A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Fighting with cars, guns, and karate.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild implication that Liz Wirth and Reno are lovers.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some by the bad guys.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film is a thriller, with intense scenes including a scary car chase and a scene in which one person is shot and another is killed with a homemade bomb, but the violence is not graphic. This film offers a dark view of how overseas wars affect those on the homefront, and has strong themes of race and prejudice. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This thriller has a stellar performance by Spencer Tracy, as MacReedy. "A man is as big as what makes him mad," MacReedy says to Reno in one of the movie's key scenes, and it is a concept children (and parents) should think about. It is also interesting that Reno killed Komoko after he was found ineligible to enlist in the Army. His hostility toward Komoko was based on displaced of his anger and frustration as much as it was based on racism.
MacReedy did not choose the battle, but he never turns away from it. A man who had no direction, and no goal beyond the presentation of the medal to Komoko, becomes a man who will not allow Reno and his thugs to win. He is fighting them not just for Komoko, but for himself, and in doing so finds a pride and dignity that enables him to go on.
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