The Pitch

Good guys and bad guys square off with horses, swords, and bows and arrows. You'll find this movie in the dictionary under the definition of “derring-do.”

Age Recommendations

Watch With the Kids: 5+ Common Sense Media: 9+ Ty Burr: 4+ New York Times: All ages

Content Advisories

Rated PG for adventure violence. People are hanged in this one. There are deaths by arrow and sword, and a fair amount of talk about killing and torture. After watching this movie most boys (and many girls) will seek any opportunity to play at fighting with swords.

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