What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this classic film is rich in character, music, and story, as well as filled with positive messages. In the final 10 minutes there are a number of suspenseful scenes that may be frightening for some children, including the main character being held at gunpoint. Kids might be curious to learn more about Nazis and World War II after watching this movie. There's some moderate alcohol consumption and one character smokes. The romantic scenes are limited to gentle embraces and brief chaste kisses.
- Families can talk about how the movie compares to more recent musical films. How is this one different or similar? What makes this movie a classic?
- Talk about the songs in the movie. What does the song, "Climb Every Mountain" mean? What about "My Favorite Things"? If you were going to write the song, what would be on your list of favorite things?
- How do the filmmakers create tension in the last few minutes of the movie? What effects do they use? How do you feel when watching the ending?