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Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Legend of famous hero has outdated cultural references.

Movie PG 1955 93 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Disneyfied history…

To say that this movie is useful to introduce discussion about settler relations with Native people is disingenuous at best. It is a terribly inaccurate telling of the history, but most kids won’t know that and will believe it to be a true story. The derogatory language and stereotypes are not benign, they are harmful and kids should not be led to believe it’s acceptable. Stay away.
age 8+

Stands the test of time

Terrific movie. A great way to introduce children to the harshness of frontier life, the injustice suffered by Indians, and the bravery of Davy Crockett, in a light enough tone. Crockett's shining courage and strong morals, both on the battlefield and in Congress, are a great examples for children. Highly recommended.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This movie presents a lovable, courageous, smart, and charming hero, which makes this movie surprisingly watchable despite biases common to the 1950s. Crockett was, in fact, one of the most famous men in 19th century America and he did it all, from hunting and fighting to legislating in Congress to defending the Alamo. Disney had resurrected the rugged frontiersman for a short-lived TV series and after that offered Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier and its sequel, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates of 1956, all of which ignited a passion for coonskin hats among children of the day. Today, young kids who like horses and the outdoors may find much to enjoy here, and the film could provide a great introduction to a discussion of the way the federal government historically mistreated Native Americans.

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