Thursday, November 11, 2004

Don't save Private Damon

I'm sure you've heard about the 20 ABC stations that are electing to not air "Saving Private Ryan" on Veteran's Day because of fear of recent FCC rulings about obscenities, etc.. In addition to graphic violence, "Saving Private Ryan" includes the use of the 'F' word 47 times & other choice language. Some people don't think this is appropriate during prime time.

I have an additional objection to the movie. Private Ryan is played by Ben Affleck's butt-boy pal, Matt Damon. Had it been up to me, Private Ryan would most assuredly not been saved; Private Ryan would've been killed in cold blood by our side. But hey, that's just me.

Please know that Stephen Spielberg has issued an edict that the film must be shown in its entirety or it isn't shown at all. No editing is allowed. None.

Spielberg is being a bit of a diva, don't you think? But hey, that's just me.

Too bad there aren't any other war movies, suitable for all audiences, that can be shown on TV on Veteran's Day...

wait, there are just a few:

The Fighting Seabees
Sands of Iwo Jima
The Longest Day
Battle of The Bulge
The Green Berets
Hellcats of The Navy
Run Silent, Run Deep
Away All Boats
The Bridges At Toko Ri
Tora Tora Tora
Wake Island
To Hell and Back
From Here to Eternity
From Hell to Eternity
Torpedo Run
Guadalcanal Diaries
Fireball Forward
The Bridge Over the River Kwai
King Rat
Stalag 17
The Great Escape

I could go on all night...

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