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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film is laden with colonial attitudes and racism. Though these aspects of the film were standard for the period, it's because of them that the film hasn't aged well and seems outdated today.
Violence & Scariness
Some, including fights to the death with various weapons.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The bad guy drinks brandy.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that some children may be disturbed by the violence, and others may be upset by the scene in which Elizabeth Curtis admits that she did not love her husband, and that she is seeking him out of guilt rather than devotion. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is the best of the many versions of the classic adventure novel by H. Rider Haggard. The story (and the performances) are a bit creaky, but it is an old-fashioned technicolor spectacular, with breathtaking and Oscar-winning cinematography. Filmed on location in Kenya, and the then- Tangynika and Belgian Congo, the out-takes from this movie were used in several other movies, including the otherwise poor 1977 remake. The footage of the landscapes and of the animals is strikingly clear and vivid, especially an unforgettable shot of a just-uncurling brand-new baby alligator and the scenes of the Watusi dancing.
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