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Running times

  • The IMDb running times section records the duration in minutes of titles in the database. For theatrical releases the timing begins from the first distributor logo and ends at the last frame of the end credits. If there are any mid or post credits scenes, these should also be included in the running time. For TV-series we prefer to include the time without commercials, but we appreciate such timings are not always easily available so total running times may be submitted instead as long as the attribute (including commercials) is used.
  • The primary running time for a series should be the average running time of its episodes. The total running time of an entire series can also be added once the series has completed, but this must have the attribute (entire series).
  • Running times should be rounded to the nearest minute. For titles of less than one minute duration, the running time in seconds can be added as an attribute.
  • Only one running time is shown on a title's main IMDb page. This should be the running time of the title's original release in its country of origin. To identify this running time, we will use any item with a blank attribute, and a country field that is blank or matches the title's country of origin.
  • Please only submit running times for other countries or versions which differ from the default by at least 5% and when you know that specific cuts or changes have been made to the title. We find that differences of less than this are often timing errors or even rounding errors where local reviewers have rounded the true running time to the nearest 5 minutes. The assumption should be that, unless otherwise indicated, the running time for a title in any country is the same as the default running time. Also see the notes below on video timings before submitting any times taken from home video versions.
  • Important: The European (PAL/SECAM) TV/video running times may be shorter by about 4% due to the fact that film runs at 24 frames, but European video runs at 25 (North American NTSC video actually runs at 30, but the transfer takes the 24/30 difference into account). Please do not submit video running times for countries where this applies as it only creates confusion over whether a title has been censored/cut on video.
  • Silent movies may be shown at slightly different speeds because at that time there was no exact standard of speed (running times for silent films were usually given in feet, but we won't go into such details here), so different people might get different times.
  • The attribute field is used to provide additional information on a specific running time entry. The attributes need to be enclosed in ( ). For TV series the attribute field was formerly used to record variations in running times; this is now best done by applying any unusual running times to specific episodes. If a movie has been cut or censored then the (cut version) attribute should be used. Common examples include:
      (cut version)
      (including commercials)

  • A list of the attributes currently being used can be displayed by clicking on the gray list icon ( ) next to the attribute field.

Tracking your contribution

You can now track the status of your Running Times submission and if it has not been approved, we'll tell you the reason why.

If you are using the mobile apps, mobile website or desktop website you can access this feature via the 'Track your contribution' button, which has been added to the submission email receipt. Additionally, if you are using the desktop website, you can also use the 'Track Contribution' button now found in your contribution history page.

Clicking this button will take you to IMDb Contributor, our new contribution specific site where you will be shown the status of your request.

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