Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Red's parents are forced by their reduced circumstances to give him to someone who owns a stable and who offers to put Red up as a jockey. His parents' unexpected abandonment scars him and might frighten younger viewers who, like Red, do not understand why his parents would leave him. There is an off-screen car crash which takes the life of Charles' young son, followed by shock and mourning. Also, Red tries to make some money by amateur boxing -- Red sustains significant injuries and the crowd watching the fight seems quite menacing. There is another sports-related injury which features Red resulting in a mangled leg. In addition, there are references to drinking during the Prohibition, and the radio announcer drinks quite a bit. The jockeys frequent a brothel in Mexico, where there is a scene of implied sexuality between Red and one of the ladies there.
Implied sexual situation, shots of a brothel.
Bloody prizefighting, desertion of child by parents, off-screen death of a child. Sports-related peril.
Colorful language and swearing when angry.
Recognition of talent and excellence beyond outside appearances is a theme of the movie.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Social drinking, use of alcohol to forget problems. Lots of smoking.