Where the Red Fern Grows

Movie review by Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Moving version of the classic novel.

G 1974 97 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 15 reviews

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age 8+

Family movie

I honestly believe this is a great movie for a family movie night. My 8 year old and I watched this movie hoping it would be ok. I had to explain a few parts to her but other than that it’s a great move that showed Love.

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age 9+

Book is better

We just finished the book as a summer read-aloud (and yes, all three of us cried at the end) and I had found the movie at a yard sale so we watched it tonight. I was surprised to hear a "d--n" and "h--l" several times in a G rated movie, especially circa 1974. These are in the book, too, but since I was reading it out loud, I replaced them with a more acceptable term. We were expecting the violence (which in my opinion is much more graphically described in the book than shown in the movie) and sad ending so that was OK. As is usually the case, the book is faaaar more descriptive and you are in Billy's head much more than came across in the movie. A lot is omitted and some scenes are changed completely, including the great coon hunt ending. But enjoyable - just wanted to point out the couple of bad words that are not mentioned on this site :)

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