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Great movies under 90 minutes running length

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Stevan Lay, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. Stevan Lay

    Stevan Lay Well-Known Member

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    It seems like a rarity these days that a story can be told in under one and a half hours and an apparent school of thought that in order to captivate and enthrall the audience, film-makers/studios need to design a film that is over 120 minutes long.

    So which (considered) great movies are there that has a running time length that is less than 90 minutes?

    And what is the qualification for a featured film as oppose to short films?
     
  2. Peter Apruzzese

    Peter Apruzzese Well-Known Member

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    I've always considered 60 minutes and above to be a feature.

    Some great sub-90 minute films:

    The Killing

    Paths of Glory

    Dr. Strangelove

    Frankenstein

    The Bride of Frankenstein

    The Kid (Chaplin)

    The Circus

    City Lights

    Duck Soup

    Horsefeathers

    Many, many more...
     
  3. Stevan Lay

    Stevan Lay Well-Known Member

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    Not that I'm knocking the older great movies but are there anything of recent years?
    Just thought of one: Run Lola Run
     
  4. Joseph Byrne

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    The Lady from Shanghai (87 min)
     
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    Richard Kim Well-Known Member

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    Not mentioned yet:

    Nothing Sacred

    Cause for Alarm

    Zelig

    Rope

    The Lavender Hill Mob

    Bananas

    The Purple Rose of Cairo

    Trouble in Paradise

    The Mouse that Roared

    Blackmail

    Buck Privates

    High Noon

    Take the Money and Run

    The 39 Steps

    Play It Again, Sam

    Scrooge

    Modern Times

    Mr. Hulot's Holiday

    Sleeper

    A Hard Day's Night

    Airplane!

    Duel

    Sorry, Wrong Number

    Road to Utopia

    The Big Heat

    Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

    and tons of Disney classics

    Dumbo

    Cinderella

    Sleeping Beauty

    Lady & the Tramp

    Peter Pan

    The Jungle Book

    101 Dalmatians

    Toy Story

    Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs

    The Little Mermaid

    Old Yeller

    Lilo & Stitch

    Pinocchio

    The Lion King
     
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    The Unknown (60)
     
  8. Ray H

    Ray H Well-Known Member

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    While not a classic, I was watching the animated Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas earlier today. It's a good movie and clocks in at about 87 minutes.
     
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    Alan Erceg Well-Known Member

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    Half Baked!! [​IMG]
    I think that clocked in at about an hour and twelve minutes...
     
  10. MartinTeller

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    Comedies generally tend to be 90 minutes or less. Many great Bergman films are in the neighborhood of 90 minutes. Rashomon is 88.
     
  11. Mathieu

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    Wong Kar Wai is a renowned director who generally makes his films +/- 90 minutes in length (while taking up to 2 years to make and edit them).

    Check out: In the Mood for Love, Ashes of Time, Chungking Express, Fallen Angels, Days of Being Wild.
     
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    You'll also find a lot of animated features that are under 90 minutes, partially because it is more expensive to animate longer films, and partially the kiddie audience most of these are directed to have a short attention span.

    "Totoro" is a fine example, at 86 minutes.

    Jason
     
  13. Sean Cauley

    Sean Cauley Well-Known Member

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    Rushmore runs about 90 minutes, for an example of a recent, highly-regarded film.
     
  14. Bill Huelbig

    Bill Huelbig Well-Known Member

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    MARTY (1955) is 91 minutes, but it's so great we can let it slide in under the wire. I believe it's the shortest Best Picture Oscar winner, as well as one of the lowest-budgeted ones. More proof that money can't always buy quality.

    --Bill
     
  15. Brian Thibodeau

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    Hell, just about EVERYTHING out of Hong Kong clocks in at 90 minutes or so. Maximum entertainment value, minimum slow spots. These things MOVE, whether they're action films, comedies, love stories, etc.

    One thing I've always loved about HK action films from the 70's onward is the fact that when the villain gets his comeuppance, the credits roll. And they roll quick. No post-climax wrap-up. No repetitive explanations of everything you just saw. No treacly wrap-up of the romantic subplot (if anything, the girl and the hero are often DEAD by the end of the film). The villain's dead. The hero's (sometimes) dead. Time to go home.
     
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    There's tons of great movies that clock in around 90 minutes--give or take a minute or two. My most recent favorite is Chicken Run.
     
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    The Limey - 89 Mins.
     
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    Orange County (82m)
     
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    Run Lola Run 80min
     
  20. Chris Lynch

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    I believe Phone Booth clocks in around 80 Minutes. Yeah, it's Schumaker, but I thought it was pretty good.
     

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