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Ali (2001), R
Analysis Date: December 27, 2001
CAP Score: 61
CAP Influence Density: 0.71

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ALI (R) -- chronicles ten years of Mohammed AIi's life.

Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Director(s): Michael Mann
Producer(s): Michael Mann, James Lassiter, A. Kitman Ho, Jon Peters, Paul Ardaji
Written by/Screenplay: Michael Mann, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson, Eric Roth
Cinematography/Camera: Emmanuel Lubezki
Music: Pieter Bourke, Lisa Gerrard

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Too many things have happened for me to get this analysis to you in a timely manner. I cannot remember much more than key elements in the movie so I will not be able to give you as detailed a storyline with Scripture applications as I would like.

The Cassius Clay - Sonny Liston fight of 1964 is the opening heavyweight event, where Clay captures the heavyweight title. Ali chronicles ten years of Mohammed AIi's life, including his relationship with Malcolm X (Mario Van Peebles) and Howard Cossell (Jon Voight), and his bought with the law surrounding his 1967 conviction of draft evasion charges plus his change of name from Cassius Clay.
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Ali's two wives and an intended third are included: Sonji Roi (Jada Pinkett Smith), Belinda Boyd (Nona M. Gaye), Veronica Porsche (Michael Michele). The assassination of Malcolm X is included as well. Graphically.

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Ali's conviction of draft evasion charges stripped him of his heavyweight title and his license to fight in most states. Through legal maneuvers, Ali got his name cleared and resumed boxing. Among reenactments of fights were the Ali/Frasier fight and the Ali/Foreman fight.

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I will have to depend on the listing in the Findings/Scoring section to give you a full representation of the ignominious content of this film. Fortunately, the Findings/Scoring section depends not on my memory but on the recording logs -- they are as complete now as they were when recorded. I am making a personal commitment to you to not let such a long delay happen again if I have any control to prevent it.


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    *******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]
  • 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.

    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: Ali (2001) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • boxing violence, repeatedly
  • verbal threats, repeatedly
  • boxing injuries, repeatedly
  • refusal to be lawfully inducted
  • file footage of rioting
  • assault

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 17 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • six uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • racial segregation
  • promoting racial unrest
  • lies

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • inappropriate touch, repeatedly
  • adultery
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • intercourse in underwear
  • encouraging sexual immorality
  • man and woman on bed necking, clothed
  • woman on man in bed in underwear necking
  • talk of sexual immorality
  • ghosting of female anatomy through clothing
  • vulgar dance moves

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • drinking
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • racial hatred in church
  • encouraging violence in church
  • "God don't care about you...about me."
  • promotion of disbelief in Jesus
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • graphic shotgun murder with many spiteful handgun shots
  • gunfire murder (unseen)

    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 or example 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." 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 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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