2011 PG 1h 29m Blu-ray / DVD

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2011 PG 1h 29m Blu-ray / DVD
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Master horseman Buck Brannaman, inspiration for The Horse Whisperer, reveals details of his troubled childhood and how our communication with our animal companions can teach us lessons about how we relate to fellow human beings.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
  • Buck Brannaman
  • Robert Redford
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age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Buck is a riveting documentary about horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, whose backstory features how he turned an abusive childhood into a unique understanding of horses. It's a fascinating character study, but there are multiple references to his childhood abuse, descriptions of his father's violent tactics and drunkenness, and a scene of a wild horse attacking a man, leaving him bleeding and in need of stitches. Profanity includes "holy s--t," "son of a bitch," and "damn." The story is a powerful one -- and compellingly told -- about transformation and triumph over personal adversity, but it's best for older kids who can handle the heavy themes.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


A few graphic descriptions of the verbal and physical abuse of children, including descriptions of welts on the back and removal from the home; a horse attacks and bites a man's head, leaving him bleeding and in need of stitches.


"Damn" several times; "holy s--t," "son of a bitch."

Social Behavior

Resilience; overcoming great obstacles on the path to success; the power of how we treat others; the possibility for change or not repeating abuse.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Mixed drinks served at a party. Descriptions of a father's drunkenness.

  • 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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