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Parents' Guide to

El Cid

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Handsome chivalry epic with enduring themes.

Movie NR 1961 182 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

The battle scenes -- thousands of extras on loan from Francisco Franco's army, definitely not CGI -- are rousing, and the costumes and pageantry are sumptuous. But EL CID's pace does seem to drag (the film was originally shown with an intermission) and the castle skullduggery is a little complex for young viewers.

Still, in terms of a faith-based, upstanding hero placed in impossible situations, Rodrigo is as strong a role model as they come (unless you question when he kills people over "honor"). In contrast, the Islamic-fundamentalist Ben Yussef looks just like the Taliban -- historians did their homework well with the costumes and detail.

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