September 13, 2001

Behind the scenes

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Tim Blake Nelson’s O was originally scheduled to open over a year ago, but the anticipated release date was delayed when the Columbine incident occurred. Studios felt that the caustic high school drama, which ends with a tragic school shooting, too strongly paralleled the real-life Columbine incident not to seem, in some form, exploitative. Of course, the violence in Nelson’s film complemented Columbine only coincidentally, taking its cue from the most reputable of sources.