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Bloated movies — Running times have stretched from an average of 90 minutes in the 1930s to 121 minutes today

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Here’s the short of it: A Few Good Men (138 minutes) is the latest of a literally growing group of really long movies. In Fact, a little investigation proves that running times for feature films have stretched from an average of 90 minutes of 90 minutes in the 1930s to 121 minutes today, as indicated by the chart below. Why are films getting longer though attention spans are shrinking? Several reasons: the disappearance of the double feature, the rise of television, Hollywood’s blockbuster mentality, and more recently, director’s clout. Though not everybody has the patience for, say, Edgar Reitz’ current Zweite Heimat (running time: 26 hours), moviegoers don’t seem to be rebelling. So does the future hold even longer films? Only time will tell.

RUNNING TIMES (In Minutes):

1932
In the era of Frankenstein, average film lengths was 90 minutes.

1952
When High Noon was king, films averaged 109.

1972
Films like The Godfather pushed the average to 113.

1992
A Few Good Men helps raise the current average to 121 minutes.

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