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Heist (2001), R
Analysis Date: Bovember 9, 2001
CAP Score: 32
CAP Influence Density: 3.45

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HEIST (R) -- 55.9 foul words per hour.

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I don't remember must about this movie since it has been so long since I watched it, but as always the numbers in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP analysis model) do not need me to remember any of the movie.

I do remember I was thinking that maybe *Heist* might be something I could watch on tape with my 16 year old son if we put it through the cussing filter. But was I ever wrong! Once the numbers were crunched it was clear that just filtering the foul language was clearly not enough. Not to mention that there would not be much audio left after filtering out 55.9 foul words per hour. And the most foul of the foul words was used twice as many times as all other three/four letter words combined.

I soon found that while the movie appeared to have only a verbal sexual content, it presented attempted rape ... violently. And it presented masked nudity. Tons of smoking and drinking plus three counts of drugging coffee, drugging to disable people to effect robbery and nearly continuous issues of violence made the decision for me whether to let my 16 year old son watch it with me. Even I won't watch it again.

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The story was about a retiring criminal making that last big bust by stealing a shipment of gold to Switzerland or someplace over there. Some clever maneuvers and trickery enabled the quintessential bad guy (Gene Hackman) to get away with his crimes. After all his cohorts in crime but one get killed or swindled out of their share of the take, and after the main bad guy and his one cohort kill all the bad guys trying to take the take, the main bad guy sails off into the sunset with the booty [Eccl. 8:11, Hab. 2:9].

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Since I cannot remember (and don't really want to remember) this movie, I must let the listing and scoring distribution - the best tools for your assessment of this movie - tell you what I found. And other than Ecclesiates 8:11 and Habbakkuk 2:9, let the "Food for Thought" Scriptures guide your decision-making.
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  • Eccl. 8:11 When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong.
  • Hab. 2:9 Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • hunting firearms
  • explosion with vehicular damage and likely deaths as robbery distraction
  • breaking and entering
  • jewel heist
  • electric shock to incapacitate
  • many firearms with gunfire in attempts to kill
  • gunfire injuries
  • firearm threats
  • beatings
  • intentional traffic injury to confuse arrest
  • conspiracies to commit robbery
  • revealing techniques to foil security metal detectors
  • hijacking
  • robberies
  • hostages
  • striking a woman to shut her up
  • gunfire murders (5)
  • gore

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 33 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 65 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies to aid in crime

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • sexual comment
  • suggestive eye movement
  • masked nudity
  • attempted rape

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drugging coffee to control others
  • nearly continuous smoking
  • much drinking
  • drugging of people to aid robbery operations

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • seven uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • gunfire murder (heard but not seen)
  • five gunfire murders, some graphic

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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