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I'm a huge fan of this website and am pretty much on it everyday haha i was just wondering, does anything ever get removed from this website? 
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Vincent Fournols

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I am no IMDb official, but, from my experience, the answer is definitely: yes, it can happen! Namely, uncompleted projects, duplicates titles and persons, hoaxes, erroneous or duplicate entries, etc.
Changes of policy may also lead to have data removed, such as uncredited actors, fired directors (information is then shifted tothe triva section)
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oh ok ok, though official projects always stay up? it's just the, i guess, nonsense that gets removed and cleaned up?
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That is my understanding, even if I do strongly object to have some valuable historical data removed for the sake of the US industry rules!! :)
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oh ok ok cool, thanks
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Anthony: Yes, but here are the some of the kinds of things that get removed:
  • Duplicate pages (such as when the same film or person has mistakenly been entered twice).
  • Titles which were entered into the database before they were released, completed, or even started filming, which wound up being cancelled without being completed or released.
  • Individual credits or entire projects which were completely incorrect or which have been called into serious doubt.
  • Other items that are duplicated or incorrect (such as trivia items that do not make sense, movie connections that were made up by past contributors without justification, etc.).
  • External links that are broken (for example, a link to a review of a film on another website, where the other website has since been shut down).
  • User reviews that violate the IMDb terms of service.
  • Features of the IMDb website that have been shut down or are in transition due to reprogramming (for example, the message boards, literature sections, and character pages).
That is not a complete list, but it does give you some idea of what might have been removed.

On the other hand, films don't get removed just because their filmmaker no longer wants them to be listed, nor do individual credits get removed just because a person no longer wants to claim them.
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Vincent's first post in this thread reminded me of another example: people whose credits were once true, but got fired. For example, this link shows that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were once listed as directors of the film now known as Solo: A Star Wars Story. IMDb removed their credits because they were later fired from the film and replaced by Ron Howard. Lord and Miller's credits were true at the time they were submitted to IMDb, but are no longer applicable.
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This policy has also been applied to older movies: yesterday I watched again "Laura" (Preminger, 1944) and there is no trace anymore of Ruben Mamoulian starting to direct then being fired and replaced by Preminger but in the trivia section.
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oh ok ok! but they'd never go and remove whole pages of known, official projects? 
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so even if the filmmaker no longer wants their film listed, it will still stay up on the site?
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If the film has had at least one public screening (e.g. a festival) which can be sourced, it will remain.
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awesome! thanks guys!

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