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Old 01-30-06, 12:17 PM
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Movies without a title in the opening credits?

This board was so helpful with a movie question I had a week ago that I thought I would try again.

Recently, I've noticed a mini-trend where some movies don't display the title up front, usually because there are no opening credits whatsoever (often the movie will END with the title, instead). I know I've noticed this before in the theater--it always leaves me feeling vaguely unsettled, like I missed something--but now I can't remember what any of these movies are, offhand.

So what are some movies like this? Does anyone know of an example before Apocalypse Now in 1979?
Old 01-30-06, 12:55 PM
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I swear I saw another thread for this sometime ago, odd I can't find it.

The first and foremost that comes to mind is The Ring.

Batman Begins
Gerry
Pirates of the Caribbean
Vanilla Sky
Full Frontal
Beverly Hills Cop III
Jurassic Park

Of course, those don't have opening credits, period. Additionally, Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) did not have opening credits/title.

Corrected List, IMDB.com let me down

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Movies without opening credits thread:

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread....pening+credits
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The entire Star Wars Series. Lucas was dropped from the Directors Guild because of it.
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As stated earlier, it's rare to find a movie without opening credits now because of the strict union rules.
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I think this should be considered a different thread, because the OP is asking specifically for movies without a title at the beginning, whereas the other thread was for movies without opening credits for actors and such.

For example, Moulin Rouge! (2001) has the title (so it's not applicable to this thread) but doesn't have opening credits other than for the studio and production company (so it may be applicable to the other thread). It's a similar deal with the Star Wars films.
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Ok, please let me know if I'm crazy, but I seem to recall when I saw Pirates of the Caribbean in the theater, it had opening credits with a CGed pirate sword swiping at the screen and maybe a jolly roger in there somewhere. When the DVD came out, it wasn't there and it totally threw me for a loop because I was expecting it. Does anyone else remember this?
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Originally Posted by Aphex Twin
Excalibur
Actually Excalibur does have the title in the opening, though no credits. Same for Star Wars.
Old 01-30-06, 09:03 PM
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Gangs of New York, right?
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The entire Star Wars Series. Lucas was dropped from the Directors Guild because of it.
Actually, Lucas quit the Director's Guild because they were going to fine him heavily for not including opening credits in ESB.
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It's been a while, but I could swear there is no opening credits or title in Pearl Harbor
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THE MUMMY RETURNS has no credits OR title until the movie is over.

As has been pointed out, it's been pretty common in the past decade to have just the movie title, and no other credits, at the beginning. I don't think it's really worth noting.
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Doesn't Ghostbusters just have the logo?
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Originally Posted by Fincher Fan
Doesn't Ghostbusters just have the logo?
No, it has the title(using the logo as the "O"). Although the title is spelled:

Ghost
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Originally Posted by kahuna415
The entire Star Wars Series. Lucas was dropped from the Directors Guild because of it.
The OP was asking about the movie title, which I'm pretty sure is at the beginning of every Star Wars film.
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I seem to remember Master and Commander showing it's title at the beginning.
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Originally Posted by RocShemp
I seem to remember Master and Commander showing it's title at the beginning.
Can't recall, imdb.com has it listed as no opening credits, and usually it'll state "except title" or something along those lines. Wouldn't be the first time I put faith in them and was let down.

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I think 'Punch Drunk Love' just has the color montage in the beginning.
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Not only didn't Pirates of the Carribean not have a title in the opening credits, it didn't even have a studio logo.
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I vaguely recall Last Action Hero starting with the title of the embedded Jack Slater movie, rather than its own title.
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Unforgiven didn't have a title in the theater, but I did see a title when it aired on TV. Don't know if the DVD has a title or not (Tombstone, when it airs on TV, shoves all the end credits to the beginning and it's clearly unnatural).

Robocop 2 in the theater simply had "Peter Weller is Robocop" at the beginning, but there wasn't anything on VHS. Don't know about DVD.

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