The Pitch

Indiana Jones, archaeologist and treasure hunter, in his original and greatest adventure. (1 hr 55 min)

Age Recommendations

Watch With the Kids: 10+ Common Sense Media: 11+

Content Advisories

Rated PG (towards PG-13) for language, drinking, suggested sex, and fairly intense violence. A man is impaled in a spike trap. People are shot, stabbed, burned, run over. Injuries draw blood. The face melting is more than many small children can take. The sound effects for the gunshots and punches are designed to be felt. Up to you how much context you want to provide about Hitler and Nazi Germany, about the Biblical premise, or the underlying colonialist worldview.

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