Film Quiz Friday: Famous First Questions

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Our first regular film quiz of the year covers real-life rulers, mystery numbers, and movies that open with questions, among other cinematic trivia bits.


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Happy New Year! Hope you’re all about ready for another 30 film-related questions, whether to keep yourselves entertained during the current UK lockdown or for quizmaster duties on that video-call quiz you said you’d do for friends or family. Either way, there are no prizes and it’s all just for fun.

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. Please do get in touch in the comments and let us know how you did (scores out of 30 this week!) and give us any other lovely feedback. Let’s start the year as we mean to go on, with some movie questions…



ROUND ONE – This Week in Movie History

This round is about new 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. 2019 – Who won a Best Actress Oscar for playing Queen Anne in The Favourite?
  2. 1991 – Which phobia shares its name with a spider-infested horror comedy starring Jeff Daniels?
  3. 1955 – Born this week, which British comic actor provides the voice of Zazu in 1994’s The Lion King?
  4. 1978 – In which US city is Saturday Night Fever set?
  5. 1995 – Which Danny Boyle film connects Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, and Ewan McGregor?
  6. 2006 – Who plays Alexander the Great in Oliver Stone’s epic biopic Alexander?
  7. 1988 – In which horror film does Bill Paxton play a vampire called Severen?
  8. 1998 – Who directed Starship Troopers?
  9. 2015 – Angel Of Death is the sequel to which Hammer horror movie?
  10. 1964 – In The Pink Panther, what kind of object is the Pink Panther?


ROUND TWO – Ask First, Shoot Later


We’ve started with some questions, and so do these films. Can you name these movies from their opening lines and the year they were released?

  1. “I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on, you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be ‘sir!’ Do you maggots understand that?” (1987)
  2. “Who am I? You sure you wanna know?” (2002)
  3. “Say, is this the moving picture ship?” (1933)
  4. “Did you know there are more people with genius IQs living in China than there are people of any kind living in the United States?” (2010)
  5. “How you doin’ Keaton?” (1995)
  6. “What came first – the music or the misery?” (2000)
  7. “What am I working on? Uh, I’m working on something that’ll change the world and human life as we know it.” (1986)
  8. “You wanna – you wanna talk about the vanishing wilderness?” (1972)
  9. “Are you watching closely?” (2006)
  10. “Did you hear that? They shut down the main reactor. We’ll be destroyed for sure. This is madness! We’re doomed! There’ll be no escape for the Princess this time. What’s that?” (1977)




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. Who plays Beca Mitchell in the Pitch Perfect trilogy?
  2. In the news – soon to be adapted for the big screen, the musical Spamalot is “lovingly ripped off” from which 1975 comedy film?
  3. What number vexes Jim Carrey in a 2007 mystery thriller of the same name?
  4. Who connects the films Evita, Puss In Boots, and Spy Kids?
  5. “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” What word does Vizzini repeatedly use to describe the Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride?
  6. Which 2010 British “bomb-com” connects Riz Ahmed, Kayvan Novak, and Nigel Lindsay?
  7. Whose Exorcism was the subject of a horror-tinged legal drama starring Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson?
  8. The 2014 true-story drama Foxcatcher is set in the world of which Olympic sport?
  9. What word connects sequels to Alien, Halloween, and The Mechanic?
  10. And finally – set in the far-off and futuristic year of 2021, which sci-fi film stars Keanu Reeves as a courier with a cybernetic brain implant?

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). We’ll have another quiz for you next Friday, but until then, let us know your scores in the comments below!


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