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The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
The IMDb logo.
IMDb screenshot.png
IMDb homepage from October 20, 2009
URL IMDB.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Online movie, TV, and video game database
Registration Optional
Available language(s) English, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese
Owner Amazon.com
Created by Col Needham
Launched October 17, 1990
Alexa rank 40[1]
Current status Active
.The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information related to movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, video games, and most recently, fictional characters featured in visual entertainment media.^ DVD 3419 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database .
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^ DVD 5822 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database .
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^ DVD 7281 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database .
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.IMDb launched on October 17, 1990, and in 1998 was acquired by Amazon.com.^ IMDb.com is an Amazon.com company.
  • Rich Media Designer/Developer , The Internet Movie Database - JobsTAXI. Taking you to the jobs you want. 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC jobstaxi.com [Source type: General]

^ Amazon.com Amazon.ca Amazon.co.uk Amazon.de Amazon.fr DVD VHS CD All DVD VHS CD All DVD VHS CD All DVD VHS CD All DVD VHS CD All IMDb > Shichinin no samurai (1954) .

^ News from HollywoodNorthReport.com Smallville: Metallo- October 3 Joker Films Acquires Stefaniuk's Suck See more » .
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Contents

History

History before website

.The IMDb originated from two lists started as independent projects in early 1989 by participants in the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.movies.^ The IMDb started as a hobby project by an international group of movie fans ( see history ), essentially something by movie fans for movie fans.
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In each case, a single maintainer recorded items emailed by newsgroup readers, and posted updated versions of his list from time to time. .The founding ideas of the database began with a posting titled "Those Eyes", on the subject of actresses with beautiful eyes.^ The comments found on that page are posted by our users and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Internet Movie Database or its staff.
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.Hank Driskill began to collect a list of attractive actresses and what movies they had appeared in, and as the size of the repeated posting grew far beyond a normal newsgroup article, it soon became known simply as "THE LIST". (The first code to manage this list was a Perl program written by Randal L. Schwartz to "invert the list", organizing the list by movies instead of actresses.^ Underrated Films of the 2000s Hollywood.com offers us a list of movies they felt were better than people gave them credit for.
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^ That's why sometimes movie stars or important characters may appear towards the bottom of the listing instead of the top.
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^ Why it is that, occasionally, well-known actors have significant roles in movies but are not listed in the credits?
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[2]
.The other project, started by Chuck Musciano, was briefly called the "Movie Ratings List" and soon became the "Movie Ratings Report". Musciano simply asked readers to rate movies on a scale of one to ten, and reported on the votes.^ Among other things, the guidelines contained in an 87-page report called for CBS News personnel to wait until all polls in a state close before they forecast voting results.
  • News from Studio Briefing - Film News 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC us.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ In fact, two of those variations will actually be broadcast, one taking into account the votes of viewers in the East and Midwest, the other, votes in the West.
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^ So there’s this movie you’ve never heard of… it’s called One Week and it stars Joshua Jackson.
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.He soon began posting "ballots" with lists of movies for people to rate, so his list also grew quickly.^ This includes people involved in the production of a movie and their friends or fans trying to unduly raise the rating of a movie far above that of where the typical IMDb users would rate it.
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^ Occasionally we receive mail from people who seem to assume that some favorite movie has been victimized by the weighted ratings whereas this is not the case.
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^ Underrated Films of the 2000s Hollywood.com offers us a list of movies they felt were better than people gave them credit for.
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.In 1990, Col Needham collated the two lists and produced a "Combined LIST & Movie Ratings Report".[3] (His first posting of the database scripts is not available.^ For example if someone has 2 credits as director, 5 credits as cinematographer and 1 as producer, his/her listing will display the cinematographer credits first, then the directing credits and finally the producing one.
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^ The comments found on that page are posted by our users and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Internet Movie Database or its staff.
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^ Search the movie script database by title or author Advanced Script Search Featured Links .
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) .Needham soon started a (male) "Actors List", while Dave Knight began a "Directors List", and Andy Krieg took over THE LIST, which would later be renamed as the "Actress List". Both this and the Actors List had been restricted to people who were still alive and working, but retired people began to be added, and Needham also started what was then (but did not remain) a separate "Dead Actors/Actresses List". The goal now was to make the lists as inclusive as the maintainers could manage.^ TV-specials (like the Academy Awards ceremony broadcast), making-of featurettes etc are now listed in a separate section called "Himself" or "Herself", depending on the person's gender.
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^ If you've ever had questions about a movie regarding plot, characters, actors, actresses, directors, writers, or anything else, this is the home page for you!
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^ Several actors and actresses began their careers by appearing in series such as these, for example, Meg Ryan played Betsy Montgomery in "As the World Turns".
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.In late 1990, the lists included almost 10,000 movies and television series.^ This year's list of 57 movies watched included some old classic movies, and might give hope to those who lament those films being forgotten...

^ Please be aware that list only includes theatrical features: shorts, TV movies, miniseries and documentaries are not included in the Top 250 chart.
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^ Overrated Top 10 Grossing Movies of 2006 A listing of the top 10 grossing movies as named by IMDB, the earth's biggest movie database.

.On October 17, 1990, Needham posted a collection of Unix shell scripts which could be used to search the four lists, and the database that would become the IMDb was born.^ Search the movie script database by title or author Advanced Script Search Featured Links .
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^ I have thought about how useful an on-line movie database would be for several years but this is better than anything I thought of.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC us.imdb.org [Source type: General]

^ Overrated Top 10 Grossing Movies of 2006 A listing of the top 10 grossing movies as named by IMDB, the earth's biggest movie database.

At the time, it was known as the "rec.arts.movies movie database".

On the web

.By 1992, the database had been expanded to include additional categories of filmmakers and other demographic material, as well as trivia, biographies, and plot summaries; the movie ratings had been properly integrated with the list data; and a centralized email interface for querying the database had been created.^ If you provide additional information for your data that supports the view that it's eligible for inclusion in the Internet Movie Database, your chances of getting the info quickly into the database are much better.
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^ Internet Movie Database entry for Erin Moran Erin Moran biography page photo of Erin Moran in 1997 .
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^ The Internet Movie Database is a teriffic example of how to do a good human interface.
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.Later in the year, it moved onto the World Wide Web (a network in its infancy back then) under the name of Cardiff Internet Movie Database.^ [Internet Movie Database] 121 min.
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^ Internet Movie Database ] 81 min.
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^ Check it out at the Internet Movie Database .
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The database resided on the servers of the computer science department of Cardiff University in the UK. Rob Hartill was the original web interface author. .In 1994, the email interface was revised to accept the submission of all information, meaning that people no longer had to email the specific list maintainer with their updates.^ Certain very famous people will have no Roman numeral at all (though the less famous people also having their name still will), such as Mel Gibson and Mel Gibson (II) .
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^ Our servers are constantly updated with information with all current and upcoming movie releases.
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^ Due to the high volume of submissions, only properly formatted data submitted through our submissions interface can be accepted.
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.However, the structure remained that information received on a single film was divided among multiple section managers, the sections being defined and determined by categories of film personnel and the individual filmographies contained therein.^ The film is divided into two sections.
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^ Whenever available, detailed information about the various versions of a film is listed in the Alternative Versions section of the database.
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^ This information is held in the biography section which is accessed by clicking the link labelled "Agent" under the "Biographical" heading on their filmography page (on the leftmost column of the page).
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.Its management also continued to be in the hands of a small contingent of underpaid or volunteer "section managers" who were receiving ever-growing quantities of information on films from around the world and across time from contributors of widely varying levels of expertise and informational resources.^ Whenever available, detailed information about the various versions of a film is listed in the Alternative Versions section of the database.
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^ The program is built around the on-camera reminiscences of two performers who appeared in Micheaux films: Bee Freeman, and Lorenzo Tucker.
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^ Robert L. Richardson, The World Wide Web.guide filled with all the information you'd ever want--and a whole lot you'd never want--to know about motion pictures.
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.Despite the annual claims of Needham, in a year-end report newsletter to the Top fifty contributors, that "fewer holes" must now remain for the coming year, the amount of information still missing from the database was vastly underestimated.^ Now the squad must scramble to find a new routine to compete in this year's competition.
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^ The information in the Internet Movie Database comes from various sources.
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^ In fact, about 70% of our staff is dedicated to processing the massive amounts of information we receive and add to the database every week.
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.Over the next few years, the database was run on a network of mirrors across the world with donated bandwidth.^ There are several TV-series which have been running for many years, for example "As the World Turns" started in 1956 and "The Doctors" in 1963.
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As an independent company

In 1995, it became obvious to the principal site managers that the project had become too large to maintain merely through donations and in their spare time. .The decision was made to become a commercial venture and in 1996, IMDb was incorporated in the United Kingdom, becoming the Internet Movie Database Ltd, with Col Needham the primary owner as well as identified figurehead.^ [Internet Movie Database] 121 min.
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^ Internet Movie Database ] 81 min.
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^ Using the Internet Movie Database is free for non-commercial use.
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.The section managers were offered "shares" in the company in exchange for the amount of work-time they put in, and sometimes for monetary donations by them.^ Sometimes they work, right?
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.A couple of these went to work full time for salary, which Needham had already been drawing.^ But her real full-time job is looking after her mother who has worked as a street prostitute for 20 years.
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.General revenue for site operations was generated through advertising, licensing and partnerships.^ The site is supported by revenues from our advertisers.
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.This state of affairs continued until 1998. The database was growing every day, and it was again reaching a critical point in terms of quantity of data versus number of personnel, and the need for more full-time managers, who would of course want to be paid.^ Moore, who apparently is better known in Europe than one would imagine, See more » .
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^ "I'm not shopping tonight because I support the shopping cause every day—really, I do," said the Preen-clad Fabiola Beracasa yesterday as we were sitting in See more » .
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^ To reveal anything more would be a disservice to anyone who hasn't seen this touchingly heartfelt film.
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Most revenues were being spent on equipment. The system was also suffering noticeable slowdowns both in accessing the site and in having new data posted. .Offers were solicited from academic institutions but they were not interested; private enterprises with interests in the entertainment industry were also solicited, and from some of these offers were forthcoming to purchase IMDb.^ IMDbPro offers the latest entertainment industry news from the Hollywood Reporter.
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.However, the shareholders were unwilling to sell if it could not be guaranteed that the information would be accessible to the internet community for free.^ However Darcy's and Stan's love is so intense, they could imagine to have a baby, but this would mean to give up their college carriers.

None of this activity was made known to the several hundred volunteers who were contributing the vast majority of information now incoming to IMDb.

As a subsidiary company

A screenshot of IMDbPro in June 2008
.In 1998, Jeff Bezos, founder, owner and CEO of Amazon.com, struck a deal with Col Needham and other principal shareholders to buy IMDb outright and attach it to Amazon as a subsidiary, private company.^ We do not attempt to accurately catalog books and other merchandise, but rely on Amazon.com's search function.
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^ As a member of the Amazon.com family of companies, we now use their Strategic Growth department as our recruiting arm.
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^ This step is necessary to ensure that a valid email address is provided and to verify that the person registering for IMDb.com is the actual owner of that email address.
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[4] .This gave IMDb the ability to pay the shareholders salaries for their work, while Amazon.com would be able to use the IMDb as an advertising resource for selling DVDs and videotapes.^ IMDb.com uses cookies to identify registered users.
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^ While there is an Amazon.com box for every title, only those entries that display links for DVD, VHS, or CD are known to have products for sale at Amazon.com.
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^ If you would like to support our efforts, we ask that you visit our advertisers by clicking on their banners at the top of our pages, and when you're in the market for books, videos, music, or any of the other products sold by Amazon.com, you'll use our links to visit them and shop for those items.
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Volunteer contributors were not advised in advance of even the possibility of IMDb—and their contributions along with it—being sold to a private business, which created some initial discord and defection of regulars.
IMDb continued to expand its functionality. .In 2002 it added a subscription service known as IMDbPro aimed at entertainment professionals.^ If you work in the entertainment industry, you can probably find even more useful information at IMDbPro.com , an expanded version of the Internet Movie Database offering additional features specifically aimed towards film industry professionals.
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.It provides a variety of services including production and box office details, as well as a company directory.^ Weekly box-office grosses for the US and UK are provided by AC Nielsen EDI and Exhibitor Relations and are available on our Charts page.
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^ Focus is on the movies that were made and production companies that produced them, including the Lincoln Motion Picture Company of Los Angeles, Micheaux Pictures Corporation and the Norman Film Manufacturing Company.
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^ After weeks upon weeks of violent fare dominating the movie scene, most box office watchers -- myself included -- expected a See more » .
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.Most information contained in the IMDb database proper continues to come from volunteer researchers.^ Many thanks to the Internet Movie Database at www.imdb.com for research.

^ When 50 of the shaken survivors refused to continue the hazardous duty without proper training and equipment, the most explosive military trail in the nation's history began...
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^ Other data comes from various sources, including IMDb staff research and user submissions.
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.As an additional incentive for users, as of 2003, if users are identified as being one of "the top 100 contributors" in terms of amounts of hard data submitted, they receive complimentary free access to IMDbPro for the following calendar year; for 2006 this was increased to the top 150 contributors, and for 2007 to the top 175. This incentive however is for overall contribution—not contribution on a nation by nation basis.^ Top 100 The IMDB Top 100 Films - #6 Casablanca The users at IMDB have marked Casablanca as the sixth best film ever made.

^ If you have submitted one or more new entries to the IMDb and they still haven't shown up in the database after several weeks then the reason for this is likely to be one of the following: The mail server has rejected your data.
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^ Roger Ebert The IMDB Top 100 Films - #9 Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa's epic masterpiece is the ninth best film according the users of IMDB. By The Unemployed Writer   |  Published 2/24/2007 More topics: Kurosawa .

[5] .In 2008 IMDb launched their first official foreign language version with the German IMDb.de.^ With the launch of D 9 's viral-y official site , a clutch of fans rejoiced with the confirmation the project is a feature version of Blomkamp's short film, Alive in Joburg .
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TV episodes

.On January 26, 2006, "Full Episode Support" came online, allowing the database to support separate cast and crew listings for each episode of every TV series.^ The 1973 Superman feature was a compilation film edited out of old episodes of the TV series "Adventures of Superman" (1952-1957) , starring George Reeves.
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^ Most recently, she appeared on a February 1, 2000 episode of the PAX tv-series Chicken Soup for the Soul.
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^ Also in 1999, he appeared on 2 episodes of the syndicated tv series called, "The Crow - Stairway to Heaven" where he played the role of Dr. John Dorsett.
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This was described by Col Needham as "the largest change we've ever made to our data model"[citation needed], and increased the number of titles in the database from 485,000 to nearly 755,000.
.At present, the database entries for TV series are in a state of flux, as listings are migrated from series titles to individual episodes.^ Sesame Street (USA 19-- Present) TV series with continuing vampire character, Count von Count .
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^ Adventures of the Quest: Visiting the Vampire (Australia 2000) episode of tv series .
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^ The Vampire Princess Miyu ( Japan 1997-98) vampire TV series 10 episodes VO .
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.The maintainers anticipated "a couple of months for data to settle down and bugs to be ironed out", but inaccuracies were still present one year later.^ Special DVD features: Cast and crew 40 years later; short film: "Portrait of Abbey"; extensive liner notes with original stills from the film; cast and crew biographies.
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^ Her husband, like his brothers, works in Tunis eleven months of the year and returns to the island for only one.
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^ He soon learns down the road that he isn't alone, one woman and a Maori trucker are still there.
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Characters filmography

On October 2, 2007 the characters filmography feature was launched. .The feature is similar to the existing title, name and company feature, except now users can see by whom a certain character was played and can read a biography about the character and memorable quotes from them.^ Due to space limitations, only one user comment can be featured on a film's main title page.
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^ The Internet Movie Database provides the "User Comments" feature as a forum where users can freely express their opinions about films.
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^ Familiar faces, unknown names: features the character actors -- those supporting players that we recognize but never know who they are.
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.All data in the characters filmography is submitted by regular users and is largely not verified by the IMDb staff, in contrast to most other data submitted to the site, which is first verified and might be rejected by the staff.^ If you have submitted one or more new entries to the IMDb and they still haven't shown up in the database after several weeks then the reason for this is likely to be one of the following: The mail server has rejected your data.
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^ Other data comes from various sources, including IMDb staff research and user submissions.
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^ This is a software-dictated function which applies to all filmographies in the IMDb and cannot be changed.
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This lack of oversight is acceptable, however, because very little new data is sent in; the majority of submissions consist of existing data being connected together.[6]

Instant viewing

.On September 15, 2008, a feature was added that enables instant viewing of over 6,000 movies and television shows from CBS, Sony and a number of independent film makers, with direct links from their profiles.^ Othello For various film versions of Othello featuring white actors in blackface, see Shakespeare videography Show Boat (1936) Directed by James Whale.
  • The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: African Americans: Videotapes in the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

^ Turkish Cinema Feature Films 2008 Features 20 Turkish feature film trailers produced in 2008 to present an overview of the genre.
  • Middle Eastern/North African Cinema: Media Resources Center UCB 17 September 2009 22:27 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

^ Whereas you could always watch movie trailers on IMDB, now you can actually watch full episodes of recently aired television shows and even full-length movies.

[7] .Due to licensing restrictions this feature is only available to viewers in the United States.^ Due to space limitations, only one user comment can be featured on a film's main title page.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Lucas comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States and as a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower.
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[8]

Ancillary features

User ratings of films

IMDb top 250 films, plotted by year and the sum of the ratings for movies from that year.
.As one adjunct to data, the IMDb offers a rating scale that allows users to rate films by choosing one of ten categories in the range 1–10, with each user able to submit one rating.^ User comments and ratings 10.1.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Top 100 The IMDB Top 100 Films - #6 Casablanca The users at IMDB have marked Casablanca as the sixth best film ever made.

^ If you have submitted one or more new entries to the IMDb and they still haven't shown up in the database after several weeks then the reason for this is likely to be one of the following: The mail server has rejected your data.
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.The points of reference given to users of these categories are the descriptions "1 (awful)" and "10 (excellent)"; and these are the only descriptions of categories.^ As a result, some of these titles contain words or expressions that some of our users may find inappropriate and some movies themselves may also fall into this category.
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^ Issue 10, p108, 1/3p UC users only Prime, Rebecca.
  • Middle Eastern/North African Cinema: Media Resources Center UCB 17 September 2009 22:27 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

.Due to the minimum category being scored one, the mid-point of the range of scores is 5.5, rather than 5.0 as might intuitively be expected given a maximum score of ten.^ Early worm gets the bird : Three little "Black Birds" are sent to bed by "Mammy Black Bird," but one wants to get the worm early and gets more than he expected.
  • The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: African Americans: Videotapes in the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

This rating system has also recently been implemented for television programming on an episode-by-episode basis.
In adopting this method, IMDb is following its widespread usage; the method is the same as rating in the range of a half star to five stars. The simplicity of this method makes it popular, but in terms of psychometric, statistical and other criteria, the method suffers shortcomings.

Filters and weights

.IMDb indicates that submitted ratings are filtered and weighted in various ways in order to produce a weighted mean that is displayed for each film, series, and so on.^ This means that you can sometimes get information which at first glance seems to indicate that a particular performer appeared in a TV-series before they were even born.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ As indicated at the IMDb Top 250 Films page, only votes from frequent IMDb voters are considered when creating the top 250 out of the full voting database.
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^ The vote average for film "X" should be Y! Why are you displaying another rating?
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.It states that filters are used to avoid ballot stuffing; the method is not described in detail to avoid attempts to circumvent it.^ In order to avoid leaving the scheme open to abuse, we do not disclose the exact methods used.
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.In fact it sometimes produces an extreme difference between the weighted average and the arithmetic mean.^ This explains any difference between the vote averages reported in the top 250 and those on the individual movie pages.
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For example, Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience is considered to be the worst film with a weighted average of 1.3 as of March 2009, but has a rather ordinary arithmetic mean of 4.4.[9][10]

Ranking

.The IMDb Top 250 is intended to be a listing of the top 'rated' 250 films, based on ratings by the registered users of the website using the methods described.^ IMDb.com uses cookies to identify registered users.
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^ Top 100 The IMDB Top 100 Films - #6 Casablanca The users at IMDB have marked Casablanca as the sixth best film ever made.

^ So why does it continually battle The Godfather for the top spot on the IMDB 250 list?

[11] .Only non-documentary theatrical releases running at least forty-five minutes with over 3000 ratings are considered; all other products are ineligible.^ In other words, as soon as the film is completed or released, the post-production attribute will disappear and won't be displayed next to the title anymore.
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^ As with all films in the Internet Movie Database, the year listed in a movie title is the year of release, not of production.
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^ In other words, the European VHS tape or DVD of a 100-minutes theatrical release will only be 96 minutes long.
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[12] .Also, the 'top 250' rating is based on only the ratings of "regular voters". The exact number of votes a registered user would have to make to be considered to be a user who votes regularly has been kept secret.^ Cinema Journal - 39, Number 2, Winter 2000 UC users only "Blacula."
  • The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: African Americans: Videotapes in the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

^ Engaged to be married, the widowed man has kept Mohammad a secret from his fiancee, certain the boy'sdisability will destroy his only chance for happiness.
  • Middle Eastern/North African Cinema: Media Resources Center UCB 17 September 2009 22:27 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

^ To maintain the effectiveness of the top 250 list, we deliberately do not disclose the criteria used for a person to be counted as a frequent voter.
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.IMDb has stated that to maintain the effectiveness of the top 250 list they "deliberately do not disclose the criteria used for a person to be counted as a regular voter".^ To maintain the effectiveness of the top 250 list, we deliberately do not disclose the criteria used for a person to be counted as a frequent voter.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ As indicated at the IMDb Top 250 Films page, only votes from frequent IMDb voters are considered when creating the top 250 out of the full voting database.
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^ The user votes average on film X is 9.4, so it should appear in your top 250 films listing, yet it doesn't.
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[13] .In addition to other weightings, the top 250 films are also based on a weighted rating formula referred to in actuarial science as a credibility formula.^ As indicated at the IMDb Top 250 Films page, only votes from frequent IMDb voters are considered when creating the top 250 out of the full voting database.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ The user votes average on film X is 9.4, so it should appear in your top 250 films listing, yet it doesn't.
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[14] .This label arises because a statistic is taken to be more credible the greater the number of individual pieces of information; in this case from eligible users who submit ratings.^ The objective of the scheme is to present a more representative rating which is immune from abuse by subsets of individuals who have combined together with the aim of influencing (either up or down) the ratings of specific movies.
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^ Occasionally we receive mail from people who seem to assume that some favorite movie has been victimized by the weighted ratings whereas this is not the case.
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IMDb uses the following formula to calculate the weighted rating:
W = {Rv + Cm\over v+m}\
where:
W\ = Weighted Rating
R\ = average for the movie as a number from 0 to 10 (mean) = (Rating)
v\ = number of votes for the movie = (votes)
m\ = minimum votes required to be listed in the Top 250 (currently 3000)
C\ = the mean vote across the whole report (currently 6.9)
An extended listing of the Top 500 - following the same formula - is available to IMDbPro subscribers.
.The IMDb also has a Bottom 100 feature which is assembled through a similar process although only 1500 votes must be received to qualify for the list.^ We also have a very comprehensive index with an alphabetical list of the most popular features available at IMDb.com.
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^ As indicated at the IMDb Top 250 Films page, only votes from frequent IMDb voters are considered when creating the top 250 out of the full voting database.
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^ I know for a fact that there is only one John Smith registered with the Screen Actors Guild, so all the other ones listed in the database must be wrong.
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[15]
.The top 250 list comprises a wide strata of films, including major releases, cult films, independent films, critically acclaimed films, silent films and non-English language films.^ Likewise, it's easier and quicker for our staff to process and verify data for a major release than for a more obscure film.
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^ Please note that even on non-english language movies, the english-language title is displayed in search result pages and on the film's title page (under the heading 'Also Known As', after the cast/crew listing).
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^ Searching for 'Guerre Stellari' on akas.imdb.com will return the page for Star Wars (1977) and all known non-english language titles for the films will be listed on its page.
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Criticisms of IMDb ranking

The validity of the Top 250 has come under scrutiny. The skepticism includes accusations of ballot-box stuffing or voting ambiguity.[16]
Soon after its release, WALL-E garnered high ratings from users, eventually pushing it to #6 on the list. .Soon afterwards, WALL-E's message board became filled with posts from users urging others to vote it a "1", after which its rating dropped significantly.^ In other words, as soon as the film is completed or released, the post-production attribute will disappear and won't be displayed next to the title anymore.
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^ You can also try posting your question in one of our online message boards .
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^ Moreover, user ratings do not appear until a minimum amount of votes has been collected.
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[17]
Another example occurred in July 2008 when The Dark Knight temporarily took the number one spot away from The Godfather. .CNET's Harrison Hoffman theorized that the hype surrounding the movie outweighed clear thinking, and noted that the number of "10" votes for the film corresponded with a large number of "1" votes that suddenly appeared in The Godfather's voting bin (that knocked that movie down to #3 at the time) were the markings of a "drastic shift" that "hardly seems the work of a wise crowd."^ Samurai The IMDB Top 100 Films - #10 The Empire Strikes Back The second Star Wars film is regarded as the greatest by the users at IMDB, rating as the number 10 film of all time.

^ I think it just comes down to the fact that I have been inspired by absolutely nothing in the movie business lately.
  • Craig's MovieBlog 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.craigbe.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But the film is bathed in calm, clear light and filled with ebullient colors, and it ends on a note of optimism and triumph that feels inevitable, not dragged in or merely crowd-pleasing.
  • Salem State College - Language Resource Center 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lrc.salemstate.edu [Source type: General]

A "mob mentality", he maintains, can "greatly skew a product of its collective wisdom."[18]

Plot-related features and spoiler warnings

.IMDb main pages for each film include one or more of the sections titled Plot outline, Plot synopsis, and Plot keywords, and separate pages for Plot summary and Plot synopsis.^ Due to space limitations, only one user comment can be featured on a film's main title page.
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^ Just go to the film's page in the IMDb and in the column on the left, under the "Other Info" heading, look for a link that says "Box Office & Business".
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^ And if you are not sure of what you are looking for and simply want to browse listings of film titles and other film-related information, our Section Browsers page is a good place to start.
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.The Plot synopsis pages are accessed through links that notify the reader a spoiler may be included.^ This information is held in the biography section which is accessed by clicking the link labelled "Agent" under the "Biographical" heading on their filmography page (on the leftmost column of the page).
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[19]
.The plot outline is a short summary of the premise with a general overview, usually not including details that may be considered to be spoilers.^ For example, a link under 'Release Dates' may be active because we have release date information for a film, while the link under 'Plot Summary' may be grayed out because we do not have a plot summary for it yet.
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.The plot outline is presented on the main page for the film if short enough, and if it extends beyond a couple of lines includes a "more" link that opens to the Plot summary page for the film.^ Due to space limitations, only one user comment can be featured on a film's main title page.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ When a job opportunity opens up, it is listed in their job openings section , and we link to it from our job openings page .
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Just go to the film's page in the IMDb and in the column on the left, under the "Other Info" heading, look for a link that says "Box Office & Business".
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

.On the Plot summary page, IMDb includes the full text of the plot outline, along with the first few lines of the plot synopsis, followed by a link to a further more detailed page, with the link text written as "more (warning!^ We make these links available in the "buy related" boxes on our movie and people pages, plus in our IMDb Recommends section.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ If you have more details re: the missing information and wish to update the page with new data, we'll be happy to add it.
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^ As indicated at the IMDb Top 250 Films page, only votes from frequent IMDb voters are considered when creating the top 250 out of the full voting database.
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contains spoilers)"
.[20]
.The plot synopsis is a more complete summary of the plot that can be edited by readers of IMDb, often including twists and turns that some readers may consider to be spoilers and may not want to know about if they have not yet seen the film.^ However, in their marketing of the film, they took out a print ad and filled with quotes about how great the movie is .
  • Craig's MovieBlog 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.craigbe.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This year's list of 57 movies watched included some old classic movies, and might give hope to those who lament those films being forgotten...

^ They also could have done some more thinking about who was giving the speeches to the various nominees.
  • Craig's MovieBlog 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.craigbe.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[21] .IMDb places the synopsis on a separate page, with a link on the film's main page using text that advises the reader as follows: "View full synopsis.^ Details on allowed use of IMDb data can be found in our Copyright page.
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^ Due to space limitations, only one user comment can be featured on a film's main title page.
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^ Just go to the film's page in the IMDb and in the column on the left, under the "Other Info" heading, look for a link that says "Box Office & Business".
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

(warning! may contain spoilers)"
. The separate Plot synopsis page includes the headline "Warning! This synopsis contains spoilers. See plot summary for non-spoiler summarized description."[22]
The IMDb User's Guide advises user contributors to avoid revealing spoilers outside of the synopsis section where they are covered by the spoiler warning in the page headline. .IMDb also provides a spoiler warning template for use when spoilers occur in an unexpected location, for example, according to their help page, when a synopsis includes a spoiler for a different movie.^ This includes people involved in the production of a movie and their friends or fans trying to unduly raise the rating of a movie far above that of where the typical IMDb users would rate it.
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^ To get you started, we have a 'How to link' page which explains how we prefer links to our home page to be worded, how to link to specific titles or people, how to link to specific information, how to include an IMDb search box on your site, a service that helps you build links to specific people and titles, and logos you can use.
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^ The IMDb contains over 300,000 different movie titles.
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[21] .In the IMDb Submission Guide for the "Trivia and Goofs" page section and for their message boards, the guide states that spoilers should be avoided in general in those sections, but that if a spoiler is included, it must be preceded by an announcement, such as using the word "SPOILER:" or their provided spoiler template.^ We make these links available in the "buy related" boxes on our movie and people pages, plus in our IMDb Recommends section.
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^ Your user comment guidelines state that users must not include 'spoilers' in comments.
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^ Other data comes from various sources, including IMDb staff research and user submissions.
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[23][24][25]
Plot keywords are keywords that contributors to the IMDb submit. These are keywords regarding objects and occurrences in each film on the IMDb.[26] .By adjusting one's preferences, users can have these keywords hidden if they have not rated the film.^ Due to space limitations, only one user comment can be featured on a film's main title page.
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^ They’ll adjust it, they’ll get their R-rating, but in the meantime, Bruno just got a TON of publicity on March 30th, almost 4 months before the film is released.
  • Craig's MovieBlog 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.craigbe.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Screenwriters The IMDB Top 100 Films - #7 Schindler's List The seventh most important film according to the IMDB users is Schindler's List, by far one of the best movies of the 1990s.

Otherwise, the keywords are revealed by hovering the mouse over the hidden text.

Message boards

.One of the most used features of the Internet Movie Database is the message boards that coincide with every title (excepting, as of 2009, TV episodes) and name entry, along with forty-seven main boards.^ Internet Movie Database entry for Jack Baker .
  • Happy Days: Where are they now? 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.sitcomsonline.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Check it out at the Internet Movie Database .
  • Salem State College - Language Resource Center 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lrc.salemstate.edu [Source type: General]

^ [Internet Movie Database] 7 min.
  • Scientists and Doctors in the Movies 17 September 2009 22:27 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

.This section is one of the more recent features of IMDb, having its beginnings in 2001. An interesting feature of message boards is that in order to be able to make a post, users must have bought something at least worth $1 on the parent company's website, Amazon.com, within a year.^ Why can't I add any guest appearance credits for actor X? Unfortunately we can't accept a guest appearance submission if the name of the actor is not already present in our records: to be eligible for acceptance to the guest appearance section, the person must have appeared in at least one feature film or tv series (as a full time cast member).
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ One of the boards, called I Need to Know , is the right place to post those trivia questions you don't know the answer to.
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^ We also have a very comprehensive index with an alphabetical list of the most popular features available at IMDb.com.
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.This is dubbed by IMDb owners as "additional authentication to use advanced features of imdb.com."^ Our automated server then sends to this address an activation email with a special link, which you need to use to activate your IMDb.com registration.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ We also have a very comprehensive index with an alphabetical list of the most popular features available at IMDb.com.
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^ The menu bar located at the top of every page at IMDb.com has links to our main site features.
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Alternatively, users can use a cell phone, or their credit card for the transaction. Many credit card vendors will have $1 debited from the credit card by IMDb/Amazon. .As the IMDb expires older posts from all message boards variably, it is difficult to precisely measure traffic according to individual board, but the Soapbox and the Sandbox and Oscar Buzz are amongst the highest traffic boards on IMDb.^ Moreover, if you access the site through our alternative server at akas.imdb.com , all known title variations are displayed and searched.
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^ You can also try posting your question in one of our online message boards .
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^ In that 2003 Oscar-winner, Arcand revisits the lovably loquacious characters from the first film, all of whom are older, wiser--and just as obsessed with sex.
  • Salem State College - Language Resource Center 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lrc.salemstate.edu [Source type: General]

The Sandbox, however, has dropped significantly in traffic since 2008.
.Both the Sandbox and the Soapbox are general purpose discussion boards, with the Sandbox intended for relatively civil discussions, while users can go for "their more heated discussions" to the Soapbox, though its contents are still subject to the site's Terms and Conditions regarding language and content.^ Our Blog   |   RSS/Widgets   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms of Use   |   Site Map   |   Copyright Infringement   |   Disclaimer © 2009 Associated Content, Inc.

.Dedicated boards for popular current films or TV shows, performers, and political figures may also have a high usage rate.^ When a popular black political figure calls a press conference, presumably to announce his presidential candidacy, he instead announces that he's opening a chain of fried chicken restaurants.
  • The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: African Americans: Videotapes in the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

^ For example, all performers in a reality TV series will show up in the "Himself" category, regardless of their actual character name or role.
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^ On some old or foreign films, only rental figures may be available instead of grosses, and viceversa.
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.These message boards have been known to have people who frequent them often enough to have created a community of their own, seemingly detached from the actual Database.^ As indicated at the IMDb Top 250 Films page, only votes from frequent IMDb voters are considered when creating the top 250 out of the full voting database.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Often mistakenly referred to as a biography of Louis, the film is actually the fictional story of aspiring boxer Joe Thomas, who hopes to make millions in the ring.
  • The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: African Americans: Videotapes in the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

^ The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions Now Playing Movie/TV News My Movies DVD/Video IMDbTV Message Boards Showtimes & Tickets IMDbPro IMDb Resume   Login .
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

.One can often find personal stories and anecdotes from board users, who may receive support from others - even in the rugged environs of the Soapbox.^ The story of what may be the last 48 hours in the lives of two Palestinian men who have been recruited as suicide bombers.
  • Middle Eastern/North African Cinema: Media Resources Center UCB 17 September 2009 22:27 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

^ Comedy concerning a white suburban bigoted insurance man who wakes up one morning to find he has turned into a black man.
  • The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: African Americans: Videotapes in the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

^ Often mistakenly referred to as a biography of Louis, the film is actually the fictional story of aspiring boxer Joe Thomas, who hopes to make millions in the ring.
  • The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: African Americans: Videotapes in the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

.[27] The Sandbox is a general purpose, anything-goes board designated for test messages and off-topic posts.^ You can also try posting your question in one of our online message boards .
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ By Watts Selnon   |  Published 7/11/2007 More topics: Message Boards .

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Content and format

Sources of data

.While IMDb has come to be recognized as the world's most comprehensive source of film data, many non-contributing users are unaware of the means by which information is added to the database.^ The information in the Internet Movie Database comes from various sources.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Why do updates to data or votes for smaller films take weeks while information and user comments for big films are added almost overnight?
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ We also have a very comprehensive index with an alphabetical list of the most popular features available at IMDb.com.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

.IMDb essentially accepts data submissions from any individual who acquires a login and submits information using the site's submission pages.^ Using IMDb data 6.1.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Submitting information to the IMDb .
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Using IMDb data .
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

.This information is then reviewed by an IMDb data manager, who decides whether or not 1.) to post the information on the website; 2.) to send the submitting party an email requesting further documentation or clarification; or 3.) to ignore or set the submission aside indefinitely.^ Submitting information to the IMDb .
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Submitting information to the IMDb 3.1.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Other data comes from various sources, including IMDb staff research and user submissions.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

.Although IMDb's data managers are presumably knowledgeable in at least some aspects of film history, they are not, per se, more knowledgeable about the information they are processing than those who have submitted it[citation needed] (and in many cases - particularly when dealing with more obscure areas - are almost certainly less knowledgeable).^ IMDb University) for more information.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Visit the Publicity Photo Services page for more information on what categories of photos we take and how you can submit them.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ This year's list of 57 movies watched included some old classic movies, and might give hope to those who lament those films being forgotten...

.IMDb's data managers rarely engage in primary research in the effort to verify submissions: the data managers' most common form of verification involves web-based resources, a serious limitation given the vast amount of information that has yet to be made available on the internet and given the high level of erroneous, questionable and poorly documented data that circulates there.^ Other data comes from various sources, including IMDb staff research and user submissions.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ The correct mail server keyword for such information is COMMENT. IMDb retains the right to reject any submission whose eligibility according to our rules is dubious or/and not verifiable.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Based on a true story, Robin Williams plays a research physician who uses an experimental drugo (Dopa) to "awaken" the catatonic victims of a rare disease.
  • Scientists and Doctors in the Movies 17 September 2009 22:27 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

.As a result, in recent years IMDb has essentially refused to accept new submissions for titles of a historical nature the existence of which cannot be easily verified through web-based channels, excluding thousands of lesser known features and shorts[citation needed].^ Special DVD features: Cast and crew 40 years later; short film: "Portrait of Abbey"; extensive liner notes with original stills from the film; cast and crew biographies.
  • The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: African Americans: Videotapes in the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

^ On-Base + Slugging Percentages For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA per team game played')"> OPS .
  • Don Newcombe Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.baseball-reference.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We process several thousands new names and titles every week so research time for each one is severly limited.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

.By the same token, since IMDb employs no formal method for determining the credentials of the individual submitting information, it is entirely possible for the site's managers 1.) to accept faulty information from a misinformed source, or 2.) to refuse well-documented information from a qualified researcher whose sources are not currently accessible via the internet.^ Submitting information to the IMDb 3.1.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Submitting information to the IMDb .
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ The Internet Movie Database is constantly updated so keep checking regularly as we may well uncover the information you are looking for at some point.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

.In a kind of methodological Catch-22, the surest way to ensure information is accepted by IMDb is to first make it available through other (often) less reliable and less rigorous web-based channels.^ We make these links available in the "buy related" boxes on our movie and people pages, plus in our IMDb Recommends section.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ If this is not the case, the only way to get them accepted is to research their past and submit any appearances in movies/tv first.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ The longer you go back in time, the less reliable the information becomes.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

.Given IMDb's long-range commitment to open and democratic data collection, over time it is more rather than less likely that correct, reliable data will prevail on the site and that dubious and erroneous data (of a non-malicious nature) will be discounted.^ If you have submitted one or more new entries to the IMDb and they still haven't shown up in the database after several weeks then the reason for this is likely to be one of the following: The mail server has rejected your data.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ The longer you go back in time, the less reliable the information becomes.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Famously 'banned' for more than a year by Iranian authorities, this taboo-breaking film is based on Manijeh Hekmat's long fieldwork, among women prisoners in Iran.
  • Middle Eastern/North African Cinema: Media Resources Center UCB 17 September 2009 22:27 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

There is little guarantee, however, that films of a historical nature not currently reflected in the database will find a means of admission given the site's current methodology.[citation needed]

Policy on Wikipedia as a source

The issues raised in the above section about IMDb are mirrored in its own policy toward Wikipedia. .IMDb will not accept Wikipedia articles as a source when users add material ("update" in IMDb's parlance) to one of its pages.^ If you have more details re: the missing information and wish to update the page with new data, we'll be happy to add it.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Other data comes from various sources, including IMDb staff research and user submissions.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Perhaps one of your fellow IMDb users can help.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

The site's official policy toward Wikipedia is as follows: [N]ote that user-maintained sites such as Wikipedia...are not considered suitable evidence.[29]. An attempt to cite a Wikipedia article in an attribution field will lead to the following warning being displayed:
The URL is for a site with dynamic user-created content without sufficient editorial control, and cannot be used to prove anything.

Data provided by subjects

In 2006, IMDb introduced its "Résumé subscription service", where actors and crew can post their own résumé and upload photos of themselves[30] for a yearly fee.[31] .IMDb résumé pages are kept separately from the regular entry about that person, but a regular entry is automatically created for each résumé subscriber who does not already have one.^ As indicated at the IMDb Top 250 Films page, only votes from frequent IMDb voters are considered when creating the top 250 out of the full voting database.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ This is an excellent entry into the world of Eric Rohmer for the New Wave neophyte and a refreshing, lighter outing for those who are already fans.
  • Salem State College - Language Resource Center 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lrc.salemstate.edu [Source type: General]

^ Guest roles can only be added to an already existing filmography, so the person must have at least one other non-guest credit.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

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Copyright issues

.All volunteers who contribute content to the database technically retain copyright to their contributions but the compilation of the content becomes the exclusive property of IMDb with the full right to copy, modify, and sublicense it.^ IMDb retains the right to change and adapt eligibility rules as circumstances require.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ As indicated at the IMDb Top 250 Films page, only votes from frequent IMDb voters are considered when creating the top 250 out of the full voting database.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Rapper DJay, who dreams of becoming the next big rap superstar, works all the angles to get his first record made.
  • The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: African Americans: Videotapes in the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

[33] .Credit is not given on specific title or filmography pages to the contributor(s) who have provided information (giving the impression that it is generally the work of Col Needham and his small staff of "data managers").^ Also note that only name filmography page are affected: credits on title pages are still displayed normally, in the proper order and without being broken down into separare categories.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ When checking credits on their filmography pages please make a note of the titles of all your valid credits, not their order number on the page: the position of credits on filmography pages may be subject to change, so we need the exact titles to positively identify the credits.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ To get you started, we have a 'How to link' page which explains how we prefer links to our home page to be worded, how to link to specific titles or people, how to link to specific information, how to include an IMDb search box on your site, a service that helps you build links to specific people and titles, and logos you can use.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

.Conversely, a credited text entry, such as a plot summary, may be "corrected" for content, grammar, sentence structure, perceived omission or error, by other contributors without having to add their names as co-authors.^ Certain very famous people will have no Roman numeral at all (though the less famous people also having their name still will), such as Mel Gibson and Mel Gibson (II) .
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Other credits include movies such as Say Yes (1986) and Logan's Run (1976).
  • Happy Days: Where are they now? 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.sitcomsonline.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For example, a link under 'Release Dates' may be active because we have release date information for a film, while the link under 'Plot Summary' may be grayed out because we do not have a plot summary for it yet.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

.Due to the process of having submitted data or text reviewed by a section manager, IMDb is different from database projects like Wikipedia or Openstreetmap, contributors cannot add, delete, or modify the data or text at their whim, and the manipulation of data is controlled by IMdb technology and salaried staff.^ If you have submitted one or more new entries to the IMDb and they still haven't shown up in the database after several weeks then the reason for this is likely to be one of the following: The mail server has rejected your data.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Likewise, it's easier and quicker for our staff to process and verify data for a major release than for a more obscure film.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Other data comes from various sources, including IMDb staff research and user submissions.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

[34] The advantage is, there is less incentive for vandals to attack the system, although incidents have been reported.
.A Wiki alternative to IMDb is omdb (Open Media Database) whose content is also contributed by users but licensed under CC-by and the GFDL.^ An company.  Advertise on IMDb.  License our content.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

.Since 2007, IMDb has been experimenting with wiki-programmed sections for complete film synopses, and FAQs about titles as determined by (and answered by) individual contributors.^ In other words, as soon as the film is completed or released, the post-production attribute will disappear and won't be displayed next to the title anymore.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Whenever available, detailed information about the various versions of a film is listed in the Alternative Versions section of the database.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Since the distinction is based on the type of title and not on the individual credit, a restricted number of appearances may show up in the wrong section.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

Data format and access

.For automated queries, most of the database can be downloaded as compressed plain text files and the information can be extracted using the tools provided, typically using a command line interface.^ Movie Review Query Engine Links to full-text reviews (via Internet Movie Database) .
  • The Movies, Race, and Ethnicity: African Americans: Videotapes in the Media Resources Center, UC Berkeley 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lib.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

^ DVD 98; Video Disc 127; VHS 999:94 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Movie Review Query Engine .
  • The Movies and Ethnic Representation: Native Americans 17 September 2009 22:27 UTC library.berkeley.edu [Source type: General]

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Foreign-language films

.Although the IMDb is written completely in English (but does have other versions in Brazilian Portuguese, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish), the IMDb used to list the titles of foreign-language films in their original country-of-origin language, Romanized if not originally in the Latin script.^ French-language feature films .
  • Salem State College - Language Resource Center 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lrc.salemstate.edu [Source type: General]

^ By default we use the original title (i.e.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Foreign language films .
  • Salem State College - Language Resource Center 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.lrc.salemstate.edu [Source type: General]

.Users in other countries must look at the AKA (Also Known As) list to find the title used in their country on the title's page, although a search by the AKA will find the film.^ In other words, as soon as the film is completed or released, the post-production attribute will disappear and won't be displayed next to the title anymore.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ The only practical solution is to list all films under their original title.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Moreover, if you access the site through our alternative server at akas.imdb.com , all known title variations are displayed and searched.
  • The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - Frequently Asked Questions 25 September 2009 1:26 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

See also

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