Parents' Guide to

The Sons of Katie Elder

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Western about reputation and corruption; violence, smoking.

Movie NR 1965 122 minutes
The Sons of Katie Elder movie poster: a painting of four White men in cowboy outfits.

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Made at the end of Hollywood's golden age of Westerns, this 1965 offering is a classic example of the genre. In The Sons of Katie Elder, Wayne plays the rogue John Elder with a calm and kind strength, while Dean Martin shines as a charismatic conman. The four estranged brothers are varied siblings and bond believably over the course of their adventure. The movie's murderous villain, Morgan Hastings (James Gregory), is equally as formidable and the townsfolk who choose sides are all great characters in their own right. The violence is mild and the characters' intentions are always clear, so it makes for a good family movie that can spark discussions about the choices we make.

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