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Martin Scorsese's new film, Silence, currently clocks in at 195 minutes

08.22.2016

Back in the days when houses cost a nickel, soda fountains were a thing and cigarettes were a valid currency, it wasn’t uncommon for the top-earning movies to be epic-dramas with what seemed like 48-hour runtimes. GONE WITH THE WIND, BEN-HUR, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS are all sweeping classics that raked in the big bucks, and require you to call in a sick day in order to watch. Now, the only movies that run near three hours that audiences want to watch usually have to involve smashing robots, caped crusaders and/or CGI goblins.

But now it appears we may get a movie that will remind us of those films from ages past, thanks to the master himself, Martin Scorsese. Variety’s Kris Tapley took to Twitter to reveal just how long Scorsese’s new drama, SILENCE, actually is—and it puts BATMAN V. SUPERMAN to shame:

That’s a long movie. I don’t think many people can go that long without a few robots punching each other. The studio releasing the movie, Paramount, probably thinks the same thing, because although they want the movie to come out later this year the flick doesn’t have a solidified release date. IMDB currently has the movie listed for December 22, but that’s only in Australia. If there is a slight delay in the movie's release it may be because of the runtime, which Paramount is probably hoping they can get cut down before it comes out. Scorsese said earlier this month that the film will finish scoring in October and the release “depends on Paramount,” according to Showbiz 411.

This wouldn’t be surprising, as many directors like Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino often end up making obscenely long movies only to have them cut down for theatrical release. But SILENCE, which follows two Jesuit Catholic priests traveling in Japan who face persecution as they spread the word of God, sounds like a movie that should be three hours long. The movie has been a passion project of Scorsese’s for years, so if it needs to be over three hours, let it be over three f@cking hours. And if there’s anyone who can make audiences park their asses in an uncomfortable movie theater chair for that long, it’s Scorsese (see the 179-minute WOLF OF WALL STREET). Hell, make it four hours. That’s just another 45 minutes of what I can assume is pure amazingness.

SILENCE starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver doesn't have a firm release date, but Paramount will most likely try to have it out later this year.

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Extra Tidbit: Would you watch the 195 cut of Scorsese's latest?
Source: TwitterShowbiz 411

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10:31PM on 08/22/2016
Release the 195 minute cut as a limited release in the last week of December. That gives the fans a chance to see it in its entirety and be up for award considerations. Then mid January, release a shorter cut in wide release for the general audiences
Release the 195 minute cut as a limited release in the last week of December. That gives the fans a chance to see it in its entirety and be up for award considerations. Then mid January, release a shorter cut in wide release for the general audiences
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7:07PM on 08/22/2016
I like the quote from Ebert. "No good movie can be too long, and no bad movie can be too short." Seeing as how I sat through the extended director's cut of Gods and Generals for the first time this weekend, which was 270 minutes, 195 really doesn't seem bad.
I like the quote from Ebert. "No good movie can be too long, and no bad movie can be too short." Seeing as how I sat through the extended director's cut of Gods and Generals for the first time this weekend, which was 270 minutes, 195 really doesn't seem bad.
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9:38PM on 08/22/2016
Is that cut worth watching?? I've never seen that film but I've wanted to.
Is that cut worth watching?? I've never seen that film but I've wanted to.
11:35PM on 08/22/2016
I liked it more than I thought I would. I think a couple subplots could have been dropped to reduce the run time and not mess up the flow of the movie. But I haven't seen the theatrical cut, so I can't compare it to that version. I'd recommend it depending on your tolerance for long films, especially if you're a bit of a history buff.
I liked it more than I thought I would. I think a couple subplots could have been dropped to reduce the run time and not mess up the flow of the movie. But I haven't seen the theatrical cut, so I can't compare it to that version. I'd recommend it depending on your tolerance for long films, especially if you're a bit of a history buff.
7:05PM on 08/22/2016
If its all compelling then I'm all for it. An awesome movie can make the running time go by (like Interstellar) or it can drag (Dawn of Justice), so we'll see.
If its all compelling then I'm all for it. An awesome movie can make the running time go by (like Interstellar) or it can drag (Dawn of Justice), so we'll see.
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6:22PM on 08/22/2016

Liam Neeson

i sure would love it if Liam Neeson won an oscar for this...he deserves a good role .
i sure would love it if Liam Neeson won an oscar for this...he deserves a good role .
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5:44PM on 08/22/2016
While watching a Scorsese film I never want it to end anyways, so I'm all for this! Scorsese knows how to use every second of a film to the best effect. The man is a natural storyteller.
While watching a Scorsese film I never want it to end anyways, so I'm all for this! Scorsese knows how to use every second of a film to the best effect. The man is a natural storyteller.
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2:26PM on 08/22/2016
I haven't bitched about a films running time since I was 5. Bring it on Scorsese!
I haven't bitched about a films running time since I was 5. Bring it on Scorsese!
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11:06AM on 08/22/2016
He is my all time number one director, let him make what he wants. Some directors should be given the freedom they deserve, such directors like Marty, Nolan, Spielberg are examples of these directors.
He is my all time number one director, let him make what he wants. Some directors should be given the freedom they deserve, such directors like Marty, Nolan, Spielberg are examples of these directors.
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10:54AM on 08/22/2016

Too long

I'm a Scorsese fan, but.. this is too long even for me. Redbox for sure.
I'm a Scorsese fan, but.. this is too long even for me. Redbox for sure.
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10:30AM on 08/22/2016

Zzzzzzzzzzzz

Really Scorsese? Just make the Irishman already and not this crap fest.
Really Scorsese? Just make the Irishman already and not this crap fest.
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9:27AM on 08/22/2016
Either the movie will work, or it will not. The running time is a non-factor.

The running time is ALWAYS a non-factor.
Either the movie will work, or it will not. The running time is a non-factor.

The running time is ALWAYS a non-factor.
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10:56AM on 08/22/2016
Whut? Running time is all too often THE factor in the make/break of a film. Example: The Wolf of Wall Street, a good movie with so much unnecessary fat, which could've been a fantastic movie if trimmed down to, say, 140-ish min. In fact, I'd say at least 40 to 50% of all movies could be (substantially) improved if cut down by 10/20/30+ minutes.
Whut? Running time is all too often THE factor in the make/break of a film. Example: The Wolf of Wall Street, a good movie with so much unnecessary fat, which could've been a fantastic movie if trimmed down to, say, 140-ish min. In fact, I'd say at least 40 to 50% of all movies could be (substantially) improved if cut down by 10/20/30+ minutes.
11:00AM on 08/22/2016
off topic, but Kill Billionair - asking because of your avatar - whats your thoughts on the Preacher series adaptation? Don't recall you commenting on any of the weekly reviews, but maybe I missed it...
off topic, but Kill Billionair - asking because of your avatar - whats your thoughts on the Preacher series adaptation? Don't recall you commenting on any of the weekly reviews, but maybe I missed it...
12:00PM on 08/22/2016
Haha that was just a Halloween outfit, I'm not religious by any means. Neither were the girls who felt compelled to confess their darkest sins on my lap. ;P I haven't started on Preacher yet, so I can't comment.
Haha that was just a Halloween outfit, I'm not religious by any means. Neither were the girls who felt compelled to confess their darkest sins on my lap. ;P I haven't started on Preacher yet, so I can't comment.
4:59PM on 08/22/2016
But some movies can be vastly improved by an extended cut, some average movies can become really good and, paradoxically less boring with those,and some very good can become masterpieces...
But some movies can be vastly improved by an extended cut, some average movies can become really good and, paradoxically less boring with those,and some very good can become masterpieces...
12:57PM on 08/23/2016
Absolutely, it works both ways. I haven't seen the BvS theatrical cut but I really enjoyed the UC. Coincidentally this was also the case with Watchmen. Hated it in the theater, loved the DC.
Absolutely, it works both ways. I haven't seen the BvS theatrical cut but I really enjoyed the UC. Coincidentally this was also the case with Watchmen. Hated it in the theater, loved the DC.
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9:20AM on 08/22/2016
“We’re going to get this done in three hours – or as Martin Scorsese calls it, act one.” - Tina Fey at the Golden Globes.
“We’re going to get this done in three hours – or as Martin Scorsese calls it, act one.” - Tina Fey at the Golden Globes.
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