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14A(14A) Coarse Language


Dir: Sidney Lumet. Drama. In order to boost its ratings, a television network exploits a mentally unstable news anchorman (Peter Finch) after he threatens to commit suicide on-air.

Content elements

  • Frequent use of the sexual expletive in a non-sexual context; frequent use of scatological slang, cursing, profanity, vulgar expressions, sexual and ethno-cultural slurs
  • Infrequent use of sexual language and references – little detail
  • Infrequent references to suicide – little detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of hand-to-hand and gun violence, some in a suicide context – little blood and detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of sexual activity – no nudity, little detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of alcohol and tobacco use in a recreational context

Thematic elements

  • Exploitation and mass media
  • Madness
  • Infotainment

Classification rationale

Rated 14A for coarse language

Classification date

June 28, 2021

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