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The Moon-Spinners

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Some violence, sexism, stereotypes in '60s Disney adventure.

Movie G 1964 118 minutes
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Part holiday romance, part crime caper, this classic Disney adventure is full of mystery and suspense from the off that makes for an an entertaining jaunt. That's if you can put aside The Moon-Spinners' occasional sexism and bigotry, and frequent -- though relatively mild -- violence.

The cast is an array of mostly British acting talent, led by a sparkling Mills as the indefatigable Nikky. Greenwood is perfect as Aunt Frances -- haughty and entitled one moment, kind and compassionate the next. While John Le Mesurier and Sheila Hancock are on point as the corrupt British consul and his duplicitous (or merely drunken?) wife. At face value, you may find The Moon-Spinners to be slow moving and old-fashioned, but -- like a mash up of Connery-era James Bond, 1950s Hitchcock, and Mamma Mia! -- it has charm and intrigue aplenty, stunning Greek island scenery, and that all-important hint of romance.

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