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Good Films for American Girls and Boys
Distribution Sources | September 2004 | Self

Posted on 09/23/2004 2:14:20 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24

Many of us have complained about potty humor and other earthy humor becoming very common in films and shows made for children. To counter this, one can select to use the DVD or VHS player more than television and put better quality material in front of our children.

I feel it is something of a sin for a sixth-grader to see a movie like GREAT EXPECTATIONS before reading the book so the following list is intended only to offer some suggestions for when electronic entertainment can follow or supplement reading. Many of these films provide good starters for discussions on topics of historical and social importance.

Many Freeper parents have their own list of such films and this list will perhaps provide teacher mamas and daddys with a few more ideas.

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, 1982 noblesse oblige, adventure, romance and history. THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, 1975 Give this '75 version a chance.

BEN HUR, 1959 BARABBAS, 1962 THE ROBE, 1953 Such biblical epics can also supplement the teaching of Roman history.

300 SPARTANS, 1962 Great for boys, especially 2nd graders through fifth graders.

ATTACK, 1955 The fruits of cowardice are explored. THE LAST COMMAND, 1956 Great depiction of Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett THE LONGEST DAY, 1962 IS PARIS BURNING?, 1966 LAST OF THE MOHICANS, 1992 too violent for younger children. ZULU, 1964 TORA, TORA, TORA, 1970 THE BLUE MAX, 1966 Boys are bound to love this adventure in biplanes and triplanes.

BOYS TOWN, 1938 Mickey Rooney at his youngest and finest. THE WIZARD OF OZ, 1939 Many of today's children have not seen this classic. Girls love it the most.

CROMWELL, 1972 Protestant vs. Protestant and Royalist vs. Parliamentarian themes provide for much discussion. NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA, 1971 The Russian Revolution from the perspective of the royal family.

HAWAII, 1966 A overly severe missionary manages to produce some good works in the rapidly changing islands.

THE SEARCHERS, 1956 TRUE GRIT, 1969 Girls will love the young, determined, and headstrong heroine playing opposite John Wayne.

GONE WITH THE WIND, 1939 Old times there are not forgotten.

TARZAN AND HIS MATE, 1934 Romance between a man and a woman "and that's the way it should be." High adventure and still a popular film.

THE SEVEN SAMURAI, 1954 In Japanese so the children still have to read the subtitles.

UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE, 1967 This film illustrates the difficulties in approaching people of different cultural expectations.

THE NUTCRACKER, 1993 There are many versions but try this Russian State Theatre Academy performance available through Kultur.

THE KID 1921. An Elian Gonzalez threatened by earlier Janet Renos. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, 1926


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Those of us who has noticed the propaganda in today's kiddie shows (children constantly teaching adults is one theme) may want to load up on some of the best alternatives.
1 posted on 09/23/2004 2:14:23 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24
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To: Monterrosa-24

300 Spartans has been out of print for years. There is no video. If anybody knows a source, I want one.


2 posted on 09/23/2004 2:24:58 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly stupid.)
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To: Monterrosa-24

You could put on your list virtually any Hollywood western, swashbuckler, action adventure or comedy made before the 1960's. They're all fine for kids - this is the stuff most of us grew up with in reruns on TV.


3 posted on 09/23/2004 2:25:55 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Carry_Okie
this?
4 posted on 09/23/2004 2:26:09 PM PDT by BrooklynGOP (www.logicandsanity.com)
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To: Monterrosa-24

Add Star Wars to the list. The new DVD set rules.


5 posted on 09/23/2004 2:26:27 PM PDT by Kornev
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To: Monterrosa-24

I don't think little girls would enjoy 80% of these movies.


6 posted on 09/23/2004 2:27:20 PM PDT by Hildy (John Edwards is to Dick Cheney what Potsie was to the Fonz.)
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To: Carry_Okie

300 Spartans is available now on DVD via Amazon and other sources.


7 posted on 09/23/2004 2:27:43 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (France kicked Germany's teeth out at Verdun among other places.)
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To: Monterrosa-24
Old TV can also be an excellent source for kids. My faves are Have Gun, Will Travel, The Prisoner, and The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.
8 posted on 09/23/2004 2:27:51 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly stupid.)
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To: Monterrosa-24
300 Spartans is available now on DVD via Amazon and other sources.

That must be new, because I looked there not too long ago.

9 posted on 09/23/2004 2:28:48 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly stupid.)
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To: Monterrosa-24

Several of my all-time favorites are there.

THE SEARCHERS is just one of the best movies ever made, period.

ZULU is a great war movie, and, I've been told, a fairly realistic (for the time) depiction of the battle.


10 posted on 09/23/2004 2:29:13 PM PDT by old3030 (Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped -- Elbert Hubbard)
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To: Carry_Okie

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0001NBMDK/qid=1095974922/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-8313729-5606422?v=glance&s=dvd


11 posted on 09/23/2004 2:29:18 PM PDT by Optimus Prime (Do liberals even qualify as sentient beings?)
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To: BrooklynGOP
I had been looking for VHS and missed the DVD, thanks.
12 posted on 09/23/2004 2:29:50 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly stupid.)
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To: Carry_Okie

I can't prove this, but I swear that I saw it one day. I had an episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle going , and as they were talking with a bookcase in the background, I swear that I saw one of the titles of the books read "Sex Around the World" for a brief second. I sat there in shock for a moment, I'm sure that I wasn't imagining things...


13 posted on 09/23/2004 2:34:21 PM PDT by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: Carry_Okie

"Old TV can also be an excellent source for kids. My faves are Have Gun, Will Travel, The Prisoner, and The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle."

Right-o !! Old TV beat new TV and more and more old stuff is being packaged in DVD sets.


14 posted on 09/23/2004 2:34:33 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (France kicked Germany's teeth out at Verdun among other places.)
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To: Monterrosa-24
Great list.

My only concern of the ones I've seen is the bare-breasted maidens on Zulu (which appears in the first few minutes of the film).

Add North by Northwest 1959, Charade 1950s, The 39 Steps 1930s, The Man Who Knew Too Much 1930s Black and White version, The Secret Agent 1930s (all but Charade are Alfred Hitchcock movies). The plots concern ordinary men placed in extraordinary circumstances.

Exodus 1960s is a story of Israeli Independence.

My kids positively howled at It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, World 1960s.
15 posted on 09/23/2004 2:34:37 PM PDT by The Great Yazoo (Hey! Hey! J-eFing-K! How many Vets did you Diss today?)
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To: Monterrosa-24
The Alan Ladd western Shane. Watch it with your husband. You'll believe a man can cry.
16 posted on 09/23/2004 2:35:42 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Psalm 73)
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To: Hildy

I know one little girls love. I have 3 girls and they like the Sound of Music.


17 posted on 09/23/2004 2:36:50 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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To: Monterrosa-24
What do you think of Apollo 13?
18 posted on 09/23/2004 2:37:00 PM PDT by Chemist_Geek ("Drill, R&D, and conserve" should be our watchwords! Energy independence for America!)
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To: cspackler

"I can't prove this, but I swear that I saw it one day. I had an episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle going , and as they were talking with a bookcase in the background, I swear that I saw one of the titles of the books read "Sex Around the World" for a brief second. I sat there in shock for a moment, I'm sure that I wasn't imagining things..."

I believe it. Wild men put those cartoons together and sometimes there is a lot of jigle and sway in Natasha's breasts.


19 posted on 09/23/2004 2:37:27 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (France kicked Germany's teeth out at Verdun among other places.)
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To: Monterrosa-24

John Wayne, The Cowboys. Great flick! Stars boys on a trail drive.


20 posted on 09/23/2004 2:38:50 PM PDT by MoralSense
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To: Alex Murphy

But I would rather watch it with my wife than with my husband because I'm not that kind of a boy. Arrrrrrh!


21 posted on 09/23/2004 2:40:02 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (France kicked Germany's teeth out at Verdun among other places.)
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To: Chemist_Geek

Yes, I should have included APOLLO 13 by all means.


22 posted on 09/23/2004 2:41:29 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (France kicked Germany's teeth out at Verdun among other places.)
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To: The Great Yazoo
Correction: Charade concerns an ordinary woman placed in an extraordinary situation.

Shane get my vote as well.
23 posted on 09/23/2004 2:42:20 PM PDT by The Great Yazoo (Hey! Hey! J-eFing-K! How many Vets did you Diss today?)
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To: Monterrosa-24

Don't forget -
Captains Courageous
October Sky
The Black Stallion &
National Velvet


24 posted on 09/23/2004 2:43:24 PM PDT by Varda
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To: Monterrosa-24


Old Yeller is one of the best movies for kids because it teaches the core American values that have been shunted aside by Hollywood. Doesn't seem like the term, "glitz" mattered too much back then!


25 posted on 09/23/2004 2:43:59 PM PDT by ishabibble ((Terry Kerry's biggest fan))
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To: cspackler
The episode was their first arc - "Jet Fuel Formula" - and Googling the quote coughs up the twelfth episode specifically. The book was titled Sex on Planet X.

I caught that myself about 15 years ago. Right about the same time I figured out where "The Ruby Yacht of Omar Khayyam" came from.

26 posted on 09/23/2004 2:45:20 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Psalm 73)
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To: The Great Yazoo

You made good suggestions but as to the partial nudity in Zulu, I would argue that nudity can be benign while typical TV propaganda is more of a malignancy.


27 posted on 09/23/2004 2:46:29 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (France kicked Germany's teeth out at Verdun among other places.)
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To: Monterrosa-24

Has anyone added Anne of Green Gables to the list?


28 posted on 09/23/2004 2:47:44 PM PDT by sierrahome
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To: Monterrosa-24

Quo Vidas (sp?)


29 posted on 09/23/2004 2:52:08 PM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase ("Every man dies, but not every man truly lives...." Braveheart)
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To: Monterrosa-24
I think seventh or eighth grade would be an appropriate age group for Breaker Morant -- one of the very best movies ever made, in my opinion.

It would be particularly good in the context of learning history.

I would add Chariots of Fire, too -- probably for the same age group.

30 posted on 09/23/2004 2:54:10 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I made enough money to buy Miami -- but I pissed it away on the Alternative Minimum Tax.)
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Ping for your input.


31 posted on 09/23/2004 2:55:20 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I made enough money to buy Miami -- but I pissed it away on the Alternative Minimum Tax.)
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To: Carry_Okie

I could have sworn I saw 300 Spartans last week at wally-world


33 posted on 09/23/2004 3:02:43 PM PDT by Proverbs 3-5
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To: Alberta's Child
To Kill a Mockingbird

Searching For Bobby Fisher

Great Expectations

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

34 posted on 09/23/2004 3:03:21 PM PDT by MAWG
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To: Monterrosa-24

Thanks for listing them. I would like to recommend.

Anne of Avenlea
Anne of Green Gables


35 posted on 09/23/2004 3:05:25 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: Monterrosa-24

The Seven Samurai is a real masterpiece if you ask me.


36 posted on 09/23/2004 3:05:46 PM PDT by FierceKulak
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To: Alex Murphy

All the guys in our house cried when Gus died in "Lonesome Dove". Another classic in my book, with two heroes anyone would be proud to have her sons emulate and a strong woman who isn't afraid to face them both down.


37 posted on 09/23/2004 3:06:07 PM PDT by Charlotte Corday (I don't burn the flag because I can. I will burn the flag if I can't.)
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To: Monterrosa-24

My daughter loves "The Coal Miner's Daughter".


38 posted on 09/23/2004 3:06:31 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Monterrosa-24
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, 1975 Give this '75 version a chance.

It was one of the best versions ever produced.

THE SEARCHERS, 1956. . . Girls will love the young, determined, and headstrong heroine playing opposite John Wayne.

Not just girls either. In an interview shortly before his death, Wayne indicated that, of all his pictures, this film was his personal favorite. It was also one of his best.

39 posted on 09/23/2004 3:06:37 PM PDT by Euro-American Scum (A poverty-stricken middle class must be a disarmed middle class)
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To: Motherbear

I don't know if I'm being too obvious, but one of the best movies ever is "It's A Wonderful Life".

There are a few minor things parents might want to explain or edit out, but over all it is excellent.


40 posted on 09/23/2004 3:13:00 PM PDT by unlearner
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To: Monterrosa-24
Joan of Arc (1948) starring Ingrid Bergman
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
The Bells of St Mary's (1945)
Boys Town (1938)
Come to the Stable (1949)
Going My Way (1944)
Lilies of the Field (1963)
Miracle of the Bells (1948)
Angels in the Outfield (1951) (1951)
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
A Christmas Carol (the 1951 version with Alastair Sim)
41 posted on 09/23/2004 3:15:00 PM PDT by Mike Fieschko ("Daddy, are there bad men on your planes?")
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To: Hildy

I think another to add (and one that girls might just like) is "To Sir, With Love."

Mark


42 posted on 09/23/2004 3:16:13 PM PDT by MarkL (Dude!!! You're farting fire!!!!)
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To: Tax-chick

movies


43 posted on 09/23/2004 3:22:26 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A python asleep on the windowsill and a nasty smell were the first signs that all was not well ...)
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To: Monterrosa-24

The Trouble With Angels - Haley Mills at her best!!


44 posted on 09/23/2004 3:22:39 PM PDT by pbear8 (Book Dano Rather)
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To: Monterrosa-24
THE BLUE MAX, 1966 Boys are bound to love this adventure in biplanes and triplanes.

Good flying, but I wouldn't show it to my boys ... the adultery is a bit much.

45 posted on 09/23/2004 3:24:05 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A python asleep on the windowsill and a nasty smell were the first signs that all was not well ...)
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To: Monterrosa-24

A few more (but it depends on the age of the kids viewing): FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, RED BADGE OF COURAGE, ELMER GANTRY, and GREAT EXPECTATIONS.


46 posted on 09/23/2004 3:24:15 PM PDT by NetValue (They're not Americans, they're democrats. They hate the US Constitution.)
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To: Monterrosa-24

The old Disney live-action movies:

Fighting Prince of Donegal
Follow Me, Boys!
That Darn Cat

and so on.


47 posted on 09/23/2004 3:27:21 PM PDT by Tax-chick (A python asleep on the windowsill and a nasty smell were the first signs that all was not well ...)
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To: All
For boys:

The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)
The Vikings (1958)
The Long Ships (1963)
Spartacus (1960)

For girls (although I enjoyed them too):

Spencer's Mountain (1963)
The Truth About Spring (1964)
The Trouble With Angels (1966)
The Miracle Worker (1962)
48 posted on 09/23/2004 3:34:55 PM PDT by rwfok
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To: Monterrosa-24
My suggestion is the Horatio Hornblower series (8 shows total) from A&E - available on both DVD & video. They're well done high-seas adventures and promote values such as: loyalty, honesty, wisdom, friendship, learning...

They are enjoyed at my house by both buoys and gulls.

Available at both rental stores and many libraries. I suggest watching them in order.

49 posted on 09/23/2004 3:38:31 PM PDT by YankeeinOkieville (Dan Rather is obfuscating on thin ice.)
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To: Monterrosa-24

Mars Attacks!!


50 posted on 09/23/2004 3:40:07 PM PDT by aruanan
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