Film Quiz Friday: Cruise Control

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Run, don’t walk, to this week’s film quiz – with Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One out in cinemas now, we’ve got a round on the movies of Tom Cruise.

A wise man once said “I love my popcorn. Movies. Popcorn” and that man’s name was Mr Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. Once again putting his life on the line for cinema in the new Mission: Impossible movie, (read my review here) Tom Cruise has racked up some interesting credits over the years, either in his blockbuster outings or occasionally the roles in between, so we’ve got some questions about them. Do you have what it takes to be Top Gun, or have you been watching with your Eyes Wide Shut? There’s only one way to find out, so happy quizzing!

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 leave us any other lovely feedback. And remember… runnn, just keep running!

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. 2002 – Who plays Alice in Resident Evil and its sequels?
  2. 1999 – What type of animal is Stuart Little in Stuart Little?
  3. 1985 – Born this week, who plays Indy’s goddaughter Helena Shaw in Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny?
  4. 1991 – In which action comedy does Bruce Willis play cat burglar Eddie Hawkins?
  5. 1973 – In the 2007 remake of Sleuth, Jude Law plays Michael Caine’s role from the original. Who plays Laurence Olivier’s role?
  6. 1996 – Which Adam Sandler character switches careers from ice hockey to golf in the sports comedy of the same name?
  7. 2005 – In which British horror movie do subterranean “crawlers” ruin a spelunking adventure for Shauna Macdonald and friends?
  8. 1940 – Also born this week, who connects the 1990s films Conspiracy Theory, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, and Star Trek: First Contact?
  9. 1974 – In which mystery thriller does Gene Hackman play surveillance expert Harry Caul?
  10. 2013 – Which sci-fi movie features “Gipsy Danger”, “Crimson Typhoon”, and “Striker Eureka”?


ROUND TWO – The Tom Cruise Round

Next, I feel the need, the need for… 10 questions about films starring Tom Cruise, from the 1980s to the present day!

  1. What is the name of Tom Cruise’s character in the Mission: Impossible movies?
  2. In which 1990s movie does Cruise play Lestat de Lioncourt?
  3. “Live. Die. Repeat.” Which 2014 movie has this tagline?
  4. In which Steven Spielberg movie does Cruise play Ray Ferrier – Minority Report or War Of The Worlds?
  5. Which Righteous Brothers song features in Maverick’s barroom serenade in Top Gun?
  6. Which 2012 film marked Cruise’s first collaboration with Christopher McQuarrie as a director?
  7. Who stars opposite Cruise as his older brother Raymond in Rain Man?
  8. Which Cruise movie title goes before Damage and Beauty to make the titles of two other, non-Cruise films?
  9. Like Ron Kovic in Born On The Fourth Of July, Cruise was actually born on 4th July – true or false?
  10. Which character does Cruise play at the start of 2002’s Austin Powers In Goldmember?



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! Who plays Elektra Natchios in Daredevil, Elektra, and the forthcoming Deadpool 3?
  2. Complete the title of the 1983 comedy starring Steve Martin: The Man With Two…?
  3. 2004’s Layer Cake is the feature debut by which British director?
  4. Which country connects the films Clash Of The Titans, Shirley Valentine, and 300?
  5. Who was born earliest – Simon Pegg or Nick Frost?
  6. What comes next in this sequence? Dead Man’s Chest > At World’s End > …?
  7. Which filmmaking family starred in the 1946 comedy A Night In Casablanca?
  8. Who plays Carrie in 1976’s Carrie?
  9. In China, which 2017 musical action film was released under the international title “Extreme Bandit Car God”?
  10. And finally, which actor connects the films Magnolia, Mission: Impossible III, and The Master?

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 film 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.

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