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The Movies - Mac

by Feral Interactive
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Platform: Mac
  • E-mail creations to family and friends or share with the world online
  • Design and run your own movie studio in this exciting game
  • Build a commercially successful studio in Story mode
  • Focus exclusively on making movies in Sandbox mode
  • Make comedies, action films, romances, sci-fi flicks, and more

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Platform: Mac
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000GCBOV6
  • Item Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: October 30, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,221 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Mac

From the Manufacturer

Behind every box-office hit is a Hollywood mogul... in The Movies, that mogul is you. Build your studio from an empty lot into a glittering Hollywood empire by producing must-see blockbusters, creating huge stars, and giving the movie-going public exactly what they want to see.

If you are more "talent" than "suit", then why not settle into the director's chair? The Movies comes packed with tools to help you write and direct your own films. Once your have polished your films to perfection, you can upload them to The Movies online Web site and show the world your best shots.

Welcome to the dream factory, baby!


  • Become an industry legend: design and run your own studio, from the early days of cinema through to the present day and beyond.
  • From nobody to superstar: turn unknown wannabes into huge movie stars, but expect attitude not gratitude.
  • From pitch to premiere: Take full creative control of your movies. Write the scripts, direct them yourself, and then edit your movie to perfection.
  • From flops to runaway hits: Make comedies, action films, romances, sci-fi flicks, horror films, or anything in-between. Horrific sci-fi rom-com anyone?
  • Two sides of Hollywood, two modes of play: In The Movies' Sandbox mode, you get to focus exclusively on making movies. And in Story mode, you must build a commercially successful studio.
  • Show the world your talents: E-mail your movies to your friends and family. You can even share them with the world via The Movies' online community.

Product Description

The Movies answers a question that many of us have had: What if YOU were in charge of a movie studio? Imagine if you could make any movie you wanted, any way you wanted. Would you create epic action films? Campy b-movies? You can make it big in Hollywood by building the ultimate movie studio. Choose the scripts, control budgets, design & build sets, and settle into the director's chair and see if you can make a hit. Once you've created your box-office smashes, you can even watch them -- adding your own voiceovers and saving them to your Hard Drive or publishing to a Web site.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little easy, but... January 29, 2007
Platform for Display:Mac
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
For people who play a lot of business sims, The Movies comparatively low difficulty level may seem off-putting. I understand that the sandbox mode is this game's true bread and butter, but the possibility of multiple diffuclty settings for the game mode itself would've been a really nice touch. Unless you're really sloppy it's almost impossible to not end up the top studio in the game by the end of World War 2. And once you get there, it's really not that hard to remain there for the rest of the game.

But that's not what it's about, right? The reason people are willing to shell out full price for this game is not the game mode, it's to make your own movies. And if the PC version was passable in this regard, the Mac version truly shines. With full integration into the iLife series (though if you use copyrighted music off iTunes you can't upload your movie to the Lionhead site whether you had permission to use it or not) post-production has never been easier, and you have the possibility to make movies that PC users could only dream of.

One interesting sidenote for owners of the MacMini and Macbook systems. While the box clearly says "The Movies does not support GMA950 graphics cards with shared RAM", this is not strictly true. They may not officially support the card, but the game actually runs quite well on such a system, provided you have enough RAM.

And that to me was the most impressive thing about this game, the performance. With my CoreDuo Mini seemingly at or slightly below the system requirements stated on the box (though with 1 GB of RAM) the game performs absolutely spectacularly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for Some Lights, Camera, Action? January 16, 2007
Platform for Display:Mac
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is fantastic, combining the aspects of a Tycoon game where you manage and run your studio, pay attention to your employees behavior, and build what is needed with the aspects of Directing and creating your own movies!

Game runs great! only issue I see (not sure if anyone else has this Issue) is in the post production I can record my dialog and should be able to have the actors lip-sync to my voice. This feature works Great in the PC version. But the Mac version I cannot get it to work. Even after a clean install of my Machines Software (running on 10.4.8 Intel 2.16 Duo core Macbook Pro 15" 2GB Memory, 256 MB video)

Great Game! Even with that one small glitch!

(anyone else have the lip-syncing issue? anyone have it work?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great. October 27, 2007
Platform for Display:Mac
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game starts off great. Like most Sim-ish games, it eventually becomes tedious. The best part is the sandbox mode. If you are creative and love to micro-manage things, this game is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, but not perfect... April 23, 2007
By W. Lee
Platform for Display:Mac
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This is truly a fun, charismatic, clever game --no complaints on that side of it. Only note: I also had a problem with the lip sync and import dialogue track functions. So just a heads up for those of you who were (like myself) planning to use the game primarily for it's advanced movie making mode to do short films, it MAY run funky.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Game February 7, 2007
Platform for Display:Mac
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is a MUST HAVE for people who want to run a movie studio.... even though that might be a big dream. What you probably want to do is make movies. In that case you need to know that this game doesn't give you ABSOLUTE freedom, as I had thought, but instead has a lot of pre-rendered "scenes", that you can put together to make a movie. You can still do alot, just not everything.

But in the actual game mode, you don't really focus on even what your movies are about! You're too busy trying to run everything and keep your stars happy. Stuff gets out of hand really fast! What I loved about this game is that you start out thinking, "Ya sure, I could run a studio", and the game goes "ok", and just puts you there. And you're like "ummm, now what...?". lol. It teaches you a lesson!

Excellent game overall but you really do need a FAST system. I've got a Mac: Dual-2GH G5 Tower with 2.5GB of Ram, and I was still running into slow reaction times. :-( I guess if you've got the new Pentium Quad Mac.... But ya, like who does...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good game. Bad price for Mac owners. January 22, 2008
Platform for Display:Mac
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I won't comment on the game's mechanics or details. You know it by now. It's movie studio simulation game and it does what it does fairly well.

My problem is with the vast difference in price between the Mac version (45) and the PC version (20). Why am I being asked to pay more than twice as much for the same game on a different operating system?

Because of this, I don't recommend buying the Mac version. Buy the Windows version and run it in Boot Camp, instead. If you already have Windows installed on your Mac, this runs great in Boot Camp, and it will cost a lot less.

We don't have to take this sort of blatant robbery. I may pay a little more for my computers, but that doesn't mean I'm willing to get ganked on the price of software. Offer it at the same price for all platforms if you want to be taken seriously.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Years and Years of Fun February 15, 2013
Platform for Display:Mac|Verified Purchase
I have been playing The Movies since I first got it for Windows in 2005. I instantly fell in love with the game and its endless possibilities. But the fact that you can use iMovie to edit and play your films, I was captivated. The game basically never ends, so you can continue making movies through all different eras. You can watch history unfold with radio announcements, timelines, and other elements all while in the process of making a movie or two. The steps to make the movie are very realistic and the game has taught me a lot about the film industry. The only problem with this game is it is very glitchy. The music/sound sometimes bugs out and doesn't work, and also there are some visual and gameplay bugs such as the game freezing every once in a while. That is why I think it is important to save your game often. I love this product, and I would definitely buy it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mountain Lion
The movies is a great game but unfortunately there is a flaw and the game does not work with Mac Mountain Lion. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jazzy
4.0 out of 5 stars The Movies Game Review
The Movies is a great game for people who are interested in the film industry. You can make your own unique movies and watch them as well; this game may be of interest to people... Read more
Published on January 23, 2012 by Sarah Stewart
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely Broken for Filmmaking by Lip Sync Bug
This game is probably a tolerable business simulation. I can't comment much on that aspect because I don't usually play that sort of game and I generally didn't play that part of... Read more
Published on July 31, 2011 by S. Starrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
This is probably the best game I have ever played on my mac. It is much better than the Roller Coaster Tycoon series and other games of that sort. I highly recommend this game.
Published on January 15, 2011 by Laura burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant,but a bit lacking
It's all I've every wanted to do, make my own little movies, and this game provides me with a good foundation for that. Read more
Published on August 28, 2008 by Khanada Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars A perfect WASTE OF TIME
I spent around 70 hours playing this game. In the end I never got a movie deal. Never got famous. And never met Penelope Cruise. My job, my home, my dog, my ego all have left me. Read more
Published on November 10, 2007 by A. H. Schurman
2.0 out of 5 stars Good game Bad support
The game was fun to play but the company the put out the game does not pay attention to it, I have a brand new 24 inch i mac loaded and the game had weird graphical issues that... Read more
Published on September 18, 2007 by Lawrence Whittemore
5.0 out of 5 stars A birthday present for my daughter
We've been waiting for a year for the Mac version of this game to come out-it's great!
Published on June 7, 2007 by K. RUDOLFSKY
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