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Is there any way other than watching a movie or trusting IMDB to see the credits (such as closing credits) of any movie?

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What are you actually looking for? The reason I ask is that some or all of the cast and crew is not always listed in the closing credits, but rather in the opening. Or are you actually wanting to know about "crazy credits" or after the credits additional scenes, whether bloopers or tie-ins to (potential)sequels. –  CGCampbell Jun 23 '14 at 16:01
@Kevin Howell: Good question. Where ARE these things archived? –  Walt Jun 23 '14 at 16:43
@CGCampbell I'm actually asking about credits in general of any movie. They seem to be hard to find if they aren't on IMDB which they aren't always or at least not all of the credits are. I'll edit to make it clearer. –  Kevin Howell Jun 23 '14 at 18:03

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I would assume that the industry itself must store this kind of data somewhere since this is a practical necessity (e.g. people need to be paid residuals,...). There is for instance the Motion Picture Credits Database:

Every year, as part of the Academy Awards process, the Academy gathers credits from films hoping to qualify for awards. To these credits, compiled and verified by the film's producer or distributor, we add credits from other films released in Los Angeles County, using research materials from the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library.

In addition to personal credits, MPC records index production and releasing companies, MPAA ratings, running times, Los Angeles release dates, color, language, source authors and source material, all of which are searchable.

The credits in the MPC database were originally collected and printed in the Academy publication Annual Index to Motion Picture Credits. The Index started in 1934 as the Screen Achievement Records Bulletin, when the Writers Branch of the Academy began publishing a bulletin of screen authorship records.

... and the Official Screen Credits for Academy Awards Consideration (same page, I'm not going to copy-paste the entire description).

This page mentions several databases, some are only available to UCB users.

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The only way to find them is to get your copy of the movie or find it for free online. There is no other way for watching closing credits or end credits of any movie unless you have a copy (or trusting IMDb as you said). Most of the movies can be found nowadays for free online, you can just search for them and skim over the credits.

Rare are the people who are interested in closing credits, this is why American producers decided to cut them off music videos.

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Do you have any evidence, references or explanations to support the claim that there's "no other way" of accessing the information in a movie's credits? Surely the data that has been collected to actually create these credits is filed somewhere? –  Walt Jun 24 '14 at 10:29
Absence of evidence is more likely to show evidence of absence. Tell me, have you ever read the full credits of a movie? People are normally not interested in reading the detailed credits, so why create such service? Try using the search engine Google and it will lead to no results. –  georgechalhoub Jun 25 '14 at 9:17
I'm assuming the question meant accessing the raw data in credits (not the actual footage of them) which is something plenty of people might need for research purposes. See this question for example, and that's just from last week. No offense, but I'm still waiting for someone to provide an expert opinion. "It doesn't seem likely" or "Google didn't help" don't strike me as satisfying answers right now. –  Walt Jun 25 '14 at 9:57

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