NEW LINE CINEMA TO APPEAL MPAA'S NC-17 RATING OF LOUIS MALLE'S 'DAMAGE'
NEW LINE CINEMA TO APPEAL MPAA'S NC-17 RATING OF LOUIS MALLE'S 'DAMAGE' LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- New Line Cinema (AMEX: NLN) will appeal the Motion Picture Association of America's NC-17 rating of director Louis Malle's "Damage," it was announced today by Mitchell Goldman, president of New Line Distribution. "Damage" will open in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 16 and nationwide on Jan. 15, 1993. According to the MPAA, "Damage" was given the NC-17 rating for an extended erotic scene between the film's stars Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons ("Reversal of Fortune") and Juliette Binoche ("The Unbearable Lightness of Being"). The rating prohibits anyone under the age of 17 from viewing the film. Irons portrays Stephen Fleming, a member of Parliament who has an illicit affair with Anna Barton, played by Binoche, who is engaged to Fleming's son. "We see no reason for the MPAA to give 'Damage' an NC-17 rating. 'Basic Instinct' and other controversial major studio releases have had much more explicit and violent sex scenes and have still received an R rating," said Goldman. "Louis Malle is one of the world's foremost directors, and New Line fully supports his vision of the film. 'Damage' has had excellent response from members of the press and film community for whom we've screened it. We haven't encountered any objections at all to the film's erotic content." Director Malle, who supports New Line's plan to appeal the MPAA rating, will be issuing a statement about the controversy later this week, said Goldman. To date, the film has not encountered ratings problems in any other countries where it will be released. Goldman added that at this time, New Line does not plan to edit the film and will file an appeal with the MPAA. "New Line has every intention of maintaining the artistic integrity of 'Damage' as Louis Malle originally intended it," Goldman said. Malle -- director of such acclaimed films as "Au Revoir Les Enfants," "Atlantic City" and "Pretty Baby" -- based "Damage" on the best-selling novel by Josephine Hart. The film also stars Miranda Richardson, Rupert Graves, Ian Bannen and Leslie Caron. "Damage" is produced by Malle and co-produced by Vincent Malle and Simon Relph. The film was adapted for the screen by David Hare. This year marks New Line Cinema's 25th anniversary as the leading independent producer and distributor of theatrical motion pictures, with more than 20 releases due in 1992. New Line licenses its films to ancillary markets including cable and broadcast television, as well as to all international markets. The company is traded on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol "NLN." -0- 10/29/92 /CONTACT: Christina Kounelias or Mark Cheatham, 310-854-5811, or Mary Donovan or Dana Laufer, 212-649-4900, all of New Line Cinema/ (NLN) CO: New Line Cinema ST: California IN: ENT SU:
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|Date:||Oct 29, 1992|
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