How to Cite a Movie in Writing

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How to Cite a Movie in Writing
Even movies need to be cited as sources in your paper to avoid plagiarism. (interest image by Petro Feketa from Fotolia.com)

By the time you reach college, you are probably aware that you must cite sources of information when writing a paper. However, you may not be aware that in addition to print sources, such as books and newspapers, you also need to cite non-print sources, including motion pictures. The correct format for citing a movie will differ depending on which style you are using to format your paper.

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Instructions

    Citing a Movie in MLA Format

  1. 1

    List the full title of the movie in italics, followed by a period.

  2. 2

    Write "Dir" followed by a period. Then list the director's first and last name, followed by a period.

    For example: Dir. John Smith.

  3. 3

    List the name of main performers if it is relevant. First write "Perf" followed by a period. Then write out the first and last names of relevant performers. If listing more than two performers, separate the names of all but the last two performers with commas. Place the word "and" between the last two performers listed. Follow this information with a period.

    For example: Perf: Jane Jones.

    Perf. Jane Jones and John Jones.

    Perf. Jane Smith, John Smith, Jane Jones and John Jones.

  4. 4

    Write the name of the film studio or distributor, followed by a comma.

    For example: Universal Studios,

  5. 5

    List the year the film was released, followed by a period.

    For example: 2010.

  6. 6

    List the medium of publication, followed by a period. If the film has not yet been released on video, the medium of publication should appear as follows: Film.

    If the film has been released on DVD or VHS, the medium of publication should appear as such.

    For example: DVD.

    VHS.

    Citing a Movie in APA Format

  1. 1

    Write the last name of the producer followed by a comma, followed by the first initial of the producer's first name and a period. Then write "Producer" in parentheses, followed by a comma and an ampersand. List the last name of the director followed by a comma, then the first initial of the director's first name, followed by a period. In parentheses, write "Director". Follow this information with a period that falls outside of the parentheses.

    For example: Jones, A. (Producer), & Smith, B. (Director).

    If the producer or director have middle initials, include them after the first initials, followed by a period.

    For example: Jones, A. A. (Producer), & Smith, B. B. (Director).

  2. 2

    List the year the film was released enclosed in parentheses and followed by a period.

    For example: (2010).

  3. 3

    List the title of the film in italics. Only capitalise the first letter of the first word of the title.

    For example: A midsummer night's dream.

    If the movie has a subtitle, also capitalise the first letter of the subtitle after the colon.

    For example: Pearl Harbor: A day which will live in infamy

    **Note: The title should be italicised, and you do not need to put a period after the title of the movie.

  4. 4

    List the type of source in brackets, followed by a period. When citing a movie, the type of source should appear as follows: [Motion Picture].

  5. 5

    List the country of origin, followed by a colon. Then list the name of the studio or distributor, followed by a period. Cite this information if a movie is widely available.

    For example: United States: Universal Studios.

    If a movie has limited availability, instead include parenthetical information about the address of the distributor. For example:

    (Available from Sculpture Pictures, 654 Main Road, Hampden, ME 04467)

    Citing a Movie in Chicago/Turabian Format

  1. 1

    Write the name of the film in italics, followed by a period. For example: A Midsummer Night's Dream.

    **Note: The title of the film should be italicised.

  2. 2

    List the medium of publication, followed by a period.

    For instance: DVD.

    Videocassette.

  3. 3

    Write "Directed by" and then the first and last name of the director, followed by a period.

    For example: Directed by Kevin Smith.

  4. 4

    Write the year the film was released in theatres, followed by a semicolon.

    For example: 2009;

  5. 5

    List the city of publication, followed by a comma, followed by the abbreviation for the state. Follow this information with a colon.

    For example: San Francisco, CA:

  6. 6

    List the name of the studio or distributor, followed by a comma.

    For example: Universal Studios,

  7. 7

    List the year the film was released on DVD or videocassette, followed by a period.

    For example: 2010.

    Citing a Movie in AMA Format

  1. 1

    List the last name of the director, followed by the director's first initial, followed by a period.

    For example: Smith K.

  2. 2

    Write the title of the film in italics, followed by the medium of publication, which should appear in brackets. Follow this information with a period.

    For example: Chasing Amy [DVD].

    **Note: The title of the film should italicized.

  3. 3

    List the film's country of origin, followed by a colon.

    For example: United States:

  4. 4

    List the name of the studio or distributor, followed by a semicolon.

    For example: Universal Studios;

  5. 5

    List the year the film was released on DVD or videocassette, followed by a period.

    For example: 2010.

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