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  • Irishmovielover4ever
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    When rewatching Dreamgirls yesterday I was remebering how back in 2006 how the crowd reacted to Hudson’s “And I’m Telling You” by giving a standing ovation. I just wanted to ask if there were any times that the crowd’s reaction to a certain moment was great to watch.

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    Last year when watching Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2, the crowd gasped and clapped when Prof. McGonagall comes in rescue of Harry in the Great Hall. And in the end when Voldemort is defeated, they again clapped and what’s great about that is it was me and two of my other friends who started that reaction. We clapped, everyone else clapped.

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    Bill Buchanan
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    I am very sad to say that I have never been in a movie theatre which ended with an applause. Never have I witnessed a standing ovation. Why? Why?

    There was only one movie I’ve been in in which the crowd was reacting to everything on screen. And that, I am ashamed to say… was The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. I know, I know. The movie was a piece of shit but when bella accepts the marriage proposal (after having rejected it one scene before) the whole fangirl audience just started clapping. If that’s the kind of thing that people clap to, then I’m glad I’ve never been in any other movie like that.

    How often to people clap at the end in movie theatres in america? Often? Rarely? Only when it’s a big blockbuster with a room full of fanboys/fangirls? Do people clap after seeing a masterpiece? Or do they stay silent for a moment without moving thinking about what they saw? I was blown back in my seat after “Magnolia”, but I didn’t see that in theatres.

    Please, help!  

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I’ve been to the first showings of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows Part II in my city and it was a geekfest, nerdfest and lamefest. It was a very ridiculous experience the way people reacted to everything. No standing ovations that I saw because I’m not one of those that gets in line early in the morning so both times I ended up in the front seats. But definitely lots of clapping and mock worthy reactions. Not to mention the costumes.

    I was in NYC for Deathly Hallows Part I  in 2010 during opening day but it was at 11pm so the real fanboys and fangirls probably went to the all earlier shows, but even at 11pm there was still overreacting here and there. 

    I went to see the first Twilight without ever imagining it would be such a horrible movie or knowing that it was a phenomenon waiting to happen or that had already happened. I was clueless to the whole Twilight cult. Some girls were just insane and it was still the first one, and far away from the premiere weeked or whatever. I can’t imagine how they reacted to the other three or how it will be for this year’s movie. 

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    The only movie I ever had anyone applaud after was The Dark Knight at the very first showing at midnight when it came out in 2008….I vaguely remember when I was really little that Beauty and the Beast got applause and quite a few people gave it a standing ovation.

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    At two of the three screenings of Black Swan that I attended, me and my friends tried to get the audience to applaud at the end. Some people around us joined in, but since the mojority did not it fell flat quickly. It might have worked somewhere else, but triggering applause in movie theatre full of Germans is one challenging task. We’re just too reserved to show emotions like that in public

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    Can anybody think of moments in the future that might trigger applause. I have a feeling in Les Miz there will be many moments of applause.

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    babypook
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    People in crowd-mode will applaud almost anything, do they not?

    An example I can think of involves the cast and crew of Melvin and Howard, where Mary Steenburgen’s Oscar-winning scene prompted spontaneous applause from the gathered group.

    As for audience applause, I’m in Canada. Our theaters are like morgues even when full. A polite ‘titter’ or patpatpat of hands is the most one can expect.
    But there was one film where the crowd I was with actually cheered. But, I’m not saying which one.

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    Nitwits everywhere hoot and holler on cue at certain salacious or otherwise manipulative scenes, but I have found New Yorkers to be the most responsive audiences who are willing to applaud the more artistic cinematic efforts.

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    High School Musical 3 was probably the most fun I’ve ever had in a movie theatre.  It was the opening midnight showing in NYC and it was filled with college students (I’m sure quite a few had been drinking).  But there was tons of applause and cheering.  I spoke to some a bunch of people there, and they (myself included) did not expect for the movie to be as entertaining as it was.

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    When rewatching Dreamgirls yesterday I was remebering how back in 2006 how the crowd reacted to Hudson’s “And I’m Telling You” by giving a standing ovation. I just wanted to ask if there were any times that the crowd’s reaction to a certain moment was great to watch.

    This happened in my theater too. I have still yet to experience anything else quite like it at the movies. They waited until her name came up after the credits and gave Hudson a standing ovation as well and cheered, as if she were there in front of them. People were in tears still from the finale (where Effie joins the Dreamettes on stage one last time), and it was very moving and powerful to experience just how much her performance and voice had connected with this audience. That was an experience I’ll never forget.

    All of the ‘Harry Potter’ premieres I attended received lots of applause, cheers, weeping, ovations, etc. For instance, when Ron and Hermione finally kiss in the final film, the audience (both times I watched it) cheered and clapped wildly.  

    The only film I ever watched that had VERY audible booing and outrage was when I watched Aronofsky’s ‘The Fountain’. Half (or more) of the audience booed and demanded their money back, nearly forming a mob. I’ve never experienced anything else like that since.

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    Can anybody think of moments in the future that might trigger applause. I have a feeling in Les Miz there will be many moments of applause.

    No, there will only be two moments in which people might go for applause, but that would be extremely unlikely, especially to me since the only clapping I’ve ever heard in a movie was for Eclipse.
    But here they are (SPOILERS FOR LES MISERABLES AHEAD!!!)

    – The first scene between Helena Bohnam Carter and Sacha Baren Coen, who play Cosette’s foster parents. Everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY adores that scene. And it’s like a jolt of electricity has just hit your body when the scene comes along. It just makes the movie/play feel alive. It’s amazing that scene and at the end would be the only moment I could see people clapping in. it’s just that great.

    – The “I dreamed a dream” song with Anne Hathaway. That is probably the best song of the musical, or at least in the top three.
     

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    M H
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    Just two for me: One was in Dreamgirls, after “And I am Telling You” – not a standing ovation, but solid and sustained clapping. 

    It also happened after “Be Our Guest” in Beauty and the Beast when it was originally released. The audience reacted to that scene in a way that I have not experienced before or since.  

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    Logan
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    I also don’t remember ever being in a movie where the crowd applauded at the end (tinkerings a few times). The best film-going experiences for me have always been with horror films (The Grudge, the Paranormal Activity movies).  Jeepers Creepers 2 (which may be my third favorite horror comedy from the last decade) may be the highlight of them all.

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    When I lived in L.A. clapping was a fairly regular occurrence at highly acclaimed films like “L.A. Confidential”.

    In AZ audiences tend to clap at the arthouse theatre. Anything British in period costume is a very like film to get claps from the audience (largely senior citizens from retirement communities) because that is the kind of art house stuff they love. I remember a rousing standing ovation for Kenneth Brannagh’s “Much Ado About Nothing”.

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