Running Free

2000 G 1h 24m DVD

Running Free

2000 G 1h 24m DVD
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A colt named Lucky is born aboard an African-bound German supply ship filled with work horses. But when the horses are forced to swim for shore, the colt (voiced by Lukas Haas) is separated from his mother. For a while, an orphan boy working in the stables discovers Lucky and looks after him. But when war breaks out, Lucky flees to the desert, where he befriends an antelope that teaches him to survive on his own.
Maria Geelbooi, Chase Moore, Jan Decleir, Arie Verveen, Graham Clarke, Patrick Lyster, Morne Visser, Dan Robbertse, Nicholas Trueb, Robin Smith, Iluce Kgao, Lukas Haas
Sergei Bodrov
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that sensitive children may be upset by the cruel treatment of horses. Many 5- and 6-year-old kids will love the horse's tale, but parents may have to read the occasional subtitles. Parents should be aware that the little horse nearly drowns, gets separated from his mother, and then almost dies of loneliness and neglect on the cross-continental journey. Also, thirst, snakes, and Caesar, an evil black stallion, almost do Lucky in when he is left to fend for himself in the desert. When the town is bombed, the horses are threatened by fire.

Sexual Content

We see the bare bottoms of African bush children.


A fair bit of animal fighting. Caesar voices that he will "kick (Lucky's) teeth in" and kills Lucky's mother with his hooves. Young Richard is whipped with a belt (offscreen). The little horse nearly drowns, gets separated from his mother, and then almos


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Not applicable


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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