1986 R 2h 0m Blu-ray / DVD


1986 R 2h 0m Blu-ray / DVD
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Helmed by Oliver Stone, this searing autobiographical drama chronicles the Vietnam experiences of naive volunteer soldier Chris Taylor, whose view of the conflict starts to change after witnessing murder and rape at the hands of his compatriots.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: DTS 5.1 HD
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 OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this Oscar-winning war drama -- one of the most highly regarded Vietnam War movies -- is highly violent, powerful, and devastating. The violence is intense, with almost constant guns, blood, and dead bodies; soldiers also shoot and rape (mostly implied) Vietnamese characters, and burn a village. Language is likewise very strong, with almost constant use of "f--k," as well as heavy uses of words like "s--t" and "c--ksucker."

Sexual Content

Some playful sexual innuendo in the dialogue.


This movie features brutal, up-close war violence, with guns and shooting, lots of blood, and many, many dead bodies. The movie puts us in the thick of battle, with explosions, screaming, and sheer terror as well as sheer adrenaline. American soldiers are seen beating up and committing other atrocities on Vietnamese people (i.e. raping, shooting, burning villages, etc.).


There is very strong, constant language here. "F--k" and "motherf--ker" are used quite often, as is "s--t," "p---y," and "c--ksucker." Other words include "dick," "hell," "son of a bitch," "ass," "asshole," "Goddamn," "bitch," "pecker," "faggot," and "Jesus Christ" and "for Christ's sake." Additionally, there are racial slurs like "gook."

Social Behavior

The overall message of this movie is that war is futile, and the Vietnam War was especially futile. Good people get killed and bad people survive. Good people do bad things. Nothing is solved. The hero finds his courage over the course of the movie, to a degree, but he also finds disgust and despair.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some soldiers are likely older teens and most characters are seen smoking cigarettes and/or pot at some point. A few characters drink beers in one scene.

  • 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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