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India Cancels Release Of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

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This is sure to hurt the international sales of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

India's local Censor Board has deemed the film "unsuitable for public viewing" and therefore, has canceled the release of the film.

Director David Fincher refused to make any edits to his R-rated film and with full-frontal female nudity, a lesbian kiss, and of course, a graphic rape and torture scene, India is basically saying GTFO.

Sony confirmed the news by releasing the following statement:

"Sony Pictures will not be releasing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in India. The Censor Board has adjudged the film unsuitable for public viewing in its unaltered form and, while we are committed to maintaining and protecting the vision of the director, we will, as always, respect the guidelines set by the Board.

Way harsh.

Do U agree with India's decision? Should Fincher have made the cuts??

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21 comments to “India Cancels Release Of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo



  1. 1

    This reminds me how thankful I am to live in a place where freedom of speech (and other freedoms) is valued. The government shouldn't be the one to decide what we can view or not view. Now let's protect our freedoms and not let the government overstep their boundaries.



  2. 2

    It is what it is. Certainly this was no surprise. Bollywood films are ultra-G-rated. Lesbian kisses and rape arent exactly family fare - here or there.



  3. 3

    But you had such nice things to say about India when you and Momma took your latest vacation together. Maybe India has it right. Lack of accountability leads to the cesspool of reality shows that define America tv today, maybe there needs to be some guidelines and ethics. Ha, I used the word ethics around Perez Hilton.



  4. 4

    I wonder if they are allowed to read the books there too, because the movie just reflects what the author wrote about.



  5. 5

    Re: tallguy10 – Lesbian not family fare? And you care comparing that to rape? Please…loving people of age when it is consensual is fine…gay, straight, bi….. Also, there are lesbian families raising well adjusted children- so lesbians are family fare. RAPE- NEVER acceptable and it is not entertaining to watch on screen…why do men put rape in film? I am for free everything, but seeing women getting brutally raped is nothing but sick and unacceptable.



  6. 6

    Who cares not like it will hurt the movie. I respect them for not cutting and watering the movie down. India, get with the times and maybe you will get to watch some cool movies lol.



  7. 7

    well, not generalizing that LGBT situations/themes in movies are not family fare…obviously this is not a movie for any kid to see, I think more so not for the lesbian kissing (which isn't so much of a big deal) as the naked moments and rape. There is huge LGBT community in India, granted most of the caste systems consider them "untouchable" which is horrible on their own part. India had only one major kiss in a movie and that was huge controversy. I think if they had to reason why it wasn't suitable to show in their country, it would be the rape and nudity…then the kiss…of any sexual orientation…



  8. 8

    Re: woofenstein – Bollywood film industry is one of the largest in the world. They make a hell of a lot of money keeping the movies as G-rated as they do. Plus, rated R movies in the US tend to be less profitable than lower rated ones, obviously. I mean even European countries ban certain movies…its not uncommon…



  9. 9

    India isn't the US. It has its own customs and standards. I think that while this may seem censorship on one hand, maybe Hollywood needs to consider the content its producing and expecting to distribute around the around. If the movies were products made in, say, CHINA, we'd all be concerned and block the influx of tainted milk or baby formula of cribs that collapse on babies. Things imported/exported aren't only tangibles. They're also intangibles. And sometimes the intangibles are more "dangerous" than not. Maybe instead of indicted India, "Hollywood" needs to take a cold, hard look at what its putting out there.



  10. 10

    This movie was soooo hard to watch. The rape scene is just sad and awful. I'm not surprised if someone doesn't want to see it.



  11. 11

    Re: ceeeee – I know what you're saying; but there ARE regulations in place in the US as well, ie: no swearing allowed during daytime viewing (even at night time … that's why there's a 3-second delay on, ie: live award shows - so that they can bleep out curse words), remember Janet Jackson's nipplegate? That was censored/blacked out as well. It's illegal to show child porn. It's illegal to air commercials for cigarettes, it's illegal for daytime tv to air nudity, etc. So yes, you have freedoms, but don't think that what you see in the media isn't regulated because it is.



  12. 12

    Unsuitable for the public? I think that a mature, 18+ Indian adult should be allowed to watch the movie. Not like they're going to let a 3-year-old into the theater to watch an R-rated movie, or anyone's being forced to watch it. The adults should be allowed to watch it.



  13. 13

    Re: mmsems – Of course, not everyone can handle this movie, but all of the graphic material is in the book as well. Fincher was just staying true to it.



  14. 14

    I saw the original Swedish version. It was pretty intense, too. I haven't seen the American one.



  15. 15

    I saw the trailers herei in the US andI woudl not see it, too violent for me..

  16. 7tizz says – reply to this


    16

    India is such a backwards place - no wonder millions are fleeing that cesspool of a country. I've heard that once you step off the plane the entire country smell like shit.



  17. 17

    I worked out of India myself for a few months and saw movies like the Hangover 2 that were edited heavily and quite frankly ruined the experience. I feel it's best for this film not to be edited as this helps us to understand Rooney Mara's character. Our world is changing constantly and India is being left behind. Should they not allow the movie, make the R rating clear and allow the public to make their own decision after all? Shouldn't they too have that privilege?

  18. Mermo says – reply to this


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    the rape scene was pretty harsh but I am always against cencorship!!!!!!!



  19. 19

    I wish we would be doing the same here



  20. 20

    With all the problems America may have, I'm glad that this isn't one of them. I understand (to a point) censorship on broadcast tv but movies have a rating system AND you don't have to go see one if it has content you feel is unsuitable. The govt doesn't need to decide things like this for their people. Actually, the movie was really good and it's based on books so I'm hoping that the books are banned in India as well. Thank God I don't live in India. At least my govt allows me to pick what movies I want to go see.



  21. 21

    Re: lala44 – Why do you want the govt deciding something like this for you? If you dont' like the content, don't go see it. If they start making choices about films then books are next. If you don't like living in a free place then move to India, China or North Korea but please don't take away my freedoms because you like to be oppressed.