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Sex & Nudity

  • A prostitute approaches two men and makes sexual comments. She later poses for photographs and briefly lifts her skirt to reveal her skimpy underwear.
  • Lots of dialogue about various sexual topics and acts. One soldier pulls out his penis (not shown, but talks about it) in order to entice a Vietnamese woman.
  • Some sexual insults from the drill sergeant

Violence & Gore

  • A man is severely beaten with bars of soap wrapped in towels by members of his own platoon.
  • A lot of war violence, including frequent shooting. The more graphic instances are mentioned below:
  • One character gets shot in the head, blood sprays.
  • A man kills himself with a rifle on-screen in an intense and emotional sequence.


  • Approximately 65 uses of "F***" ( some used sexually ) and 22 of "s***" (along with at least 5 uses of "bullsh*t" and 1 use of "shi**y"), along with at least 5 uses of "a*s," 11 of "a*shole" and "h*ll," 5 of "son of a b*tch," 1 of "Je**s Ch**st," 1 use of "wh*re,"
  • Derogatory terms for African Americans, the Vietnamese, Italians and Jews like n*gga and other disrespectful terms

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several scenes with people smoking cigarettes.
  • A scene in which soliders are in their bunks smoking pot. Brief and not graphic.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The first 45 minutes of the film are intense because of boot camp training.
  • Families attempting to flee Vietnam are shot at from a helicopter and then joked about.
  • The dehumanization of soldiers is a key theme throughout the movie, being shown to varying degrees.
  • This is a classic, intense, emotional movie.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.


  • 80 percent of the language is used in the first 40 minuets of the movie

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