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Old 12-01-03, 01:07 PM
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why do people go and see such short movies?

The Cat and the Hat is currently atop the box office despite the fact that its only about an hour and 15 minutes long. I mean, it costs like $8 to go see it at my local theater but the Cat and the Hat was full for most of the weekend. Phone Booth is another example of a very short movie that did well at the box office despite being very short. Do any of you feel a little short-changed after paying so much to see such short movies? I for one, prefer long films and will be spending my money on Master and Commander and ROTK.
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It's not the length, it's how you use it.

There are a lot of short movies I love, such as Run Lola Run and Duck Soup. I don't think adding an hour or two to those films would have helped them at all.

Likewise, I've sat through some overlong bloated films in my day as well.
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I doubt the average moviegoer knows how long TCITH is. Besides, after trailers and commercials it's at least an hour and a half.
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It's definitely quality over quantity, and both if you can get it. It all comes down to whether or not you were entertained.
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Originally posted by Groucho
...Likewise, I've sat through some overlong bloated films in my day as well.
...quite...!... Meet Joe Black, anyone...?...

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Phone Booth did well at the Box Office? I thought it flopped.
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Originally posted by the aftermath
Phone Booth did well at the Box Office? I thought it flopped.
Not if you measure it by dollars-per-minute.
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Originally posted by the aftermath
Phone Booth did well at the Box Office? I thought it flopped.
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=phonebooth.htm

Production and maketing costs totalled approximately $38 million...

U.S. Box office = $46 million (plus another $48 million overseas)
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When it comes to kids' movies, shorter is often better. Short attention spans, small bladders and all that.
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M.I.B.... all I have to say is that adding 15 minutes of credits doesn't make a FULL Feature.
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Let's not forget The Master Of Disguise.
(I just know someone's going to chime in with an obvious"No! Please, let's forget!" joke)

The film was an hour long. Just an hour!

In fact, it was so short, theaters wouldn't book it.

So Carvey & co. added SEVENTEEN MINUTES of end credits.



True.



Personally, I try to forget runtimes, as the length is relative. Pirates Of The Carribean didn't feel at all like 2.5 hours.

Something I hate, though, are comments like this: "How long is Love Actually? TWO AND A HALF HOURS? That movie must suck, let's go see Gothika!"
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Originally posted by Hendrik
...quite...!... Meet Joe Black, anyone...?...

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Hey(!)...I saw that in theatres...and I liked it too.
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Originally posted by Drexl
I doubt the average moviegoer knows how long TCITH is.
Bingo. Do you think mom and dad know (or care) how long a kids movie is? No. End of story.
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Originally posted by Drexl
I doubt the average moviegoer knows how long TCITH is. Besides, after trailers and commercials it's at least an hour and a half.
Not to mention that the average moviegoer woudn't have a clue as to what TCITH means.
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To paraphrase Roger Ebert, a good movie can never be too long, and a bad movie can never be too short.
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I think it was very merciful of the director of TCITH to leave it at 75 mins.
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Originally posted by renaldow
I think it was very merciful of the director of TCITH to leave it at 75 mins.
u speak the truth
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So, I don't get what you suggest as a solution? To pay 15-20.00 for the short DVD when it comes out? When you can buy a longer movie on DVD for the same price? To ban all short movies? For movie theaters to charge by the minute for the movie?

If you think you are short changed when you see a great short movie, then I think you are focusing on the wrong thing. If you go and see a bad movie, short or long, you got short changed because it was BAD, regardless of length.
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Well at least on DVD you get the extras and plus you can watch it as many times as you want. If you go to the theater, you pay to see it once.
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Originally posted by caiman
To paraphrase Roger Ebert, a good movie can never be too long, and a bad movie can never be too short.
I never really understood this quote. Ive seen plenty of good movies that were too long.
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Shrug, I thought Shrek was pretty short at 1.5 hours but it was worth my $9.75 when I went to go see it with my friends.

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