Rent The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) on DVD and Blu-ray - DVD Netflix

The Greatest Show on Earth

1952 NR 2h 32m DVD

Want to watch for free? Join for a free month

The Greatest Show on Earth

1952 NR 2h 32m DVD
  • Overview
  • Details
Cecil B. DeMille directs this Oscar winner for Best Picture, a splashy, three-ring epic about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Charlton Heston stars as the respected circus manager who keeps the show together. That's not an easy job, considering all the clashing egos involved, including a daredevil trapeze artist (Cornel Wilde) and his fellow performer (Betty Hutton). Jimmy Stewart co-stars as an undercover clown on the lam.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
  • Fast, free delivery

    Free delivery to your mailbox and free returns.

  • No late fees

    Keep your movies as long as you want with no due dates.

  • Super easy

    Pick your movies, watch when you want, return, and repeat.

  • The best titles

    The best movies and TV shows, plus weekly new releases.

Reviews

age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Greatest Show on Earth is a sprawling, lavish, over-two-hour look at the life of the circus from 1952. It's a visual feast of costumes, performances, and the glamour of a show in an era when it was still a respectable way of life, not to mention still a major draw in any city. However, it runs long and is rather gritty with some adult themes, such as unrequited love, escaped criminals, dangerous high-wire acts, cutthroat competition, and the despair of dashed dreams. There also is quite a bit of peril and violence: A man falls from a high distance and is left partially paralyzed; blood is shown trickling from his mouth. A train full of circus people and animals crashes into a car placed purposely on the track, destroying it and leaving many people wounded, with some blood shown. A transfusion is performed.

Sexual Content

A man and woman kiss. Very minor jokey innuendo about girls who "get around." A man romances a woman by embracing her and whispering sweet nothings.

Violence

There's a perilous overtone to the movie, particularly with regard to the high-wire acrobatics and risk. A man falls from a high distance and is left partially paralyzed; blood is shown trickling from his mouth. A woman sticks a piece of hot iron on a man's hand. A woman's act involves an elephant's foot hovered just above her face, ever at risk of crushing her. A man hits a man over the head with a stick. A train full of circus people and animals crashes into a car placed purposely on the track, destroying it and leaving many people wounded, with some blood shown. A transfusion is performed.

Language

Very minor references to dated or era-specific ideas, such as blackface.

Social Behavior

The Greatest Show on Earth espouses positive messages about circus life, loyalty, commitment to the performance above all else, and putting personal issues aside to do good work.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Brief, era-specific smoking of pipes, cigars, and the occasional cigarette.

  • 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.

How it works

  • 1

    Create your list

    Browse from thousands of movies and shows.

  • 2

    Free delivery

    We send out your disc the next business day.

  • 3

    Watch and repeat

    Free returns, plus no due dates or late fees.

Unlimited movies sent to your door, starting at $7.99 a month.