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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

The rise of the Black Panther party in 1960's California is chronicled in this film directed by Mario Van Peebles.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman's cleavage is exposed, and her panties are shown when a draft from a passing bus lifts up her skirt. There are a couple of obscene sexual references, one obscene sexual gesture.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A boy is hit by a car and he is shown lying in a pool of blood. A man is shot several times and we see the bloody bulletholes as he's lying in blood. Several other people are shot: one is shown in the hospital with a huge, bloody wound on his torso. A man's finger is broken, to teach him a lesson (we hear the bone break and the man yell). Many scenes of police brutality: police threaten crowds of people and they viscously beat back a crowd with water and billyclubs. There are a couple of explosions and a couple of scenes of military violence are shown in the background.

PROFANITY 9 - 50+ F-words, many racial epithets, a few obscene sexual references, 20+ scatological terms, many milder obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racial equality, the Black Panther party, the FBI, unethical government practices, Vietnam.

MESSAGE - Whites cannot deny African-Americans their own history. Racial equality has not been achieved.

Special Keywords: S3 - V8 - P9 - MPAAR

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