Atrocious TCM censorship


I just caught up with this film, which I hadn't seen in years, on TCM in the UK.

I was truly appalled at the cuts made for violence. This movie is not exactly blood-soaked, yet the opening shot of Bynum's body being discovered in the car has disappeared completely, and the scene in which we follow the blood-trail to discover Vitucci's body has been cut before we see the corpse.

I mean, come on, TCM, grow up - this is 2011...

"Duck, I says..."

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It's probably not TCM's fault. Sometimes they have to play whatever movie prints they get, and in this case they got the censored version. If they could have played the uncensored version, I'm sure they would have.

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Take your point, but I guess I expect more from TCM. If they're in possession of a badly censored print, they should dump it and get a decent one. I hardly ever watch movies on TV any more precisely because between the cuts and the commercial breaks it's just too painful. I'd rather pay a few quid for a DVD and watch my films intact and at my leisure. I appreciate that TCM do their best to take the middle way, but experiences like "Still of the Night" hardly beckon me back into the fold...

"Duck, I says..."

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I'm watching it now on IFC and Streep is lying on a massage table, showing nuthin' yet they blurred out the top half of her body .. WTF ? Seeing a womans bare naked left arm is gonna be traumatizing to .... who ?????
I kept waiting for her to sit up - she never did. And when she did move, she made sure her arm/hand covered every bit of her left breast. This makes NO sense !

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When I saw the movie on cable in 1983 you see her naked from the back. Have they cut that out on the DVD? I was surprised it's rated PG not, not PG-13.

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When it came out there was not a PG13 rating yet. I used to have a copy from HBO or Cinemax on VHS and never thought that any of the violence or nudity was gratuitous in any way. I haven't seen this on DVD, and the last time I saw it on TV yes they blurred the side shot of Meryl's breast, but it was broadcast TV not TCM or one of the cable only, Encore, Flix, IFC, or others.

I have liked this and other movies of the late 70's early 80's that have that Hitchcock feel to them, that are kind of a cross between Noir and Hitch.

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