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Old January 2nd, 2017, 06:38 PM   #1
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Best Historical Children's Films?


What are your favorite films for kids set in the past--I'm looking for ones that are entertaining, and, while I'm not expecting absolute accuracy (magic and mythical elements are fine), accurate enough in general to not make a history lover cringe?

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Bill - made by the team who did Horrible Histories... generally pretty good too. Comedic but it does stay fairly legit (if they do slip in the odd gag)
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 04:30 PM   #3
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Right off the top of my head and limiting myself to war films:

Europa, Europa The War Movie Buff: CRACKER? Europa Europa (1990)

Beasts of No Nation The War Movie Buff: NOW STREAMING: Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Pan's Labyrinth The War Movie Buff: CRACKER? Pan?s Labyrinth (2006)

Winter in Wartime The War Movie Buff: SHOULD I READ IT? Winter in Wartime (2008)

Ivan's Childhood The War Movie Buff: SHOULD I READ IT? Ivan's Childhood (1962)

Hope and Glory The War Movie Buff: CRACKER? Hope and Glory

Come and See The War Movie Buff: CRACKER? Hope and Glory

Of those, I consider "Hope and Glory" to be the best.
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Sorry mate 'Come and See' and 'Pans Labyrinth' I would not allow children to watch!
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"The Book Thief" for older children.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 10:33 AM   #6
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Sorry mate 'Come and See' and 'Pans Labyrinth' I would not allow children to watch!
I am so sorry. I thought you were asking for films that featured children, not films for children. In that case, never mind. I was going to keep "Hope and Glory" as a recommendation, but even it is a bit risque in a spot.
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I am so sorry. I thought you were asking for films that featured children, not films for children. In that case, never mind. I was going to keep "Hope and Glory" as a recommendation, but even it is a bit risque in a spot.

A bit risque is ok as long as I know ahead of time and can preview for it (maybe figure out if the worst scenes can be skipped). :-)
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"The Book Thief" for older children.
Oh yeah...I saw commercials for that but had forgotten about it. Thanks.
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The Machine Gunners is a great mini-series from children's TV in the 70s about life on the home front for children ww2.

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I am so sorry. I thought you were asking for films that featured children, not films for children. In that case, never mind. I was going to keep "Hope and Glory" as a recommendation, but even it is a bit risque in a spot.
He did say 'for kids' so I assume that's how he meant it, not just historical films with children as characters. 'Come and See' and 'Pans Labyrinth' are both excellent films but not exactly for the young viewer.

'Cowboys' with John Wayne the one with children 'cowboys'?


(If so what is the connection to Paul Walker movie?)
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