How to Do an In-Text Citation for a Movie in APA Style

Updated July 19, 2017

Step 1

Use the producer's and director's surnames where you would typically use the author's surname for an in-text citation. Separate the names with "and" if you place the names in the text or with an ampersand in a parenthetical citation. For example, "according to Lucas and Spielberg" or "(Lucas & Spielberg)."

Step 2

Follow the names with a comma in a parenthetical citation, then list the year the movie was released. For example, "(Lucas & Spielberg, 2000)." Give the year in parentheses if you give the names in the text; for example, "according to Lucas and Spielberg (2000)."

Step 3

Include the scene number or scene name in the parenthetical citation when you cite a direct quote from a movie. Use quotation marks around a scene name and capitalize all words more than three letters long. For example, "(Lucas & Spielberg, 2000, scene 5)" or "according to the main character in Lucas and Spielberg's movie ... (2000, "Death-Defying Escape Scene")."

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