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By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

1970s Disney family drama has some mild threat and violence.

Movie NR 1971 89 minutes
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The beautiful cinematography often takes center stage in this equine mountain drama, with sweeping shots across the Rockies in keeping with its leisurely pace. Hacksaw's story itself is quite slight: wild horse is captured, can't be ridden, so is led into chuck wagon racing. But it is gentle and well-meaning with positive messages that never feel too heavy handed.

Bracken is likable and energetic as teenager Sue, bringing a slight Calamity Jane-like bolster to some of her physical comedy, while Hunter is reliably charming as the down-to-earth cowboy, his teen idol spark only slightly dulled by his 40 years. Solid Disney fare, Hacksaw never quite musters the excitement of some of its peers. But it tells a harmless story well enough to appeal to families who are willing to be patient with it.

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