WDTPRS POLL: Movie credits

Given that during the summer many new movies are released, and given that these releases are often on Friday, here is a WDTPRS POLL about your movie viewing habits.

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At a movie in a theater, do you stay for the credits?

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  1. weneleh says:

    I get a kick out of seeing who the caterer is. And the costume designer. Most of the time I’m curious where they filmed it.

  2. pfreddys says:

    You have to stay; otherwise how will you know who the Key Grip was?!?!?

  3. Sword40 says:

    I haven’t been to a movie in 15 years and prior to that it was 20 years. Guess you could say that I’m not a movie fan.

  4. Titus says:

    Always, unless the movie was really abominable.

  5. APX says:

    When I do get the odd chance to go to a movie, I leave ASAP so I can beat the parking lot rush.

  6. I like names. There’s a lot of other things of interest, like the song titles and who that one actor was and so forth, but mostly I just like to see all the neato names people have. It did come in kinda useful when I visited Hollywood, because I went to this industry thing and recognized a lot of people’s names and (vaguely) what they’d worked on (in TV, which used to have visible credits). But mostly I just like names. And nicknames, too.

  7. Schiavona says:

    Not really. If the movie is any good, it lingers in my mind for a while, and reading the credits would break dramatic illusion, sort of like reading an afterword right after finishing a good novel.

  8. Sacristymaiden says:

    Heck, we usually let the traffic jams wend their merry way and listen to the music –that is, if the music is decent; if not, we endeavor to shut it out.

  9. sejoga says:

    Technically I lied, because I usually don’t stay for the credits, but that’s only because typically the people I’m with won’t stay with me.

    But I would always prefer to watch the entire credits sequence, which I actually DO do when I’m watching them on DVD.

  10. ndmom says:

    For a number of years, I convinced my boys to stay for the credits in hopes of seeing something else like this (from the VeggieTales movie “Jonah”):

    This is the song that runs under the credits
    These are the credits, so this is where it goes
    Has nothing to do with the movie so we’ll say
    Hey! Hey! Hey hey hey hey hey hey

    I devoutly pray that I didn’t implant this song into anyone’s head, but it was the first thing I thought of when I saw this post. Mea culpa.

    There once was a song, that ran under the credits
    That went with the movie, but this is not that song
    Has nothing to do with the movie so we’ll say
    Hey! Hey! Hey hey hey hey hey hey

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the song under the credits,
    Had something to do with the movie you just saw
    But that’s not the case so for now we’ll have to say
    Hey! Hey! Hey hey hey hey hey hey

    There should be a rule that the song under the credits
    Remotely pertains to the movie’s basic plot
    That rule has not been made so for now we’ll have to say
    Hey! Hey! Hey hey hey hey hey hey cont…

  11. AnAmericanMother says:

    If you don’t stay for Monty Python credits, you miss an awful lot.

  12. HyacinthClare says:

    Suburbanbanshee, you make me feel not alone! That’s why I do it too… I love the funny names. My husband and I even watch the credits on movies we are watching at HOME, on DVDs! The wretched “songs” after some really good movies make earplugs handy, but at home there’s always the mute button.

  13. My wife always stays until the bitter end of the credits. I almost always go to movies with my wife. Therefore, etc.

    As several people above have mentioned, it’s great fun to pretend great interest in who is credited with the critical accounting, catering and key grip functions. I love turning to the wife, saying: “So, it was ol’ Bob what did the dolly gripping! Thought so – I’d recognize his work anywhere!”

  14. TheRani says:

    I’ll stay if I think there’s another scene, or if I happen to be enjoying the song, or if I’m trying to find out the title and artist of a song that played in the movie, or which actor played a particular character, but otherwise, I generally head for the restroom at that point.

  15. I only stay for the credits if I like the music playing over them.

  16. benedetta says:

    Always stay for the credits! There’s a hard and fast rule for you. Always.

  17. Craig says:

    I always stay through credits.

    I usually do a bit of research before going to a movie, so I’m ‘usually’ happy with the results. Staying through the credits allows me some time to reflect on the deeper meanings of the film (if they exist). Occasionally, I’ll be treated to wonderful music and that helps with the reflection.

    Practically every movie I attend has at least ONE element that intrigues me enough to watch the credits closely; a location, a song, an actor, etc.

    The clip after the credits is becoming a bit cliche however. Not sure if it’s gotten any better than Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

  18. Kerry says:

    “…a movie in a theater.” What is that?

  19. Dr. Eric says:

    What’s a grip?

    I like to watch the credits of old movies to see if actors who became famous later had bit parts in them.

    Jennifer Aniston was in “The Leprechaun” for example.

  20. Grips are sort of deck hands on movie sets. They set stuff up, move stuff around:

    Key Grip: head grip;
    Dolly Grip: in charge of rolling the camera cranes and dollies around;
    Best Boy Grip: right hand man to the Key Grip;
    Gang Grip: people who get bossed around by the grips above, and do the actual work of setting stuff up and moving it around.

    I really like how none of the names sound anything like their jobs.

  21. bernadette says:

    If it was a sad movie and I am weeping, then I will stay through the credits.

  22. eiggam says:

    Sometimes the credits have outtakes/bloopers that are enjoyable or a final word.

    Also, what happened to credits on TV shows? They may be included if you watch old shows on cable.

  23. my kidz mom says:

    Stay…some credits are quite cleverly done (e.g., Disney’s “UP”).

  24. Jayna says:

    I stay sometimes. I’m going to the midnight showing of Deathly Hallows next week, so I’ll definitely be staying for those. Probably weeping like someone killed my pet.

  25. wmeyer says:

    I always stay. I have friends in the industry, and it’s always nice to see their names turn up on a good film.

  26. Peggy R says:

    I definitely like to check names on animated films we take the kids too and on old films on DVD where we’re sure we’ve seen so-and-so in something later in life. Pixar always has something fun at the credits. Do stay for “Super 8” credits. The whole theater (ok, not quit full) was about to go out. We were close to our seats and sat back down…the rest of the folks stood for the full credits…

  27. irishgirl says:

    I always stay for the credits! Especially if I like the background music.
    I’m also curious about where the locations shots were done, and try and find out who was who in the cast listings.
    Watching the end credits is a gimme!

  28. Charles E Flynn says:

    Now that I know how difficult the work of the focus puller is, it would be rude not to find out who it was.

    If I had not stayed for the credits of “Midnight in Paris” today, I would have thought that Kate Moss rather than Léa Seydoux played the role of Gabrielle.

  29. AlexandraNW says:

    You forgot to add the option “I never go to movies.” The few I can tolerate from a language and cultural standpoint are way, way TOO LOUD and the lights and noise give me a headache.

    That said, I have reason to know about grips and what they do. Their work is often very tedious but sometimes requires tremendous courage and physical agility. The jeans and tool belts and rough language can disguise considerable artistic and engineering skills. Directors of photography have their preferred crews who know their style and can rig a set without guidance.

  30. SK Bill says:

    Definitely stay for the credits in Super 8 — best part of the movie!

  31. marajoy says:

    not cuz they “get my attention”…but, once in a while, a movie ends, and you just don’t want to move.

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