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Still shot from the movie: Gone With The Wind.

Gone With The Wind

The cinematography is wonderful, the sets lavish, the costumes incredible, the musical score sweeping, and the film epic in every way. Based on Margaret Mitchell's best selling novel, this classic 1939 film follows Scarlett O'Hara (played by Vivien Leigh), the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who's quality of life is swept away by the winds of the American Civil War. Her love life is equally as turbulent, thanks to Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 238
Theater Release: 17 Jan 1941
Video Release: 13 Apr 2010
MPAA Rating: G
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How We Determine Our Grades

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.

“Body image” is a trendy phrase used to describe the way we see ourselves in relation to society’s definition of beauty. What Old South body image expectations are we privy to when Scarlett is commanded to eat at home before she goes to a barbeque at Twelve Oaks, so that in public her appetite will appear bird like? Are we still struggling with issues like these today?

Rhett accuses Scarlett of believing she can fix any problem simply by saying sorry. Why does he feel an apology isn’t always enough? Do you agree or disagree with him?

Scarlett has one unattainable obsession her whole life. How did focusing on the thing she couldn’t have effect her ability to enjoy the things she could have?

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