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Will Penny

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Cowboy character study mixes violence and depth; some peril.

Movie NR 1968 110 minutes
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WILL PENNY is a cut above most Westerns: Here, the typical shoot-'em-up is expanded to encompass character in a way that gives the genre some real depth. Heston is stellar as a man too old to cowboy but too cowboy to love, who scores an It's a Wonderful Life-style glimpse of the life he passed up in the softness of a woman and her young son trying to survive on the frontier. He learns to sing carols, take regular baths, and make a home and develops a real fondness for the family way of life. For young kids, there's too much menace and peril for this to be appropriate. For teens old enough to appreciate westerns, this could be an unexpected and unwanted look at the lifestyle, but for parents and older teens who are interested in genre standard-bearers, it's a great film.

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