Airlines Playing Censored Version of "The Queen"

In the highly acclaimed movie The Queen, theater patrons see Queen Elizabeth, played by actress Helen Mirren, express her faith in God after the death of Princess Diana. But in the version of the movie shown as in-flight entertainment on some airlines, only lip readers get the message.

Every reference to God in the movie is censored - replaced by a beep. At least two airlines, Delta and New Zealand Air, have shown passengers the censored version of the film, prompting complaints.

A spokeswoman for Atlanta-based Delta said the airline had no choice because Miramax Films, distributor of The Queen, shipped to airlines only the censored version of the movie.

New Zealand Air apologized earlier this month, and said it would replace the movie with a version in which "God" isn't censored.

Efforts to reach Miramax were unsuccessful.

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