Film Quiz Friday: Blanchett Fever

Cate Blanchett in Tar
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If I heard right, we’ve got Cate Blanchett in the budget, so treat yourself on this week’s film quiz…


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Cate Blanchett does a lot of film work and seems to do better than most at juggling franchise roles and the kind of parts that put her right in the heart of the awards season conversation. One such part is her much-garlanded performance in Tár, (she’s doing the Bruce Forsyth pose in the picture there, look) which arrives in UK cinemas this week, which is why our film quiz has borrowed that cracking 22 Jump Street joke, for starters.

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 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. And remember, the quiz stands upon the edge of a knife – stray but a little, and it will fall, to the ruin of all… so have fun!


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. 2008 – Who plays Jamal Malik in Slumdog Millionaire?
  2. 1963 – Inspector Jacques Clouseau is a character in which long-running comedy franchise?
  3. 1990 – Born this week, which Hemsworth brother plays Gale Hawthorne in the Hunger Games movies?
  4. 2017 – What game features prominently in Molly’s Game?
  5. 1971 – Which MGM musical theme song makes a very unapproved appearance in A Clockwork Orange?
  6. 2023 – In cinemas now! Complete the title of the new Sam Mendes-directed film: Empire Of… what?
  7. 1997 – Which sci-fi war movie pits the United Citizen Federation against alien Arachnids?
  8. 1965 – Also born this week, who directed 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects?
  9. 2015 – How many Taken movies have been released to date?
  10. 1954 – According to the title of a British comedy, how much is Gregory Peck’s Note worth in sterling?


ROUND TWO – The Cate Blanchett Round

Next, as promised, 10 questions about Cate Blanchett’s filmography to date, from her assorted franchise roles to her more dramatic work.

  1. Who does Cate Blanchett play in Elizabeth and its sequel – Queen Elizabeth I or Queen Elizabeth II?
  2. What is the full title of the fourth Indiana Jones movie?
  3. Blanchett won her first Oscar for portraying which real-life Oscar winner?
  4. In Thor: Ragnarok, Blanchett’s character Hela is the Asgardian goddess of… what?
  5. In which action comedy does Blanchett cameo as a forensic investigator called Janine?
  6. What is the name of the elf queen that Blanchett plays in Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth movies?
  7. 2007’s I’m Not There is a loose biopic about which American singer-songwriter?
  8. What character name completes Blanchett’s second Oscar-winning role – Blue…?
  9. Wicked stepmother Lady Tremaine is a character in which Disney live-action remake?
  10. Other than Blanchett, who connects the 2000s films Notes On A Scandal and The Shipping News?



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!

  1. In the news! Ridley Scott is set to direct a sequel to which 2000 film?
  2. Who plays CIA operative Evelyn Salt in 2010’s Salt?
  3. Which 1990s film goes after Body, Red, and The to make the names of three different movies?
  4. In which 2003 comedy film do Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear play conjoined twin brothers?
  5. Also in cinemas! The British folk horror movie Enys Men is in which native, non-English language?
  6. Who connects the 1980s films Stripes, Splash, and Spaceballs?
  7. Saidoweizu is a 2009 Japanese remake of which American road-trip comedy?
  8. “There can be only one” is a tagline and quote from which 1980s fantasy movie?
  9. What name connects the actors Fox, Gale, and Mullally?
  10. And finally, in what decade was the most recent Friday The 13th movie first released?

Ready for the answers?

That’s the end of this week’s 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 quiz, but until then, why not catch up with Season 1 of 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. There’ll be more episodes soon!

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