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Road to Redemption (2001), (PG)
CAP Score: 88
CAP Influence Density: 0.22

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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.

ROAD TO REDEMPTION (PG) -- ...yet another soul being given to the One who gave His Life...

In this movie by the Billy Graham Crusade's World Wide Pictures, desperate secretary Amanda Tucker (Julie Condra) and her boyfriend Alan Fischer (Jay Underwood) are living together -- shacking up as grandpa Nathan Tucker (Pat Hingle) calls it -- until "things" are more right for getting married. In financial straights but unwilling to ask for a raise from her Las Vegas hood boss Sully (Leo Rossi), Amanda seizes an opportunity to steal $250,000 of his ill-gotten money and use it to gamble on the ponies to get enough ... just enough ... to pay off their pressing indebtedness so they can get married. God's Wisdom about gambling is shown as the two try, even though "enough" was won, to continue and bet the whole $250,000 and their winnings so far to win a lot more. But in the style of intoxication with gambling, they do not win any more and indeed lose it all instead.

In an attempt to disguise the theft of the money before Sully notices it is missing, Jay torches Sully's office but surveillance cameras tell the tale. In a last ditch effort to pay back the stolen money and save Jay's life and her own, Amanda seeks the help of her rich but "invalid" Christian grandpa, Nathan. Amanda encounters many hijinks and dangers as the criminals try to catch Amanda. And Jay joins them in trying to catch her. What a man!

Grandpa agrees to give Amanda the money and then some, $300,00, but requires that she take him fishing to "earn" it. And he requires a special spot in Redemption, Montana, hence the name of this movie about the escapades on the road to Redemption, MT. Nowhere else but Redemption, MT will do. And they had to drive there. Well, how hard can that be? The rest home staff are adamant about her NOT taking her grandfather out of their care because of his precarious health but does that stop her? N-o-o-o. There's money involved and lives at stake, people! Doesn't matter that grandpa is dying of a degenerative aneurysm close to the heart, ready to rupture at anytime.

As the two drive the road to Redemption grandpa provides more than money. He leads his granddaughter to making the Decision. He uses a special radio program at 6:00 PM every day to help lay the groundwork to lead her to the Cross. Is this beginning to sound as though maybe grandpa had method to his madness? Is there a connection for you with the title of this movie? We even are treated to one of Billy Graham's classic invitations as grandpa listens to his favorite radio program ... and so does Amanda whether she realizes it or not. Method to the madness? Yup! A well-made clever movie. The changed heart Jesus gave her in Salvation broke her bondage to sin and led her to wanting to serve her grandfather for the rest of his days.

This is a delightful excursion into the joy of seeing yet another soul being given to the One who gave His Life for us, but there are some matters of which parents and grandparents should be aware. While there are NO examples of the three/four letter word vocabulary, of God's name in vain, or of murder/suicide, leading the matters of concern is significant violence and crime. The cohabitation is sinful [Hebr. 13:4] but the level of violence/crime [Prov. 3:31; Hab. 2:12] in this PG flick was the only reason this movie did not earn a high "G" CAP final score. As it is, this movie earned a "hard G" score of 88 (86 and above is the CAP scoring range earned by G-rated movies). All CAP investigation areas but Wanton Violence/Crime earned CAP scores equivalent to G-rated movies. Wanton Violence/Crime earned a score equivalent to R-rated movies, thus, the red CAPAlert light (remember -- "G" does not mean it is "safe"). This revealing of hard programming in a "tame" movie is one of the great features of the CAP analysis model. The investigation area scores are 46, 88, 96, 96, 100 and 100 each out of a possible 100 points. The 46 really stands out an says something that needs your attention. The use of weapons to control and gunfire to kill under criminal control were the most invasive issues of sinful behavior.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
  • Prov. 3:31 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways,...
  • Hab. 2:12 Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime!

    *******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]

    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.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Road to Redemption (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • criminal practice
  • theft of $250,000
  • criminal threat
  • arson to cover up deed
  • mob operations, tactics
  • weapons to control
  • reckless driving to capture
  • gunfire to intimidate causing wreck
  • gunfire to kill
  • abduction

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • lust for personal gain by gambling
  • cowardice at the expense of others
  • disregard for health for personal gain

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • cohabitation

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    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." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud 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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