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Shutter Island

Overall C+

Set on the remote Shutter Island, in a 1954 mental hospital for the criminally insane, this movie follows the journey of Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio). When the ambitious US marshal eagerly accepts an assignment to investigate the disappearance of one of the institution's patient/inmates, he unexpectedly places his own freedom and sanity in jeopardy.

Violence D+
Sexual Content C+
Profanity D
Substance Use C+

Why is Shutter Island rated R? The MPAA rated Shutter Island R for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity.

Run Time: 138 minutes

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Shutter Island
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Why is Shutter Island rated R? Shutter Island is rated R by the MPAA for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity.

Violent and disturbing images unexpectedly appear throughout this film, often in flashbacks sequences. These include piles of corpses at a Nazi extermination camp, a Nazi commander who is repeatedly seen with a severe and bloody gunshot wound on the side of his face, and the spontaneous mass shooting of many Nazi soldiers by Allied troops. A blood-covered woman is seen with her murdered children at her feet. Children who have been drowned by a parent are depicted floating in water. Staff members at a mental institution physically restrain patients who are housed there. Some of these patients have injuries or other disfigurements and exhibit severe mental distress. Obscured frontal male nudity is briefly seen. Two occasions of explicit sexual dialog and a couple of other sexual references are heard. At least 18 sexual expletives along with other profanities and terms of deity are used. Smoking and social drinking (along with a scene where a man drinks to relieve stress) are depicted.

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Shutter Island
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence, Coarse Language.
Alberta 14A Coarse Language, Disturbing Content, Not Recommended for Children.
Manitoba 14A Disturbing Content, Coarse Language, Tobacco Use/Promotion.
Ontario 14A Coarse Language, Violence, Disturbing Content.
Quebec 13+
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

News About "Shutter Island"

Cast and Crew

Shutter Island is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Shutter Island movie is June 8, 2010. Here are some details…

Shutter Island is releasing on DVD and Blu-ray June 8, 2010.

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Mental illness is explored in the films K-PAX, A Beautiful Mind, The Forgotten and The Aviator (which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio). Director Alfred Hitchcock used isolation to build suspense in his movie Lifeboat.