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(1979), PG [Hard PG*] (88.9min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

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(1979), PG [Hard PG*] ... outlines the grand plan that is unfolding

Production (US): Robert Amram Films & RCR Productions in association with The Petersen Company
Distribution (US): American Cinema Releasing (1979), Pacific International Enterprises (1979), (2012)
Director(s): Robert Amram, Rolf Fosberg
Producer(s): Robert Amram, Alan Belkin, Joy Shelton Davis, Michael Leone
Written by: Hal Lindsey, C.C. Carlson, Robert Amram, Rolf Forsberg
Based on: The Late Great Planet Earth book by Hal Lindsey with C.C. Carlson
Cinematography/Camera: Micheal Werk
Music: Dana Kaproff
Film Editing: Victor Costello, Hugh Kelley, Lynn McCallon
Casting: Judith Landau
Viewed on Peace Arch Home Entertainment DVD

This is the famous ̉No. 1 Non-fiction bestseller" of the 1970s [New York Times] book-to-film of Hal Lindsey put to DVD. It chronicles predictions of Biblical prophecies which herald the second coming of the Christ: a resurgence of Satanism and witchcraft; the rebirth of Israel; the threat of war in the middle east; an increase in geologic and meterorologic disasters. It is a film portraying the terrors and atrocities we have already seen and are to expect as the calendar progresses to Armageddon. Since it portrays atrocities and terrors it is rather violent in places and, by necessity, must give some visual and spoken attention to matters of disobedience to His Law.

Orson Welles and Hal Lindsey orate and orchestrate the input of others in this accounting of the Prophets: Isaac, Jeremiah, Isaiah, John, Daniel, Ezekiel, Zacariah; each building an intricate pattern that is being filled as we expend our last few minutes before the midnight hour of existence as we know it. Lindsey outlines the grand plan that is unfolding as we breathe exactly according to God's Design.

The Late Great Planet Earth has been labeled PG by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and deservedly so. By the CAP Analysis Model the film is indeed PG-equivalent but, with a final score of 69 in the range of 86 to 68 earned by PG-rated films in the comparative baseline database, is a hard PG. Indeed, it earned R-equivalence in Wanton Violence/Crime (W) and Offense to God (O) but PG-equivalence in Sexual Immorality (S) and G-equivalence in Impudence/Hate (I), Drugs/Alcohol (D) and Murder/Suicide (M).


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 3 out of 100
The film opens with some men chasing another man, a false prophet, to stone him to death. And their success. There are many images and portrayals of civil chaos, warfare and military assaults amidst geologic and meteorologic upheavals with scenes of terrorism and hostages at gunpoint and children dying of starvation.

While the imagery of violence includes actual file footage, any form of violence can have a negative influence on the observer. God warns us of that fact in Proverb 16:29. In Proverb 16:29 God warns that violence is enticing; that it can lead one into the path that is not good. Many hundreds of years after God "published His findings" man has plagiarized God's Word by four professional public health agencies such as the American Psychological Association publishing their findings which warn that viewing violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the viewer, especially the young, into real life violence and into believing violence is an effective means of settling conflict.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 100 out of 100
There is no use of profanity in the entire 88.9 minutes of the show. Other matters that could be considered impudence and/or hatred are embedded within episodes of violence and the CAP analysis model does not permit duplication of scoring matters.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 81 out of 100
During the portrayal of John's times of prophecy four men are seen oozing up out of the sand and are portrayed as nude. Though they are not they appear to be nude and are thus considered as such. A couple times women are seen in clothing which permits ghosting of their anatomy through the clothing. One sequence is of a woman as the camera pans slowly up her prone bikini-clad body from her feet to her head. In another sequence a man is seen rubbing oil on a woman's prone body with her swimsuit top removed. [1 John 2:16]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 93 out of 100
Smoking was noted but only twice. [1 Cor. 6:19 - 20] There are no depictions or references noted to illegal drugs and there is no abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 51 out of 100
In this film about evil invasion of mankind portrayals of evil are to be expected. But my self-appointed job is to let you know about them before you decide on which age stratum this film is fit.

In a description of the events in Revelation, a woman is portrayed as drinking blood. An interview with a witch is included as she demonstrates a portion of witchcraft. File footage of a Satanic ritual is seen. Astrology is claimed to be a good thing and a storefront associates the Holy Cross with it. A brief scene of a sorcery banner/pennant is seen. Gurus are interviewed and promote such impious practice as transcendental meditation. Polytheism is portrayed. [Luke 4:8] But the most severe of all matters applicable to this investigation area is the file footage of indoctrination of children into acceptance of false religion. [Luke 17:2, Matt. 25:40]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 89 out of 100
A false prophet is murdered by stoning toward the beginning of the show. The killing was done in accordance with the laws of the time but "legal" or not, it was considered murder by the CAP Analysis Model.



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-p
    rotective behavior and a mistrust of others. --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • 1 John 2:16 For everything in the world -the cravings of sinful man [lust of his flesh], the lust of his eyes [which includes that which makes him lust, e.g., images and talk], and the boasting of what he has and does -comes not from the Father but from the world. [The "world" here is kosmos {kos'-mos}: the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men and women alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.]
  • 1 Cor. 6:19 - 20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
  • Luke 4:8 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'"

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • 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 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*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 one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize, to entice to sin. And remember, mom/dad, "little ones" is mikros, meaning less by birth; younger. All of your children are younger than you and less by birth than you. So, "little ones" includes at-home teens.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [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. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    The Late Great Planet Earth (1979) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 3 out of 100
  • pursuit to kill
  • skeleton remains
  • massive explosions (nuclear), repeatedly
  • images of warfare and offensive military maneuvers and massive military armament, repeatedly
  • lite images of the Holocaust
  • portrayal of men oozing up out of the sand
  • long sequences of meteorologic and geologic disasters, repeatedly
  • images of children dying of starvation
  • scenes of terrorism and terrorists
  • scenes of hostages at gunpoint
  • civil chaos with attack on police
  • images of Kennedy assassination
  • images of burned bodies
  • image of dead man up close
  • long sequence of armed military maneuvers and geologic upheaval

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 81 out of 100
  • portrayal of nude men in the sand
  • provocative dress, twice
  • camera pan up a woman's scantily clad body
  • man rubbing oil on woman's prone body with her swim suit top removed

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 93 out of 100
  • smoking, twice

    Offense to God (O) - 51 out of 100
  • image of woman drinking blood
  • self-proclaimed witch encouraging, promoting and practicing witchcraft
  • Satanic ritual
  • claim of greatness of astrology and associating the Cross of Christ with it
  • sorcery banner
  • images of false religion practitioners and transcendental meditation
  • images of polytheism
  • file footage of indoctrinating young into false religion

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 89 out of 100
  • murder by stoning then falling off cliff

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    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 years of 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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