CINEMA: Murder Gets an R; Bad Language Gets Nc-17

Oliver Stone eagerly tells you about the 150 shots he had to remove or trim in ( Natural Born Killers to secure an R rating from the classification board of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). There was the bring-me-the- head-of-Tommy-Lee-Jones scene, where prisoners put the warden's head on a spike. There was the see-through-the-palm-of-Robert-Downey-Jr. shot, after Mallory blows a hole in the newsman's hand. Stone has more, if you want to hear them.

And next year, you'll be able to see them. Like other films that lost scenes in ratings wrangles, NBK will have a "director's cut" in video...

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