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Fiveyearlurker 05-08-2019 12:05 PM

What movie have you seen more times than any other human, living or dead?
 
OK, let's be honest. It's not going to be Godfather or Raging Bull. I get it. Those are great movies, and you've seen them many times. But, there is no way on Earth that you've seen them more times than anyone else. I thought about this, and I think there are two movies that I've seen more than anyone else, and they both fall into the same category: terrible movies that I loved as a child for no apparent reason. Only a child can watch a terrible movie over and over and over!

First. I'm reasonably certain that I saw Solarbabies more than any other person on Earth. It is, literally, at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, as you can see. It has a surprisingly decent cast. Now, it's true that I have not seen this movie in at least 30 years, but I'm fairly sure that I watched this scifi lacrosse movie well over 100 times, and I can't imagine even it's stars, Jason Patric or Jami Gertz could stomach watching it that many times. I loved this goddamn movie as a kid, and I can never watch it again because I assume that it would be absolutely terrible now that I'm an adult.

Second. Maybe less confident that I saw Ice Pirates more than any other person living (or dead). A scifi/comedy sort of Spaceballs but without any of the humor or charm, it comes in at a whopping 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. I can maybe imagine this having obtained some degree of campy cult status, but I've never heard anyone ever mention this movie that I watched daily for months when I was ten. Similar to above, I have not seen it since I was a kid, and I would prefer to keep it in my memory rather than watch it again and ruin that.

I genuinely believe that I have seen these movies more than any other person.

snfaulkner 05-08-2019 12:14 PM

The Hobbit from 1977. I had it on betamax and watched it pretty much every night when going to sleep. Wore the tape out and got a new one.

Kent Clark 05-08-2019 12:17 PM

I've seen The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T at least four times. Granted, it's a cult favorite, but it's simply not on very often, and I don't know if it's on DVD or even videotape.

lingyi 05-08-2019 12:20 PM

Hard to beat Howard Hughes:

"Another time, he became obsessed with the 1968 film Ice Station Zebra, and had it run on a continuous loop in his home. According to his aides, he watched it 150 times.[107][108] Feeling guilty about the commercial, critical, and literal toxicity of his film The Conqueror, he bought every copy of the film for $12 million, watching the film on repeat. Paramount Pictures acquired the rights of the film in 1979, 3 years after his death.[109]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Hughes

Rough Draft 05-08-2019 12:43 PM

When I graduated from college and got my own apartment and some disposable income, I tuned my TV to HBO and left it there as the default channel. For reasons I no longer recall, I must have watched Inside Moves a couple of dozen times. It was an obscure 1980 film about basketball, with David Morse and John Savage. I really don't recall the plot at all, but it was somehow entertaining at the time. I'm sure the vast majority of viewers never saw fit to watch it more than once.

furryman 05-08-2019 12:50 PM

I've seen Fantasia at least seven times.
I'm pretty sure I saw Running Man at least a dozen times.
I saw Fantastic Planet at least three times.
I saw Suburban Commando once.;)

Prof. Pepperwinkle 05-08-2019 01:11 PM

Sad to say, it's probably Roller Boogie. I've seen Fantasia maybe 30 times, but so have a lot of people.

Madame Pepperwinkle LOVED the movie when we were newlywed, and we must have seen it at least 10 times. It was on TV last year and I made her sit through it again. She found it as awful as I did the other 10 times.

ekedolphin 05-08-2019 01:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kunilou (Post 21631394)
I've seen The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T at least four times. Granted, it's a cult favorite, but it's simply not on very often, and I don't know if it's on DVD or even videotape.

Basement dungeon! Ev... ery... bo... dy... out...!

It is available on DVD, and I have it. Good film. Weird, of course, but good.

Myself, I'm a huge fan of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Typo Negative 05-08-2019 01:33 PM

I had a video cassette of Smoky and the Bandit and I watched it almost daily when I was in my mid-teens.

Shoeless 05-08-2019 01:57 PM

When my oldest grandson was a preschooler, I think we watched "Monsters Inc." every day for about two years straight.

With the current pre-K aged grandson, I've seen "WALL-E" and both Incredibles movies more times than I care to count.

Snowboarder Bo 05-08-2019 02:05 PM

I've seen Bob & Doug McKenzie's Strange Brew well over 300 times. Ditto for Heavy Metal and Spinal Tap.

I've seen Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part 1 well over 500 times.

Heck, I've watched Fury Road over 60 times already.

I've seen The Twonky 7 times, for obscure films.

Gordon Urquhart 05-08-2019 02:44 PM

I used to watch The Flamingo Kid (1984) at the beginning of every summer (I had a VHS copy and now I have a DVD); while I don't do that anymore, I'll probably watch it again soon. I've probably seen it 12-15 times.

I've probably seen Boogie Nights (1997) at least a dozen times, but it's not hard to imagine that other people have seen it more than that.

nightshadea 05-08-2019 02:53 PM

i watched the scifi comedy evolution 2 to 3 times a day for 5 years due to my disabled nephew love of the movie

my aunt could watch the entire jurassic park series all day every day if id let her....

Dropo 05-08-2019 03:20 PM

Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948) and Rancho Notorious (1952) the better part of ten times each.

Strange Cargo (1940) at least a dozen times.

Casino Royale (1967) more than 20 times.

All are among my 17 all-time favorite movies.


I saw Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) three times in one day when it first came on cable, after having already seen it in theaters. I am sure that's not a record, but if it is, it's not one I'd be proud of today.

manson1972 05-08-2019 03:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fiveyearlurker (Post 21631372)
Second. Maybe less confident that I saw Ice Pirates more than any other person living (or dead). A scifi/comedy sort of Spaceballs but without any of the humor or charm, it comes in at a whopping 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. I can maybe imagine this having obtained some degree of campy cult status, but I've never heard anyone ever mention this movie that I watched daily for months when I was ten. Similar to above, I have not seen it since I was a kid, and I would prefer to keep it in my memory rather than watch it again and ruin that.

I don't know. I think I might have seen this movie more than you.

Why did the guy make the robot black?

typoink 05-08-2019 03:30 PM

I've got to be in the running for '80s "classic" Overboard. Not out of any sort of affection, but because my dad wired up an old portable TV and a VHS player in the back of our minivan when I was a kid, but, for some reason, the only tapes we ever had in there were Overboard and a recording of the episode of The Simpsons where Bart tries to jump over Springfield Gorge on his skateboard.

Dang near any car trip longer than a half hour was accompanied by a chunk of Overboard for at least a couple years.

Fiveyearlurker 05-08-2019 04:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by manson1972 (Post 21631782)
I don't know. I think I might have seen this movie more than you.



Why did the guy make the robot black?



So he’d be perfect.

ftg 05-08-2019 04:57 PM

The Cheyenne Social Club.

Fonda and Stewart cowboy buddy movie with some of the best actresses around playing the ladies of said social club. Shirley Jones, Sue Ane Langdon and Elaine Devry together in one movie. Throw in Dabs Greer and you've got a classic.

Directed by Gene Kelly. Yes, that Gene Kelly.

I always record it when it comes on TCM or whatever.

Miss Mapp 05-08-2019 05:13 PM

I've seen Fellowship of the Rings more than 100 times. When the extended edition came out on DVD, I used to watch it every Saturday afternoon while folding the laundry--so often that I still associate the Last Alliance of Men and Elves with sorting and matching socks.

Ukulele Ike 05-08-2019 05:26 PM

Over thirty times for the pre-code horror film Island of Lost Souls (1932), starring Charles Laughton, simply because it is so delicious.

“WHAT IS THE LAW?”....”Not to SCHPILL BLOOT, dot is the Law!”

“The natives are very restless tonight.”

“...da HOUSE uff PAIN!!!”

Delicious.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isla...uls_(1932_film)

Chefguy 05-08-2019 05:34 PM

If we're counting Christmas movies, then I've probably seen A Child's Christmas in Wales (with Denholm Elliott) at least more times than anyone on this board, as it's been in the yearly rotation since about 1995.

Kimstu 05-08-2019 05:39 PM

I've seen Hrútar (Rams) twice. I think it's a magnificent film and I'd watch it again, but let's be honest, I probably already hold the record for viewing frequency when it comes to this movie. It is, shall we say, a bit niche. (I.e., bleak, sad, almost entirely about sheep.)

RikWriter 05-08-2019 07:04 PM

Probably Tombstone. I saw it somewhere around two dozen times between regular theatres and dollar movies back in the day and innumerable times on DVD and streaming since.

manson1972 05-08-2019 07:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fiveyearlurker (Post 21631896)
So he’d be perfect.

Nice :)

Crafter_Man 05-08-2019 07:25 PM

I've seen Escanaba in da Moonlight at least 20 times, because I always play it for my hunting buddies when they come over to hunt.

There's a very obscure short film called The Paraclete that I've seen a couple dozens times. It was a master's thesis for a film student. I have it on DVD, but it's now on YouTube. Very well done, IMO.

Sefton 05-08-2019 07:28 PM

I watch The Best of Times at least once a year. I've only met one other person who loves it as much as I do.

WildBlueYonder 05-08-2019 08:20 PM

Rob Roy, I love me some Liam Neeson

Wesley Clark 05-08-2019 08:23 PM

I watch event horizon when I go to bed most nights. So I've seen it, or at least the first half hundreds of times.

Bryan Ekers 05-08-2019 08:29 PM

Anybody here ever heard of 1988's The Blue Iguana ?

If not, then I claim that one.

Sitnam 05-08-2019 08:30 PM

Joe VS The Volcano - I love it, everyone else is wrong.

manson1972 05-08-2019 08:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fiveyearlurker (Post 21631896)
So he’d be perfect.

Funny thing, I actually watched Ice Pirates a few months ago. Found it online somewhere. Doesn't really hold up, of course, but there are some funny moments still.

manson1972 05-08-2019 08:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sefton (Post 21632207)
I watch The Best of Times at least once a year. I've only met one other person who loves it as much as I do.

That movie is awesome.

elfkin477 05-08-2019 08:50 PM

From the ages of four to five my little brother played Short Circuit and Flight of the Navigator every.single.day. I've seen them each a hundred times easily.

Fiveyearlurker 05-08-2019 08:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by manson1972 (Post 21632291)
Funny thing, I actually watched Ice Pirates a few months ago. Found it online somewhere. Doesn't really hold up, of course, but there are some funny moments still.



Oh, I’m sure it doesn’t which is why I’ll never watch it again!

Railer13 05-08-2019 09:02 PM

We weren't allowed to watch much TV when we were kids, but every time The Wizard of Oz was shown on TV, we watched it. (Maybe once a year? I can't remember.)

Then when our kids were little, we bought the Wizard of Oz 50th Anniversary DVD. We then proceeded to watch it at least twice a week for the next 5 years.

SciFiSam 05-08-2019 09:10 PM

As a kid I must have watched Mary Poppins easily a couple of hundred times, but I think I might not be the only one. It's easy to stack up the numbers when you watch it nearly every day.

The Waterbabies was my other less common love, and I might well be the only one who's watched that a couple of hundred times.

The other day I watched the Terminator for what I think is quite possibly the hundredth time. More than 30 years of owning it in various formats watching it at least four times a year except for the years when I had no TV = over 120 times, probably more like 160 or 170 because I rewatched it more often in the first few years.

manson1972 05-08-2019 09:11 PM

I bet I've seen The Adventures of Ford Fairlane more than anyone else.

Sitnam 05-08-2019 09:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WildBlueYonder (Post 21632273)
Rob Roy, I love me some Liam Neeson

It’s great, perhaps the best villain in all cinema.

But it is sleazy gross in parts. Even the loving scenes with Liam and Jessica Lange.

‘I want to weave a silk purse in your quim, my darling’. Eww......

Sicks Ate 05-08-2019 09:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kimstu (Post 21632018)
I've seen Hrútar (Rams) twice. I think it's a magnificent film and I'd watch it again, but let's be honest, I probably already hold the record for viewing frequency when it comes to this movie. It is, shall we say, a bit niche. (I.e., bleak, sad, almost entirely about sheep.)

Well that seems very interesting. One of these evenings when I have a screen to myself, I'll try to watch it half as many times as you.

If I can find it streaming, that is. ETA- appears to be on Netflix.

Labdad 05-08-2019 10:04 PM

Ok, so sue me. My three favorite films of all time are “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Citizen Kane,” and “The Third Man.”

Of the three, my favorite is “2001,” but I will only see it in a movie theater in 70mm, so I’ve only seen it six times.

I first saw “Citizen Kane” in high school in 1968, as part of our American History teacher’s lesson on yellow journalism. I was so blown away by it at 16 years old I watched it three times over two days. And this was before I’d seen “2001” in a movie theater. In the last 50 years, I guess I’ve seen “Kane” 20 times, three times in a movie theater.

I didn’t see “The Third Man” until 1978, on television, but fortunately it was on my local PBS affiliate as a classic film, shown with no commercials.

Christ, in the last year alone, I think I’ve watched “The Third Man” three times. I’ve seen a pristine print in a movie theater three times. In the last 40 years I’ve watched it three or four times each year. I’ve lost count, but I know I’ve seen it at least thirty times - maybe forty times. I’ve sat with Roger Ebert as he did a frame by frame analysis of the picture. (I’ve also sat with Ebert as he did a frame by frame analysis of “2001” and “Citizen Kane.”) When I watch “The Third Man” I can pretty much recite the entire script from memory. (Yes, I’m a total pain in the ass to with the picture with!)

And each time I see it I find something new!

You asked what time it is and I’ve told you how to build a watch.

But the answer is “The Third Man.”

Fiveyearlurker 05-08-2019 10:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Railer13 (Post 21632338)
We weren't allowed to watch much TV when we were kids, but every time The Wizard of Oz was shown on TV, we watched it. (Maybe once a year? I can't remember.)



Then when our kids were little, we bought the Wizard of Oz 50th Anniversary DVD. We then proceeded to watch it at least twice a week for the next 5 years.



C’mon! There’s no way you’ve watched Wizard of Oz mire times than anyone in the world. I mean that term literally!

LVBoPeep 05-08-2019 10:49 PM

I've probably seen Trainspotting at least 2-3 times a year since it came out in 1996. I never get tired of it. Besides that... I worked at a video store in the mid 90s and for at least six months, one of the main girls I worked with and I usually watched Clue, The Princess Bride or Better off Dead every night, quoting all three back to each other as we worked.

lingyi 05-08-2019 11:11 PM

After reading about it for years, when I finally got my DVD of Versus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Versus_(2000_film) and watched it at least once every day for over two weeks, so probably 25-35 times during that period.

lingyi 05-08-2019 11:13 PM

Come on, someone's got to be a Rocky Horror Picture Show fan and went to dozens or more midnight showings.

snfaulkner 05-08-2019 11:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Labdad (Post 21632411)
Ok, so sue me. My three favorite films of all time are “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Citizen Kane,” and “The Third Man.”

Of the three, my favorite is “2001,” but I will only see it in a movie theater in 70mm, so I’ve only seen it six times.

I first saw “Citizen Kane” in high school in 1968, as part of our American History teacher’s lesson on yellow journalism. I was so blown away by it at 16 years old I watched it three times over two days. And this was before I’d seen “2001” in a movie theater. In the last 50 years, I guess I’ve seen “Kane” 20 times, three times in a movie theater.

I didn’t see “The Third Man” until 1978, on television, but fortunately it was on my local PBS affiliate as a classic film, shown with no commercials.

Christ, in the last year alone, I think I’ve watched “The Third Man” three times. I’ve seen a pristine print in a movie theater three times. In the last 40 years I’ve watched it three or four times each year. I’ve lost count, but I know I’ve seen it at least thirty times - maybe forty times. I’ve sat with Roger Ebert as he did a frame by frame analysis of the picture. (I’ve also sat with Ebert as he did a frame by frame analysis of “2001” and “Citizen Kane.”) When I watch “The Third Man” I can pretty much recite the entire script from memory. (Yes, I’m a total pain in the ass to with the picture with!)

And each time I see it I find something new!

You asked what time it is and I’ve told you how to build a watch.

But the answer is “The Third Man.”

Those are all 3 great movies, but I'm super jealous of the Ebert thing! Tell us more about that sometime!

Flare4roach 05-09-2019 01:18 AM

I've seen "Miller's Crossing" more times than I can count.
However, I can count on one hand the amount of people I've talked to about movies who has ever heard of the film.

CairoCarol 05-09-2019 02:25 AM

I have seen Harold and Maude a gazillion times and hope to see it a gazilion more.

CalMeacham 05-09-2019 07:09 AM

I don't know if there's any film I saw more than anyone else, but there definitely are some films I've seen a LOT of times.

Chief among these has to be King Kong, which I first encountered on New York independent television stations, chiefly WOR Channel 9. I think the first film I ever encountered o TV was the sequel, Son of Kong, which impressed me because it had dinosaurs. But the original , which I found shortly after that, had more and better dinosaurs.

It ran frequently on Million Dollar Movie. It was run twice in a row many Saturday mornings. They ran it a LOT.

any this was before they started running it (along with Son of Kong and Mighty Joe Young in a Merian C. Cooper-Willis O'Brien Giant Ape Trifecta) every Thanksgiving.

When I went away to college they showed it countless times at Old Movie and Nostalgia Events. Then the Restored Version became available. Then it showed up on VHS tapes, then DVD. It got colorized. I own multiple copies in various formats.


Certainly there are many other movies I've seen dozens of times, and long ago lost count of -- Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young, Godzilla, Rodan, The Wizard of Oz, Frankenstein, Dracula, all the Universal Horror films of the 1930s and 40s. Forbidden Planet, The Day the Earth Stood Still,, the original three Star Wars films... But I'm sure I've seen the first King Kong more than any other. Although I'm certain there are people who have seen it more often than me.

panache45 05-09-2019 07:38 AM

I have four "special" films on an ancient videotape:

Sins of the Fleshapoids, a Mike Kuchar film in which all the dialogue is in huge word balloons.

Its sort-of sequel, Ascension of the Demonoids, about homosexuality... or is it?

And Cobra Woman, in which Maria Montez does a pseudo-sexual dance with a live cobra. "I haff aspoken!"

And of course, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

Royal Nonesutch 05-09-2019 08:35 AM

I have seen "Caddyshack", "Stripes", "The Blues Brothers" and "Animal House" at least 40 times each, and "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" and "12 Monkeys" both 20+ times.

In the past 10 years, I have probably seen less than 10 new releases, total 5 or 6 of them just in the past year or so. (I just got married and my wife likes movies, so I started going with her)


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