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Still shot from the movie: Fiddler On The Roof.

Fiddler On The Roof

In this classic movie musical, a poor dairy farmer named Tevye (played by Topol) tries to keep his balance by clinging to his Jewish traditions while providing for his five daughters. Moving from light-hearted to heart breaking as the family faces religious persecution in pre-revolutionary Russia, the story celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 181
Theater Release: 03 Nov 1971
Video Release: 07 Jan 2014
MPAA Rating: G
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Why Is Fiddler On The Roof Rated G?


Overall: A This 1971 three Academy Awards winner follows the fate of a Jewish family whose traditional way of life, family ties, and religious commitment are challenged by the pre-revolutionary environment of Russia. It beautifully illustrates the power of love and humor in the face of unwanted change.

Violence: B Squabbling and raised voices between villagers, and spouses. Comedic mention of abusive husband in song lyrics. Nightmare sequence includes depiction of ghosts in a graveyard, ghostly hands come out of grave and a jealous spirit demonstrates a threat to choke someone. Mobsters destroy property, set buildings and cart on fire, and smash windows. Men scuffle, one is hit on head with candlestick. Soldiers draw swords and attack crowd-people flee and some bodies fall.

Sexual Content: A- Concern briefly mentioned over young couple spending time together. Young women shown in slips (underclothes). Men tease and touch the face of a young woman. Men and women break convention and dance together. Engaged couples hug and brush cheeks.

Language: A- Man falsely accused of calling a woman a cow. Jews called Christ killers. Terms of Deity used as proper nouns.

Alcohol / Drug Use: C Wine drunk in religious observances. Two main characters become intoxicated. Bar scene depicting celebrating men drinking to excess. Drinking at a wedding. One depiction of a minor character smoking.

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