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Shelley Duvall Presents: American Tall Tales and Legends: John Henry

By Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Sanitized telling of the legend of John Henry.

Movie NR 2005 54 minutes
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The legend of John Henry has the potential to be very upsetting, but this version has bypassed the worst parts of the story in favor of inspiration and heroics. The acting is very good, particularly Glover and Lynn Whitfield as his loving wife. The story moves slowly in parts, but the lessons about perseverance and sticking up for the little guy are inspiring and moving.

We are spared seeing John Henry die with his hammer in his hand, an ending that can be traumatic for children. Instead we get a tale of bravery, love, and friendship that will speak to viewers of all ages.

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