Hang 'Em High

1968 PG-13 1h 54m DVD

Hang 'Em High

1968 PG-13 1h 54m DVD
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Jed survives a hanging, vowing revenge on the lynch mob that left him dangling. To carry out his vengeance, he returns to his former job as a lawman. Before long, he's caught up with his hit list and starts dispensing his own brand of justice.
Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Ed Begley, Pat Hingle, Ben Johnson, Charles McGraw, Ruth White, Bruce Dern, James MacArthur
Ted Post
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
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+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that there are grown-up elements in this Western, including some more-or-less innocent teenage boys facing execution as accessories to rustling. In addition to the expected shoot-em-ups of a cowboy picture, raw elements include prostitution (in which the hero partakes), euphemistic talk of a rape-murder, drinking, smoking, suicide, and a theme of capital punishment taken to extremes, so that seeing men hung becomes a sort of vulgar spectator sport. Religion on this frontier seems an ineffectual element, with a briefly-glimpsed Bible fanatic who must be gunned down. Though this was released before the MPAA rating existed, Hang 'Em High got a retroactive PG-13 badge for home video.

Sexual Content

Though it's never called such by name, a house of prostitution is an accepted part of the community, and Marshall Cooper uses its services. He's shown in bed with a hooker after sex (both discreetly covered up).


Shootings, some fatal, some not, including a dog found shot dead. Fistfights and beatings. Hangings and attempted hangings. A dead man with a knife in him. The heroine describes in euphemistic terms how she was repeatedly raped ("they took me").


"Bastard" and "hell."

Social Behavior

Tries to convey that "legal" execution, done without deliberation or appeal, is no better than murder via lynching. Sub-theme about conditions in a frontier society that require such harsh justice.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Saloon drinking. The hero smokes, as does a prisoner and a casual prostitute-girlfriend. A prisoner about to be hung happily chews tobacco. Another preaches against liquor, blaming it for his crime.

  • 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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