Parents' Guide to

The Boy and the Pirates

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Time-travel pirate adventure with boy hero, guns, swords.

Movie NR 1960 84 minutes
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Made in 1960, this live-action adventure is clumsily plotted, badly acted (the pirates cackle and swashbuckle with unrestrained relish), and many of the battles include on-camera killings. It's cartoonish, but graphic as swords pierce bodies, wheellock firearms drop men at point blank range, and small amounts of blood appear at the place of entry.

Still, it's easy to see that boys who are intrigued by pirates, and the freedom of the seas that pirates represent, would find this movie thrilling and memorable.

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