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Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
  • G
  • 3h 58m
  • 1939
Certified Fresh90%
Common Sense Media Iconage 10+
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Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland and Hattie McDaniel star in this classic epic of the American South. On the eve of the United States Civil War, rich, beautiful and self-centered Scarlett O'Hara (Leigh) has everything she could want--except Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard). But as the war devastates the South, Scarlett discovers the strength within herself to protect her family and rebuild her life. Through everything, she longs for Ashley, unaware that she is already married to the man she really loves (Gable)--and who truly loves her--until she finally drives him away. Only then does Scarlett realize what she has lost ... and decide to win him back. Considered one of the greatest classic American movies, Gone With The Wind won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, Hattie McDaniel, the first Oscar awarded to an African-American actor.
© 1939 GONE WITH THE WIND, its characters and elements are trademarks of Turner Entertainment Co. & The Stephens Mitchell Trusts. © Turner Entertainment Co.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh90%
Critics Consensus: Gone with the Wind's epic grandeur and romantic allure encapsulate an era of Hollywood filmmaking -- but that can't excuse a blinkered perspective that stands on the wrong side of history.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Undeniably an epic, but lots of problematic representations.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the epic drama Gone with the Wind is based on Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel. It centers around the Civil War-torn South and includes several scenes of war-related violence, including wounded soldiers dying and main character Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) shooting a Union deserter. The sexuality isn't as overt as in contemporary movies, but it's still pervasive. Scarlett purposely uses her sexual appeal to manipulate men. There's plenty of flirting, several kisses (some very passionate), and a minor character who's a good-hearted "lady of the night." One scene implies that a husband forces his wife to go to bed with him. Alcohol and cigar use are also frequent, especially during the movie's many parties, and there's a bit of strong language (particularly one very famous "damn"). It may concern some parents that the Confederate South is portrayed as having been a place of gentility and charm, and the movie's depiction of Black characters is problematic and stereotypical. The enslaved people seem to actually enjoy their lot and are portrayed as either superficial and ignorant or fussy and smothering.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 15, 1939
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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