Step 2 - Load Sample Data

In this step, you populate the Movies table with sample data.

This scenario uses a sample data file that contains information about a few thousand movies from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). The movie data is in JSON format, as shown in the following example. For each movie, there is a year, a title, and a JSON map named info.

      "year" : ... ,
      "title" : ... ,
      "info" : { ... }
      "year" : ...,
      "title" : ...,
      "info" : { ... }



In the JSON data, note the following:

The year and title are used as the primary key attribute values for the Movies table.

The rest of the info values are stored in a single attribute called info. This program illustrates how you can store JSON in an Amazon DynamoDB attribute.

The following is an example of movie data.

    "year" : 2013,
    "title" : "Turn It Down, Or Else!",
    "info" : {
        "directors" : [
            "Alice Smith",
            "Bob Jones"
        "release_date" : "2013-01-18T00:00:00Z",
        "rating" : 6.2,
        "genres" : [
        "image_url" : "",
        "plot" : "A rock band plays their music at high volumes, annoying the neighbors.",
        "rank" : 11,
        "running_time_secs" : 5215,
        "actors" : [
            "David Matthewman",
            "Ann Thomas",
            "Jonathan G. Neff"

Download the Sample Data File

  1. In the Cloud9 terminal use the following command to download the
  1. Use the following command extract the data file (moviedata.json)

Load the Sample Data in to the Movies Table

After you download the sample data, you can run the following program to populate the Movies table.

  1. Copy the following program and paste it into a file named change the region name us-west-2 to the same region as the Cloud9 instance.
import boto3
import json
import decimal

dynamodb = boto3.resource('dynamodb', region_name='us-west-2')

table = dynamodb.Table('Movies')

with open("moviedata.json") as json_file:
    movies = json.load(json_file, parse_float = decimal.Decimal)
    for movie in movies:
        year = int(movie['year'])
        title = movie['title']
        info = movie['info']

        print("Adding movie:", year, title)

               'year': year,
               'title': title,
               'info': info,
  1. To run the program, enter the following command.