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A Dog of Flanders | 1999 | PG | - 2.4.2

A young, poor orphan in 19th-century Belgium endures many hardships but never gives up his dream of becoming a famous artist one day. With Jack Warden, Jeremy James Kissner, Jesse James, Jon Voight, Steven Hartley, Cheryl Ladd, Madylin Sweeten and Bruce McGill. [1:41]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A boy kisses a girl on the cheek, and a boy and girl look as if they are about to kiss as a scene ends. We see, from the back, a woman who appears to be buttoning her shirt as a drunken, fully clothed man lies on the ground in front of her (no nudity is visible; it's mildly implied that they've had some sort of sexual tryst). We see a shirtless man.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - In one scene, a man threatens and tries to cut two other men with a knife; a brief knife fight follows, and as the man is about to hit another with a large cleaver, a dog knocks him down and into a stairwell (we see the lifeless man lying on the steps with some blood on his face). In a dream sequence, we see a boy lying in a casket during his funeral procession. A man appears to have trouble breathing, then falls to the ground and dies. We see a woman lying in bed, looking very pale and sweaty, then closing her eyes and dying. A boy stumbles in the forest during a snowstorm and passes out in a snow bank. A drunken man yells at a dog, whips it repeatedly and leaves it in a forest (we hear it whimper and see some blood on its fur); a boy later rescues the dog. A priest yells at and chases a boy after his dog knocks over an urn for collections; also, a man chases after a boy and his dog, verbally threatens them and throws the boy to the ground. A barn is engulfed in flames. A boy and girl playfully throw mud at each other and a man throws a girl's doll into a puddle. We briefly see a man's red, blistered feet as he rubs them. We see a painting of Jesus Christ's crucifixion with some blood visible on his body.


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LANGUAGE 2 - Several mild obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Orphans, death of loved ones, poverty, class systems, artistic ability, out-of-wedlock births, honesty, false accusations, lying, determination, friendship.

MESSAGE - You can't judge someone's moral character by their wealth (or lack of); never give up on your dreams, no matter how impossible they seem; God has a plan for everyone.

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