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South Pacific

This classic musical tells the tale of two Americans struggling to overcome prejudice while serving in the South Pacific during World War II -- although the Rogers and Hammerstein production focuses more on the song and dance than the inner conflict. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 157
Theater Release: 19 Mar 1958
Video Release: 31 Mar 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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Overall: B A musical tale of two Americans struggling to overcoming prejudice while serving in the South Pacific during World War II, although it focuses more on the song and dance than the inner conflict.

Violence: B Airplanes are shot at on several occasions. Souvenir seller displays shrunken head. Man talks about killing another man in self-defense. Bound and squealing pig shown at boar ceremony. Man dances on hot coals. Pranksters throw dart at man hitting him in the backside. Hole shot in tail of airplane. Man makes angry threats to navy man who disobeyed orders. Man accidentally falls from plane, but is saved by parachute. Inflatable boat dropped on man. Men shot at in several scenes. Planes drop bombs. Recovering wounded men shown in hospital. Men bury dead body.

Sexual Content: B- All characters clothing reflects the warm climate, with shirtless men and women in short shorts, bikini tops, and bathing suits, as well as depictions of native people wearing typical south pacific traditional dress. Men deprived of female company sing about their admiration of a feminine figure. Several instances of men talking about looking for female company. Foreign woman calls man “saxy” Body parts masked or covered in bathing suits during shower scenes. Several depictions of unmarried couples hugging and kissing. Sexual relationship implied between unmarried man and woman. The phrases “lover” and “make love” are used. Girls wear dance costumes, show legs and swing hips in dance sequence accompanying song with some sexual references. Cross-dressing man wears grass skirt and coconut-shell bra.

Language: B At least: 11 mild profanities (some appearing in lyrics of a song and a character’s name). Some mild name calling and teasing also depicted.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B Secondary character smokes cigar on several occasions. Main characters engage in social drinking in several scenes, one of which has character admitting to being drunk.

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