Movie shows extreme prejudice and hatred Irish immigrants faced from "natives": white Americans born in the United States who believed the Irish immigrants were taking their jobs away. Explores the less-than-noble ways in which the Union Army drafted Irish immigrants just off the boat to fight the Civil War.
Positive Role Models & Representations
Extremely graphic violence, many characters wounded and killed. Extended riot scenes in which characters are shot, killed at point-blank range, stabbed, blown up by cannon fire. Graphic stabbing deaths. Execution by hanging. Ears bitten off during fighting. Corrupt police officer killed, hung off a lamp post like a crucifixion. Character impaled on a fence. During riot scenes, African Americans singled out, brutally beaten before being killed. Fighting with fists, kicks, head butts. Character branded on face with a hot sword.
Sexual references and situations including prostitution.