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The Black Cauldron

Based on the popular children's book series, The Prydain Chronicles, by Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron follows the adventures of Taran (voice of Grant Bardsley), a young, assistant pig herder who cares for a prophetic porker sought after by the ill-intentioned Horned King (voice of Arthur Malet). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 80
Theater Release: 24 Jul 1985
Video Release: 14 Sep 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is The Black Cauldron Rated PG?


Violence: Frightening and perilous scenes include depictions of ghoulish and demonic characters. Skeletons come to life and form an army. Later they begin to disintegrate. Characters engage in hand-to-hand duels. Weapons are used on several occasions. A boy uses a sword to fight off a group of soldiers. One character suffers a bloody lip. A character is sucked into a magical cauldron. Humans and animals are chased, hit and threatened. A man is attacked and bitten by a dog. A character sacrifices himself.

Sexual: A woman with a large bosom throws herself on another character. A small animal is caught in her cleavage. A woman dances seductively for a group of soldiers. Two young characters kiss.

Language: Some brief name-calling is heard.

Alcohol/Drug: Several secondary characters are seen drinking at a party, some to the point of intoxication.

Other: Characters use spells and other black magic.

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About the Reviewer: Kerry Bennett

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