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(2006), PG ["Very Lite" PG*] (1hr 55min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
November 10, 2006
85 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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

(2006), PG ["Very Lite" PG*] -- the courage and conviction of a young woman who saved the entire Jewish nation.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Gener8Xion Entertainment
Distribution (US): 8x Entertainment, Rocky Mountain Pictures
Director(s): Michael O. Sajbel
Screenplay by: Stephan Blinn
Novel by: Mark Andrew Olsen, Tommy Tenney
Cinematography/Camera: Steven Bernstein
Music: J.A.C. Redford
Film Editing: Stephan Blinn, Gabriella Cristiani, Michelle Summers
Production Design: Aradhana Seth
Art Direction: Abid T.P.
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

One Night with the King. The title of this film might be misleading. It is not about a "one-night affair." The only "sexually oriented" content is references to having concubines and eunuchs, a common practice in Biblical times. But not now since God's Word through the Apostle Paul set the record straight that each man should have a wife: that each woman should have a husband. [1 Cor. 7:1-2] It does not say "wives" or husbands." By the way, throughout the Bible the husband is "he" or "him" and the wife is "she" or "her." In no case is there a "he & him" or a "she and her" marriage. There is no gender confusion in the Bible. It seems that God incinerated two cities when the people tried to naturalize the he/him and she/her combinations.

One Night with the King  is a motion picture of the story of the orphan girl, Hadassah and how she became Esther, queen of Persia.

In the time near the end of the Old testament, the parents of young Hadassah were killed in war. Mordecai (John Rhys-Davies), older cousin of Hadassah by Abihail, Hadassah's father, took Hadassah in as his own daughter. Years later, King Xerxes (Luke Goss) drafts young maidens from all the 127 provinces in his kingdom from India to Cush (Ethiopia) to find a new queen to replace Vashti (Jyoti Dogra). Vashti refused to attend one of the king's banquets, an offense punishable with loss of position.

Hadassah is Jewish. The Jews are the enemies of Xerxes. Hearing of the massive drafting of young maidens in search of a new queen, Mordecai gave Hadassah the name of Esther (Tiffany Dupont) to mask her nationality and family background, the Tribe of Benjamin. Throughout the proceedings, Mordecai gave Hadassah strict instructions to not reveal her true heritage or nationality to anyone, not even Xerxes should she be the one chosen to replace Vashti.

The story is remarkably true to the Scripture so there is little need to give any level of detail in this Summary/Commentary since you can read the Book of Esther as well as I can. Suffice it to say the focus of this film is to herald the courage and conviction of a young woman who saved the entire Jewish nation with her willingness to sacrifice herself for others -- a foreshadowing of Christ's Sacrifice for our sakes. Esther was willing to risk her life to protocol for the sake of a nation while Jesus gave his life for mankind.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
A story about a violent will inherently be violent if it is to be true to the time. Such is the case with One Night with the King. While telling a story of violence does not excuse exposing our youth to it since God admonishes us to avoid matters of violence [Prov. 16:29], it is your responsibility to decide to what and when your children are exposed to it in and as entertainment. Among the matters of violence include battlefield strewn with the dead and dying, multiple instances of abduction, four deaths by arrow and a somewhat graphic assault. The violence content of this film is the reason for the red CAPAlert light.

Impudence/Hate (I)
Matters of hate were dissolved in matters of violence. Since the CAP analysis model will not permit duplication of scoring loss, all the matters of hate that were embedded within matters of violence were incorporated into the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area. There were no instances of profanity, of adolescent rebellion or other such issues of impudence through the course of this 115-minute film.

Sexual Immorality (S)
There were no examples of any form of sexually immoral behaviors or imagery seen in the entire film. The only presence that dealt with sexually oriented issues were the references to concubines and eunuchs.

Drugs/Alcohol (D)
There was only one brief scene of drunken revelry. [Rom. 13:13] No other matters of drugs and/or alcohol were noted.

Offense to God (O)
Twice a character was heard calling others "fool." While popular society ("Mr. T" of A-Team[tm] fame in particular) deems this non-offensive, know that Jesus speaks of it differently in Matt. 5:22. And since Jesus allowed Himself to be brutalized, tortured and murdered for your sake and mine then spend three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there, I am not going to argue with His Word. This plus portrayal of a consuming goal of vengeance [Rom. 12:19] and an instance of stirring up dissension [Prov. 6:16 - 19] comprise the total of the material noted within the Offense to God investigation area.

Murder/Suicide (M)
There was one murder by knife noted. The motions and blade were seen but not the impalement. It does not take a great deal of experiential maturity to know what was being done, thus the influence is there. God speak darkly of murder and murderers throughout the Bible, Old Testament and New.

One Night with the King  earned a final score of 85 which places it only two points out of 100 below the bottom of the scoring range earned by G-rated films in the comparative baseline database (100 to 87 out of 100). However, while five of the six CAP investigation area scores were G-equivalent (87 and above out of 100), the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area score was 39 out of 100, making the magnitude of the violence content equivalent to some R-rated films -- the magnitude not the severity of any one example of violence. For more information on this, see our CAP Rule of 1000 publication.

Please rely more on the listing of findings in the Findings/Scoring section than this Summary/Commentary section to help you make an informed moral decision as to the fitness of this film. I read one review that said "Take your kids with you." That is not his call to make. It is yours and yours alone. That is why we do this ... to help you be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own whether a film is fit or not.


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  • 1 Cor. 7:1-2 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. [The issue is the violence. "A violent man" can be a man, woman OR the men/women demonstrating the violent behavior/action on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit" . Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV. And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]
  • Rom. 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting [komos: reveling, carousing] and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
  • Matt. 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment [krisis: accusation, trial]: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca [senseless, empty headed: a term of reproach among Jews at the time of Christ], shall be in danger of the council [sunedrion: adjudication]: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool [moros: impious, godless], shall be in danger of hell fire.
  • 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.
  • Prov. 6:16 - 19 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

    ***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 and present it 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. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 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 [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] 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 us], 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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto 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 {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; 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.]
  • 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 objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    One Night with the King (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • battlefield strewn with the dead and the dying
  • hostages
  • abduction of many at spear point
  • plotting to murder by poison
  • planning assassination
  • four killings by arrow
  • order to annihilate an entire population
  • assault with baton to face
  • willingness to commit suicide
  • political treachery
  • additional assault

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • none noted (issues of hate were saturated with violence and thus incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime)

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • several references to concubines and eunuchs

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • brief drunken revelry

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of "fool"
  • stirring up dissension

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by knife (action seen but impalement not seen)

  • 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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