Hang 'Em High
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.
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- Ted Post
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PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it