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Still shot from the movie: The Fifth Estate.

The Fifth Estate

This drama is based on the life of Julian Assange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), the founder of WikiLeaks. The film focuses on the relationship between him and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and how the success of their websites leads to the failure of their friendship. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 128
Theater Release: 18 Oct 2013
Video Release: 28 Jan 2014
MPAA Rating: R
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Why Is The Fifth Estate Rated R?


Violence: Brief explicit violence shows two men shot at point blank range (blood splatters and wounds are shown). News footage includes people being shot, harassed by officials, and civilian deaths in war zones. Characters fear their lives are in danger. Characters engage in illegal activities such as computer hacking and publicly posting classified information. A spy’s life is in peril when he faces exposure. Child abuse is alluded to.

Sexual Content: It is implied an unmarried couple are involved in a sexual relationship. A couple begins embracing, kissing and undressing—but are interrupted. Brief discussions about sex and sexual innuendo are included.

Language: At least six sexual expletives are heard, along with other profanities and terms of deity. Racial slurs are used.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink frequently, sometimes to relieve stress. Infrequent tobacco use is depicted.

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