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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

Clint Eastwood is a reformed outlaw who straps his guns on for the last time because he's a pig-farmer with sick pigs, and a bounty, offered for the killing of a couple of cowboys who slashed a prostitute, sounds like easy money.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - In the opening scene, a man and woman are shown having "mechanical" sex, in a brothel. They are partially dressed. Women of the brothel are shown in undergarments of the period. No nudity.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - In the first scene, a woman gets cut on the face several times. Very little is shown, but the sound of slicing is audible. Richard Harris is kicked repeatedly until bloody. Morgan Freeman is whipped with a bull-whip while strapped to the bars of a jail cell. Clint Eastwood is kicked and punched until he can no longer stand. Several people are shot and are shown bleeding. Violence is not cartoonish; it is shown with great realism.

PROFANITY 5 - The F-word is used once, and some scattered foul language. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death, violence, prostitution and the complexity of killing: For money, honor or any other noble or ignoble cause.

MESSAGE - You really can't teach an old dog new tricks.

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