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Warner Brothers block release of 'pro-John McCain film'

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posted on Oct, 15 2008 @ 07:02 AM

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.

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[edit on 15-10-2008 by 12m8keall2c]

posted on Oct, 15 2008 @ 07:08 AM
reply to post by mabus325

Please use external tags so that we can tell the difference between what you write and what is from the article that you linked. It gets confusing.

Here is WB's stance on the issue

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."

The film in question is available from netflix. So it isn't like they are supressing it.

You can also pick it up on amazon.

posted on Oct, 15 2008 @ 08:09 AM
reply to post by Karlhungis

Thanks Karlh. I may have to review that material just to see why they thought it might 'influence' the election.

I echo your observation about quotation of external material, it was probably just an oversight by mabus (unless there's political purpose in the post)

posted on Oct, 15 2008 @ 09:55 AM
Well, its obviously being done so as to not give McCain any advantages. The Hollywood/media/democrat cabal is working hand in hand to give this election to Obama. Nobody has a problem with this W movie coming out before the election.

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