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Don’s Plum: The film Leonardo DiCaprio kept out of theatres for 20 years

Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Don’s Plum along with Tobey Maguire in 1995 and has been hard at work ever since to keep it out of the theatres. He apparently hated the film once it was finished.

hollywood Updated: Jan 29, 2016 09:32 IST
Don's Plum,Leonardo DiCaprio,Tobey Maguire
Leonardo DiCaprio has been working hard to keep Don’s Plum out of theatres, including approaching the court to stop release. A still from the film.

The experimental 1995 indie film Don’s Plum, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, was pulled from video-sharing website Vimeo after its lead stars sent a third-party notification demanding the film’s release be blocked.

The film was released online for free by its producer Dale Wheatley. The lead stars, Leonardo DiCaprio And Tobey Maguire, reportedly hated the finished version of director R D Robb’s film, which was subsequently pulled from release thanks to legal action on behalf of its actors, reported Entertainment Weekly.

“Vimeo has removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire claiming that this material is infringing: Don’s Plum,” a note on Vimeo’s website reads.

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“Although the film remains banned in the US and Canada,” Wheatley wrote in a statement on the film’s site, “as a writer and producer I am making the film available under my copyright for the sole purpose of promoting my work as an independent filmmaker.”

Wheatley first released the film to his site last month. Since the ’90s, DiCaprio has worked to keep Don’s Plum out of theatres. That was the original intention of the movie anyway, or so he claims. According to suits filed by DiCaprio and Maguire, they appeared in the movie, which takes place over the course of one night in a diner, as a favor to their friend under the condition that it never screen in US theatres.

Robb and the film’s producers have refuted that claim. In addition to DiCaprio, Maguire, and Connolly, Don’s Plum also stars Jeremy Sisto and musician Jenny Lewis.

First Published: Jan 28, 2016 11:35 IST