Q. Do I need to cite a movie if I'm explaining scenes throughout my paper?


Thank you for your question about citing a movie when you are paraphrasing it in your paper.

Yes, you will need to cite any movie you are discussing in your paper. If you are using quotations from the film, you will treat these in-text as a quotation. If you are explaining to your reader what happened in the movie or other ideas from the film (in other words, paraphrasing), then you will do this in-text as a paraphrase. (See below for examples of in-text quotations and in-text paraphrases).

Visit the APA Help guide to see an example of how to cite a movie.  Click on References and In-text Citation Examples, then click on Other and see Film/TV.

Film / Motion Picture

Richter, J. (Producer), & Hausmann, J. (Director). (1985). Cezanne: The man and the mountain [Motion picture]. United States: Home Vision.

Paraphrase: (Richter & Hausmann, 1985). Quotation: (Richter & Hausmann, 1985, <DVD track title>)

Thank you for using ASK US. For more information about how to do APA for films, contact your Campus Library/ARC.



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