Winters Tale

Theatrical Release: February 14, 2014
Winters Tale


Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film stars Colin Farrell (“Total Recall”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Oscar® winners Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”) and Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). “Winter’s Tale” also introduces young newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs (both from Broadway’s “Once”). The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”), who also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Helprin.

Dove Review

“Winter’s Tale” is a romantic/drama that takes place in early New York. Angels and Demons as well as the eternal fight between good and evil take center stage in this story of love, loss and purpose. The premise is that everyone has a miracle to give and receive. When Peter Lake falls in love with a woman who has consumption, he believes that he is her miracle. But as the plot moves forward, he realizes that it wasn’t her that he was meant to save. The story is thought provoking and certainly a little more than romantic. However, the mixed theology, language, and sexual situations prevent us from considering this a family friendly film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Man/woman kiss passionately; An unmarried man/woman have a sexual encounter
Language: GD-1; SOB-2; "Jesus, Joseph & Marry"-1; J-1; G-1; D-2; S-1;
Violence: Man is chased by many and kills two men with a knife; Man's face contorts into a demonic looking image; Man kills another with his hands, draws image with man's blood; Man shoots another at point blank range; Men fight with spears and clubs; Men fistfight; Man stabbed twice in throat with blood on the weapon.
Drugs: Wine is spoken about not we don't see anyone drink; Champaign on New Year's Eve which has been poisoned
Nudity: Woman seen in sheer negligees; Woman undresses and enters bath to reduce fever - only upper rear nudity seen; Shirtless man; Woman exposes herself to a man to entice him to sleep with her; Woman undresses and her unclothed breasts are seen in silhouette
Other: Angels and Demons; Good vs. Evil; Spirit guides; The concept that when virtuous souls die they become stars; Mixed theology


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Akiva Goldsman & Mark Helprin
Director: Akiva Goldsman
Producer: Marc Platt
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 118 min.
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe