The Winslow Boy
When his 14-year-old son is expelled from the Royal Naval College for stealing, bank manager Arthur Winslow launches a long and costly effort to clear the boy's name. But in the process, the determined Arthur may destroy his family.
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- David Mamet
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
The 1.85:1 film transfer is presented in anamorphic widescreen, and the sound is in Dolby Digital 2.0. There's a featurette, the theatrical trailer and an enjoyable commentary with actors Rebecca Pidgeon, Jeremy Northam, Nigel Hawthorne and director David Mamet. Mamet is a delight: One of America's finest dramatists reveals himself to be a warm, witty, good-humored raconteur, and he has much to say that's of interest.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this period drama is almost completely chaste. An adult couple shares one passionate kiss, and there is some discussion about adults embracing romantically, but otherwise the film relies on subtle romantic tension. The pre-World War I setting references the military and the possibility of war, but only as a background element.
- Sexual Content
- One brief passionate kiss between adults. One discussion about adult man fooling around with adult woman.
- Background references to war and the military. A few emotionally tense scenes, including parents arguing in front of teen.
- Social Behavior
- With no evidence to support the teen's claim to innocence besides his word, the family sacrifices significant time, effort, and money to uphold his honor. The message that children are to be believed and that their dignity is something worth fighting for is powerful.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Near constant smoking, though in a historical context. The young woman prides herself on "indulging" in smoking cigarettes to prove herself a feminist. Occasional drinking by adults.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it