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what does (Cast overview, first billed only) mean?

 
 
lovejoy
 
Reply Fri 9 Apr, 2010 10:58 pm
this is the cast list for apocalypse now, what does the first billed bit mean?

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Cast
(Cast overview, first billed only)

Marlon Brando ... Colonel Walter E. Kurtz

Martin Sheen ... Captain Benjamin L. Willard

Robert Duvall ... Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore

Frederic Forrest ... Jay 'Chef' Hicks
Sam Bottoms ... Lance B. Johnson

Laurence Fishburne ... Tyrone 'Clean' Miller (as Larry Fishburne)

Albert Hall ... Chief Phillips

Harrison Ford ... Colonel Lucas

Dennis Hopper ... Photojournal
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2PacksAday
 
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Reply Sat 10 Apr, 2010 01:03 am
@lovejoy,
First billed means top of the list.

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Billing is a term used in advertising.....I think it might come from "handbills" but I'm not sure.....handbills are leaflets/flyers that are handed out on the steet by an employee of a resturant or car dealership....or a movie house.

Film posters or trailers are considered ads, first billed means the actor...usually the big name in the film....is listed at the top, to gain attention....then followed by the other well known actors in the film.

I'm guessing you saw this at IMDB, or something similar....in the "cast overview" sense....they are only showing the actors that are easily recognised by name alone, or that played a significant role in the film....as in the actors that are listed first in the credits.
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Sat 10 Apr, 2010 01:06 am
If you are a real superstar, you get billing on screen before the title of the film comes on.
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lovejoy
 
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Reply Sat 10 Apr, 2010 02:21 am
Thanks each
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