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(2003), R

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
October 10, 2003
22 out of 100

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(2003), R -- ...with what I suspect is X-rated perversion.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Miramax Films, A Band Apart, Super Cool ManChu
Distribution (US): Miramax Films
Director(s): Quentin Tarantino
Producer(s): Lawrence Bender, Koko Maeda, Quentin Tarantino, E. Bennett Walsh, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
Written by: Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman
Cinematography/Camera: Robert Richardson
Music: RZA, Luis Enríquez Bacalov, Charles Bernstein, Bernard Herrmann, Al Hirt, Tomoyasu Hotei, Quincy Jones
Film Editing: Sally Menke
Casting: Johanna Ray
Production Design: Yohei Taneda, David Wasco
Art Direction: Daniel Bradford
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

I really don't want to take too much time to work up a Summary/Commentary of typical depth for this slice-n-dice bloodfest. It was bloody. It was boring. And if the high-wattage name of Quentin Tarantino was to make this flick an artistic masterpiece, it failed.

In the opening, two women duke it out. Both are members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, or DIVAS masterminded by Bill (David Carradine). Both women end up bloody. One (the mother), ends up dead. In front of her daughter. Following that is mass-murder of a wedding party. All shot in the head and all dead ... except one, the bride-to-be, or "Black Mamba" (Ulma Thurman). After four years in a coma, Black Mamba seeks revenge on the perpetrator of the heinous crime -- Bill.

Mamba went to Tokyo to get some Japanese steel in the form of a sword made by a special craftsman with special skills and special knowledge and other special things that enable him to make a sword that cuts through every other sword made. Along the way, Mamba kills all but one of 88 Japanese members of an organized crime unit headed by O-Ren Ishi, a.k.a. Cottonmouth (Lucy Liu). And Mamba kills Cottonmouth, too. I would not have ever thought a "Charlie's Angel" would ever get involved in this sort of genre. The only one Mamba did not kill was a child. Mamba spanked him with her sword and told him to go home to his mama. An accurate body count was not possible. About the only thing that can be said for this film is for the quite dynamic physical agility and prowess demonstrated in martial arts combat.

If you go to see this film, foul language will blast your ear pans at about 29 per hour [Prov. 8:13] and God's name in vain about 6 per hour [Deut 5:11]. You'll see a hospital attendant sell sex with a comatose woman (Mamba) with what I suspect is X-rated perversion. Shades of Sodom and Gomorrah! [Jude 7] You'll also see heads falling like snowflakes, limbs flying like sparrows and blood spurting like a firehose. And the R rating did not keep the kids out. I am glad I waited until after seven hours of sleep to see this film else I most assuredly would have fallen asleep in the middle of it.

I feel it appropriate to remind you why we still conduct analysis or R-rated movies. A full listing of our reasons are available on our FAQs page, item number 5.

Let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section tell the "story." By the way, Bill doesn't get killed until February next year.

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  • Jude 7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire [if they remain unforgiven until mortal death].
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech [obstinate in opposing the norm or the accepted].
  • 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.]
  • Col. 3:5 Put to death [defeat, expunge, deprive of power, destroy the strength of], therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

    ***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.


    Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • beating injury gore, repeatedly
  • torment
  • graphic martial arts fighting, repeatedly
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • killing by blade with gore, repeatedly
  • carnage, repeatedly
  • gore, repeatedly
  • knife attacks, repeatedly
  • physical brutality, repeatedly
  • animation gore and perversion, repeatedly
  • sadism
  • beheadings, repeatedly
  • amputations, repeatedly
  • a long sequence of blade killings: beheadings, amputations, slicings, etc.
  • massive carnage
  • threat to butcher by blade

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 28 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 29 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • lying to daughter
  • perverted talk over comatose woman's body

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • woman getting dressed
  • selling sex with a comatose woman
  • vulgar talk, repeatedly
  • suggestive eye movement
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • vulgar expressions/mannerisms

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • teen drinking
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking
  • bar

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and 7 with it
  • equating God with Buddha
  • mockery of His Will

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • gunfire murder to the head
  • murder by blade, repeatedly, including beheadings
  • scene of multiple head-shot murders, repeatedly

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