Walk Don’t Run parents guide

Walk Don’t Run Parent Guide

Overall B+

In his last role before retirement, Cary Grant plays a dignified, British industrialist unable to find accommodation when visiting Tokyo during the 1964 Olympic games. The movie is based on the 1943 film, The More the Merrier.

Release date June 28, 1966

Violence A-
Sexual Content B
Profanity A
Substance Use B-

Why is Walk Don’t Run rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated Walk Don’t Run Not Rated

Run Time: 114 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Arriving in Tokyo, Sir William Rutland (Cary Grant) finds that, thanks to the Olympics, there is not a space to be had in any hotel in the entire city. Finally he stumbles upon an ad to rent a room. But when he arrives at Christine Easton’s (Samantha Eggar) small apartment, the dignified British industrialist with graying hair is not what the young woman expected.

However, the exhausted traveler is not about to take no for an answer. Handing over his half of the rent, he unpacks his bags in the sitting room.

Trying to account for a mature man in her apartment is one thing. But when William, who goes by Bill, offers half of his space to a young American Olympian who has arrived too early for his accommodations, Christine is at a loss to explain Steve Davis’ (Jim Hutton) presence to her co-worker (Miiko Tado). Yet despite the trio’s conflict over the bathroom schedule and coffee making protocol, the independent Christine soon finds herself enjoying the male companionship. Her fiancé, the British secretary Julius D. Haversack (John Standing), feels somewhat differently when he eventually discovers the unconventional living arrangement.

Filmed during the 1964 Summer Olympics, the movie includes a few scenes of sporting competition but the real story takes place outside of the stadium where the fast-talking Bill plays international matchmaker. Based on the 1943 comedy The More the Merrier, this 1966 production—Grant’s final feature film—is one of few if any movies in which he doesn’t get the girl. But his romantic charm still plays a big role in this story. Stripped down to his boxers in a road race, Grant finishes off his active acting career in great comedic fashion.

With few content concerns for older teens and adults, this madcap romantic comedy is the perfect fluffy diversion from the fierce world of athletic events.

Directed by Charles Walters. Starring Cary Grant, Samantha Eggar, Jim Hutton. Running time: 114 minutes. Theatrical release June 28, 1966. Updated

Walk Don’t Run
Rating & Content Info

Why is Walk Don’t Run rated Not Rated? Walk Don’t Run is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Violence: A man is accused of spying.

Sexual Content: Characters visit a Japanese bathhouse; some back nudity is shown. A woman’s bare back is seen. Men discuss a woman’s lingerie. A woman later wears that nightgown. A couple kisses passionately. A woman is seen in her slip. A man strips down to his underwear and enters a racing walk. Some brief, mild sexual innuendo is included.

Language: None noted.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Man smokes cigar repeatedly. Characters drink on several occasions.

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How does Cary Grant’s role in this movie differ from his previous, younger roles?

What are the challenges of living in a foreign country? What cultural customs are portrayed in this film? How do the Olympics showcase a country beyond the sporting competition?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Walk Don’t Run movie is April 28, 2003. Here are some details…

Walk Don’t Run releases to DVD on 29 April 2003.

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Cary Grant has a long career as a romantic lead both in comedies and thrillers. Some of his other films include Charade, North By Northwest, Houseboat, An Affair to Remember and To Catch a Thief.

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