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The Price of Glory (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 62
CAP Influence Density: 0.89
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NOTE: We make no scoring allowances for Hollywood's trumped-up "messages" to excuse, or its manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery. 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. If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objectuve and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.

If Scriptural references appear in the Summary / Commentary, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.


The Price of Glory (PG-13) -- abusive parental authority over a loving family -- until they can't take it any more.

Arturo Ortega (Jimmy Smits) forces his fantasies as a failed boxer on his boys trying to relive old glory through forcing his sons' achievements. And his longsuffering wife, Rita (Maria Del Mar) puts up with it all. And eventually they just can't take it anymore and rebel. Indeed Smits portrays a brow beating, over-bearing, and domineering father very well. Del Mar plays the submissive wife very well. And the boys, Sonny (Jon Seda), Jimmy (Clifton Collins, Jr.), and Johnny (Ernesto Hernandez) play the compliant and obedient sons well. In the end Arturo is given his comeupance by his family and some exofamilial authority.

That is what many humanists might say about this movie, and it would true. But there are also some decent family values and integrity portrayed in this movie. The movie depends on extremes to make its points. Portrayal of extremes in entertainment is so akin to counterfeiting of the Scriptures it isn't funny. The movie painted correctional measures in ways to foster favorable embracement of the counterfeiting and extreme exaggeration. And I am certain I will get a lot of email saying how that movie portrayed real life accurately. Well, I am sure it was accurate -- for a movie. I see that the writers took the average father in an average correctional setting and exaggerated things to the point of being abusive which reaches, whether intentional or not, into that sliver of resentment most kids have when punished, causing to swell in them an emboldenment -- a "justification" -- to lash out. I am certain many adolescents, particularly embittered teens who watch this movie, instead of seeing Arturo as the poor example he was, will see Arturo in their fathers the next time dad corrects them or denies privileges {You're no better than Arturo!}. That is where we are, folks. Coping skills and truthful discernment being the victims, or rather the kids being the victims -- again. And heaven help the man who is truly like Arturo.

Eph. 5:23 states "For the husband is the head of the wife..." Gen. 3:16 states "...and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." Prov. 6:20 States "My son [child], keep your father's commands..." Wow! How politically incorrect! And that is precisely what The Price of Glory nurtures -- the politically incorrectness of the Bible by so severely exaggerating fatherhood situations into raw abuse in challenge of these Scriptures that it is almost unavoidable to embrace the distortions by movies of the role of the father in the family. These verses demand that the father and husband be a good ruler and commander. But no man can be a good ruler and commander without knowing how and when to be a good servant and follower [Matt. 20:27;.Matt. 23:12; Mark 9:35]. Sometimes the go-getter must be the go-fer -- willingly. We would do well to take example from our Lord Jesus. He who is our Master is also our Servant. He said so. [Matt. 20:28]. Arturo was severely lacking in knowing when and how to be a good servant and follower.


  • Eph. 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
  • Gen. 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
  • Prov. 6:20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
  • Matt. 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
  • Matt. 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
  • Mark 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
  • Matt. 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

    In an effort to improve the chances of the continuation of these reports, this Summary/Commentary section will be progressively minimized and may eventually have to be discontinued. Please see the Findings/Scoring section below for a full accounting of this movie: for the best representation of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: The Price of Glory (2000) CAP Thermometers

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

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • exaggerated boxing violence
  • extreme treatment and abuse of family by the father
  • beating
  • long sequence of threat with firearm
  • threat of maiming
  • wife blaming father for murder of son

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 43 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • 2 uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • tattoos
  • excusing own desires with the desires of others
  • arrogance against the father

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • man sneaking into a woman's bedroom

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

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

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • graphic firearm 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 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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