Parents' Guide to

The Gunfighter

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Good movie about the consequences of our choices.

Movie NR 1950 85 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

All talking, almost like a play

Explored interesting themes: what happens when outlaws get older? Very reflective. A bit heavy for my 10 year-old and pretty slow. But if your kid is a thinker or likes drama, it could work! I enjoyed it. Literally two shots fired in the whole movie.

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Kids say: Not yet rated

This Western provides a good opportunity for a discussion of notions of manhood and courage. Ringo would trade all of his fame for the chance to live with his family. He's more successful with his intelligence than his speed -- he is able to avoid many shoot-outs, arranges to have money paid to Peggy without giving away their connection, and thinks of a plausible reason to tell his son why he wanted to see him without revealing the truth. His innate decency and sense of justice are shown in many scenes.

This is also a good movie about the consequences of our choices. There are so many movies about redemption and triumph that it is automatically branded an "adult western" when a gunfighter doesn't shoot the bad guy and ride off into the sunset. Unlike Alan in The Petrified Forest, who dies to help someone else, or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, whose deaths at the end of the movie only brightens their legend, Ringo chooses to tarnish his legend as he dies, to curse Hunt to the same fate that he suffered, and possibly also to give little boys and young squirts less reason to try to be like him.

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