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Overall A

War can leave a mark on a man, and Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) has carried such a scar for decades. But would an opportunity to confront his former Japanese captor (Hiroyuki Sanada) help him to heal? Or would it just tempt the tormented man to take revenge?

Violence D+
Sexual Content A-
Profanity B+
Substance Use A

MPAA Rating: R for disturbing prisoner of war violence.

Why is The Railway Man rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: The Railway Man is rated R for for disturbing prisoner of war violence.

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Violence: This film deals with human abuse and torture. Several scenes depict beating and torture (some with blood effects), including one where a man is subjected to water-boarding. A man hits another man with a large stick (the camera focuses on the abuser and the injured victim is not seen until after the beating is complete). Men are forced into railway cars and taken to POW camps. A character commits suicide by hanging from a rope (this take place on screen). A character looks at sketches of men in POW camps, some of whom are very thin and being subjected to torture. Prisoners of war are forced to work as slaves and build a railway. Dead bodies are shown. After being beaten a man is tied to the back of a motor vehicle and forced to run behind it.

Sexual Content: A married couple undresses to their underwear on their wedding night and embraces on a bed. We see them the next morning in bed with bare shoulders. Later we see the same couple in bed again with bare shoulders.


A mild profanity is used once and a single term of deity is heard.

Alcohol / Drug Use: None noted.

The Railway Man
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence.
Alberta PG Violence, Disturbing Content, Not Recommended For Young Children.
Manitoba 14A Brutal Violence, Disturbing Content.
Ontario 14A Disturbing Content, Graphic Violence.
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video

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