Parents' Guide to

Treasure of Matecumbe

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Old-school Disney adventure includes iffy racial subplots.

Movie G 1976 117 minutes
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A classic family adventure with mystery and peril at every turn, this movie is enjoyable if rather dated. The two boys embarking on this exciting treasure hunt are plucky and likable, but it's their adult friends who stand out. Peter Ustinov as the traveling medicine man is as charming a con artist as you're ever likely to meet, while Joan Hackett's feisty Miss Paxton blows hot and cold as we work out whether she's friend or foe.

Treasure of Matecumbe touches upon issues that may require further conversation with younger viewers: the appearance of the Ku Klux Klan and the portrayal of and reference to certain ethnic groups. Kids will also notice the absence of CGI and modern green-screen technology (spot the same log floating off into the distance in several of the Mississippi River scenes) and will probably find the out-of-place stock wildlife footage hilarious. But among the old-school technology is a fun action-adventure with comedy, drama, and plenty of heart.

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