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Debate 'overdue' on movie link to gun violence: Redford

Published on Jan 18, 2013 9:17 AM

PARK CITY, Utah (AFP) - Studying the impact of movies on real-life gun violence is "overdue", veteran director Robert Redford said on Thursday, suggesting a possible link between guns and box office takings.

Redford was asked about the gun debate triggered by last month's school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, at the start of the annual Sundance Film Festival, which he founded.

"I'm thinking back when we started Sundance, back in 1980, and I remember, (President Ronald) Reagan was shot at that same year. I remember there was talk about gun control coming up then," he said.

"Now it's 30 years later. I think it's absolutely not only appropriate but overdue to have a dialogue. And the dialogue is now going on between the parties that it should be," he said.

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