Wrong title language displayed

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I travel a lot and have the settings set to show English titles. However, I still get some titles shown in a strange language while the original English title is listed below. Why is this? What should I do to avoid this problem?

It's quite hard to use IMDB when wrong titles appear when searching for a title.
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Some inconsistencies are known to occur because not all English titles are necessarily connected to the country you select in your settings. You could try selecting Original in the settings, then at least you will always see the English title of English-language films.
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This answer is just not good enough, it is implementation detail and it doesn't solve the user's problem. I don't speak the language of the country of my IP address, so I don't want to see the titles in IP address language.
You can fix this bug, it shouldn't be hard. If the user picks US, check if the film has a title in US. If not, check any of the english-speaking countries. If none of the english speaking countries has it, then display original title. You can do the same trick for German, French, Spanish and other languages spoken in many countries.
This issue is extremely irritating and believe me, it is the main reason I don't use imdb often. I just dread using this page because it keeps showing me titles in the IP address language. I keep coming back to imdb to check have you fixed it and the bug is still there - useless titles all over the pages. In the meanwhile, I have to use your competitor's pages, as they give meaningful titles in searches.


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I totally agree with Djordje Cenic. Please fix this bug, it's irritating.
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Amazing how after 5 years this issue was not fixed. Shame on Amazon and IMDb for not caring.
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Simple advice to IMDB programmers.
The problem is that for UK or US films, people specify something like
"(original title)  The Great Gatsby"
But don't specify UK or USA
That's why I'll have the french title displayed even though I put "USA" as my Title Display Country

So instead of having
Title display country non existent ==> Display title of user's country

Change your code to
Title display country non existent ==> Display World-Wide
if World-wide non existent either  ==> Display Original

In most cases it'll do the trick

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Most people would want to see original title. In my so called country a movie may have severel transalted titles, depending on distributor. It's quite anoying
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Now I'm trying to send in correction on every title I see as wrong, but it is impossible to do so and no one at imdb.com seems to care about this major problem.

What about creating a correct movie db site?
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re: " I'm trying to send in correction on every title I see as wrong"

You should not be doing that.  Because your display is not to your liking, that's no reason to suggest the title is in the database wrong.  It's just not the way to go about it.  You'll not likely see a change unless you can prove somehow that the title as released was different in the on screen titles.
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I found this thread and I thought I'd add here. I have the same problem with titles displayed based on IP address even though I have it set to UK Title. Even for american films I get foreign titles. Most of these title have world-wide english title. Why don't the setting pick it up? It's annoying. And today it all started switching to German titles. I checked - the settings are unchanged. Why German?! I'm not even in Germany right now.
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January 2018 It seems that IMBd still refuses to fix this problem. Now the titles are in German language and these are NOT ANYTHING like the original English title even in translation.  All the problems related to this discrepancy have been well argued in the above but in 4 years IMBd has not bothered to change this.  Therefore the best thing to do is to boycott IMBd and share this on Facebook, and Twitter.  Perhaps then IMBd will wake up.  ANNOYED!
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The changes outlined at https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/upcoming-changes-to-several-imdb-features-du6man1opd5q0 are a pre-requisite for true international support on IMDb. 

This is a known issue and it is tricky to provide the best experience due to the way we store some of the information about original titles and local titles. 

Until we have a full solution, our recommendation is to go to your site settings at https://www.imdb.com/preferences/general and on the menu "Title display country" please choose "Original" which is the first item on the menu.  This will block the localization of titles which should improve things, even though there will still be some issues.
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This should be default! "Title display country" should be "Original" as default for logged in users as well as casual users that are not logged in.
It is bloody annoying to have localized titles based on the country of your IP address. If I'm looking at a US movie, I couldn't give a rat's ass about what the incompetent translators called it in Norway, just because I accessed IMDB from there! And I'm Norwegian! Nobody I know that use IMDB would want any other titles than the original. Localized titles are completely irrelevant. Even my 4 year old refers to "Frozen", not "Frost", or whatever they translated it to.
What kind of decision making went on when you decided to use localized titles as default? Only very few users would want that. Instead of asking everyone to set "Title display country" to "Original" (and force them to log in just to check a couple of movies while on another computer), just give us the old default. If for whatever reason a user wants the titles of in their language, that minority can change the settings.

I have a feeling that this change, from the sensible "original" as default to the annoying titles in the language of the country your IP address is in, came from a developer who thought "Oh, cool, I could display the title in the users language by checking the location of his IP address!" I know, I am a developer, these things may seem cool and even helpful on the surface, but trust me, for the majority of users, it is plain annoying! I do not understand how this change could get approved. Sure, for the Polish retiree who doesn't speak English, he would probably love to see the translated titles of the narrated John Wayne movies, but I doubt this persona is very abundant in IMDB's user base. The default should always be the most sensible for most people - anything else is bad customer service!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Titles.

I'm from Brazil and I loathe to see IMDb with portuguese titles. So I keep the titles in english, since most of the important titles are in english anyway. But an apparently unresolvable bug, which turns up now and again, change some of the titles to portuguese. And it is absolutely annoying. Now it looks like the bug has come to stay, like any other bug on IMDb (like the impossibility to see the titles in an accurate IMDb rating order, since titles with the same rating number are now shown in popularity order). I can't possibly understand why you are uncapable to solve problems that are troubling users for years. IMDb is a big and important site. If I was in charge, my first and basic concern would be to keep things working ok for users. 
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It's been 5 years (!) and IMDb still refuses to fix this issue. We can safely assume they just don't care, and we should find another service that does.

First they killed the forums. Now they don't fix the app from the the leading mobile OS. Shame on them.
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And now it looks like this problem comes to stay. We simply can't select United States anymore, because most foreign films will appear with the titles given by the user country of origin. And IMDb don't give a damn about fixing these bugs. 
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Please see above ... this is a known issue and it is tricky to provide the best experience due to the way we store some of the information about original titles and local titles. 

Until we have a full solution, our recommendation is to go to your site settings at https://www.imdb.com/preferences/general and on the menu "Title display country" please choose "Original" which is the first item on the menu.  This will block the localization of titles which should improve things, even though there will still be some issues.
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It is really tricky, since you are "trying" to fix it for 5 years (!) without success. And the "solution" is not really a good one, since "there will still be some issues".

How about you show some respect for your userbase and say that you just don't care and will never fix it?

I recommend everybody to find another solution/app.

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Another problem that they apparently don't care to fix is the search results in IMDb rating order, where all the movies with the same rating number (6.9, for example) appear in popularity order instead. The personal lists have the same problem. We simply can't have movies listed in an accurate rating order anymore. 
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It used to be possible to display the original title plus the English title underneath. I can't recreate this setting now. If I choose United States as country/region I see only the English title, and if I choose "original" country/region I see the title only in the original language. My language setting is always English but that seems to have no effect. In fact some titles are displayed in Italian apparently because IMDB overrides my preferences based on my IP. This was supposed to be corrected in 2018 - two weeks left...

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