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Mentions of "prostitutues", "girls having unwanted babies at 13, 14", and "diseases you're not supposed to talk about" (possible references to STD's) in Bancroft's character's warning Helen Keller's parents against putting her in an asylum. Bancroft's character (Anne Sullivan) had grown up in an asylum, so she mentions these frightening people she encountered there, as well as babies born to inmates (70 out of 80 died during Anne's first year there), and a passing mention of "women who go after girls, especially young ones". This discussion is in response to the parent's thoughts about putting Helen in an asylum and what could happen to Helen if they did.

There are many scenes where Anne must physically restrain young, undisciplined Helen. Before the climax of the movie, young Helen throws dishes, scratches, hits, and throws fits.

Helen, the girl, is often unrestrained. She threatens a servant's child with scissors, overturns a baby's crib (with the baby inside), slaps people (such as her mother), and hit Anne once with a doll that she gave to Helen, (blood is shown on Anne's face from a broken tooth).

None, although a mention of "DTs" in the asylum could mean alcoholism related delirium tremens.

Helen threatening a girl with scissors. The most intense scenes involve Anne (as the teacher) attempting to train a very wild, undisciplined young Helen Keller. Except for a few face slaps, Anne does not hit her. Young Helen hits and bites Anne. The discussion about the asylums' conditions could also be scary for young children.

Anne has a flashback about her dead brother. He is on a table under a white sheet awaiting burial.

Argentina:Atp / Australia:PG (alternate rating) / Australia:M (original rating) / Finland:K-8 / Japan:G (2016) / South Korea:All / UK:PG / USA:Approved / West Germany:12 (f)

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