When director Abel Ferrara received a letter from IFC Films, the US distributor, telling the filmmaker to deliver an R-rated version so that it could match the version to be released on Showtime during its pay TV window, the director was disgusted and refused to back down telling THR "Welcome to New York is not being distributed in the U.S. because of this company, IFC, which I'm totally disgusted with." He stated "They knew from day one when they bought this film that they had the final version and that it wasn't going to be changed."
What did the doctor say?
Devereaux: He said it was all my mother's fault.
Simone: Are you serious?
Devereaux: He said he was having lunch with his mother, and instead of asking her to pass the butter, he told her you fucking bitch, you ruined my life.
When the Detectives are introduced, one is wearing an NYPD Detective Shield (badge), one a Sergeant's Shield. The Sergeant introduces himself to the hotel official as "Lieutenant Landano". Immediately after, he introduces himself to the housekeeper as "Sergeant Landano".
In the US, the MPAA initially rated this NC-17 and required cuts of scenes of sexual assault to gain an 'R' rating, much to the disgust of the director, Abel Ferrara.