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(2005), R [PG-13*] (2hr 15min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
MAY 7, 2005
59 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2005), R [PG-13*] -- I cannot agree Kingdom of Heaven is a true R-rated film.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): Ridley Scott
Producer(s): Mark Albela, Bruce Devan, Lisa Ellzey, José Luis Escolar, Teresa Kelly, Branko Lustig, Henning Molfenter, Terry Needham, Denise O'Dell, Thierry Potok, Ridley Scott, Ty Warren
Written by: William Monahan
Cinematography/Camera: John Mathieson
Music: Stephen Barton, Harry Gregson-Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Graeme Revell
Film Editing: Dody Dorn
Casting: Antoinette Boulat, Jina Jay, Debra Zane
Production Design: Arthur Max
Art Direction: Maria-Teresa Barbasso, Robert Cowper, Gianni Giovagnoni, John King, Marco Trentini
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

First, let me briefly summarize the scoring scheme within the six CAP investigation areas (W, I, S, D, O, M) of the CAP analysis model as revealed during verification and validation of the model by actual use. Of the 36 randomly selected movies forming the comparative baseline database of the CAP analysis model, movies given the indicated rating below consistently and reliably earned scores in the scoring range shown, each out of a maximum of 100 points:

  • G: 100 to 87
  • PG: 86 to 68
  • PG-13: 67 to 55
  • R: 54 and below

    See CAP Methodology from our Site Map for further information.

    With a CAP final score of 59, I cannot agree Kingdom of Heaven is a true R-rated film. Neither does the CAP analysis model. It is rather close to a true R-rated film but because of the scoring distribution earned by the film it is more akin to a PG-13 movie.

    Kingdom of Heaven is mathematically equivalent to some R-rated films in only two of the six CAP investigation areas -- in Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Offense to God (O). The Impudence/Hate (I) investigation area (language, arrogance, rebellion (esp. against parents), hatred and other matters of attitude) found enough such programming to earn a high PG-equivalent score (80). The Sexual Immorality (S) investigation area revealed only enough sexually-oriented programming to earn a low G-equivalent score (90). The Drugs/Alcohol (D) investigation area also found enough programming to earn a high PG-equivalent score (80). As graphic as some of the murders were, the Murder/Suicide investigation (M) area found murders few enough that the film earned a Murder/Suicide score or 78 which is typical of some PG-rated movies. But the Wanton Violence/Crime and Offense to God investigation areas were each replete with enough subject programming to be clearly equivalent to the same content in many R-rated films as indicated by the scores of zero and 23 respectively.

    The CAP final score of 59 places Kingdom of Heaven a few points above the R-rated scoring range (54 and below out of 100) into the PG-13 scoring range (67 to 55 out of 100). However, it might be wise to treat as an R-rated movie any film with any CAP investigation area score that falls in the scoring range for R-rated movies, regardless of the scoring in the other investigation areas. It is your decision to make. We just give you the tools that might help you be in a better position to make an informed moral decision whether a film is or is not fit for your family.

    Violence was centered around warfare and weaponry typical of the period of the late 12th century France. And so was abuse of God's Word and Will typical of the period. There was much use of "It is God's Will" to excuse licentious behaviors and other matters of man's freedom of choice. While the Crusades and other atrocities "in the name of God" actually did happen, to say that they were God's Will is casting off man's accountability for his choices of behavior. The Crusades and other "wars of God's Will" were the result of man's freedom of choice to wage war, not God's Will. It is the same way with the monsters who killed thousands on 9-11. That was an act of men, not God's Will.

    The story opens with a couple priests preparing to bury the wife (Nathalie Cox) of a blacksmith, Balian (Orlando Bloom). Balian's wife had killed herself from grief due to the death of their newborn son. One of the priests stole a silver necklace of the crucifix off the woman's neck. Though it is not said or shown in the film, the priest that ordered her body beheaded may have defiled the dead woman's body judging from implications made later in the show. Balian was so outraged at the arrogance of the priest that, when discovered with his wife's necklace, Balian incinerated the priest.

    Such a crime drew death even in those licentious days. Luckily, Balian's biological but absentee father, Crusader Sir Godfrey, Baron of Ibley (Liam Neeson), who had deserted Balian's mother after a "one night stand" with her many years ago, arrived to invite Balian to go with him into the Crusades.

    Here is where the contradictions with (or counterfeitings of) the Scriptures in Kingdom of Heaven begin. It was portrayed that one had to go to Jerusalem for forgiveness. this violates the Scriptures that promise forgiveness through Salvation by accepting Jesus as Lord and resurrected Savior, not by visiting His place of crucifixion. While Godfrey was also trying to get to Jerusalem for forgiveness, he died of infection from battle injuries before making it to Jerusalem. The implication was that he was not forgiven since he did not get to Jerusalem. I do not know whether this was the dogma of the day, but I do know one does not need to go to Jerusalem for forgiveness. To think this to be true is to throw salt in Jesus' Sacrificial wounds. [Luke 22:20] We do not need a "place" to find forgiveness. All we need is Jesus. [Rom. 10:9, John 14:6]

    Ridley Scott seemed to push two things: 1] that waging war for whatever reason is heinous (with which I agree) and 2] that which is, in modern terms, tolerance. For example, the New Jerusalem under King Balian's reign was to embrace all faiths. While we are certainly and compassionately to be tolerant of and embrace they who choose not to believe in Jesus, to fail to encourage them to seek Jesus would be to encourage them to condemn themselves to eternity in Hell. [John 3:18] Put another way, while we must be compassionate of and embrace they who sin, which includes ourselves, we do not have to and must not embrace the sin of rejecting Jesus. We must equally be steadfast in our faith in Jesus and equally courageous against the words and ways of they who try to shame and belittle us in the shadows of modern atheism, deism and agnosticism which hungrily grasp at the modern mainstream trend to reject anything Christian. I say "mainstream" because polls show the vast majority of the American populace to believe in God. Only the more highly visible and vocal left-controlled media try to lead us believe otherwise.

    At the risk of sounding condescending and holier-than-thou, to be "tolerant" of the choices of others to reject Jesus would be to encourage their rejection of Him which would be in violation of our commission to spread the Gospel news to all four corners of the globe. [Mark 16:15] Just because man may be tolerant of disbelief in Jesus does not mean God is. Indeed, God is not tolerant of they who choose to reject His Son whom He gave up for our sins.

    A few words about the Crusades. While the entire affair was indeed heinous, if some group of people were attacking your group of people, stealing your property, burning it to the ground, stealing your land, taking your women and children and killing the men, wouldn't you fight back? I could be wrong but I somehow doubt it would be God's Will that I stand back and let the oppressors have their way with my family whose care is my charge: that it would be in such a case a sin to instead do nothing. When Jesus spoke to us about turning the other cheek [Matt. 5:39], He was not speaking to letting somebody kill you or your family. He was speaking to not seeking revenge. [Rom. 12:19] This is why the Crusades may not have been in accordance with His Will but rather in violation of it since, on the surface anyway, the Crusades might have been the seeking of revenge. Stand fast in and defend your faith in Jesus but don't seek to get even with those who slander you for it. God will implement justice in His way in His day.

    It has been far too long since I have seen this film for me to be able to give you much of plot summary and commentary and for that I am sorry. All I can reliably give you is the listing of findings provided in the Findings/Scoring section which is the CAP analysis model itself. I do not need memory at all to give you that. The observation logs annotated at the time of viewing a film take care of that. Please inspect closely the listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you decide to take your family to see this one of very few R films that earn a PG-13 CAP score.


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  • Luke 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
  • Rom. 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
  • John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father [into Heaven], but by me.
  • John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
  • Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
  • Matt. 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
  • Rom. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among you], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. ["Offend": skandalizo - to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Kingdon of Heaven (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • dead body
  • beheading (unseen) of a suicide corpse
  • talk of suicide, twice
  • blade/arrow battle
  • blade killings, repeatedly, of varying severity
  • battle gore, repeatedly, of varying severity
  • field surgery gore
  • death scene
  • shipwreck action violence
  • defensive killing, repeatedly
  • hanging, three
  • beating
  • planning assassination
  • order to kill
  • neck slicing
  • scene of many dead, repeatedly
  • severed head, repeatedly
  • intense battle sequences, repeatedly
  • hand to hand battle, repeatedly, some intense

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • one use of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • theft from a corpse
  • bully rudeness
  • racial/religious hatred throughout
  • "There'll be the day when you'll wish you had done a little evil to do greater good"

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • excusing rape with "Loved her in my fashion"
  • anatomical reference
  • talk of immoral sex to make unwanted children
  • suggestion of offer of sex

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • "God has abandoned you"
  • tale of forgiveness being a place rather than Jesus
  • "To kill an infidel is not murder - it is the path to Heaven."
  • "Be brave and upright so God may favor you."
  • "All is as God wills it."
  • adultery
  • "God wills it!" battle cry
  • "There must be war. God wills it."
  • "God does not know me."
  • excusing behavioral choices with "It is God's will" throughout
  • "God be with you" ... "He's no longer with me."
  • "Convert to Islam. Repent later." in face of overwhelming military opposition

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by blade and incineration
  • murder by beheading
  • blade murder

  • First Impressions and

    Christian Educators Association International



    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 more than eight years of 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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