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01 "What movies has X appeared in/directed/written etc.?"




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This article is from the rec.arts.movies.current-films FAQ, by Evelyn C. Leeper evelynleeper@geocities.com with numerous contributions by others.

01 "What movies has X appeared in/directed/written etc.?"

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) can answer a huge range of movie
related questions, so it's always worth checking out before posting to
the groups. The IMDb has over 1,000,000 filmography entries for more
than 75,000 movies. It includes filmographies for actors, directors,
writers, composers, cinematographers, editors, production designers,
costume designers and producers; plot summaries; character names; movie
ratings; year of release; running times; movie trivia; quotes; goofs;
soundtracks; personal trivia; alternative names; certificates; color
information; country of production; genres; production companies; sound
mix; reference literature; filming locations; sequel/remake
information; release dates; advertising tag lines; detailed technical
data; box office grosses, language and Academy Award information. Many
thousands of movies are covered completely from the major actors to the
minor bit players.

The IMDb FAQ contains full details and is posted weekly to the many of
the groups, alternatively copies can be obtained by anonymous ftp to
rtfm.mit.edu under /pub/usenet-by-group/news.answers/movies/movie-database-faq
or send e-mail to <mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu> with:

send usenet-by-group/news.answers/movies/movie-database-faq

in the body of the message. Here's a quick summary of how to access the
database:

(a) Web access:

http://us.imdb.com/ (USA)
http://uk.imdb.com/ (UK)

(b) To use the e-mail interface, send a message with the subject:

HELP

to <mail-server@imdb.com> and the movie mail-server will respond with
a copy of the help file.

(c) For local interactive access to the database, the FTP site
uiarchive.cso.uiuc.edu has software for several operating systems:

Unix in /pub/info/imdb/tools/moviedb-3.2f.tar.gz
MS-DOS in /pub/info/imdb/tools/msdos/cb153.arj
Amiga in /pub/info/imdb/tools/MovieMUI3_2.lha

 

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