Johnny Tremain

1957 NR 1h 20m DVD

Johnny Tremain

1957 NR 1h 20m DVD
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When an injury bars him from pursuing his trade, Revolutionary War-era silversmith's apprentice Johnny Tremain (Hal Stalmaster) finds a new life in the ranks of the Sons of Liberty army, taking part in the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere's legendary ride. Based on the novel by Ester Forbes, this Disney classic was originally crafted for "Walt Disney Presents" in two segments, which have been blended into a single film for viewing.
Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten, Jeff York, Sebastian Cabot, Dick Beymer, Rusty Lane, Walter Sande, Whit Bissell, Walter Coy
Robert Stevenson
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that there's abundant gunplay (rifle fire) as the Colonial militias face the British Redcoats, with some extras falling dead in both direct confrontation and sniper-style fire. The young hero burns his hand in molten silver, a vivid trauma in the book for generations of young readers, handled more discreetly here (the crippled limb isn't even shown in closeup). An ultra-religious character comes across as stern and domineering, but not cruel. The Esther Forbes novel is still required reading in many schools; kids today might be tempted to watch the movie instead of doing the reading.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


War-conditions shooting, with dead/wounded bodies, but no blood or gore. Johnny famously sears his hand in molten silver, but it's not graphically depicted.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Early Revolutionary War lessons here include an oratory that this is to be the start of a long, hard campaign, not just a party throwing tea into Boston harbor, and that there are serious issues at stake in the uprising. One character is depicted as a strict Puritan type, whose stubborn religious streak leads to Johnny T's fateful wound. Unlike later Hollywood views of Christians, he's not hateful, and no comparison is made between his conservatism and the views of the rebel Boston patriots.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Mention of pubs and some pewter mugs sitting around, probably not filled with milk, but nothing shown.

  • 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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