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(1973), R [R*] (1hr 26min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): British Lion Film Corporation
Distribution (US): Anchor Bay Entertainment, British Lion Films Ltd., Warner Bros. Pictures, National General Pictures, Media Home Entertainment
Director(s): Robin Hardy
Producer(s): Peter Snell
Screenplay and Novel by: Anthony Shaffer
Cinematography/Camera: Harry Waxman
Music: Paul Giovanni, Gary Carpenter
Film Editing: Eric Boyd-Perkins
Casting: Maggie Cartier
Art Direction: Seamus Flannery
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
This is a special analysis prepared solely as a comparative to the 2006 version of The Wicker Man to provide another datapoint in plotting the relative decay in morality in and as entertainment. The 1973 version earned a score of 41. The 2006 version earned a score of 50. Both scores fall squarely in the scoring range earned by R-rated movies (54 and below out of 100) in the comparative baseline database. The 1973 version is rated R. The 2006 version is rated PG-13. There you have it. The following scoring data comparative between the 1973 and the 2006 versions says it all. Conclusions which may be made by the comparative are yours to draw.
It was weird to watch a 1970s show with its "hippie/freek" atmosphere and its saturation with self-enlightenment, self-enrichment, progressive ideas, free-thinking and all those "open mind" issues: how it was so narrow minded and even closed minded to submit to authority and practice wholesome ethics. As an ex-EMT medic I can appreciate the open minded culture of the 70s maybe better than they who lived it. I remember actually seeing an open mind once -- on a surgery table. I saw a second open mind -- all over the inside of the windshield of a car. And I remember seeing a narrow mind -- the victim's skull was crushed making his mind quite narrow. I also remember the rare opportunity of seeing a closed mind -- it was bouncing down a highway still inside its disembodied head after being ripped off its body by the back end of a flatbed truck. Yes, it takes an "enlightened, progressive" ex-medic to truly know what it means to be narrow minded, open minded or closed minded and to know the difference between them. Surely, an open mind can be a good thing as long as the open minded one does not let his brain fall out. Or dry out.
Subjectively speaking, the 1973 version was quite a bit more uncomfortable to watch than the 2006 version because of Hollywood's then fetish with nudity. The 1973 version contains a l-o-t of nudity, thus the largest reason for the Sexual Immorality investigation area score of zero out of 100.
In the 2006 version of The Wicker Man the role of investigating officer i Nicholas Cage as Californian Edward Malus who replaces Edward Woodward as British Sergeant Howie in the 1973 version. Kate Beahan as Willow Woodward in the 2006 version, who is the lure to get Malus to the Summersisle Colony and is the mother of the missing little girl Rowan (Erika-Shaye Gair), replaces Britt Ekland as Willow, but Ekland serves as nothing more than a sexual tease for Sergeant Howe and is not the mother (May, played by Irene Sunters) of the 1973 Rowan (Geraldine Cowper). Ellen Burstyn is Sister Summersisle, the monarch of the Summersisle Colony in the 2006 version while Christopher Lee is the monarch, Lord Summerisle in the 1973 version. I don't know whether it is a typo but the 2006 version of the film uses the name Summersisle while the 1973 version uses Summerisle.
Also, while Cage plays a non-faith character in the 2006 version, Woodward of the 1973 version is strongly Christian. While the Christian faith is simply ignored in the 2006 version, it is strongly mocked and made to appear as a powerless and weak convenience toy in the 1973 version.
I'll not discuss the 1973 story in any great detail since, in essence, it is the same but with a number of lesser differences from the 2006 version and since the purpose of this analysis is to provide a morality comparative. What I will reveal is the police officer in each version is killed and in the same way -- burned alive inside the 50-foot Wicker Man.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
While the violence envelope of the 1973 version was (subjectively) not that intense it was indeed bizarre at times such as using a child's flesh as an ornament, which seem to be consistent with Satanic child rituals and sacrifices, and displaying human body parts, including sexual parts in formaldehyde. A tale of child ritualistic horrors, a dead body, "Russian roulette" with heads and a fake beheading added appropriately to the point loss in this investigation area. [Prov. 16:29, 13:2; Prov. 3:31]
The 2006 version presented eight uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary (one being the most foul of the foul words) but the 1973 version presented only four of what might be called conversational snippets rather than the boiler room vulgarity of the 2006 version. [Col. 3:8]
Sexual Immorality (S)
The 1973 version is saturated with sexually immoral behaviors and imagery. If you can imagine a throng of paganistic women slithering nude about a boiling cauldron, you have an idea of the caliber of sexual immorality in the 1973 version. And nudity is not all there is to the sexually immoral content of the 1973 version. Inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a full accounting. [Ezek. 16:58, Mark 7:21 - 22]
The drugs/alcohol content of the 1973 version consists largely of smoking, drinking, drunkenness and attempting to control another with drugging. [Eph. 5:18]
Offense to God (O)
This investigation area found the greatest amount of assaults on morality and ethics: bizarre ritual; prayer to and worship of false gods; counterfeiting of Christianity to excuse sexually immoral behavior; "God is dead"; encouraging pleasure in sin; more. [Acts 20:30, Jude 1:4, Jer. 10:10]
The only murder noted was that of Officer Howie. He was murdered by incineration. [Gal. 5:21]
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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.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|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 more than eight 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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