Incorrect credits on pre-released version of a film, IMDB wont correct. solution?

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Hey guys,

So back in 2012, credits for a pre-released version of a film were incorrect and this version was handed out to actors for their reel.  The credits had my clients managers name against the role in the screen credits and not the actors (similar names).  Minor issue which was corrected in the final version of the film ready for release.

The pre-release version of the film was never publically released.  However IMDB claims that it was shown on vimeo/youtube, and so have a screenshot of this (apparently) showing  the wrong credits and has opted to take the bootleg version of the film as the official credits instead of the actual film.  

Despite numerous requests, they have not corrected these..  anyone know a way this can be fixed???  I doubt they would credit a Hollywood film on a draft copy of the film that was bootlegged, I don't understand why this issue is so hard for them to fix given the only public copy of the film has correct credits on it.



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Peter, Champion

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There is at least a chance they will reconsider if they read this. You could mention the title or an update reference number, and if you have a screenshot of the correct credit upload it here.
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Hey Peter,

The screen credits are on the actual video attached to the IMDB movie title.

How can I get this corrected once and for all? IMDBpro people for some strange reason are finding it hard to let go of their original screen shots and correct the credit to the official released film.


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Michelle, Official Rep

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Hi Mike -

I noted that our staff have verified Jay Kallaway's cast credit for "The Good Samaritan", and the entry will remain listed as-is. 
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IMDb's longstanding and strict policy is to list credits and other information about a title based on the contents of the title as they originally appeared when the title was first made available to the public. The first 'release' is the version of record for us; subsequent changes can and will be listed on the film's page in the "Alternate Versions" or "Trivia" section, depending on the extent and nature of the differences. Among other reasons, this approach avoids confusion and unnecessary multiple/conflicting updates when alternate versions of the same title are released at different times and/or to different audiences.

In the example in question, the film was first made available to the public online in 2012 by a person connected with the production on a popular video platform, where it was easily viewable and searchable. There was no indication that this release was a 'bootleg' as you say, or that it represented an early or incomplete cut or version of the film different from the one in the video uploaded years later (2015) on Withoutabox.

As a result, our listing was based on that first publicly available version that was online for a considerable amount of time and will not be retroactively updated based on recent edits to the credits. You are welcome to submit a note mentioning that the credits of the video now are different than in the initial release by submitting an appropriate entry to the 'Alternate Versions" section of the film.

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