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MPAA Rated R for strong gruesome violence, some nudity and language

Sex & Nudity

  • References to male and female genitalia, pedophilia and homosexuality. A man briefly kisses a woman. Two men flirt and dance together. We see several sketches of a naked woman (not detailed), some photos of corpses that might be naked, the backside of a man in his underwear, a woman in her bra and underwear. A woman wears quite low cut dress and we see sides of her breasts.

Violence & Gore

  • An intense gunfight results in an FBI agent, several other men and a woman being shot, the latter causing a baby to become soaked in blood. Moderate.
  • A man peels off his face and feeds it to a dog. This is shown in blurry, unsteady shots but is still disturbing. Moderate.
  • Numerous photographs of Lecter's victims are shown. Disturbing.
  • Video footage is shown of Hannibal biting a nurse's face. Disturbing.
  • A man is stabbed in the groin, blood pours (graphic).
  • A crash test dummy is seen being eaten by pigs while agonized screaming is played back on a portable tape player. Scary.
  • A man get´s his belly cut open and thrown out a window with a noose around his neck, his intestines fall out and splatter on the ground below. Strong and gory.
  • A man has his throat cut, blood spurts and a pool of blood is shown on the floor.
  • Three men are eaten alive by the boars. Graphic and disturbing.
  • Hannibal Lecter opens the skull on a man, while he is still alive and fully conscious, and feeds him his own brain. The top of the mans head is graphically cut off and the brain is fully exposed and very gory for an extended period of time. Hannibal graphically removes the brain sac and slices a piece off (the actual slicing of the brain itself is never shown, but many people mistakenly remember having seen it after watching the film), which he fries. The man then happily eats his brain as blood runs down his face. At the film's conclusion Hannibal feeds some of the cooked brain matter to a young boy. Very explicit and disturbing.
  • Hannibal cuts off his own hand with a meat cleaver after Clarice handcuffs him, although this is only implied and never shown.


  • Three uses of Fuck,one use of cocksucker, several anatomical references, a few mild obscenities

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several instances of smoking and drinking
  • Some civilized drinking.
  • A man is offered "poppers" which turn out to be a much more powerful psychoactive drug.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The idea of a character eating his victims, which is never seen but referred to constantly, could disturb some viewers.
  • One character's face is severely deformed and seen in detail.
  • The brain-cooking scene may disturb some viewers.
  • This movie is pretty intense altogether as the character 'Hannibal' is a known cannibal and also used to be a psychologist before he was put in jail, so he is good at getting into people's minds.
  • A kid sees human flesh with Hannibal's food, and asks to try it, and he does.

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