i'd be curious to know, of those who stay through the whole thing, do you actually READ them? or do you just sit there waiting, listening to the music, getting your coat on, talking to friends, etc? even when i sit through the whole thing, i certainly don't read them. not out of any disrespect to those who made it. but seriously what do i get from reading the name of the hairstylist or the wardrobe consultant? what do THEY get out of my reading their name? do they care? even if i were to read it, i wouldn't remember it a second later, because i'd be reading the name of the key grip. it seems to me that the credits are more of a resume/legal/personal thankyou thing. such-and-such a person can prove they worked on a film because their name is in the credits. thats important in helping them get more work, i would imagine, or in ensuring they receive proper treatment legally. it also allows the higher ups (directors, producers, what-have-you) to express their gratitude to those who worked for them, which is all fine and dandy, but has nothing to do with me. im by all means interested in those who work on making the film, but we have tools like IMDB for that, and if that doesn't work, I can specifically watch the end credits on dvd or blu ray in order to locate an individual. but i don't see any point in sitting in a theatre reading over an enormous list of names, almost none of which will mean anything to me or stay with me beyond the time it takes to read them.