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As I understand it, watcher means something different than viewer. A film-watcher is someone who follows cinematography in general and it cannot be used to refer to anyone who consumes a movie at a given moment like in the sentence

The movie invites its viewers into a mysterious environment.

instead of viewers. Am I right?

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Sorry, but no you're not correct. watcher and viewer are very close synonyms. If I tried to define the different nuances, I suspect that as many people would agree with me as would disagree.

To be honest, I can't even decide for myself whether watcher or viewer has the more serious connotation.

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  • Thanks! So a sentence like The first thing the watchers of the movie see is a dark scene. - would be fine? – Probably Apr 29 '20 at 16:45
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    You've got one the too many, but very close - I would go with: The first thing watchers of the movie see is a dark scene. – Mike Brockington Apr 30 '20 at 8:12

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