Revenge tale with Mel Gibson as a widowed American farmer
drawn into the American Revolution when his son is killed by a British Colonel. Also with
Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, Tchéky Karyo, Trevor Morgan, Bryan Chafin, Heath Ledger,
Chris Cooper, Rene Auberjonois, Lisa Brenner, Tom Wilkinson, Donal Logue, Leon Rippy, Adam
Baldwin and Gregory Smith. [2:39]
SEX/NUDITY 2 - Mild sexual innuendo and a brief mention of implied rape.
Some kisses. We see a few shirtless men.
VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - Numerous hand-to-hand battle scenes (some involve many
men, others are small ambushes) during which lots and lots of soldiers are shot or stabbed
to death in the chest, shoulders, neck or back (sometimes in slow motion, and sometimes in
close-ups or at a distance), often resulting in very bloody wounds (blood sometimes gushes
or spurts from the wound); we also see some of the men fall to the ground and die. Also
during battles we see a man beheaded by a flying cannon ball (we see his head fly off his
body and blood spurting from his neck), a man's leg knocked off by a cannon (blood
gushes out), a few men and a horse shot with and killed by a cannon ball, a man shot in
the forehead, a man shot in the heart at close range, a few men shot and knocked off their
horses into water, a few men stabbed up-close (one of the stabbed men writhes in pain with
blood flowing from his mouth), and two men sliced in the chest and another sliced in the
back with a sword; nearly all result in blood squirting or gushing from wounds. In one
scene a man chops a man's chest with a tomahawk, slices another's neck, shoots a
man in the forehead, throws the tomahawk into a man's forehead (it sticks in his head and
blood gushes out), throws a tomahawk and lodges it in a man's back (blood squirts out),
and then he chops a man many, many times, obviously killing him (lots of blood flies onto
the man with the tomahawk, drenching his face and clothes; two boys witness the violence).
A boy is shot in the back; we see a close-up of the very bloody gunshot wound and see him
become pale and then die. Two young boys are given guns and instructed to kill several men
(the boys are obviously nervous but follow the orders). Three men are lined up and shot to
death (bloody wounds are visible). A man shoots himself in the temple (we see this happen
and hear the loud shot). A wagon is ambushed, blown up and several men are shot and
killed. There's discussion of cutting people apart piece-by-piece (beheading, gouging eyes
and tongue). A man stabs a horse. A church filled with many people locked inside is set on
fire; we see them choking and they all eventually die. A few houses are also set on fire.
A ship is blown up (all we see is the fire but no casualties). Several scenes in which we
see lots of dead bodies are lying on the ground; also, we see the corpses of a woman and a
boy who've just been killed, several frozen corpses scattered about in the snow, and three
corpses hanging from a tree. A man threatens to shoot several young children, and soldiers
threaten to hang a young man. We see a bloody man writhing in pain while having his leg
amputated; a close-up of an open cut on a man's stomach; a bloody, purplish, infected and
ripped apart leg; men with wounded faces, chests and legs; and several bandaged soldiers
with bloody wounds and blood-soaked clothing. A man is poked with a needle, a man
headbutts another, and a man hits another with the butt of a gun. A man sits in a rocking
chair and it falls apart, knocking him to the floor. We see dummies in nooses during a
mock hanging. We hear loud cannon fire and see smoke and explosions; several times we hear
cannon fire in the background though we see nothing. A man threatens to shoot two dogs,
and there's some talk of eating dogs.
PROFANITY 2 - A few anatomical references and mild obscenities, and several
insults. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Vengeance, loyalty, loss of a child (and spouse and parent),
war, love, the American Revolution, prayer, equipping kids with guns, kids killing (and
one professing to be proud of it), slavery, anti-French jokes, treason, suicide.
MESSAGE - War is a hellish but sometimes necessary affair that requires
personal sacrifice for the greater good of the country.