Picnic at Hanging Rock

1979 PG 1h 47m Blu-ray / DVD

Picnic at Hanging Rock

1979 PG 1h 47m Blu-ray / DVD
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To celebrate Valentine's Day, teachers at a boarding school take a group of students on an outing to the mysterious Hanging Rock. Soon after their arrival, the headmistress and three girls go exploring and mysteriously disappear.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.66:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.77:1
English SDH
English: DTS 5.1 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Picnic at Hanging Rock -- an eerie allegorical mystery about three students and an instructor who inexplicably vanish during a field trip -- has powerful sexual and violent undertones, though very little is shown. Instead, an ethereal, ghostlike quality permeates the film, which gives no easy answers to the central mystery, but nevertheless, feels creepy and complex.

Sexual Content

A maid is shown in bed, partially clothed in the arms of a shirtless man, presumably having an affair with him.


A girl is found dead after presumably falling to her death from a window into a greenhouse. A character is shown scratched up and bleeding as he searches for the missing girls and teacher. While the disappearance of the girls and teacher is never shown directly, viewers hear a shrieking scream.


Rare "hell."

Social Behavior

Themes include innocence and sexuality, civilization and nature, Christianity and Paganism, but messages are up to a variety of interpretation.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adult characters are shown smoking. Two of the younger male characters pass a large beer bottle back and forth, taking sips. Later in the film, the Headmistress is shown drinking from a whiskey bottle and acting drunk.

  • 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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