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The New World | 2005 | PG-13 | - 4.6.1

Colin Farrell stars as Captain Smith (of the Pocahontas tale), who sails from England in the early years of the 17th century and lands in Virginia, at that time an expanse of primeval wilderness populated by many native tribes. There he meets a young Native American woman, who saves his life and he falls in love with her. Also with Christopher Plummer, Wes Studi, August Schellenberg and Raoul Trujillo. Directed by Terrence Malick. [2:30]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young native woman wearing no top has beads and her long hair draped over her chest covering her bare breasts. Native women wear loincloths that reveal cleavage, bare hips, buttocks, bare abdomen and legs. Native men wear loincloths that reveal bare chests, hips, buttocks and legs throughout the movie.
 A young woman wears low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes.
 A husband and wife kiss and hug in a few scenes. A man and a young woman kiss in a few scenes. A man kisses a young woman's face and they hug in a couple of scenes. In many scenes a man and a young woman caress each other's faces, hands, backs and shoulders tenderly.
 Although the scenes of the man and the young woman caressing each other never end up in a sexual encounter (nor is it clear whether or not they have sex) on screen they are romantic and intimate scenes.
 We hear that a man has many wives and many children by each of them.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Many Native American men and English men fight with swords and hammers and guns; we see men being struck, they fall to the ground, we see men being hacked, we hear hacking, and we see many being stabbed (we see the thrusting of the weapon and some blood spraying) and throats are slashed (we do not see blood). Native American men and English men fight in hand-to-hand combat with more hacking, slashing, shooting and stabbing.
 A young Native American man is shot in the abdomen, he falls to the ground, we see blood on the wound, and we watch him die (he trembles and falls silent). A man is shot in the back as he runs away. A man is shot in the chest, and falls to the ground dead (we see the bloody wound).
 Men row in a boat past a severed head dangling from a tree. A man hands another man a severed hand (we do not know its origin). A man tells another man that yet another man is dead and that someone ate his hands (we see the dead man slumped in a chair with blood around his mouth).
 A man hung by his hands is whipped repeatedly (we do not see the wounds or blood, but we do hear the whip cracking). A man is hung by his feet as punishment (this is for a certain duration of time).
 A man wearing armor is attacked by native men with hard paddles and wooden hammers, they hit him repeatedly, he is shot in the leg with an arrow (he pulls it out), and he is held by several and dragged to their camp. A man is shot in the throat with an arrow (there's no blood), and he falls back and off the top of a fort.
 Many Native American men with weapons approach a fort, they are fired upon by the men inside who are using cannons, and we see some men being struck (no blood is evident).
 A man is interrogated and threatened, and several Native American men with weapons lunge at him and intend to kill him. A scouting party goes on land with weapons drawn.
 We see a man in stocks as a punishment. A man with his hands tied stands next to a noose hanging from a tree; he has been accused of mutiny, but is let go with a warning. A man in shackles is locked in the hold of a ship. A man is accused of stealing barrels of ale and another man orders his ears to be cut off (we do not see whether or not this is carried out).
 A Native American camp is set ablaze by Englishmen and we see women and children running for cover. Ships fire cannons toward shore, Native American people scatter in fear. Native people are frightened when a man throws gunpowder into a fire and it flares up and makes a noise.
 A boy says that he found a "leg in the bed." A man says that "slackers will be whipped." Another man says "those who do not work will not eat." Men talk about pillaging and raiding. We hear that many people are sick with fever and some have died from it. A man tells a young woman that another man is dead and she grieves inconsolably.
 Men practice fighting with wooden weapons and bows and arrows. We see etchings of people being slain by others with swords. Native American women perform a ceremony on a man: they sprinkle him with dust, and they chant and move their hands around him. A man lost in a field of very tall grass appears frightened and wanders alone.
 Two men carry a pole with a deer carcass hanging from it, and others carry a turkey carcass. Many dead animals are carried into a camp (as food) and many dead animals hang in a market (rabbits and ducks).
 A small snake slithers around a man's head and ears. We see barrels of food with maggots wriggling in them. We see men and boys suffering from the effects of starvation, with boils on their faces and appearing desperate.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 2 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for a woman (wench).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A few men are shown smoking small pipes of tobacco a couple of times.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Exploration, fear of the unknown, naiveté and innocence of natives, jealousy, trust, duty, possession, greed, sorrow, effects of isolation, death of a spouse, death of a child, death of parent, dignity, starvation, contagious disease, cultural differences, conscience, ambition, pioneering, grief, strength, desertion, leadership, mental instability brought on by extreme conditions and illness.

MESSAGE - Rarely does the process of one culture invading another culture end peacefully.

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