This film sets high standards for loyalty, courage, and patriotism. The people who live up to those standards are deemed heroic and noble.
Several intense fist fights, a struggle using a knife and a broken bottle, and a second knife fight during which one of the combatants is killed off camera. Another character dies after a severe off-camera beating. Given the scope of the action, relatively little blood is spilled and severe injuries are not shown. Scenes, including some newsreel footage, of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is limited in scope and takes up only the last 10 minutes of the film: machine guns and rifles are fired; airplanes strafe the military compound, bombs drop, and some bodies fall to the ground.
Though this 1953 film contains perhaps the most famous screen kiss of all time -– Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in a passionate embrace on a sandy beach as the tide rolls over them- – it's actually tame by today's standards. The kiss lasts a few seconds and then the camera cuts away. Two intensely romantic relationships build strongly and result in scenes of ardent kissing. Everything else, including adultery, is hinted at or discussed, but not seen.
There are a number of ethnic slurs: "wop" and "Japs." No swearing or obscenities.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Multiple scenes of drinking and drunkenness. The soldiers drink heavily while not on duty and most of the major characters bond while inebriated. Cigarette smoking is pervasive.