Template:Infobox movie

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{{infobox movie}} is used to list at-a-glance comparative information about a particular motion picture.

Usage[change source]

{{{name}}}
[[File:{{{image}}}|{{{image_size}}}
|alt={{{alt}}}|upright=1|{{{alt}}}]]
{{{caption}}}
Directed by {{{director}}} or {{{directors}}}
Produced by {{{producer}}} or {{{producers}}}
Written by {{{writer}}} or {{{writers}}}
Screenplay by {{{screenplay}}}
Story by {{{story}}}
Narrated by {{{narrator}}} or {{{narrators}}}
Starring {{{starring}}}
Music by {{{music}}}
Cinematography {{{cinematography}}}
Editing by {{{editing}}}
Studio {{{studio}}} or
{{{production companies}}}
Distributed by {{{distributor}}}
Release date(s) {{{released}}}
Running time {{{runtime}}}
Country {{{country}}}
Language {{{language}}}
Budget {{{budget}}}
Money made {{{gross}}}

The infobox may be added by pasting the template as shown below into an article, typically at the top of an article above the lead section.

{{Infobox movie
| name           = 
| image          = 
| image size     = 
| alt            = 
| caption        = 
| director       = 
| producer       = 
| writer         = 
| narrator       = 
| starring       = 
| music          = 
| cinematography = 
| editing        = 
| studio         = 
| distributor    = 
| released       = <!-- {{start date|YYYY|MM|DD}} -->
| runtime        = 
| country        = 
| language       = 
| budget         = 
| gross          = 
| preceded_by    = 
| followed_by    = 
}}

Parameters[change source]

All parameters are optional.

Parameter Explanation
name Insert the full common name of the movie (defaults to {{PAGENAME}} if empty).
image Insert a relevant image for the movie. Ideally this should be a movie poster, but a DVD/VHS cover, screenshot, or other movie-related image may also be used. Only use the actual file name, i.e. image = Forrest Gump poster.jpg. See #Image for further guidelines.
image size The infobox automatically resizes images to a default width of 200px. Use this parameter only if the image being used is smaller than 200px.
alt Alt text for the image. See WP:ALT. This field is normally not visible in standard web browsers, but you can see it by requesting the image's properties from the brower. A visually impaired reader will typically hear the alt text in place of the image.
caption Insert image caption, which should describe the type of image used.
director Insert the name(s) of the director(s). Separate multiple entries with a line break (<br />). In addition, link each director to his/her appropriate article if possible.
producer Insert the name(s) of the producer(s). Separate multiple entries with a line break (<br />). In addition, link each producer to his/her appropriate article if possible.
writer Insert the name(s) of the writer(s). Separate multiple entries with a line break (<br />). In addition, link each writer to his/her appropriate article if possible. Some movies are based on previously produced or published material, such as books, plays, articles, old screenplays etc. When this is the case, list the writer(s) of the movie first (while placing {{small|Screenplay}} in parenthesis either next to or under the name), then list the source material writer(s) in a similar fashion. Some movies also divide writers between screenplay and story. When this is the case, list the writers credited with writing the screenplay first. If the movie is an adaptation and the original author did not have a formal role as a screenplay or story writer, then they should come last in the list.
narrator Insert the name(s) of the narrator(s). Separate multiple entries with a line break (<br />). In addition, link each narrator to his/her appropriate article if possible.
starring Insert the name(s) of the actor(s) who had major roles in the movie. Separate multiple entries with a line break (<br />). In addition, link each actor to his/her appropriate article if possible. Do not add qualifiers such as "with" or "featuring", nor should punctuation or "and" be added as the line break acts as the text separator.
music Insert the name(s) of the composer(s) of original music. Separate multiple entries with a line break (<br />). In addition, link each composer to his/her appropriate article if possible.
cinematography Insert the name(s) of the cinematographer(s). Separate multiple entries with a line break (<br />). In addition, link each cinematographer to his/her appropriate article if possible.
editing Insert the name(s) of the editor(s). Separate multiple entries with a line break (<br />). If a credit for an "additional editor" is shown, add the tag "(addl)". Link each editor to his/her article if possible.
studio Insert the company that produced the movie. Separate multiple entries with a line break (<br />). In addition, link each company to its appropriate article if possible.
distributor Insert the company name(s) of the distributor(s). Separate multiple entries with a line break (<br />). In addition, link each distributor to its appropriate article if possible.
released Insert only the most relevant release date(s) of the movie. If multiple entries are required, separate with line breaks (<br />). Use {{Start date}} for the earliest. See #Release dates for additional guidelines.
runtime Insert an approximate time duration of the movie in minutes.
country Insert the home country or countries of the movie's main production companies. Do not use flag icons, as this places an unnecessary emphasis on nationality; see MOS:FLAG for a detailed rationale. Do not link to Cinema of XXXX; see WP:EGG.
language Insert the language primarily used in the movie. Databases often give every language spoken within the movie, even if they only reflect a few lines in the overall script. Only in rare cases of clearly bilingual or multilingual movies, enter separate entries with a line break (<br />). In the case of a single language without any additional text, it will automatically link to the language article (and the movie article will also be put automatically in the category concerned). In other cases, give the wikitext for the desired linked text.

Note: inserting "English" will not automatically link to English language. This has been done intentionally because readers of the English Wikipedia are already familiar with the language and no benefit is added by placing a link to it. Please do not override this by inserting [[English language|English]].

budget Insert the approximate budget of the movie. Budget figures can be found at Box Office Mojo and The-Numbers, with the later usually listing a mainstream website as the main source of the budget, such as the Los Angeles Times, Variety, etc. Such websites are preferred to cite as a reference, if possible.
gross Insert the gross revenue accrued by the movie. This information is available for most pictures at Box Office Mojo and The-Numbers. If worldwide gross is not available, then indicate which region has grossed that amount.
preceded_by If the movie is part of a series, insert the movie(s) that preceded it in the series. Please note that per MOS:TITLE, movie titles should always be italicized. Separate multiple entries with a line break (<br />).
followed_by If the movie is part of a series, insert the movie(s) that followed it in the series. Please note that per MOS:TITLE, movie titles should always be italicized. Separate multiple entries with a line break (<br />).

Examples[change source]

Plan 9 from Outer Space
"PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE" in large red letters adorns a beam from a night sky containing spacecraft and warplanes. The foreground has the head of a man in a bubble-headed red spacesuit, a caped vampire attacking a victim, a seductive vampiress, and gravediggers at work. Above the title is "UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS FROM OUTER SPACE PARALYZE THE LIVING AND RESURRECT THE DEAD!"; below are "BELA LUGOSI", "VAMPIRA", and "LYLE TALBOT". This movie poster is cheaply printed: the only colors are blue, red, and the yellowed background.
theatrical release poster
Directed by Edward D. Wood Jr.
Produced by J. Edward Reynolds
Written by Edward D. Wood Jr.
Narrated by The Amazing Criswell
Starring
Music by Gordon Zahler
Cinematography William C. Thompson
Editing by Edward D. Wood Jr.
Distributed by Distributors Corporation of America
Release date(s) July 1959 (1959-07)
Running time 79 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60,000
{{Infobox film
| name = Plan 9 from Outer Space
| image = Plan nine from outer space.jpg
| alt = "PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE" in large red letters adorns a beam from a night sky containing spacecraft and warplanes. The foreground has the head of a man in a bubble-headed red spacesuit, a caped vampire attacking a victim, a seductive vampiress, and gravediggers at work. Above the title is "UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS FROM OUTER SPACE PARALYZE THE LIVING AND RESURRECT THE DEAD!"; below are "BELA LUGOSI", "VAMPIRA", and "LYLE TALBOT". This movie poster is cheaply printed: the only colors are blue, red, and the yellowed background.
| caption = theatrical release poster
| director = [[Edward D. Wood Jr.]]
| producer = J. Edward Reynolds
| writer = Edward D. Wood Jr.
| starring = {{startplainlist}}
* [[Béla Lugosi]]
* [[Maila Nurmi|Vampira]]
* [[Lyle Talbot]]
{{endplainlist}}
| narrator = [[The Amazing Criswell]]
| music = Gordon Zahler <!--(music supervisor)-->
| cinematography = [[William C. Thompson (cinematographer)|William C. Thompson]]
| editing = Edward D. Wood Jr.
| distributor = Distributors Corporation of America
| released = {{film date|1959|07}}
| runtime = 79 minutes
| country = United States
| language = English
| budget = $60,000
}}

Image[change source]

Ideally, an image of the movie's original theatrical release poster should be uploaded and added to the infobox to serve as an identifying image for the article. Poster images can be found at websites such as Internet Movie Poster Awards or Internet Movie Poster Database. If a poster image cannot be found for the movie, or if the movie did not have a theatrical release, then a cover image of the movie's display case (VHS, DVD, etc.) may be used instead. Cover images can be found at commercial websites such as Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. In the absence of an appropriate poster or cover image, a screenshot of the movie's title card may also be used. When replacing an existing image, upload the new image over the old image (where possible), and update the relevant details on the image description page. Click here to find instructions for uploading non-free images.

Once uploaded, place the file name of the image, e.g., MOVIE TITLE poster.jpg (or a similar description), in the image= field of the infobox, but do not include the Image: part of the file name. The image_size= field only needs to be filled if the width of the image is less than 200 pixels (the default image width used by the infobox); enter the actual width of the image, in pixels, so it is not stretched in the infobox. The caption= field should describe the image, i.e., identifying it as "Theatrical release poster" or "DVD cover"; repeating the title of the movie here is not necessary. Below is an example of how to use the fields:

| name           = MOVIE TITLE
| image          = MOVIE TITLE poster.jpg
| image_size     = 150
| caption        = Theatrical release poster

Release dates[change source]

The movie infobox is too small to reproduce the long lists of release dates provided by the Internet Movie Database. Release dates should therefore be restricted to the movie's earliest release, whether it was at a movie festival or a public release, and the release date(s) in the country or countries that produced the movie, excluding sneak previews or screenings. {{Start date}} should be used for the movie's initial release. If other release dates are found to be notable, it may be appropriate to include them in the main body of the article (example).

Release dates for straight-to-video and television movies should follow the preceding guideline for home releases and airings, respectively.

Some users like to use flag icons instead of country names. However, this should be avoided, as flags are less recognizable than country names. See Wikipedia:Manual of Style (flags) for a more detailed rationale.

IMDb, Allmovie, and other external links[change source]

When this infobox template was first created, in December 2004, one of the parameters created an external link to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Irrespective of the fact that IMDb is not used as a reliable source for verifying content in Wikipedia articles, it still is a resource that many people, including editors and readers of Wikipedia, often turn to.

In more recent years, additional external websites have become increasingly useful resources, including Allmovie, Box Office Mojo, Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes. Also, modern movies almost invariably have an official website. As a consequence, new external links were added to and removed from the infobox as consensus changed on the subject.

Discussions about the fate of these links took place in numerous places over some time, with a number of people advocating removal of all external links from the infobox, if not the article as a whole. Others spoke of the value of having at least a link to IMDb in the infobox. Eventually, a far from undisputed consensus arose to remove all external links from the infobox and to move them to the External links section where appropriate in view of the External links guideline.

Important points towards this consensus included fact that the infobox could not include all of the available links and that it would be inappropriate to pick and choose one or a few of those links over others. Suggestions that losing access to the most useful of the available links (typically IMDb) would damage the usefulness of movie articles were not found persuasive by many since such links could still be included in the External links section and the table of contents linking to the external links section having all of the useful external links is adjacent the infobox.

External links to resources such as the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Allmovie and any official website are no longer included in this template. Nevertheless, these resources and others may be usefully added to the "External links" section of the article using the following templates:

A link to the official website, if any, may be created manually, or using the {{official website|url|name=title (optional)}} template.

Microformat[change source]

The HTML mark-up produced by this template includes an hCalendar microformat that makes event details readily parsable by computer programs. This aids tasks such as the cataloguing of articles and maintenance of databases. For more information about the use of microformats on Wikipedia, please visit the Microformat WikiProject.
Classes used

The HTML classes this microformat uses include:

  • attendee
  • contact
  • description
  • dtend
  • dtstart
  • location
  • organiser
  • summary
  • url
  • vevent
Please do not rename or remove these classes
nor collapse nested elements which use them.

TemplateData[change source]

This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly error report for this template.

TemplateData for Infobox movie

{{Infobox film}} is used to list at-a-glance comparative information about a particular motion picture.

Template parameters

This template has custom formatting.

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Common namename

The full common name of the film (default: {{PAGENAME}})

Default
{{PAGENAME}}
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Image fileimage

A relevant image for the film. Use only the file name, for example, test.jpg.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Alt textalt

Alt text for the image (see WP:ALT). A visually impaired reader will typically hear the alt text in place of the image

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Image captioncaption

Image caption with a brief description of the image content

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Native titlefilm name

Native film title. Should only be used, if the native title differs from the common film title

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Directordirector

Name(s) of the director(s), separated using {{Plain list}}. Link each director to his/her appropriate article if possible

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Producerproducer

Name(s) of the producer(s), separated using {{Plain list}}. Link each producer to his/her appropriate article if possible. Only producer credits should be included, not executive or associate producers, etc.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Writer (general)writer

Name(s) of writer(s), which are credited under 'Written by', separated using {{Plain list}}. Link each writer to his/her appropriate article if possible. If the film divides between screenplay and story writer, leave this field empty

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Writer (screenplay)screenplay

Name(s) of screenplay writer(s), if the film divides credits between screenplay and story writer, separated using {{Plain list}}. Link each writer to his/her appropriate article if possible

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Writer (story)story

Name(s) of story writer(s), if the film divides credits between screenplay and story writer, separated using {{Plain list}}. Link each writer to his/her appropriate article if possible

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Based on (sources)based on

Title of the source material and the name(s) of the source material writer(s). Use this field in conjunction with screenplay and story where applicable (i.e. "Screen story") if films are based on previously produced or published material, such as books, plays, articles, old screenplays etc. Use {{based on}} or similar formatting where possible. Do not use this field where the source material is ambiguous.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Starringstarring

Names of the actors as they are listed in the billing block of the poster for the film's original theatrical release, separated by {{Plain list}}. Do not add non-notable or uncredited actors and avoid filler text such as 'with' or 'featuring'

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Narratornarrator

Name(s) of the narrator(s), separated using {{Plain list}}. Link each narrator to his/her appropriate article if possible. Note: exclude narrators, which are also actors with a role in the film

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Music composermusic

Name(s) of the composer(s) of the original score. They are usually credited with 'Music by'. Composers credited for 'additional music' and song writers should not be included. Separate multiple entries using {{Plain list}}. Link each composer to his/her appropriate article if possible.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Cinematographycinematography

Name(s) of the cinematographers, separated using {{Plain list}}. Link each cinematographer to his/her appropriate article if possible

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Editorediting

Name(s) of the editor(s), separated using {{Plain list}}. Listing 'additional editors' and 'supervising editors' may occasionally be appropriate, in which case add the tag '(add)' or '(sup)'. Link each editor to his/her article if possible

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Production studiostudio

Company(s) that produced the film, separated using {{Plain list}}. In addition, link each company to its appropriate article if possible

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Distributordistributor

Company name(s) of the distributor(s) that first released the film, separated using {{Plain list}}. In addition, link each distributor to its appropriate article if possible

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Release datesreleased

Only the most relevant release date(s) of the film, separated using {{Plain list}}. Use {{Film date}}. See #Release dates for additional guidelines

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Film durationruntime

An approximate time duration of the film in minutes. Do not link to minute. The BBFC website is a good resource - the running time is given to the second, so round it to the minute

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Numberoptional
Countrycountry

Country(s) of production or 'country', depending on sources. Do not use flag icons. See template documentation for more usage information, especially on disputed cases

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Primary languagelanguage

Only specify the language 'primarily' used in the film. Single language values will automatically link and categorize to this language

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Production budgetbudget

Approximate production budget excluding marketing and promotion. In case of conflicting reliable sources, list all values or an appropriate value range. For more information see the template documentation

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Numberoptional
Worldwide gross revenuegross

Worldwide gross revenue accrued by the film. This information is available for most pictures at Box Office Mojo and The Numbers. If worldwide gross is not available, then indicate which region has grossed that amount. Use condensed, rounded values ($22.4 million vs $22,392,684). Precise values should be used where stable and appropriate to the context, or significant in themselves for some special reason. (See also: MOS:LARGENUM)

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Numberoptional
Italicize titleitalic title

Set to 'no' if the title of the article should not be automatically italicised (for instance, if the title has a disambiguation clause). Set to 'force' to enforces an italicised title.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional

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