Nominated for six Emmys (with a win for Best Miniseries), this Western follows a pair of horse traders who rescue five Chinese girls sold into sexual slavery. While herding 500 horses to Wyoming, Prentice Ritter (Robert Duvall) and his nephew (Thomas Haden Church) cross paths with the quintet and reluctantly take them under their wing. But the men's good turn leads to a run-in with the madam who bought the girls and the nasty ex-con sent to reclaim them.
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- Walter Hill
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that much of the plot concerns prostitution and sexual slavery as a business. Besides talk of venereal disease, there are some bosom-bulging tight corsets and brief nudity glimpsed in a group of young Chinese women as they are being inspected by a seedy client. It is never made glamorous, though. Neither is the depiction of life in the old West. It's shown as rough and often violent -- where a lame horse is summarily shot in the head, not taken to a vet.
- Sexual Content
- Prostitution and sexual slavery as a business is a major part of the plot. Besides talk of venereal disease, there are some bosom-bulging tight corsets and brief nudity (not in a typical sexual context, but young Chinese women are inspected by a would-be buyer).
- Men and horses shot down. One man hung (off-camera). Men and women are brutally beaten. Cattle branding in closeup. A woman is trampled by stampeding horses.
- "S--t" is as severe as it gets.
- Social Behavior
- Respect and equality are a theme in this film.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Drunken cowboys, in and out of saloons, though some of the imbibing is friendly and social.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it