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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Classic '80s Western has violence, language.

Movie PG-13 1985 133 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Classic Western

Brotherhood, defense of principles and of the weak, and courage are all positive attributes presented in this classic Western. It’s as violent as the old west likely was, but the difference between those times and now are more evident to children than many might think. This is a tale wherein ingenuity, courage, conviction, selflessness, and good all ultimately triumph over evil, and as such it’s a pretty positive message for children. Without heroism in our literature and lore there would be no more heroes.

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age 12+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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This film is a mix of classic Western and modern sensibility. Silverado has the awkwardness and art of a modern Western, with lots of smart-alecky remarks straight from the 1980s, and a cinematic sweep that echoes the images of John Ford and David Lean, even though such indulgences make the film a good half-hour longer than necessary. Director Kasdan also wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark, an equally smart-alecky movie set in the early 20th century, and he mimics the rousing, obvious orchestral cues of impending adventure and danger from that epic in this movie.

The movie is shaggy around the edges, with lots of great actors in unnecessary parts (Lynn Whitfield and Jeff Goldblum), but the cast is mostly attractive and fun to watch. Glenn as Emmett is the stereotypical old-school cowboy. He says little, can shoot straight, resorts to violence when necessary, and knows right from wrong, even when it's the law that's wrong. Costner plays Jake as an idiot party dude, often laughing inappropriately in the face of danger. In such perilous times, when everyone was packing and men drew their sidearms at the slightest offense, his demeanor doesn't seem believable. Still, teens who enjoy Westerns should like this one.

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