Bush Christmas

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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'40s Australian adventure has casual racism, outdated feel.

NR 1947 80 minutes

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age 8+

Black and white 1947 family film

We enjoyed it but were surprised that it was black and white (the cover is deceptively in full color). The kids make the mistake of making chit-chat with strangers who turn out to be horse thieves, and because of this mistake, the family's prize horse is stolen. The kids begin tracking the horse thieves themselves, and before too long the hunters become the prey. It is clear the horse thieves are bad guys and might do some kind of harm to the kids, but nothing more serious than trying to lock them up while they get away. There's a Maori boy who is the butt of certain jokes but for the age in which this movie was made, this wouldn't have been offensive at the time. No issues with violence, sex, swearing, drinking, etc. There's some intense moments when the kids try to sneak into the thieves' camp without being discovered. All ends well.

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