Cautions: violence and intensity, language, some sensuality and immodesty, and mild ethical confusion
Silverado is where they’re headed. The adventure is what happens on the way there. In this fun tribute to the original Hollywood westerns, where the good guys end up on top and the bad guys end up in jail - or dead - four very different men team up to take on a ruthless, overconfident villain who already had reason to want them dead individually. Forced to choose between riding against evil with guns blazing, or protecting the ones they care about, Emmett, Paden, Jake and Mal decide on… both.
1985 | Lawrence Kasdan | 133 min Watch Trailer
A negatively-portrayed character uses the word n-gger once.
There are several shooting scenes, and a few deaths, including of good guys. In an intense scene, a woman is shot.
A few characters are stabbed with a knife, sometimes in a startling or abrupt way, but the wounds are not clearly shown.
A family with a young boy is threatened at gunpoint in a semi-intense scene, and the boy is later kidnapped.
A house is set on fire, and is seen burning to the ground.
A character’s mother is said to have died.
There is occasional beating and fist fighting (always begun by the bad guys).
Villains ride through a farm and shoot down some small animals.
Some Sensuality and Immodesty
A foolish main character is briefly seen rolling around a hay loft with a saloon girl, and kissing her. While this may imply a sexual relationship, it is not a necessary inference. An unmarried couple is seen kissing at the ending. A foolish character is said to have gotten into trouble for kissing saloon girls. A not-positively-portrayed saloon girl says that kissing was part of her job.
A negatively-portrayed female side character works at a saloon, and is implied to have become a prostitute. At the end, she leaves the saloon for good.
To steal his weapon, a woman runs her hand along a man’s leg under the table. This is somewhat sensual, but brief, and the intention is clear. A villain is briefly seen shoving a girl, with his hand on her chest.
Women are seen in off-the-shoulder dresses. A woman is seen, in a non-sensual context, in modest nineteenth-century undergarments.
Briefly, a small, semi-nude statue is visible, but is not focused on.
One man interestedly asks another if there are any women where they are going, though nothing really comes of this.
A couple of scenes involve a man in only his long underwear.
Mild Ethical Confusion
One of the four main characters is, biblically defined, a fool. Whether his behavior is taken as a positive example or a negative example depends on the viewer’s ability to think of him in biblical terms.
One of the other main characters frequently references luck. Possibly in connection with this quirk of his, someone else wishes him “good luck” at one point. He is ultimately portrayed as having to do the right thing, regardless of whether or not it involves “bad luck”.
One of the main characters shows interest in a woman who is apparently married. He takes no inappropriate action, but does pursue the relationship immediately after her husband dies.
At the saloon, positively-portrayed characters discuss the proportion of water they put in the bottles of whiskey they serve. This may either be taken as using false weights and balances, or, because the practice was historically so widespread and so well understood by saloon frequenters, as more akin to the modern practice of putting “contains 3% juice” in fine print on the back of the bottle.
Two positively-portrayed characters work in a saloon, and both say that saloons are the only place they are happy, though this is apparently hyperbole, since both are seen, happy, elsewhere.
On multiple occasions, the main characters fight against corrupt law officials, however any possible anti-authority bent is resolved at the end.
A character says, “The world is what you make of it,” but only means that people can improve their circumstances by taking advantage of opportunities.
One of the characters is a former criminal who has already served his full prison sentence and has no desire to return to crime.
Gambling at cards is seen.
Characters drink alcohol.