Parents' Guide to

The Painted Hills

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Gold, greed, Old West violence, and a smart dog.

Movie G 1951 68 minutes
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The best actor in this movie is the dog, and not by a little, but that may be partly explained by the fact that she doesn't have to utter any of the script's badly written dialogue. The dog is a wonder, trained to express sadness, despair, ingenuity, determination, and loyalty. The dog convincingly demonstrates the symptoms of poisoning and gunshot wound, which Meryl Streep could not have done better. The Painted Hills is an adventure story of the Old West, with harsh conditions, guns, greed, and striving, and fans of that sort of drama may enjoy this but people do fall off mountains and a kid runs for his life from a killer, which means more sensitive children may find this story disturbing.

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