Film Quiz Friday: Date Movies

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Happy Film Quiz Friday everyone! As Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving arrives in UK cinemas, this week’s film quiz roves around the movie calendar…

We don’t really go in for Thanksgiving in the UK, but that’s not to say we can’t enjoy the feature-length version of Eli Roth’s 2007 spoof trailer (and you can read James’ review here). While we keep our fingers crossed for Edgar Wright’s Don’t to get the Machete treatment as well, we’ve themed this week’s movie quiz around other film titles stripped from the calendar.

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. Looking at our availability here, you can expect further quizzes Friday, Next Friday, and Friday After Next – hey there’s three to begin with…

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. 1978 – Born this week, who connects the 2000s movies Mean Girls, Red Eye, and Sherlock Holmes?

2. 2023 – In cinemas now! Which North East seaside town shares its name with the latest film from Emerald Fennell?

3. 1998 – Raoul Duke and Dr Gonzo are the main characters in which road-trip comedy?

4. 2004 – Which British comedy has a sequel subtitled The Edge Of Reason?

5. 1979 – The film Quadrophenia is based on a rock opera by which English rock band?

6. 1944 – Also born this week, whose movie characters include Sid Hudgens, Harry Wormwood, and Oswald Cobblepot?

7. 2013 – Who plays Dr Ryan Stone in Gravity: Sandra Bullock or George Clooney?

8. 1954 – Which Alfred Hitchcock thriller was remade as a 1998 TV movie starring Christopher Reeve in the James Stewart role?

9. 2001 – Who directed Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone?

10. 1990 – Which title character does Liam Neeson play in Sam Raimi’s superhero movie of the same name?

ROUND TWO – The Calendar Round

Next, a round all about movies with dates and special occasions in the titles, like “Film Quiz Friday: The Movie” (Hollywood, call me!) or more aptly, “Thanksgiving”…

11. In 1993’s Groundhog Day, what is Bill Murray’s character’s job?

12. … and also in 1993’s Groundhog Day, who plays Rita Hanson?

13. What is the name of the abandoned summer camp that features in several Friday The 13th movies?

14. Which film won more Oscars: Born On The Fourth Of July or Independence Day?

15. Who stars opposite Robin Williams as the other potential dad of a missing teenager in the 1997 comedy Father’s Day?

16. How many Christmases did Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon endure in a 2008 seasonal comedy of the same name?

17. In which city is the 1980 gangster movie The Long Good Friday primarily set?

18. Which family-friendly movie has a 2018 sequel subtitled Haunted Halloween?

19. Who directed the documentary films Fahrenheit 9/11 and Fahrenheit 11/9?

20. Which occasion comes next in Garry Marshall’s series of seasonal romantic anthology films – Valentine’s Day > New Year’s Eve > … ?


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. Who was born earliest – Robert De Niro or Al Pacino?

22. In which Thanksgiving-set comedy does John Candy play a shower curtain ring salesman?

23. Also in cinemas now! Complete the title – The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And

24. Joey is the title character in which Steven Spielberg movie?

25. What word goes before Balls, Chimps, and Jam to make the titles of three different comedy movies?

26. In 1994’s Speed, who plays mad bomber Howard Payne?

27. In the news! Not including spin-offs, how many Shrek feature films have been released to date?

28. Which real-life figure does Emma Mackey play in the 2022 biopic Emily?

29. According to a famous quote from 1970’s Love Story: “Love means never having to say…” what?

30. And finally, which Arnold Schwarzenegger film connects the actors Robert Downey, Cuba Gooding, and Freddie Prinze?

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, check out Issue 46 of Film Stories Magazine, a bumper edition featuring a brand-new set of 50 film questions. You can also 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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