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Grizzly Falls (1999), (PG)
CAP Score: 76
CAP Influence Density: 0.43
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*Grizzly Falls* (PG) -- only in the movies.

Yes, I know the CAP Alert red light seems out of place for a PG movie, but the contents dictates the color of the light, not the analyst. This movie earned a violence score mathematically equivalent to the violence content of movies of 1996 and earlier.

*Grizzly Falls* earned a CAP Final Score right smack dab in the mathematical middle of the scoring range for PG movies of 1996 and earlier -- another data point of the remarkable reliability of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model. But what else should we expect since the model was built under His Hand. I may be the "engineer" of the model, but Jesus was the designer. Now, you have a truly reliable model which gives you so much more then "G", "PG", "PG-13", and "R."

A boy being carried off and "mothered" by a grizzly bear can happen only in the movies. A good outdoor adventure that might make a lotta young lads want to trade places with young Henry in the "I could do that!" imagination. Reminiscent of the adventure films of the 60s, *Grizzly Falls* traipses through the Albertan Rockies as a mother bear exacts revenge on the captors of her two young cubs.

Some quality story-telling narration by noted great, Richard Harris as an elderly grizzly expert gave some captive moments to the movie. The always-wise and cerebral Tom Jackson played the part of the west Indian tracker, Joshua. Maybe the most sanity of this film can be claimed by Jackson whose wisdom was never questioned, at least by the rational characters. Young Harry (Daniel Clark) is the standard child actor but has his moments in the "convincing" area, especially when eating bugs. Harry's father, Tyrone (Bryan Brown) plays the weathered worldwide anthropologist who has garnered some resentment from his son because not only for being gone so often and for so long, but because he was gone when his wife died.

As the mother bear exacts her revenge by abducting the young Harry, pandemonium ensues as the team seeks to recover the boy. Though the mother bear in this movie was extremely well trained, there were an extraordinarily large amount of single shots of either the bear or of the boy, seldom together -- which I applaud because doing so makes for better safety. Only God can know the next move of a bear.

Programming which might need your prior awareness includes animal attacks with blood, a great cat eating deer, a grown man brutalizing a young boy, four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, God's name in vain without the four letter expletive six times, and a child ignoring his father's commands in a dangerous situation. The other issues that may need you awareness are listed in the Findings.Scoring section on the web page for this movie on the CAP website (see below).

So many of our visitors seem to be relying only on this Summary/Commentary for a full assessment of this movie. This is not possible. For the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie, visit the Findings/Scoring section below.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Grizzly Falls (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • gambling
  • graphic animal attack
  • animal theft of human child
  • animal threats to child
  • great cat eating a deer
  • animal attack with blood
  • fighting
  • sending dogs after a child to kill him
  • threats with firearms
  • insane handling of a firearm

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 4 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • grown men brutalizing a boy
  • a child ignoring his father's command in a dangerous situation

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • note noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • six uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

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

  • (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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