El Cid

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Handsome chivalry epic with enduring themes.

NR 1961 182 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

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age 12+

A sweeping epic and excellent film

A classic medieval story of a noble knight who sacrifices everything for honor and the future of his country. Although it is a bit long, "El Cid" is is definitely worth the viewing. Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren put in great performances in this sweeping epic. There is quite a bit of violence in the form of massive battles and one on one duels, but it is not gratuitous and there is little blood shown. Don Rodrigo is an honorable man who despite all the odds does what is right, even when doing so costs him greatly. This classic is probably alright for most teens, although whether it will hold their interest is another matter.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 10+

A Great Epic Classic, Not a Documentary

Another issue on this great epic film is about its historicity and interest it may raise on actual events that portrays. Good movies based on real facts or people are valuable because they make people be interested on study that history's period, but parents should warn their kids do not take those films as documentaries.

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