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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

A CIA operative (Brad Pitt) is captured and held in a Chinese prison, accused of espionage. His mentor (Robert Redford) discovers that the CIA won't help, and so decides to mount his own rescue operation, despite the fact that he's due to retire. Also with Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Larry Bryggman. [2:07]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman kisses a man on the cheek. There is a scene on a TV showing the introduction to "Baywatch," with women in thong bikinis and tight swimsuits running on the beach. There are a couple of scenes showing a man and woman in bed together sleeping; the man gets up and is bare to the waist and the woman is covered to the shoulders by a sheet. It may be inferred that they've made love, but nothing is evident. We see a few scenes where women wear cleavage revealing outfits and mini-skirts which show thighs.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is tied to a chair and punched hard in the face; he has a very bloody and swollen face (we see this scene several times). A suicide bomber drives his truck into the lobby of a hotel, while being shot at; the truck explodes and the building crumbles, and we hear that there were 74 casualties and see one man dragged from the rubble with a missing arm and he's covered with blood. We see a man with a gun pointed to his temple a couple of times and one time the trigger is pulled and he falls over. A man touches an electrical outlet and is shocked badly; he falls limp and unconscious and is presumed dead. A sniper shoots a man three times as a helicopter opens fire on him and his associate (one man is hit in the leg). Helicopters with armed soldiers land in a prison yard and begin firing at guards. We see photographs of a dead woman with blood streaming from her nose and mouth into a puddle, and we see photographs of a dead man and woman who died from chemical poisoning. Armed soldiers drag a bloody-faced man out of a cell, and armed men drag a man out of a van with lots of yelling and threats. Many men are injected in the arm, and we see a few field hospital scenes with bloody and wounded people: a boy with a bloody bullet hole in his shoulder, a man with a missing arm is covered by a blood covered sheet, and a girl with a bloody leg wound. There is a fight between two men and one is slammed onto the hood of a car. Two men put a bag over a woman's head and drag her into a van. Two men run through streets dodging gunfire, and fires blaze in bombed-out cars. A helicopter is shot down and crashes with a large explosion and fire ball, and a tank explodes. An explosive charge is set to open a cell door, and another cell door is opened in the same way. A stretcher carrying a man covered by a blanket is wheeled to an ambulance. There is a reference to a building having been bombed; several innocent people were killed. A comment is made about a man having "taken a mortar in the teeth" and died. There are several discussions about a man having been scheduled for execution, a reference to a man having been executed, and a reference to a woman having been beaten to death. Two men talk about taking a life. A man drives recklessly through city streets, and another man drives recklessly, speeding, backing into another car and slamming into a street market. A woman yells at two armed men who root through her car, a man yells at a man, drags him out of a car and leaves him on a street, and a woman yells at a man in a restaurant. A man vomits loudly and we see some of the spray going into a toilet. We see a man with a scabbed and scarred face and blackened teeth, and a man has a long scar down his cheek. A man walks through a dark prison with his gun drawn.

PROFANITY 6 - 16 F-words, 8 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, 11 religious exclamations, 1 derogatory term for Asians. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Espionage, rules, the CIA, retirement, trade, Beirut, the Vietnam war, defection, Germany before the fall of the wall, militias, isolation, alienation, lying, truth.

MESSAGE - Sometimes you need to break the rules.

(Note: Several people are shown smoking.)

Special Keywords: S2 - V7 - P6 - MPAAR

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