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Old 08-11-20, 11:02 AM
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Longest running time that you sat through uninterrupted

I recently came across (but haven't yet watched) a Hungarian film from the '90s called Sátántangó. What immediately struck me was that it has a listed running time of 7 hours and 20 minutes.

That led me to wonder how many sittings would be required to watch something like that. Even if it were loaded with laughs and action (which I don't believe it is), that kind of running time would wear down most people who would attempt to watch it in one go.

As far as I can recall, the film with the longest running time I sat through without leaving my seat is LotR: Return of the King which clocks in at 3 hr and 20 min. I know the Extended Edition is longer (obvs), but that's the only EE I haven't watched from LotR.

The longest movie that I watched that had an actual intermission is Kenneth Branaugh's Hamlet, which is just over 4 hours. I watched that one during its original theatrical run, so I don't remember the experience all that well. I'm pretty sure I was like most people and took advantage of the intermission to at least stretch my legs in the lobby.
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Re: Longest running time that you sat through uninterrupted

I saw Lawrence of Arabia in theaters but it included the intermission. My answer to the question would be seeing the theatrical cut of Return of the King which was around 3 hours and 20 minutes and didn't get up for any bathroom breaks.
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In college I saw a screening of three Alfred Hitchcock films. Boom, boom, boom three in a row. 35mm with two projectors and absolutely no break. I kept thinking surely they’ll have a ten minute break.

The Paradine Case, Mr and Mrs Smith, and Spellbound. Nearly 5 1/2 hours.
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TCM’s Reconstruction Of Greed.

There have been some other monstrously long ones I’ve sat through:
Dekalog (Although I think this was presented as a TV series in its native land)
Satantango
The Sorrow and The Pity


But Greed was the one that kept me riveted from start to finish.

As far as a multiple-movie marathon goes, Joe Bob Briggs’ first “Last Drive-In” Show On Shudder COULD have easily been a winner, but Joe Bob broke the Internet that night. Here’s my experiences from those 24 hours:
https://forum.dvdtalk.com/streaming-...l#post13372039


Do serials count the same as multiple films? If so, Les Vampires would be the recent winner. I watched that whole thing on 1 stream.
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Re: Longest running time that you sat through uninterrupted

Return of the King as well. Followed by Schindler’s List at 3:15 (stayed till 20+ minutes after credits, it was bizarre), then Titanic at 3:14.
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Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet in glorious 70mm and a runtime just a hair over 4 hours.
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Would have to be Return of the King as well.
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Re: Longest running time that you sat through uninterrupted

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In college I saw a screening of three Alfred Hitchcock films. Boom, boom, boom three in a row. 35mm with two projectors and absolutely no break. I kept thinking surely they’ll have a ten minute break.

The Paradine Case, Mr and Mrs Smith, and Spellbound. Nearly 5 1/2 hours.
Was everyone in the screening supplied with an empty drink cup in case they needed a bathroom break? Not putting in a break anywhere in a triple feature seems like a horrible oversight. I have to believe the person in charge was thinking no one would want to sit through all three films in their entirety.

I myself would probably have skipped The Paradine Case. That's one of the few films that I found so boring that I hit stop in the first half hour and never went back to. I still have the DVD somewhere and will probably go back one of these days since I bothered to spend money on the movie and my tolerance for slow cinema has improved considerably over the years.
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At the Museum of Modern Art once, I sat through a very long avant-garde film by Michael Snow that was called "'Rameau's Nephew' by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen" (1974). It was four-and-a-half hours long. I was a film student then and much more open-minded about what I would go see. That would, of course, quickly change after a few more incomprehensible films like this. Up until then, the longest films I saw in theaters were GONE WITH THE WIND, BEN-HUR and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, but all of those had intermissions.

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4 hours 12 minutes. Return of the King EE.

When Rambo came out, a local theatre marathoned all 4 Rambo films. I almost sat through the whole thing but got hungry and went for food.
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Re: Longest running time that you sat through uninterrupted

Most recently Avengers Endgame 182 minutes in the theatre last year with no bathroom break.
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I just remembered that long movies, even three-hour films, used to have intermissions, which gave people time to go to the bathroom or the concession stand.
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^I was always confused by 2001 having an intermission when it was never even that long in the first place...But I have no complaints about it having an overture, which is still my most favorite overture for any movie.
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Re: Longest running time that you sat through uninterrupted

Branaugh's Hamlet. It had an intermission, but I didn't leave my seat.

Nowdays, I'm only able to last about two hours.

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Love Exposure at 3 hrs 57 min. It was quite an experience, and every bit as bizarre as the synopsis might lead you to believe.
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Caught Ben-Hur (1959) at the Alamo a couple years back. Never left my seat.
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If I had to venture a guess, I'd say Titanic. At 3hrs and 14 mins, I think it is my longest theatrical experience. At home, I'd be pausing it every 30-45 minutes to refresh myself, haha
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Honestly, my longest is probably 90min haha. I drink a lot of water in general throughout the day. I can't remember the last movie I sat through where I didn't get up once.
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Re: Longest running time that you sat through uninterrupted

I saw Tarantino's Hateful Eight "70mm Roadshow Version" in the theatre and it was a bit over 3 hours but had both an overture and an intermission.

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Gettysburg (1993), 4hr 31min, when it hit my town's dollar cinema back in the day.
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Re: Longest running time that you sat through uninterrupted

In a theater?

Return of the King
Titanic
Malcolm X
JFK
Endgame
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Like many others: In the theater - Return of the King. At home - Return of the King EE.

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