A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Much of the action takes place in bars, and there is a lot of drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this classic Western has some gunfights but no gratuitous gore. 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 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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