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American Outlaws

Hoping to return to farming after serving in the American Civil War, the James brothers and their cousins from the Younger family are disappointed to discover that trouble's-a-brewin' back at the ranch. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: B
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 94
Theater Release: 17 Sep 2001
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is American Outlaws Rated PG-13?


Overall: C+
This action-packed gun-toting western portrays Jessie James and his gang of outlaws as crusaders against the dirty dealings of the railroad empire, with plenty of non-gory violence, moderate language and sexual references.

Violence: D+
Soldiers fire rifles and artillery at group of men on horseback, some riders fall, at least three depictions of men being shot. Two explosions send men flying into the air. Sharpshooter’s bullet hits man. Reckless rider leaps over wagon and shoots pistols at soldiers. Man shot in head, another in chest. Soldiers with bayonets charge pistol-wielding horse riders. Two men wrestle over rifle. Two men shot with rifle. Boy threatened with pistol. Fist fight. Injured and bedraggled soldiers shown. Dead man shown hanging from noose. Three men draw guns and threaten group of men. In a half serious manner, a woman suggests God would approve of secretly murdering a group of unscrupulous businessmen. Talk of man being condemned to death for shooting two other men. Man shown bound and gagged. Noose is placed around man’s neck. Man spits in face of another man who cuffs him in return. Stampeding horses cause property damage and people to flee. Several men shot in gunfire exchange. Horse and rider crash though window. Man knocked down by horse. One man seriously injured by bullet. Men set fire to barn. Two houses explode killing one person. Men with guns rob bank. Man hits boy with cane. Sheriff aims gun at thieves. Railroad cars and track explode. Railroad conductor threatened into stopping train, then held at gunpoint. Depiction of several men shot and killed during various robberies. Two scenes involve man angrily threatening bank employees and patrons during holdup. Brawling men crash through window, then draw guns. Man shot and killed. Lengthy shootout scene. Man crashes through window. Man falls from water tower after being shot. Three explosions cause property damage, death, and mayhem. Blood shown on hands of man who tries to help injured character. Priest accepts bribe. Man taken prisoner at gunpoint. Quarreling gang members draw guns. Man in chains threatened with unfair trial and hanging. Man hits another in face. Various gunshots exchanged. Man falls from rail car. Train engine and some cars explode. Gang and soldiers engage in shootout, resulting in several deaths. Man shot, another man threatened.

Sexual Content: B
Man teases brother about his attraction to a young woman. Man teased that his partner in past sexual escape was cross-dressing man. Man complains about his wife’s infidelity. Woman shown wearing only her long slip. Woman accuses man of touching her. Man jokes about doing something shameful at dancing party. Four scenes depict man and woman kissing. Two men with obvious intentions leave with saloon girls, one of them slaps his choice on her backside. Man asks young boy if he’s ever been with a woman. Woman tells man that marriage comes before going to a hotel together. Shirtless man and woman in sleeveless dress/ slip go swimming and kiss.

Language: C+
At least: 1 slang term for sex, 6 moderate profanities, 13 mild profanities, 1 use of a crude phrase, 2 terms of Deity used as expletives, along with several terms of Deity uttered by a character whose religious tendencies include talking to Jesus.

Alcohol / Drug Use: C+
Pipe and cigar smoking shown on a couple of occasions. Drinking and gambling in saloon depicted in two scenes. Young boy drinks liquor in saloon. Injured character offered whiskey. Priest offers toast from his personal flask.

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