Charlton Heston's the titular aging cowboy who's also a loner and an illiterate. When he meets the possible love of his life, it's a moment of truth. Will he take a chance on enduring happiness, or continue to drift along in the only life he knows?
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NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; featurettes: "Remembering Will Penny" and "The Cowboys of Will Penny."
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Will Penny is a late 1960s Western starring Charlton Heston about an aging cowboy's next steps. It's a rough-and-tumble environment where scuffles are common, shots are fired often, cows and horses are innocent victims, and someone is occasionally stabbed. There's a menacing trio of toughs who track and ambush others, making vile threats. Some blood is shown. Native Americans are called "Injuns," and the cowboy way of life is highly romanticized. That said, this is a standout character study about an American archetype, a dying way of life, and related issues, all of which add depth to the genre.
- Sexual Content
- A man takes a bath and is shown naked sitting in a bathtub. Some innuendo when a man needs to get undressed privately. A man and woman are shown growing affectionate toward each other, and, in one scene, they kiss briefly.
- The film is set in the Wild West, so there's a constant presence of guns, outlaw behavior, roughhousing, and fighting, in some cases with blood shown and a minor body count, but it's all fairly inexplicit. There are a number of scuffles wherein men punch each other. A man is stabbed and blood spills. Horses and cows are shot and sometimes die. A dead body is shown lying around, bloodied. A trio of men makes intimidating and menacing threats throughout as they track and ambush others.
- Minor profanity and insulting or menacing language throughout, such as "hell," "damn," and threats to do bodily harm. Era-specific racial terms, such as "Injuns."
- Social Behavior
- Will Penny explores positives messages about autonomy, loyalty, community, helping strangers in need, and the value of familial bonds.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A dying man requests whiskey. Men do shots of very strong whiskey and remark on how potent it is.
- 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