Based on the novel by James Jones, the film
depicts the U.S. invasion of Guadalcanal and subsequent battles with Japanese soldiers.
Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Jim Caviezel, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, John Cusack, George
Clooney, John Travolta, Adrien Brody, Ben Chaplin and John C. Reilly co-star, and Terrence
SEX/NUDITY 4 - A few passionate kisses and embraces. In a few brief
flashback scenes, a man fondles a woman's clothed breast and then they appear to be
having intercourse but remain clothed. We see a few scantily-clad and naked natives and we
see the posteriors of soldiers (some in underwear and some naked) running into the ocean.
A brief shot of a woman's bare back as she's bathing.
VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - We see hundreds of soldiers being shot, bombed and
stabbed. Many shots of bloody, wounded soldiers -- sometimes wailing and writhing -- and
dead bodies strewn about. A group of soldiers discovers two very bloody, dismembered
bodies. In one scene, two dogs are eating corpses; in another, a wounded and bloody bird
crawls slowly on the ground. We see bloody teeth in a soldier's hand and pliers in
his other hand, implying that he's pulled them from the wounded and dead enemy
soldiers around him. One extended shot of an obviously dead man's face poking up from
the ground. Numerous bombs, blasts, screams, and moments of terror.
PROFANITY 6 - About 12 F-words, a couple of anatomical references, several
scatological references, and lots of mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - The military and war, death, friendship, obeying authority,
loyalty, life's randomness.
MESSAGE - There are never any winners in a war.