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BBC viewers sink Murdoch's 'Titanic'

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LONDON: It may be the all-time box office champion of the UK, US and the world. It may have won 11 Academy Awards. But all that has not saved Fox's Titanic from being voted the UK's worst film ever by viewers of BBC One's Film 2003 with Jonathan Ross.



Over 2,000 different movies were nominated by tens of thousands of viewers during the six week poll. Everything from Absolute Beginners to Zulu, from famously bad films such as Plan 9 from Outer Space to many generally acknowledged as classics such as Citizen Kane and Lawrence of Arabia received nominations..



Titanic emerged as a clear winner. "And may I commend the nation on its choice" Ross added. .On BBC's site one remark from a vengeful viewer ran like this. "My father fell asleep after 20 minutes. He was lucky. It was only his snoring that kept me awake"



The other films in the top ten worst list included Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut which mystified the voters and not surprisingly John Travolta's egotistical failure Battlefield Earth. The indie box office horror hit film The Blair Witch Project and Steven Spielberg's A.I. were also cited as was Michael Bay's disastrously jingoistic Pearl Harbour.


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