Skip to comments.Warner Brothers block release of 'pro-John McCain film'
Posted on 10/15/2008 5:00:22 AM PDT by Schnucki
Warner Brothers has delayed the re-release of a film about American prisoners of war in Vietnam in case it influences the outcome of the US presidential election.
The studio has temporarily blocked the release of the DVD version of the 1987 film Hanoi Hilton, which will feature an interview with John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, about his imprisonment in Hoa Lo prison during the war.
The film, which gave a favourable portrayal of US prisoners, will now be released on November 11 - a week after the election.
Warner Brothers's decision is likely to raise suggestions that it did not want to aid Mr McCain's campaign by highlighting his wartime acts. The Republican candidate, who was a Navy pilot, was tortured during his imprisonment after being shot down over North Vietnam in October 1967.
Barry Meyer, the company's chairman and chief executive, last month attended a fundraising dinner for Barack Obama, Mr McCain's Democratic opponent.
The move has angered Lionel Chetwynd, the film's writer and director, who is a well-known conservative.
"Finding someone in Hollywood who says they don't want to affect the election is like finding a virgin in a brothel," Mr Chetwynd told the New York Times.
The film-maker also complained that other film studios were willing to release and promote films with potential for political influence. W, a biopic of President George W Bush directed by Oliver Stone, is set to be released on Friday.
Ronnee Sass, a spokesman for Warner Brothers, told the New York Times: "It's just us trying to be cautious and not affect the election one way or the other."
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Stalinism. But at least now it’s been reported, this works to McCain’s advantage.
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No matter, all of their efforts to supress the vote and hand this to the OBAMANATION will fail.
Why do I feel like this would NEVER have happened if the movie was about Baraaaaack HUSSEIN Obama?
Probably will make a good spokesperson for the Obama campaign.
WB thinks too much of themselves.
Warner Bros. = Loony Tunes
W is being shown because he is not running for President. If he was on the ballot this year, they would have waited to show the movie.
Perhaps so, but their mantra is to tie Bush to McCain and, IMHO, they know good and well what they are doing.
If W were on the ballot this year, they would have premiered it on prime time TV, commercial free, with reapeats following Sunday and Monday night Football.
Dear Ms. sASS;
I understand you are withholding a film until after the election that portrays John McCain in a favorable light. I under stand also that Barry Meyer, WBs CEO, is a Barack Obama supporter.
It is because of your blatant hypocrisy that I only watch WB videos and listen to WB audio that has been downloaded for free.
Sure about that? How much money would it have brought in after January?
It’s the money. Politics is okay, provided it doesn’t foul the bottom line.
Thanks for the link. Let’s FReep them!
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