Broken Trail

2006 NR 2 discs

Broken Trail

2006 NR 2 discs
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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.
Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi, Chris Mulkey, Rusty Schwimmer, Gwendoline Yeo, Scott Cooper, Valerie Tian, Todd Allen, James Russo, Donnelly Rhodes
Walter Hill
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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