Death at "Passion..."

  1. I am aware that there are at least three other threads on the "Passion of Christ", but I did not care to hijack them with this issue as it deals with more than the movie.

    On the opening night of the movie, "Passion of Christ", in Wichita, a woman in her fifties, Peggy Law (Scott), well known in local area broadcasting, collapsed during the Crucifixion scene. She was found to have no pulse, was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy is pending.

    Yet, the film continues to be shown...with no special warnings, etal.

    After people died at rock concerts, the concerts have been postponed/cancelled. sometimes out of respect, sometimes because of protests.

    People have died after listening to record albums or watching horror films. The albums get sued/censored/stickered. The films get sued/special warnings/different scenes/censored.

    Yet this film continues to be shown as is. And it is too early to see what legal repercussions that there will be.

    Should they have postponed viewings out of respect?

    And does anyone think that the material will make a difference?

    How will this death be responded to?
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    One can't blame the film for her death. It was rated R. No I don't think they need to stop the film.

    I've seen concerts where people have collapsed and they carry them out and the concert continues. People drop from drugs and dehyration dancing at discos and they don't shut them down.

    Ultimately whenever the entertainer has been blamed for a death by record, movie or concert the enterainer and the movie has been proven innocent.
  4. by   Gompers
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    One can't blame the film for her death. It was rated R. No I don't think they need to stop the film.

    I agree. An "R" rating is enough warning that there will be disturbing scenes, and anyone who knows anything about the story of Christ can guess what kind of violence will be depicted.

    It's a movie, not a rollercoaster! If someone's heart was weak enough to have a massive MI from watching a movie, listening to a crazy record, looking at a shocking photograph...the entertainment isn't to blame, nature is.

    I know that may sound horrible for me to say, but these days people are suing everyone for everything, and I think it's ridiculous.

    JMHO!!!

  5. by   live4today
    Quote from Gompers
    I agree. An "R" rating is enough warning that there will be disturbing scenes, and anyone who knows anything about the story of Christ can guess what kind of violence will be depicted.

    It's a movie, not a rollercoaster! If someone's heart was weak enough to have a massive MI from watching a movie, listening to a crazy record, looking at a shocking photograph...the entertainment isn't to blame, nature is.

    I know that may sound horrible for me to say, but these days people are suing everyone for everything, and I think it's ridiculous.

    JMHO!!!

    Right on Gompers! When it's your time to go, it's your time to go. My prayers are with the woman's family in their time of grief. I pray the woman who died during the film is with Jesus now, and in no more pain. Hugs to her family.
  6. by   hitechlvn
    I agree with everyone else. She died because she had cardiac arrest. Not be cause Christ was cruxifed on the big screen.
  7. by   Zee_RN
    I heard a statistic -- don't know the validity, I'll have to research it -- that six people die in movie theaters in the U.S. every day. So it happened at "The Passion." Could have been anywhere. I know of one other death at a Disney movie.
  8. by   rollingstone
    When the Exorcist came out in the 70s I remember hearing stories about the same thing happening: people dropping dead of MIs or people leaving the theatre very frightened. The movie is rated R. No more of a "warning label" is needed.
  9. by   gypsyatheart
    I agree with the other posters. The "R" rating is the warning label! To believe this woman's death was caused by this movie is ridiculous!
  10. by   fergus51
    See, we all know it's a violent movie. That's why I am not going to see it. She made her decision and that's that.
  11. by   donmurray
    This hype is reminiscent of all the fuss when "The Exorcist" was shown, only without the posse outside offering you helpline numbers to call if you felt "possessed" afterward!
  12. by   nurseygrrl
    My husband went to see the movie and he said that there was a sign warning people of the brutality and unadulterated violence. Regardless, I don't think a film alone could cause a peson to go into cardiac arrest.
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Can't blame the movie.
  14. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from Zee_RN
    I heard a statistic -- don't know the validity, I'll have to research it -- that six people die in movie theaters in the U.S. every day. So it happened at "The Passion." Could have been anywhere. I know of one other death at a Disney movie.
    My thoughts were along this same line. Pure probability and randomness. Nothing more.

    People die everywhere. (Didn't Elvis die on the toilet?)

    For Christ's sake, we all need to lighten up.

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