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By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Old-school Disney treasure hunt is fun but dated.

Movie G 1977 101 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

For older kids and adults

This is an enjoyable and ultimately warmhearted movie, but acts and threats of violence from an adult criminal, committed upon a child, make it inappropriate for the suggested "seven and up" audience. A mature ten year old would be the youngest child for whom I would suggest it.
age 6+

Fun Family Film with Treasure Hunt

Not really any objectionable content, save for an adult slapping a child on the face at the start of the movie. My daughter asked why the bad guy kept saying “bloody” and I had to explain that it’s a (mild) British curse word. Terrific performances by all actors involved, especially Jodie Foster and David Niven. Of the 1970s era Disney films, this is a rare standout that has held up against time. Our daughter was not bored. She LOVED it and asked to watch it again a week later. I was astonished! I think the treasure hunt is just simple enough for kids 6+ to understand and feel clever about. The interpersonal dynamics of the kids in the movie are relatable and clearly understood. There’s no fluff in the movie - it’s well written and directed. Lots of good messages: honesty, loyalty, friendship, and family are emphasized a lot. So is teamwork to a lesser extent. The hero starts out a thief but gradually learns to be honest and do the right thing because friendship and love of family win over deceit. Really a good movie for the whole family. I remember really liking it as a kid because it had all the stuff I liked back then: pirate treasure hunt, sword fights, mystery solving, trains, comedy, etc.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (3 ):

The acting alone makes this movie worth a look. Jodie Foster shows her prowess as a teenage girl fresh from the streets of L.A.. She does not waver when pressed by more seasoned con artists than herself, and she sure knows how to take care of herself when she's challenged by other kids. But the actor who steals the show is David Niven, as the chameleon-like butler who saves Candleshoe from ruin. Helen Hayes plays the gentle, yet relatable grand dame, creating a nice foil to Jodie Foster's tough American kid.

The plot is catchy and active, and the emotions are real. Plus, finding a treasure is always fun. The whole family should enjoy this fun film, even if it seems a bit dated.

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