ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)



Click on CAPCon
for explanation
Entertainment Media Analysis Report

True Crime (1999), R
CAP Score: 39, CAP ID: 2.26

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

and /

and /

and /

Executive Summary / Commentary
Findings / Scoring

Become a

ALERT: To fully understand this report you should first visit the topics suggested by the CAP Table of Contents.


"True Crime" (R) -- a 'crime' itself. An aging Clint Eastwood saves the life of a man condemned to be executed. And the viewer is NOT spared the mechanisms and miseries of modern execution by lethal injection. A very emotionally charged movie. Could have been a good movie if not for the 104 uses of unacceptable language, the graphic gore, the sexual content, the.......

Among the plethora of examples of unacceptable language includes a phrase about our Lord Jesus I will not relate to you even cryptically because I don't believe Jesus wants you to have to do battle with getting those most sacrilegious words out of your mind. A traffic fatality, dialogue about execution, a child in death row lockup, blood-smeared murder victims, and a long sequence of execution apparatuses in operation were a few of the violence issues of "True Crime." Of additional significance to the Christian was the somewhat hidden portrayal that all things can be done without Jesus -- a most unChristian-like reporter "saved the world" (at least the condemned man's life) and was Pulitzer Prize material after expressing hate for Jesus.

Though not as sexual a movie as many R-rated movies are, "True Crimes" presented nudity through translucent underwear, heterosexual couples in bed, and a homosexual offer. Skimpy dress, a street bum begging for sex from solitary women, and vulgar gestures did not help the Sex/Homosexuality score.

FINDINGS / SCORING: True Crime (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrence of each item described below may be present in the movie.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • traffic fatality
  • dialogue about execution
  • pain of loss
  • blood-smeared murder victim
  • gut-ripping pain of daddy explaining execution to his young daughter
  • death row horrors
  • hard pain of separation from family for execution
  • armed robbery
  • murder
  • reckless driving to avoid police
  • extremely emotional sequence of execution
  • long sequence of drug injection
  • long sequence of execution apparatuses in operation
  • implication of unrighteous death by execution

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 35 uses of the most foul of foul words
  • 11 uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 22 uses without
  • 30 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 7 uses of a sexually-derived word for female anatomy
  • a four or five year old girl telling her daddy "RIGHT NOW!"
  • portraying 'nothingness' about adultery
  • ignoring police command

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • inappropriate self-touching
  • adult underwear
  • sex talk
  • male and female in bed together with inappropriate touch
  • nudity through translucent adult underwear
  • skimpy dress
  • vulgar gestures
  • sexual reference
  • homosexual offer

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • bar with drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • tattoos (Lev. 19:28 Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.")
  • portrayal that all things can be done without Jesus
  • I refuse to tell you of one comment made against our Lord

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • gunshot murder with blood and victim
  • flashback to graphic murder

    (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 is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain, whether literal or euphemistic.

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

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

    The ChildCare Action Project (CAP) is a nonprofit Christian ministry. We rely on public support. If you wish to contribute to the CAP, please send your donations to

    ChildCare Action Project
    Post Office Box 177
    Granbury, TX 76048-0177

    Tax exemption applies in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Tax Codes.

    Please feel free to write to us.

    You are welcome to
    Go back to the CAP Reports Page
    Top of the CAP Home Page
    CAP Table of Contents

    or leave me an email message or comment at

    Thank you for visiting us and may God bless you. Prayerfully, we will provide you with some of the most revealing commentary and investigative reporting you have ever read.

    In the name of Jesus:
    Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.

    Thomas A. Carder
    ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)

    Copyright ChildCare Action Project (CAP)

    Click Here For