Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this war movie is grim, emotional, and violent. Expect scenes of bombing, shooting, clubbing, looting, stealing, dead bodies, and starving prisoners of war reduced to eating insects. But the film also contains some uplifting messages about helping others and the triumph of humanity over suffering. Some WWII-era racial insults.
A married couple passionately kiss each other in bed while adolescent Jim curiously watches.
Lots of war violence: bombing, shooting, and clubbing. People killing people. Civilians flee tanks and bombs, and starving survivors fight for food.
Dated derogatory names are used such as "jap," "chink" and "ol' boy."
The movie attempts to convey the idea that humanity can rise above desperate conditions, that selflessness is its own reward, and that wealth and privilege can blind people to others' suffering.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Many characters smoke tobacco in an accurate reflection of the era. Some adults drink casually.