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Money and Film Ethics

September 02, 1989

United Artists' decision not to involve itself in the distribution of the sequel to the murderous horror film "Child's Play" was welcome news ("New UA Team Won't Touch 'Child's Play II,' " by Michael Cieply, Aug. 21). Finally, somebody chooses ethical standards over that lowest of common denominators: money.

What was not welcome news was the film industry's reaction. After UA's decision--described as "insane" by a competing studio chief--other industry giants, including Disney, leaped at the opportunity to gain control of such a money-making product. Universal was the apparent winner. Or, to look at it in another light, the loser.

MICHAEL NOVIKOFF, Desert Hot Springs

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