Far from the Madding Crowd

2015 PG-13 1h 59m Blu-ray / DVD

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Far from the Madding Crowd

2015 PG-13 1h 59m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this period drama based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel, winsome Bathsheba Everdene wins the hearts of three disparate men: sheep farmer Gabriel Oak, dashing soldier Frank Troy and William Boldwood, a moneyed older man.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Far from the Madding Crowd is an adaptation of a Thomas Hardy novel (previously filmed in 1967). It's a romantic drama, but it's hardly all poetry and flowers: There are some shocking images of sheep falling over a cliff and smashing on rocks below, blood spatters and all, and characters die (including a baby). Dead bodies are shown, as are guns and swords; a character is shot, and a man is verbally abusive toward his wife. Characters kiss, and marital sex is implied. During one steamy kiss, a man touches a woman in the crotch area (over her dress). There's some social drinking during celebrations and parties; at one point, characters get drunk and sing a somewhat suggestive song. But ultimately, heroine Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) is presented as a surprisingly modern, strong female role model. Teen girls may swoon at the movie -- and also find someone to admire.

Sexual Content

Passionate kissing. Touching a woman's crotch area (clothed). Sex in bed implied. A drinking song with somewhat sexual imagery.


Several sheep fall off a cliff and plunge to their deaths. Blood spatters are shown. Guns and swords are shown. Characters (and a baby) die; their dead bodies are shown. A man is verbally abusive toward his wife. Barn fire. Sick sheep are cured by stabbing them with a hollow stick to release pressure.


A use of "stupid."

Social Behavior

Celebrates hard work and frowns on easy means of getting money (i.e. gambling). Assumption that talent and skill will naturally pay off. A woman doesn't necessarily need a man to help her become successful or to support her, but marriage is fine if a couple loves each other.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drinking and toasting at celebrations and parties. Characters get drunk in a social setting. Characters drink when angry, and drinking sometimes leads to irresponsibility.

  • 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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