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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Thompson Wrong About Paramount's Warriors

Jack Thompson has been repeatedly bashing Rockstar's upcoming The Warriors, complaining that it's a violent game based on a violent movie. That much is probably true. However, he also goes on to state:

When that movie was released, it spawned so much copycat gang violence that Paramount stopped advertising the film and notified all exhibitors that they were released from their contractual obligation to show it.
-- Thompson Criticizes Warriors, Causes Charity Donation Ruckus

That is false.

Paramount did indeed stop advertising the film on February 16th, 1979 ... but it was in reaction to sporadic outbreaks of violence at the theatres it was being shown at, not because of any new copycat crimes or increase in gang violence overall.

One week later, they restarted their advertising campaign and allowed exhibitors to be released from their contracts if they felt showing the film might cause any safety issues.

Apparently few did, since the film went on to gross $12 million in two weeks.

Source: 1979 Oscar Chronicle

1 comment:

CtrlAltDelete said...

Oh, that Jack Thompson. What a card :) Next thing you know he'll have us pull "A Passage To India" from shelves because it will provoke old women to take trips on the Ganges, and that is WRONG. :)