What defines a "movie"?

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  1. Siddartha_Gau

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    I had been thinking about this for some time, but what defines a "movie"? Does it have to be at least 90 minutes? Does it had to have a high budget? Does it need an ending? Finally, what makes a movie different from a TV show, even though both are motion pictures mediums?
     
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    60 mins plus. I think. Also, having been shown in a theater can't hurt. [​IMG]
     
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    Nudity. [​IMG]
     
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    Technically, a movie is a video. The term "movie" comes from "moving pictures."

    To me, there is a difference between a "movie" and a "film." A "film" is made with care to the artistic integrity and is taken seriously as a form of expression. A "movie" is a quick cash-in on a franchise or a teen movie. There are some things that are in between, but generally a theatrical presentation can fit into one of those two categories.

    To me, a movie/film should be a good length, usually around 80+ minutes. If it's less, it's ok.
     
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    The difference between a movie and a TV show is obviously that a TV show has an episode every week(ish) and a movie is usually a one shot deal with a self contained beginning, middle and end. There are after all TV movies.
     
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    Chad's definition seems to be the most all-encompassing to me, too.
     
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    75 minutes minimum.
    It better have either a three-act story or a very good reason why not. (i.e. Fantasia)
    Created with some small semblance of professionalism.
    No Freddie Prinze Jr.
     
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    All "new world" films are movies and all "old world" movies are films. That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.
     
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    Used to be, the only ads in the movies were for other movies.

    Now, they are almost as bad as TV
     
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    Steven,

    That would be one of the exceptions, which is why I said "usually."
     

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