rib and a bloody gash on his head and another man with a broken arm (we see the wounds after the fact). A man holds a little girl at gunpoint. A man is startled out of sleep, panics and holds a gun on a woman thinking she is someone else. A man talks about having killed many men in his life, a man talks about shooting a man in the throat, and killing many men in a war. A man talks about his wife and child dying from a disease. A man talks about "digging" a bullet out of a man's wound. We see a man lying unconscious in a doctor's office, several times. A man flinches in pain when a doctor touches his side. A man is hit in the face by a beer mug, and a man shoots out a sign in a crowded saloon. A woman slaps a man in the face. Two men prepare for a showdown, loading weapons and laying out a plan while townspeople leave for higher ground. A man kicks a young man off his horse and he lands in a creek. A man digs a grave, buries a man and we see him carrying the body of a dead dog. A dog struggles and is swept into the current of a flood (a man saves him). Horses and a dog are frightened by thunder during a loud storm. A man smacks another man on the leg with a stick to wake him up. A young man picks at his feet, and a man spits frequently. We see a man on his knees and, although not clear, he could be vomiting.

PROFANITY 4 - 4 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 29 mild obscenities, 7 religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Property rights, cattle ranchers vs. freegrazers, confidence, cheating, corruption, greed, memories, marriage, typhus.

MESSAGE - Ownership does not imply unlimited rights over property.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.)

Special Keywords: S2 - V6 - P4 - MPAAR

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