MOVIE POSTER COLLECTORS SHOWCASE

RECALLED MOVIE POSTERS

 

The studio quickly replaced this Empire Strikes Back OS with a different poster after Billy Dee Williams complained about his omission. (This poster was not technically recalled. It only stayed in theaters a few weeks before it was replaced.)

New Line recalled all “Goldmember” marketing materials, including this poster, after MGM claimed that “Goldmember" infringed its James Bond "Goldfinger” copyright.  The parties later settled. This poster is relatively easy to find.

The studio recalled this Usual Suspects after realizing it shows Kevin Spacey wearing a bracelet/watch on his right wrist (see red arrow and inset),which gives away  the surprise ending. It was airbrushed from future posters.

Miramax recalled the first Pulp Fiction poster (below left and inset) because it was threatened with lawsuit because it did not have permission to use “Lucky Strike” cigarettes and the “Harlot Heart” book on the poster.  According to reports, the studios penalized theaters $10 for each unreturned poster.  In any event this poster is now very rare and valuable.   The studio later used a similar poster (below right) showing a generic pack of cigarettes and the book “Pulp Fiction” instead.

Lucasfilm recalled this “Revenge of the Jedi” poster after determining that the Jedi do not take “revenge” and retitled the film to “Return of the Jedi.” It sold its inventory of 6,800 “Revenge” posters to Star Wars fan club members for $9.50 each.  Now these posters sell for $300+ and undated versions for even more!

The teaser poster for Spiderman shows the World Trade Center reflected in Spiderman’s eyes. The studio ordered it withdrawn from theaters on September 12, 2001.  Sidewalks of New York (right) was also recalled after 9/11.

This UK View To A Kill one sheet was recalled after the studio decided it did not like the look of the white tuxedo.

Disney recalled this Dick Tracy poster featuring Madonna after deciding that the tagline “Mind If I Call You Dick” was too risque for its family-friendly image.

The studio replaced (or planned to replace) its original Clockers poster (center) with a difference poster (right) after Saul Bass, the designer of the Anatomy of a Murder poster (left) threatened to sue for copyright infringement.

This “Deadline” poster, featuring Brittany Murphy looking lifeless in a bathtub, was recalled after her death.  (She was found dead in her bathroom).

This rare version of Grindhouse with the tagline “2 1/2 Hours of Pure Dynamite” was replaced because the final cut of the movie exceeded three hours.  The new version (inset) uses the tagline “Two Great Movies for the Price of One.”

Recalled Bamboozled poster. Pulled from distribution due to racist imagery.

Fox replaced this Aliens one sheet after Sigourney Weaver objected to the way she looked. Her contract allowed her to approve all posters before distribution.

This Omen poster was pulled after religious leaders claimed the upside-down cross/shadow was sacrilegious.  In later Omen posters the shadow is in the shape of a wolf.

Sidewalks of New York (right) was also recalled after 9/11. You can see the outlines of the Twin Towers in the background.

An upside-down flag is normally displayed as a sign of distress.  Dreamworks pulled this poster for “The Last Castle” immediately after 9/11 because it did not want to “alarm an already distressed public.”

This Batman Returns teaser was pulled because it was too plain, according to reports.

American Express sued Virgin (the movie distributor) for issuing this very cool “Great Rock ‘N Roll” quad poster.  Virgin had to withdraw the poster and pay £30,000 damages to American Express.

Likewise, the studio recalled this poster for Friday the 13th Part VIII because New York City’ objected to the poster’s use of “I Love NY” slogan.