2005 R 2h 5m Blu-ray / DVD


2005 R 2h 5m Blu-ray / DVD
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Based on Marine Anthony Swofford's biting memoir about his stint as a sniper in Operation Desert Storm, this film focuses on the long, lonely days spent at war, and the cynicism and caustic humor soldiers employ to deal with unimaginable conditions.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): DTS 5.1 Surround
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie isn't appropriate for kids. It includes frequent scenes of violence, including shooting (at targets and people), hazing rituals, fights, explosions, and grueling training exercises. The film shows frequent images of carcasses (burned and broken along the Gulf war's infamous Highway of Death). Characters curse relentlessly, smoke cigarettes, drink, and do drugs. The troops also engage in frank sex talk (including slang for genitals and masturbation) and gestures; the film includes a brief glimpse at the protagonist's parents in a hotel bed, and scenes from a homemade porn movie (the doggy-style sex act is explicit, without penetration).

Sexual Content

Repeated sexual allusions and language; a couple of brief sex scenes; sexy photos from girls back home; troops fret over cheating girlfriends.


More focused on effects of violence than violent acts; explicit images of burned corpses.


Extreme cursing (100s of f-words, slang for genitals, abusive slang); some racial and sexual orientation slang.

Social Behavior

Troops are cynical, wartime violence is expected but harrowing.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cigarette-smoking, drinking, pot-smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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