Why is Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is rated PG-13 for for some intense sequences of violence and disturbing images, sexual content and brief strong language.
Violence: Numerous scenes include beatings, gunfire, car burnings, dead bodies and bloody injuries. A man is arrested and beaten until he dies. A woman is accused of stealing from her employer. A woman accuses her husband of adultery. He responds by yelling and knocking her to the floor. Police open fire on a crowd of protesters, killing men, women and children. Blacks are forced into segregated neighborhoods. Characters blow up businesses and government buildings. A man is killed in one explosion. They use gasoline to start fires. Prisoners are shoved, yelled at and intimidated. A man makes crude comments about another man’s wife in order to start an argument. A tortured man’s screams can be heard. A woman is dragged from her home at night, beaten, stripped naked and imprisoned for many months. Characters throw rocks at soldiers. A man accused of being a traitor is chased and burned alive by his own people. Soldiers are engulfed in flames. Riots break out in the streets resulting in dead and injured characters.
Sexual Content: Laws forbid interracial relationships. Several brief sexual scenes include passionate kissing and undressing involving married and unmarried couples. A woman comments that a man has “lots of girlfriends.” A married woman is photographed with another man.
Language: The script contains some strong language including racial slurs and vulgar expressions, name-calling, profanities, scatological slang, cursing and a handful of other profanities.
Alcohol / Drug Use:Several characters, including Mandela, smoke and drink. A group of drunken prison guards force their prisoners to strip down and stand outside in the rain.