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  • TV-PG
  • 1h 29m
  • 1971
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A girl, on vacation in the Canadian Rockies, tries to capture a white stallion, whose great strength leads to a pulling contest at the Calgary Stampede.
© 1971 Disney Enterprises

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Common Sense Says
1970s Disney family drama has some mild threat and violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hacksaw is a wholesome 1971 Disney family drama with brief moments of peril, some violence, and injuries to animals. Set in a male-dominated environment, teenager Sue (Susan Bracken) sets her sights on bringing a wild horse back to a ranch. There are some iffy gender portrayals and dialogue. But Sue challenges these stereotypes by being confident and resourceful, even saying the line, "never underestimate the power of a woman." The humor is gentle and moments of peril pass quickly. There are a few instances of characters falling from horses, but none prove to be serious. A horse is whipped in the face by a villainous character, and said villain is punched and rendered unconscious in one scene. Two horses also battle it out resulting in blood to one of their faces. There are some insults and put-downs including "dumb," "brat," and "son of a gun." The movie has messages of perseverance and positive behavior being rewarded -- though some kids may find the extensive training scenes a little dull.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:September 26, 1971
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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