Carlito's Way (1993) - Parents Guide Movie Rating

Carlito's Way
MPA: R BBFC: 18 Maturity Rating 18+
MPAA Reason
Rated R for strong violence, drug content, sexuality and language.

BBFC Reason
Contains strong violence and hard drug use

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Sex & Nudity


A woman lies on top of a man and jumps on his crotch at an outdoor party. No nudity, since they are fully clothed. There are several scenes of female nudity. In one scene, Carlito knocks on Gail's door and after they talk, she takes off her dress, and shows her bare breasts in the mirror for Carlito to see, and then she lets him in and he kisses her neck for about a minute, but Gail's breasts are not shown during this scene while Carlito kisses her neck and body. The song "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker plays during this scene. There's a long scene in a strip club that shows graphic female nudity with erotic dancing.

Violence & Gore


We see a man being shot during the credits. Little blood shown. Carlito's men moderately beat Benny Blanco. Kleinfeld's bodyguards are knocked out with a bat. Klienfeld takes a knife stab to the chest. A man shoots another man in the head killing him. Some blood shown. A man is shot in the chest. Little blood shown. There's a shoot out in a train station.6 men are shot sometimes with bloody results. A guy splits another guy's head open with a harpoon (bloody but not long lasting). A guy kills another guy by slitting what looks like his mouth as well as gagging him. (Not shown, just the aftermath). It's most graphic scene in movie. There's a bar shoot out where one guy gets his arm smashed inside a cooler for a few seconds before his throat is slit, he dies in a second. Another guy starts shooting the other people dead and also smacks them with a billiard stick and shoots the Q-ball to one guy's head prior to the shoot out. The guy takes a bullet to the shoulder but appears to be fine. Somewhat bloody and shocking but not gory. A man is beaten moderately in an alley. Kleinfield is shot in the head at a hospital, some blood sprays on the wall. Carlito is killed by Benny Blanco in the ending. Not bloody but very upsetting. Also, Benny kills Pachanga with some blood after this.



"Fuck" is used at least 89 times, "cocksucker" at least twice, and some other profanities.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking


Many scenes show people drinking. References to dealing heroin and to dealing and smoking marijuana. Some cigarette smoking Klienfeld is a heavy coke user. He is seen sniffling cocaine several times. In one scene he does a line of cocaine and takes a drink at his office. Later he has a party where people have several mini plates of heaping cocaine. One guy is so coked that he knocks the table and plate over. Other people are assumed to be coked out of their minds as a lady pushes a guy in a swimming pool and two people are having sex outside. Klienfeld is later said to be so coked that his nostril flaps are all red and swollen. A guy in a weelchair also snorts a bit of cocaine.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


The bar sequence with Guajiro is quite intense, due to his fate. A prisoner makes numerous threats to Klienfeld. Carlito's treatment of Lalin can be upsetting. The ending is emotional. The shootouts are intense. The main character fears for his life at the last 35-40 minutes but the movie isn't that intense.