Free to Be ... You and Me

1974 NR 0h 45m DVD

Free to Be ... You and Me

1974 NR 0h 45m DVD
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Actress Marlo Thomas serves as host for this Emmy-winning children's TV special (produced and broadcast in 1974) that features uplifting sketches and songs that urge young and old to welcome diversity and embrace individualism. Guest performers include Alan Alda, Cicely Tyson, Tom Smothers and Harry Belafonte, while Roberta Flack, Michael Jackson, Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson help supply the tunes.
Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Mel Brooks, Rita Coolidge, Billy De Wolfe, Roberta Flack, Michael Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Smothers, Cicely Tyson, June Angela, Roosevelt Grier, Rafer Johnson, Carol Channing, Bobby Morse
Bill Davis
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 5+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 5+
age 5+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this 1974 film deals with issues that were boundary-pushing at the time -- including gender roles, awareness and expression of feelings, ups and downs of sibling relationships, working mothers, racial stereotyping, and more. Even though society has since embraced most of the values the film conveys, the message may seem heavy-handed and obvious. Still, its cleverness, originality, and fun prove to be of lasting value.

Sexual Content

Hand puppet babies discover their gender when nurses change their diapers (off camera).


In the animated "Ladies First," a child who trades on a vision of herself as a particularly delicate "little lady" is chosen by a group of tigers to be the first to become their dinner.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

This DVD is loaded with positive messages that were fresh and original when the special was first broadcast in 1974 and are still relevant today. For instance: "It's all right to cry" and to express your feelings even if you're a boy; "parents are people, people with children"; life offers choices for both males and females in terms of career and marriage; good friends are among life's most valuable riches; and "we don't have to change at all" (i.e. better to be comfortable with ourselves as we are).


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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