Rob Roy

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

Rob Roy is a spectacular romantic epic which tells the true story of Robert Roy MacGregor (Liam Neeson), an honorable and courageous leader of the MacGregor clan in 18th century Scotland. To help his starving clan survive a harsh Highland winter, he borrows a sizeable amount of money from the Marquis of Montrose (John Hurt). When one of Montrose's evil henchmen, Cunningham (Tim Roth), steals it, Montrose plans to imprison Rob Roy for nonpayment. But Rob Roy escapes into the hills, and Montrose sends the sadistic Cunningham to destroy his village, rape his wife and bring Rob Roy back alive. Set against the magnificent mountains and valleys of the Scottish Highlands, the film dramatizes the intense bloody conflicts arising from Cunningham's attempts to capture Rob Roy. Finally, Cunningham and Rob Roy confront each other in a gruesome arranged sword duel. The intensity of the film will both enthrall and disturb viewers. That and its mature subject matter definitely make it inappropriate for young persons.

Among R rated films, ROB ROY is unique. Its graphic sword and gun battles with bloody killings do not exploit violence to entertain. But it does contain a variety of violent acts including sword and gun killings, stabbing, drowning, kicking and striking. One intense rape is portrayed, without nudity. Also, in a brief, subdued scene, Rob Roy and his wife engage in sex under a tree, fully clothed. Sex is also implied in a few other scenes, but no nudity occurs. Although the sexual scenes are not graphic, they cannot be condoned, no matter how realistic or integral to the story. Characteristic of historical dramas, some of the language is sexually explicit, but the dialogue has only a few crudities and no obscenities. ROB ROY is not just a story of violent conflicts, but of the fervent love which Rob Roy has for his wife Mary (Jessica Lange) and his family, and his obsession to maintain his honor and integrity. He willingly risks his life to protect his family and his clansmen. Only the film's sexual and rape scenes prevent our recommendation.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
MGM/United Artists Distribution Co., 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (9) times - Mild 6, Moderate 3

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Exclamatory only - Twice

Violence: Many times: Moderate and Severe (intense bloody sword fights with injuries and killings; shooting killings; rape

Sex: Once (husband and wife, no nudity); implied few times (man and woman in bed; foreplay, no nudity)

Nudity: None, but near nudity few times (low cut dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (references to: Queen's sex life, sexual dreams, intercourse and sex with animals)

Drugs: Few times (alcohol drinking)

Other: Persons shown urinating-no nudity; woman refuses abortion; satirical remark about God's great plan; reference to birth process; man has strong sense of honor.

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Intended Audience: Adults

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