Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) Poster

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Sex & Nudity

  • None. This is a G-rated motion picture.
  • in one scene though, a man dreaming of a woman says her name before unknowingly kissing a horse on the lips, the other humans act distasteful at the scene. he then wakes up and panics afterwards.

Violence & Gore

  • A train being pulled uphill by horses has it's chains derailed and it rolls down the hill destroying the structures with explosions and setting the forest on fire. This scene is intense.
  • We see a montage of men who try to break Spirit (by riding him) and see the horse throwing them about. He head-butts one backwards (rearing his head back to hit the rider) and throws another rider who lands on another man. None of the men, however, appear to be hurt.
  • A group of soldiers shoot at a Native American, but miss. During a subsequent horseback chase several soldiers are knocked off their horses.


  • There is an incomplete "Son of a..." When Spirit runs past two riders, a "What the hell?" is heard, but only quietly.
  • in one scene there is an almost inaudible word, but it sounds at best like Jesus Christ, or Christ.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • We see a half empty bottle of what's presumably liquor of some sort lying on its side next to a sleeping man.
  • The Colonel smokes a cigar prior to riding Spirit.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The scene where the train rolls down the hill destroying everything in it's path and exploding, causing a forest fire, may be intense.
  • We see a pregnant mare lying on the ground (younger kids might not initially realize she's about to give birth) looking exhausted/uncomfortable/pained (she finally gives birth, but nothing graphic is seen).
  • Some people may be upset by the scenes of horses in difficulty.
  • Young children may be frightened by the cruelty undergone by the horses.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • A Native American village is attacked by soldiers. There is some (mostly offscreen) combat and gunplay. A horse is shot and falls in a river, there is no blood but it appears to be dying, but it turns up alive at the end of the movie.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • We see horses almost constantly in distress during most of the movie, which can be intense for more sensitive viewers. We see horses almost drowning, a horse almost being burned alive in a forest-fire, almost being crushed by a train, almost being killed by fire-arms, being punished heavily without food and water for days, being dragged by ropes and chains. Being tied up, being held in captivity. Being forced to make an almost impossible jump. It all ends well, but there are many very close brushes with death.
  • A big theme in the movie is freedom, which is constantly being taken away. We see a horse being captured by humans and escaping over and again. It's being made very clear that the horse very much wants to be free, and its spirit is almost broken when it is again taken by humans. This can be intense for more sensitive viewers.

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