Film Quiz Friday: Birdwatching

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This week’s film quiz is for the birds – 30 movie-related questions, including taglines from bird-named features…


As Maya Angelou once said: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Great for the birds, we say – but having got the musical business out of the way last week, we want some answers! North East neo-noir Jackdaw and Illumination’s new animated feature Migration are currently flapping around in UK cinemas, and so, this week’s film quiz has a tagline round featuring other movies with birds in their titles, plus trivia ranging from directorial debuts to closing lines.

Once you’ve completed all three rounds, you’ll find a link to a separate post with the correct answers at the bottom of this post. As always, this is all just for fun, but please let us know how you did in the comments (scores out of 30 this week!) and give us any other lovely feedback. Or, you know, tweet about it!

ROUND ONE – This Week In Movie History

This round is about UK cinema releases and general film history from this week in years past – we’ve given you the year at the start of each question to help out!

1. 1971 – Which actor made his directorial debut with the psychological thriller Play Misty For Me?

2. 2004 – What is the full title of the second Meet The Parents movie?

3. 1995 – Which Batman Forever actor also starred in Heat the same year?

4. 1964 – James Earl Jones made his film acting debut in which Stanley Kubrick film?

5. 1986 – Born this week, who connects the 2010s British films Tamara Drewe, Byzantium, and The Girl With All The Gifts?

6. 1939 – In The Wizard Of Oz, which character was played by Terry the Cairn Terrier?

7. 2008 – Which New York landmark is destroyed on the posters for 2008’s Cloverfield?

8. 1993 – Which James Bond actor plays Stu in Mrs Doubtfire?

9. 2012 – What type of wild animal features prominently in The Grey?

10. 1966 – Also born this week, who directed 2016’s Eddie The Eagle?

ROUND TWO – Birds Of A Feather

Next, can you tell your Blackbird from your Black Hawk Down? Here are 10 taglines from movies with types of birds in their titles, plus the year the movie was released.

11. “Escape or die frying.” (2000)

12. “They can’t skate. They can’t win. They can’t be serious.” (1992)

13. “If he’s crazy, what does that make you?” (1975)

14. “In a world without justice, one man was chosen to protect the innocent.” (1994)

15. “Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.” (1993)

16. “Lord Voldemort has returned.” (2007)

17. “They are going to win World War II this weekend… or die trying!” (1968)

18. “It’s thrilling… it’s chilling… it’s the most baffling mystery story in years!” (1941)

19. “Two brothers locked in deadly combat till the end of time!” (1980)

20. “The stories are alive.” (2015)

ROUND THREE – Pot Luck
Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey Poster

Let’s finish with a random selection of pot luck movie questions – these could come from any era, any genre, or any level of difficulty. Enjoy!

21. Complete the title of the 2020 movie: Birds Of Prey: Or The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One… who?

22. Who plays Bill the Butcher in 2002’s Gangs Of New York?

23. In cinemas now! What is the title of the new spy action movie directed by Matthew Vaughn?

24. Which Interview With The Vampire actor was born earliest: Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt?

25. The National Institute of Mental Health features prominently in which animated movie?

26. “That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.” Which 1995 movie ends with this quote?

27. Whose real-life characters include Coco Chanel, Joan Jett, and Princess Diana?

28. Back in cinemas this week for its 25th anniversary, which teen comedy connects Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles?

29. Who plays Trinity in The Matrix and its sequels?

30. And finally – Skipper, Rico, Kowalski, and Private are the title characters in which 2014 movie?

Ready for the answers?

That’s the end of this week’s film quiz – when you’re ready to check your answers, click here to get them (it’ll take you to another page) and let us know your scores in the comments below.

We’ll be back next Friday with another film quiz, but until then, check out Issue 47 of Film Stories Magazine, which features 50 all-new questions about 2023 at the movies. You can also listen to our suitably named film quiz podcast, The Film Quiz Podcast, which features Nick Helm asking movie questions and occasionally berating contestants for getting them wrong.

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