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Based on a true account, The End of the Spear tells the story of five American missionaries who's decision to make contact with a ferocious Amazon tribe ends up impacting forever the Waodani Indians as well as their own families.
Why Is End of the Spear Rated PG-13?
End of the Spear is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence.
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The biggest issues in this move are a result of showing the violent nature of the Waodani Indians before they had contact with the missionaries. These portrayals include many murders of men women and children with spears and machetes, animals killing humans and humans killing animals (some blood is seen in all of these scenarios). Other milder content concerns are the administration of medications with a hypodermic needle, depictions of native costumes that barely cover private body parts, verbal mentions of infidelity and unwed pregnancy, as well as the gender of a child being confirmed by looking down his pants. This harsh culture serves as a stark contrast to the missionaries’ example and teachings of peace, forgiveness, and repentance.
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The documentary Beyond the Gates of Splendor also examines the story of the five American missionaries who first attempted contact with the Waodani Indians. The experiences of another American missionary (who serves among the people of Tonga) are recounted in the movie The Other Side of Heaven. The differences between primitive societies and modern man are the basis for both humor and contemplation in the South African film, The Gods Must be Crazy.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: Pendin
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Unfortunately, the DVD release of End of the Spear doesn’t offer any bonus features, but it does provide the movie in both wide and full screen presentations. The English audio track is recorded in 5.1 Dolby Surround, and subtitles are available in English, Spanish and French.