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(2003), R

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 15, 2003
38 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), R -- "I got no trouble killin', Boss."

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Tig Productions
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Kevin Costner
Producer(s): Armyan Bernstein, Kevin Costner, Jake Eberts, Craig Storper, David Valdes
Written by/Screenplay: Lauran Paine (novel The Open Range Men), Craig Storper (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: James Muro
Music: Michael Kamen
Film Editing: Michael J. Duthie, Miklos Wright
Casting: Mindy Marin
Production Design: Gae S. Buckley
Art Direction: Gary Myers
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

In the slowly eroding Old West of 1882, seasoned veteran cattle drive boss, Boss Spearman (Robert Duvall) whose real first name is Bluebonnet drives a herd through old Texas with a small unlikely crew; Boss' drive hand for a decade and expert Civil War killer, Charlie Waite (Kevin Costner) a.k.a. Charles Travis Postewaite; gentle giant, Mose (Abraham Benrubi); 16 year old orphan, Button (Diego Luna). Open Range is not a typical page from the past sanitized to erase the dirt and grit of it. It presents about the most likely conditions experienced by cowboys who lived the era: hard, gritty and spartan. Attention to detail was great. Even the panes of glass in windows were presented as would glass of the era with waves of varying density due to the gelatinous nature of window glass of the time. Unfortunately, many of the values and ethics of the "sanitized" distillations of the Old West where heroes fight for a noble cause are not there. In this case, they fight for revenge, perpetuating the growing drive to get even. [Rom. 12:19]

In the heart of the story, ranchers and cattlemen are enemies. To the ranchers, cattlemen are free-grazers, feeding their cattle on the resources of wherever they might be. Wealthy and brutal rancher Denton Baxter (Michael Gambon) makes certain Boss Spearman knows he and his herd are not welcome ... murderously. Baxter's dogs attack Boss' crew while sleeping, kill Mose and seriously injure Button. With their hearts set on revenge, Boss and Charlie return the brutality. At least fifteen people die as the result. Graphically. With no regret whatsoever. The brutality and nihilism portrayed in the killings was expressive of the emptiness of the heart we are slowly being conditioned to accept as, well, acceptable. "I got no trouble killin', Boss."

There is much more to his 138 minute film. So much more I would like to share with you. Some quality performances by talented artists present a tale that leaves no room for restroom breaks. But with times as spartan as they are (for now), I cannot afford to spend enough time on the plot. So, let me get to why parents and grandparents and pastors visit us - the reasons why this film is rated R.

Unless nudity or intercourse appeared during the one restroom break I took, there was none in this film. The closest to it was a gentle and pure romance building between Charlie and Sue Barlow (Annette Bening), the nurse sister of the local Doc Barlow (Dean McDermott). Well done, Costner. Indeed, the only sexual content I noted was a sexual insult, an anatomical reference and an adult in underwear. [Ps. 12:8]

The same cannot be said for violence and language. Some of the most depictive mechanics of gunshot killing I have ever seen were presented repeatedly. The slamming back of the body as a bullet hits it was inescapable. The realism of the mechanics of gunshot killing were nearly as depictive of the coldness of the killers. One could almost see the killer's lips pulled taught across his teeth as they grind out "I'll kill you!" But that would at least be some emotion. There was none in the eyes of the ones killing, as if it was a mundane, routine job or chore, empty of any lifefore that makes us human: as empty as the Wanton Violence/ Crime and Murder/Suicide Investigation Area scores. [Prov. 3:31-32]

The three/four letter word vocabulary was used at least 29 times [ Col. 3:8] with God's name in vain used 11 times, seven with the four letter expletive. [Deut 5:11] In addition to the offense of using God's name in vain, the writers had Robert Duvall curse God for letting murder happen. And this provided just one more nugget of fuel for people to think God lets evil happen and that we may freely speak hateful of Him [Luke 10:27]. So few seem to understand that the evils that happen to us are indeed the result of the freedom of choice He gave us. Granted, God could stop any of us in our tracks as we commit evils, but He does not want puppets. He will not take our freedom of choice away from us for any reason. That places accountability for wrong-doings where it belongs -- on us. Accountability for our poor choices belongs on us, not God.

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  • 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. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Luke 10:27 And he [Jesus] answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

    ***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]. [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 (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 [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] 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.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; 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.


    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.


    Open Range (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • gambling
  • injuries from beating
  • firearms for defense
  • beatings, graphic, repeatedly
  • treat to kill, repeatedly
  • firearm to face, repeatedly
  • gunfire injury in attempted murder
  • planning to kill
  • gunfire to intimidate
  • gun butt to face
  • force compliance by firearms
  • vigilante imprisonment
  • planning gun battle/killings for vengeance
  • firearm threat to child
  • kidnapping at gunpoint, repeatedly
  • gun battle, extensive involving many
  • threat to kill hostage to force compliance of others
  • one-on-one gun battle, graphic

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 29 uses of the three.four letter word vocabulary
  • "I got not problem killin', Boss"
  • gloating over murder
  • want of murder

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • sexual insult
  • anatomical reference
  • adult in underwear

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)
  • 11 uses of God's name in vain, seven with the four letter expletive
  • calling God a foul name

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • at least 15 gunfire murders

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    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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