Stagecoach

1939 NR 1h 39m Blu-ray / DVD

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Stagecoach

1939 NR 1h 39m Blu-ray / DVD
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With rumors buzzing about a potential Indian raid, a mélange of troubled passengers climbs aboard the Overland Stage headed for Lordsburg. En route they run into the Ringo Kid (John Wayne), a notorious outlaw who's bolted from jail seeking vengeance on the men who framed him for murder. But the true threat looms down the road, where marauding Apaches could strike without warning. Will the travelers band together -- or unravel under the pressure?
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Academy Ratio 1.37:1
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Screen
Academy Ratio 1.37:1
CC
No
Audio
English: PCM Mono
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
  • Claire Trevor
  • John Wayne
  • Andy Devine
  • John Carradine
  • Thomas Mitchell
  • Louise Platt
  • George Bancroft
  • Donald Meek
  • Berton Churchill
  • Tim Holt
  • Tom Tyler
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Reviews

age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Stagecoach is a classic, landmark western from 1939, a masterpiece from director John Ford that featured John Wayne in his breakout role. This movie was designed for grown-ups, exploring complex psychological, moral and character issues through its simple story. Happily, it's also crackerjack entertainment, with plenty of tense conflict, humor, and action; it's also famous for one of the most dangerous stunts ever filmed. Younger kids may be bored, but for others that have never seen a western before, this is a grand place to start. It was nominated for seven Oscars and won two.

Sexual Content

A major character, Dallas, is apparently a prostitute, though this is never actually discussed. She is treated as a morally bankrupt outcast. Another character is pregnant and delivers a baby, though -- again -- none of this is shown or mentioned.

Violence

Many characters carry guns or rifles. There's a long battle between the Apache and the characters on the stagecoach, with whizzing bullets and flying arrows. Some major characters die, and some blood can be seen.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

This morally, psychologically complex story throws together eight characters from vastly different walks of life. As we come to know them, we realize that the most so-called respectable, morally upright of these characters are actually the most lowdown, selfish, greedy, and judgmental. The outcasts, bandits, drunks, prostitutes and weaklings turn out to be trustworthy, noble, and helpful. The movie teaches not to judge a book by its cover.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A major character, the doctor, is a drunk. He drinks constantly, and sobers up only to help deliver the baby. As soon as that task is completed, he begins drinking again. He pals around with a "whiskey drummer" (i.e. salesman) and drinks up all his samples. He also smokes cigars, and other characters are seen smoking.

  • 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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