The Shining. I know; great visuals, etc., and I usually enjoy Kubrick films. Just indulgent and dumb. Not that it didn’t have great ideas, it did. But like others of its ilk it came off as a “Scene Movie” (“Okay, in this scene Wendy finds Jack has typed the same words over and over. Ooh! Wow, in this scene a river of blood flows down the hallway! Eeew! Now, Wendy looks into a room and sees some weird sex act! Gag! Was it real? Hey! I’ve got one! - In this scene we see if anyone notices the wallpaper! Killer!”). And how come Halloran’s Shining didn’t work well enough to warn him about Jack waiting for him with an axe? I wore out 2 pairs of disbelief suspenders for this one.
I didn't fall asleep during it but sure as hell wish I had. It works as a comedy and nothing will ever convince me it WASN'T designed as a comedy. But no way in hell is this a horror movie
No movie has ever bored me to sleep in the theater. I fell asleep twice in the theater, during Big Trouble In Little China and No Way Out. But both times were due to attending an afternoon show after working 3rd shift and no sleep inbetween.
However the wife DID fall asleep during the Star Wars Special Edition in the theater. I've never let her forget it either
THE END OF THE GAME (1975) by Maximilian Schell. The film had an excellent cast (Jon Voight and Jackie Bisset) but the plot was incomprehensible and ponderous. I remember waiting in line to enter the theatre as the earlier audience members filed out. Someone yelled to us "worst film of the year, folks!" And he wasn't kiddling.
I've been known to nod off during movies but if I like what I see when awake I'll go back to see the rest, like I did with Curious George. But I saw Inception twice and fell asleep both times (then again, it's kind of appropriate that a movie about dreams not involving Freddy Krueger should put you to sleep).
Sadly, I was awake through every. Single. Second of Legends Of The Fall.
I have so far never walked out of any movie at the theater or fell asleep during a movie at the theater, at least not yet. However when I rented the DVD of City of God I fell asleep when watching it. That was the only time I fell asleep when watching a movie and I have seen lots and lots of movies through the years, both bad and boring ones.
It's been mentioned several times here already. Personally speaking, "Out of Africa" indeed holds the modern record for the golden "Sorest Ass Waiting For A Movie To Finally End" Award.
As I recall, this came out sometime in the winter of 1985, and I got dragged along that night with a couple of friends and their starchy aquaintances who were in film school at the time. It was on a huge screen in a large theatre and this place was so packed some people were actually sitting on the floor in the back and some in the aisles when it started. On and on and on it went. By the time it finished, many of those folks in the back were long gone and when I finally arose from the seat at the conclusion my ass cheeks felt like I was on the line of scrimmage all night against Dick Butkus.
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF (NUMB) DOOM, the most god-awful, boring movie I ever looked forward to seeing!
as mentioned before THE LAST EMPEROR, lots of pretty shadows but very little substance (or factual basis!)
and OUT OF AFRICA...please can we trade Barry's Oscar for something else he did more brilliantly like OHMSS! As a side note, there is some bias here towards OUT OF AFRICA, I was a projectionist who ran this film for two different engagements in 70mm. So few came to see the film, it was so frustrating to see a 1250 seat theatre with literally 2 paid admissions and be there to all hours of the night! ...I had a faaarm in Aaaafrica! That picture is my nemesis!