Denial parents guide


History: A matter of debate.

Overall A-

Professor and historian, Dr. Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz), finds herself in a legal battle trying to prove the reality of Jewish persecution during WWII when she is accused of libel for calling the out-spoken history writer David Irving (Timothy Spall) a holocaust denier. This movie is based on a true story.

Release date October 21, 2016

Violence B-
Sexual Content B+
Profanity C-
Substance Use C

Why is Denial rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Denial PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language

Run Time: 110 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Denial rated PG-13? Denial is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for thematic material and brief strong language

Violence: Security guards remove an unruly man who interrupts a lecture and makes accusations against the speaker. A woman is forced to defend her published words when she is sued for liable. Characters visit Auschwitz and talk about the gas chambers, the crematorium and mass killings of the Jewish people. A couple of brief scenes re-enact Jewish people being herded into the building and later trying to push open locked doors in an attempt to escape the poisonous gas. Typhus and the lice that carry the disease are mentioned, as well as methods used to control the sickness and the spread of the bugs. Verbal threats are made. A character is hit by an egg thrown in protest.

Sexual Content: Mild sexual innuendo is heard. A man makes a comment about women’s breasts. Characters embrace.

Language: A sexual expletive is used once. A few mild and moderate profanities and terms of deity are also included in the script. Racial slurs and jokes are heard.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Alcohol is drunk frequently in bars and restaurants, as well as at home and in the workplace: It is used both to celebrate and drown sorrows. Characters are shown smoking.

Other: Characters pray.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language.
Alberta PG Mature Subject Matter.
Manitoba PG Mature Theme.
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Language May Offend, Tobacco Use.
Quebec G
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

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News About "Denial"

Cast and Crew

Denial is directed by Mick Jackson and stars Rachel Weisz, Andrew Scott, Timothy Spall.

Learn more about Deborah E. Lipstadt and David Irving.

Learn more about the Irving v. Lipstadt trial here.

This movie is based on the books History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, written by Dr. Lipstadt.

From the Studio:
Based on the acclaimed book "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier," DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Also starring two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson, the film is directed by Emmy Award winner Mick Jackson ("Temple Grandin") and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award nominated writer David Hare (THE READER). Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff.
Written by Bleecker Street

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Denial movie is January 3, 2017. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Denial
Release Date: 3 January 2017
Denial releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD) with the following extras:
- The Making of Denial
- Theatrical Trailer

Related home video titles:

Another woman ends up in court over injustice committed against Jews during WWII in the movie Woman in Gold, also based on a true story. Another courtroom drama unfolds in Inherit the Wind.