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Still shot from the movie: All Is Lost.

All Is Lost

A one-man adventure on a sailboat turns into a life and death situation after the craft is struck and damaged by floating debris. The sailor (Robert Redford) does his best to weather the challenges and storms the ocean sends his way. But despite his heroic efforts it soon appears all may be lost... Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 106
Theater Release: 25 Oct 2013
Video Release: 11 Feb 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What scenes suggest that this sailor might not be fully prepared to be out alone? How difficult would it be to learn to navigate from the stars and horizon using only a sextant? Does he appear to have any backup plan?

Is it more difficult to feel empathy for a character that we know very little about? Who do you think he is writing his final letter to?

How do the filmmakers use the forces of nature to create tension? How does the actor express his emotion? Does the lack of dialogue make the viewer more involved? What other visual elements add to the action of the story?

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