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'Night' Light

'Color of the Night' makes some cuts -- Bruce Willis in the buff and other scandalous moments of the upcoming thriller have ended up on the cutting room floor

It's official: Bruce Willis has been virtually Bobbitt-ized. Earlier this year, there was speculation that scenes in Color of Night, some featuring Willis in full-frontal nudity, would give Disney its first NC-17 release. But after much debate among the studio, Cinergi Productions, and director Richard Rush, the questionable moments have been cut, and Night — featuring Willis as a psychologist embroiled in the murder of a colleague — will open Aug. 19 with an R rating. The lost moments include:

· A scene in which a suicidal woman simulates fellatio with a gun.

· Parts of a mostly underwater nude love scene between Willis and costar Jane March (The Lover).

· A lesbian encounter between March and Lesley Ann Warren, although the women still kiss in the R version.

Rush believes the excised scenes may show up in a planned director's-cut video. Meanwhile, disappointed Willis fans can take heart: The actor's buff bod is on display this fall in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and Robert Benton's Nobody's Fool. — With additional reporting by Heidi Siegmund

Originally posted Aug 19, 1994 Published in issue #236 Aug 19, 1994 Order article reprints