Use this totally free source for movie and TV transcripts

Every so often, this website comes in really handy.

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Ever need to know exactly what a character said in a movie? Ever want to show your students how dialogue is done for film?

I recently found a free —I repeat, FREE—source for any and every movie transcript. At the time, my class had just finished watching The Conspirator, a 2010 movie directed by Robert Redford about the trial of Mary Surratt, the first woman executed by the U.S. government for her involvement in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  I was helping a student find the lines spoken by a Civil War general during Surratt’s trial.

Here’s a link to this incredible websiteSpringfield! Springfield!

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This is a screenshot from the movie, The Conspirator, which shows how the scripts are provided: just line by line, without character names, directions, or setting details.

This website gives you the entire script for a movie from start to finish. While the site doesn’t show which character speaks which line, it does contain the entire spoken dialogue for films. You’ll need to scroll through the script for the particular scene you may need; therefore, you’ll need to already be familiar with the movie.

That being said, this site is invaluable.

In addition to thousands of movie scripts, the site also offers scripts for thousands of TV episodes for current and past series. The movie database contains scripts ranging from current releases to the oldies. Go here now to surf around and see what you may find or bookmark the site for later. Your students will thank you when they’re needing to cite  a movie for a paper or for research.

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Thanks for reading! Check out last week’s post about how not to feel guilty for showing videos or movies before a holiday break.

Author: marilynyung

Writes | Teaches | Not sure where one ends and the other begins.

2 thoughts on “Use this totally free source for movie and TV transcripts”

  1. Thanks for the suggestion! I just used this site to grab a transcript for a movie clip I’m showing to my Juniors.

    On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 6:10 PM ELA Brave and True: A Blog by Marilyn Yung wrote:

    > marilynyung posted: “Every so often, this website comes in really handy. > Ever need to know exactly what a character said in a movie? Ever want to > show your students how dialogue is done for film? I recently found a free > —I repeat, FREE—source for any and every movie transc” >

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