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The Movies (PC DVD)

by Activision
Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
 Ages 12 and Over
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Become a Movie Mogul of Legend Design your own studio and run it from the early days of cinema through present day and beyond
  • Make your own movies Make movies that appeal to the masses in Story Mode or in Sandbox Mode you can jump into any era and create your dream movie
  • Control the destiny of your cast and crew fire and hire them and turn unknowns into movie stars
  • Play it again and again - Over 30 hours of continuous gameplay and limitless options
  • Show the world your talents Post your short movies to the Web for all to see or e-mail them to friends.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0000A1P9X
  • Release Date: 11 Nov 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,968 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Most people will have dreamed of being a movie star at some point in their lives but the number that have actually dreamed of being an actual movie mogul--in charge of a whole studio--are probably rather smaller, if only because it's difficult to imagine just how much money and power that would bring. The Movies though asks you to play just that role as you try to build up your business empire from scratch as well as lending a hand in the actual creation of your films.

The Movies is the latest massively ambitious simulation from Peter Molyneux (maker of classics such as Populous and Black & White) and can be seen as logical progression from his Theme Park/Hospital series of games.

Unlike these games though the actual micro management of your studio--building lots, picking stars and handling unions--isn't necessarily the most interesting part of the game, engrossing though it can be. Instead actually making your movies becomes the most fun part, for although you can just specify a genre, cast and budget you can also paste together films yourself, scene by scene.

For each scene you can choose the actors, sets, costumes and script and then alter the mood and flow of the scene through a number of slider bars. This allows you to create a completely unique movie of your own, which you can even export from the game and show to other people. You probably won't be worrying Steven Spielberg, but other lesser directors--they better watch out! -- David Jenkins

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Most people will have dreamed of being a movie star at some point in their lives but the number that have actually dreamed of being an actual movie mogul--in charge of a whole studio--are probably rather smaller, if only because its difficult to imagine just how much money and power that would bring. The Movies though asks you to play just that role as you try to build up your business empire from scratch as well as lending a hand in the actual creation of your films. The Movies is the latest massively ambitious simulation from Peter Molyneux (maker of classics such as Populous and Black & White) and can be seen as logical progression from his Theme Park/Hospital series of games. Unlike these games though the actual micro management of your studio--building lots, picking stars and handling unions--isnt necessarily the most interesting part of the game, engrossing though it can be. Instead actually making your movies becomes the most fun part, for although you can just specify a genre, cast and budget you can also paste together films yourself, scene by scene. For each scene you can choose the actors, sets, costumes and script and then alter the mood and flow of the scene through a number of slider bars. This allows you to create a completely unique movie of your own, which you can even export from the game and show to other people. You probably wont be worrying Steven Spielberg, but other lesser directors--they better watch out! -- David Jenkins

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All The Fun of The Pictures! 18 Nov 2005
I can't get enough of this game - "The Movies" is a truly excellent game. The premise is very simple - you build up your own film studio from scratch. Hire and Fire the staff, Make the Stars and Shoot the Movies! A great aspect of the game is how it moves through the ages. You begin the game at the dawn of the movie industry with only one set, a tiny crew and a handful of stars - the films are silent movies and in black and white. As the years go by, technology improves and so do your movies. This is a really great feature because you see how movies developed over the years, and the game is actually very accurate at showing a sort of history of cinema. You have problems to deal with - like stars getting addicted to alchohol (Sending them to Rehab is VERY funny.
A smoothly run studio lot produces better films - keepn the crews, stars and directors moods high and they produce better work to make a better movie, which will in turn make more money. There is even an Award Cermony that takes place with the best studio's awarded for thier good work. The graphics in the game are amazing - really bright, colourful and vivid and watching back the movies your studio made is always alot of fun. The game isn't a system hog either - it will run well and some of the more modest styems out there. I play on an Intel Celeron 2.8GHZ with 1.25GB RAM and a GeForce 6600GT - the game runs at a perfect 60fps most of the time with drops in speed only a couple times.
This is a really great, fun game with so much to offer. You can even make your own films with the powerful Movie Maker, without worrying about running a studio. Movies you make can be uploaded to the website and shared with others. "The Movies" is a totally slick product from Lionhead, and if you love to watch films or just want a great new Business Sim, you'll find it in "The Movies".
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie Making Game 28 Dec 2005
I have to say, i bought The Movies, and initially i wasn't too impressed. It began with the basic "Theme Park" type building, which is good, don't get me wrong, but i was after a movie making game. My initial views, however, were far far from correct...
After you've played the game for a while, you get the option to make your own scripts for movies. This is by far, the best function in the game. It sounds restrictive when written about, as you have to pick a scene such as "Shoot Gun 1", and then you add which actor you want. However, the seemingly restrictive scences, allow you far more freedom then you would think. There are options to change almost everything. You can change the time of day, weather, actor, actor's clothes (you can even dress them as aliens, monsters and even a giant chicken!). The advanced movie making tools are fantastic in short, and with the option to subtitle the movies afterwards, you can have hours of entertainment!
You can also upload your movies online, and download or view other people's movies, which is a nice feature.
All in all, its a great game, and its clear a lot of thought has been put into it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top stuff! a must-buy for PC gamers 24 Nov 2005
I really don't approve of all these folk who write 5 star reviews of a game that they haven't even played. It totally skews the average and they don't have the experience to know what they're talking about, no matter how much they have researched it.
I however, HAVE played the game and can safely give it 5 stars.
Pre-release, I was little confused and intrigued as to how you would be able to create such different and personal scenes and movies. Essentially, most of the work is done in the "script" phase, where you basically decide where, who, and how things happen - There are preset animations for every scene - e.g. "Two people enter the room, shivering", or "Three people are having an argument" etc. The possible roles are represented by wooden mannequins - to assign an actor to that role, you simply drag them onto the relevant mannequin, and then they will act it out when it comes to shooting.
If this sounds restrictive, be assured that there are dozens and dozens of these preset animations - enough to create a truly unique and atmosheric film every time.
The best way to think of it is not "I must make a film around these animations" but rather "I'll think of a film how I want it, and see how I can use these tools to make it look good".
You really get the chance to be infinitely creative with this game, and soon you will be spending all day at work considering your next big blockbuster!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By NeuroSplicer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
During these months of boycotting most new PC games releases (for harboring vicious DRM schemes and Limited installations), I found the time to replay a number of older games that truly are much better in many ways. Most importantly, innovation.

THE MOVIES is a cross-genre hybrid, beautifully combining a SIMS game with a business-RTS one and a highly creative movie suit. Not only do you get to step into the shoes of a Hollywood mogul, but you get a shot in "realizing" that film you always had in you.

The game starts with the design and building of your Studio (using up the allocated funds), complete with Script stables, Sound stages, Production offices and (ahemm...) casting-couches? (no...strangely THAT part of Hollywood was not included). Casting is prety straight forward, plucking some lucky characters from the waiting line and turning them into stars. Or script writers. Or directors. Or janitors. Yes, life is a bitch.

What I liked about this game was its historic accuracy, simplified efficiency and clear-cut design. Not only are most stages in making a movie readily available and the means to achieve this evolve as time progresses, but everything has a familiar feel and self-evident practicality as well.

Stars throwing tantrums and directors relaxing too much with the sauce; aging stars in need for nip/tacks - and always keeping an eye out for whoever has the bigger trailer!

What I loved about this game was the opportunity to plan out the script in a detailed story-board and then shoot my own movies. The bad news is that if your visions are long and complicated your studio will be... bankrupt in no time, as it will release fewer and more expensive movies. But that is besides the point, is it not?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as it looked.
This game needs a lot of work and research to get working since the flash player it use's is no longer available.
Published 16 days ago by shaun
4.0 out of 5 stars Reliving the days
I used to play this game alot... years ago and after it found a way back into my mind I ended up buying it again... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game.
Despite being older and needed to be configured to play on newer systems (Vista/W7) it is a great and addicting game. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood here I come
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Published 12 months ago by mule4468
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game
Good game,good for people who aren't really 'gamers' The only games i really play is this and the sims, and things like rollercoaster tycoon
Published on 29 Jun 2011 by AmyMichelle
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most terrifying survival horror games of all time
When I walked into my local game shop and noticed a battered tome in the PC section, I was immediately bewildered. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2011 by O. W. Moorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Rarety in this type of game
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Published on 11 Nov 2008 by Mr. M. Wray
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
This is a game of two halves, but unfortuantely I'm not sure which is worse. I really, really wanted to like this game, but the more I played, the more disappointed I was. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2008 by Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars Be a movie maker the hard way
The Movies is a fun game for everyone not just film fans.. In the movies you are the CEO of a brand new movie makeing stuido in 1920 and have to gide it through the evevelosen of... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2008 by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie management game? No thanks. An excellent and cheap movie maker...
First thing to make clear here - this is basically two games in one:

Firstly: A management sim in the same vein as Theme Park or Theme Hospital. Read more
Published on 20 July 2007 by S. Larner
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