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August 24, 2007

More from End Credits

I am glad to hear from CNN.com that major movie studios are putting more effort into creative movie end credits. I'm always bothered how people are quick to get up and the janitorial service start cleaning up the movie theater once the end credits of a movie started. For me, a movie is not over until the last letter or trademark rolls up. Watching the end credits is actually giving credit to the men and women who worked hard to produce the movie that entertained or inspired us. Just like what this blogger, who has the same sentiment said, "Leaving the cinema without staying for the credits is like eating dinner at somebody's house without saying thank you to the host."

Something to think about when you go out to the movies this weekend.

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I like to stay to listen to the music and find interesting names in the credits.

Steve (SBK)

One of the best End Credits in my opinion is "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" with Jim Carey; (Both audio and visual).

David Cervera

Although this is nothing new - the classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" has a whole scene during the end credits of Principal Rooney getting picked up by a school bus, and then at the very end, Ferris himself tells the audience, "You're still here? It's over. Go home."

I have less disdain than I used to for people who leave as soon the credit's start rolling - something about having kids being watched by a babysitter paid by the hour will do that to you. But when I went to see LOTR: The Return of the King (for the third time) there was a guy who immediately jumped up to "beat the crowd" at what looked like the end of the film, i.e. the crowning of Aragorn. I rather enjoyed watching him standing at the side of the theater waiting to get through all the other endings.


This is well worth considering. Thanks.

Matt Guerino

I'm not sure I buy the hostess analogy - someone inviting me into their house and laboring to give me hospitality is most certainly worthy of gratitude, to the point where failing to give it would be rude and innappropriate. Watching movie credits at a theater isn't exactly apples-to-apples.

Do we thank the chef after a good restaurant meal? Do we read the whole depth chart in the football game program to give appropriate credit to the practice-squad players who labored to get the starters game-ready for our entertainment? More to the point, is it rude or an affront not to do these things? I paid my $8.50 to see the film.

Not trying to be a poop here! :) But if I can leave the restaurant without knowing the chef's name, and leave the stadium without knowing the 4th-string linebacker's name, then I think I can leave the theater without knowing the Key Grip's name.

Dan Gill

To leave someone's home without thanking the host is rude. To leave a theater without watching the credits is not rude. Who is being slighted or harmed? Is there someone tallying up the number of people who stay? Is there a social need for me to know who the Key Grip and Best Boy are? Will their feelings be hurt if only 2.6 million of the 60 million who see the movie watch the credits?


I dont know about the hostess analogy, but my friends and I always stay till the end of the credits if we like the movie, soft of as a tradition. For us its about savoring every last bit.

I feel kind of bad jumping up the second the action is over and crowding out of the theater. Kind of like I am putting on a display of the consumerism and the "whats next" and the short attention span of our culture.

By the way another good movie to stay all the way to the end for are any of the Pirates of the Caribbeans, if you liked those movies. They all offer a tidbit at the end that either gets you excited for more or completes the story.

I agree the lemony snicket credits were great.


I always stay just to appreciate the music, see interesting names, miss the crowd, and see the little surprises they put in.

I like the creativity in opening credits. The animated 101 Dalmations is highly entertaining. The old comedy It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world has all the credits at the beginning and they're hilarous.

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