Movie Ratings and Permission Slip for Viewing

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Movie Ratings and Permission Slip for Viewing

9 of the movies are rated R, 21 are not rated (NR - before 1967) and 7 are rated PG or PG-13. The NR movies would all be rated G or PG if they were rated today. Before 1968, the MPAA didn't rate movies at all. Instead, the films were tested against a "Production Code," and if they didn't pass, the necessary cuts were made to make the movie appropriate for the viewing public. I feel that the R movies that we will be watching are important to the course. If you have any problems with your child seeing any of these movies please let me know. We can work around it. I am currently working on getting edited versions of some of these movies.

1634: Follows the journey of a Jesuit priest, Father Laforgue and his fellow French companion, Daniel, who travel through the wilderness of New France (Canada) by the Algonkian tribe members in order to find a distant Huron Jesuit mission.
Movie : Black Robe (1991)
Genre : drama / historical fiction Rated R

1692: A 17th-century Salem woman accuses an ex-lover's wife of witchery in an adaptation of the Arthur Miller play.
Movie : The Crucible (1996)
Genre : drama/ historical fiction Rated PG-13 for intense depiction of the Salem witch trials.

1757: French and Indian War: Siege of Fort William Henry
Movie : The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Genre : war/romance/drama/historical fiction Rated R for violence

1839 : Slave revolt on the Amistad
Movie : Amistad (1997)
Genre : drama / historical Rated R for some scenes of strong brutal violence and some related nudity.

1863 : Black Union soldiers of the 54th Regiment attack Confederates at Charleston
Movie : Glory (1989)
Genre : war/drama/ historical Rated R

1868 : A man searches for his niece who was kidnapped by the Comanche
Movie : The Searchers (1959)
Genre : western/drama NR

1870’s : Showdown in a Western town
Movie : High Noon (1959)
Genre : western/drama NR

1880’s : One more adventure for a retired gunslinger.
Movie : Unforgiven (1992)
Genre : western Rated R for language, and violence, and for a scene of sexuality.

1910’s : A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.
Movie : Reds (1981)
Genre : historical/drama Rated PG

1920’s : Gangsters during Prohibition
Movie : The Public Enemy (1931)
Genre : crime/drama NR

1920’s : Powerful newspaper owner Charles Foster Kane was many things to many people, both in life and, as seen in retrospective here, in death.
Movie : Citizen Kane (1941)
Genre : drama / historical fiction NR

1920’s : Federal Agent Elliot Ness sets out to take out Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.
Movie : The Untouchables (1987)
Genre : crime/drama Rated R

1927 : A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound
Movie : Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Genre : musical NR

1929 : When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
Movie : Some Like It Hot (1959)
Genre : comedy NR

1930’s : Rocky Sullivan and Jerry Connolly were tough kids who grew up together in the toughest part of New York, one became a priest, the other a gangster.
Movie : Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Genre : crime / drama NR

1930’s : Henpecked Egbert Sousè has comic adventures as a substitute film director and unlikely bank guard.
Movie : The Bank Dick (1940)
Genre : comedy NR

1931 : A tramp falls in love with a blind flower girl.
Movie : City Lights (1931)
Genre : drama / comedy NR

1937 : Jake Gittes is a detective who finds murder and corruption in 1930's Los Angeles.
Movie : Chinatown (1974)
Genre : crime / mystery / film noir Rated R

1938 : David is waiting for a bone to complete his dinosaur and then he meets Susan and a leopard that has escaped from the circus in Bridgeport.
Movie : Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Genre : Screwball Comedy NR

1939 : A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.
Movie : Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Genre : drama / comedy NR
1940’s : The epic saga of how a younger son rises to take over the family business, his father's paternalistic, but violent and illegal empire
Movie : The Godfather (1972)
Genre : crime / drama Rated R

1941 : An American sits out the war in Casablanca in Rick’s American Café.
Movie : Casablanca (1942)
Genre : drama / war NR

1943 : When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.
Movie : The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Genre : drama / war NR

1944 : An insurance adjuster is drawn into murder by a femme fatale.
Movie : Double Indemnity (1944)
Genre : film noir/ drama NR

1950’s : An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.
Movie : Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Genre : comedy / war Rated PG

1950’s : An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
Movie : On the Waterfront (1954)
Genre : crime/romance/drama NR

1951 : A Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War.
Movie : MASH (1970)
Genre : war / comedy Rated PG

1954 : L.B. Jeffries breaks his leg and starts looking out his rear window.
Movie : Rear Window (1954)
Genre : thriller/ mystery NR

1956 : A small town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by alien duplicates.
Movie : Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Genre : horror / sci-fi /thriller NR

1957: Romeo and Juliet set in 1950's New York City.
Movie : West Side Story (1961)
Genre : musical/romance/drama NR

1957 : The jurors in a murder trail debate whether the defendant is guilty.
Movie : 12 Angry Men(1957)
Genre : drama NR

1965 : Malcolm X is assassinated
Movie : Malcolm X (1992)
Genre : historical/drama Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, and for drugs and some language.

1967 : An African American detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racist southern town.
Movie : In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Genre : drama/mystery/crime NR

1967 : A liberal couple is surprised when their daughter brings home her fiance who is black.
Movie : Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Genre : drama/comedy NR
1973 : Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation.
Movie : All the President’s Men(1976)
Genre : drama/suspense/historical Rated PG

1980’s : A man is fired from work because he has aids.
Movie : Philadelphia (1993)
Genre : drama Rated PG-13 for some graphic language and thematic material.

1980’s : Race relations in New York City
Movie : Do the Right Thing (1989)
Genre : comedy/drama Rated R

August 30, 2005

Dear Parents,

During the course of the 2005- 2006 school year we plan to show the movies listed above in full or as excerpts to enhance our class curriculum.

Our school requires parental permission for your student to view movies that are used in our curriculum, or selected by our teachers, which are rated PG-13 or R.

We believe showing your son or daughter movies such as Glory, Amistad, and Black Robe enables them to benefit from another medium as a resource in their study of current events and history.

Movies, along with our hands-on activities such as reading, in-class discussion groups, and research projects, give students a well-rounded opportunity to discover the world of history. Movies go beyond dry facts and help bring events “alive.”

Be assured that we will use proper discretion when showing these movies.

Thank you for taking the time to read and sign this permission form.



Jack Nilan /Teacher

Student Name______________________

____ Yes, I approve my child’s viewing of the movies listed above.

Guardian signature/date___________________________

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