Amazon Caves After Matthew Modine Calls Out ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Censorship


Actor Matthew Modine voiced confusion on X this week after seeing that the phrase “Born to Kill” had been removed off the main menu poster for Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar nominated war film Full Metal Jacket on Amazon. Modine, who starred in the iconic film, posted a smartphone screenshot of the Full Metal Jacket poster as advertised on the streaming platform, alongside a screenshot of the original poster, which was an combat helmet with the phrase “Born to Kill” written on it.



“Who decided to remove ‘BORN TO KILL?’ Modine asked on X. “Not only did they alter a piece of iconic art by Philip Castle, but they completely misunderstood the point of it being there. Pvt. Joker wears the helmet with ‘BORN TO KILL’ and the peace  button as a statement about ‘the duality of man.”




While the Amazon image had been removed from the phrase from the soldier’s helmet, the phrase still appeared on art within regular search bars, according to some X users. The following day, following inquiries by Deadline to both Amazon and Full Metal Jacket distributor Warner Bros., the updated poster was replaced by a still from the movie (see below).



The fact that its absence aroused Modine’s anxiety underscores the growing distrust between moviegoers and streaming providers as traditional media declines. As we reported last year, the Criterion Channel, a streaming platform that prides itself on preserving classic cinema, was discovered to be airing a censored version of The French Connection that had secretly removed the line in which Gene Hackman’s character, Popeye Doyle, utters the N-word and an anti-Italian slur. These censors are missing the point.


Full Metal Jacket Born to Kill/Peace Button Duality of Man


Following the Blu-ray release of Oppenheimer last year, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) slammed streaming services, urging people to buy physical media “so no evil streaming service can come steal it from you.”


We completely agree. Physical media is king.



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