1961 NR 1h 31m DVD


1961 NR 1h 31m DVD
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Based on Marguerite Henry's award-winning novel, this heartwarming drama centers on Paul (David Ladd) and his sister, Maureen (Pam Smith), who set out to catch a beautiful, elusive mare called Phantom during Chincoteague Island's annual Pony Penning event. Paul and Maureen devise a foolproof plan to become Phantom's owners, but everything changes when they learn that the wild mare has given birth to a colt. Anne Seymour co-stars.
Arthur O'Connell, Anne Seymour, David Ladd, Pam Smith
James B. Clark
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Misty is a family-friendly film from 1961, inspired by a true story and based on the Newbery Award-winning book of the same name by Marguerite Henry. It offers gentle messages about responsibility, love, and patience, and about humane treatment of creatures in the wild. There are two mildly suspenseful scenes: A pony is thought to be drowning, and a stallion chases a young boy; both are resolved quickly. In an early look at gender discrimination, the young heroine asserts her right to participate in the same activities as her brother. Brief reference is made to the fact that the two kid protagonists have lost their parents and are adjusting to life with their grandparents.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


A horse chases a boy across an island. When a young foal appears to be drowning, the boy jumps in to save her.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Loving another may mean that we have to let that loved one go. Unselfish love demands that the happiness and welfare of the person (or, in this case, animal) come first. In keeping with Misty's concern for wild animals and their young, the film shows the difference between "gentling" and "breaking" an animal as a means of training. It also stresses responsibility to others and working hard to reach a desired goal.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A grandfather smokes a cigar.

  • 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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