1972 G 1h 44m DVD

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1972 G 1h 44m DVD
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Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield both earned Academy Award nominations for their performances in director Martin Ritt's poignant drama about the trials and tribulations of a family of black sharecroppers living in the deep South in the 1930s. Based on William H. Armstrong's Newberry Award-winning novel, 1972's Sounder also earned Oscar nods for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Paul Winfield
  • Kevin Hooks
  • Carmen Mathews
  • Taj Mahal
  • James Best
  • Eric Hooks
  • Yvonne Jarrell
  • Sylvia Kuumba Williams
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age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that there's a bit of mild language. But it's all in the service of the movie, which doesn't pull punches in depicting the poverty, desperation, and bigotry of the rural South during the Great Depression.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Implied rather than depicted. The dog Sounder is shot but recovers. Father Nathan Lee Morgan is hauled out of his family's arms and sent to a prison camp, but the resolution of this injustice is the foundation of the film.


A nasty insult and "shut up" are used casually once each; "bastards" once in righteous anger.

Social Behavior

Depicts the poverty, desperation, and bigotry of the rural South during the Great Depression.


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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