Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: Entertainment
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Sport 
Entertainment 
New Music Releases 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


Geraldine Carrol in Bangkok
"The first person to fall asleep lasted only 21 minutes"
 real 28k

Sunday, 20 February, 2000, 14:11 GMT
Thais claim movie marathon record

Contestants had to pass a drugs test to take part


A group of 14 Thai film fanatics are claiming a new world record after watching movies for 51 hours without falling asleep.

More than 400 participants began the film marathon at the Entertainment Global Village cinema in Bangkok on Friday.

Of that number, 64 lasted until Sunday, when they watched their 19th film, breaking the previous record of 37 hours and 25 minutes set by a Hungarian.

But the hard core of 14 then stayed on to share 100,000 baht ($2,702) prize money offered to whoever sat through the complete programme of 25 movies.

Contestants were monitored by infra-red camera
Soon after the first new record was set, contestants started nodding off rapidly.

They were ushered into beds on site or into the arms of waiting relatives - watching the endurance test by closed-circuit televisions set up in the cinema lobby.

Contestants were only allowed to take five-minute rests after every movie and another 15 minutes at the end of three films for meals.

They have had to take urine tests in case they tried to cheat by using stimulants and were monitored by an infrared camera to check if they fell asleep.

The cinema plans to send a video of the whole event to the Guinness Book of Records to get confirmation of the record.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE

See also:
18 Feb 00 |  Entertainment
Thais aim for movie-watching record
21 Jan 00 |  Tom Brook
Going for Golden Globe glory
15 Feb 00 |  Entertainment
American Beauty leads Oscars field

Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
Links to other Entertainment stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Entertainment stories