Film Quiz Friday: First Among Sequels

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It’s Friday and this week’s film quiz features 30 more questions about birthdays, quotes, and famous Firsts…

Just when we thought we were over last week’s bout of title pedantry, we had a look what was out in UK cinemas today and we’re disappointed to discover that we now have to differentiate between the first Omen, which is just 1976’s The Omen, and The First Omen, the new prequel. With all due credit to Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books, this week’s film quiz takes in other famous Firsts on film, and most of them aren’t the first films in franchises either.

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. Now, first things second…

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. 1960 – Born this week, who plays Agent Smith(s) in the first three Matrix films?

2. 2024 – All in cinemas now! Which country connects the films The First Omen, Immaculate, and Luca?

3. 1984 – Which fantasy film has sequels subtitled The Next Chapter and Return To Fantasia?

4. 2000 – Who plays Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich?

5. 1996 – In which swashbuckler does Geena Davis play a pirate called Morgan Adams?

6. 1981 – Which British sports biopic is based on the lives of athletes Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell?

7. 2003 – What is the full title of the sequel to 2000’s Shanghai Noon?

8. 1972 – Dougal And The Blue Cat is a film spin-off of which stop-motion animated TV series?

9. 1987 – Who plays world arm-wrestling champion Lincoln Hawk in Over The Top?

10. 1954 – “I coulda been a contender” is a famous quote from which movie, back in cinemas this week for its 70th anniversary?

ROUND TWO – Famous Firsts

Like The First Omen, all the movies covered in this round have “First” in their title, even if they’re not first at all.

11. Who first played Agent Peggy Carter in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger?

12. Which 1984 comedy has a 1985 sequel titled Their First Assignment?

13. Who goes on approximately 50 first dates with Adam Sandler in 50 First Dates?

14. Which Enterprise captain is top-billed in Star Trek: First Contact: William Shatner or Patrick Stewart?

15. Which 2021 sequel followed 2018’s The First Purge?

16. In which decade is X-Men: First Class primarily set?

17. Which real-life figure does Ryan Gosling play in 2018’s First Man?

18. Which animated hero’s First Epic Movie was released by DreamWorks in 2017?

19. Which Oscar-winning filmmaker co-wrote Rambo: First Blood Part II with Sylvester Stallone?

20. “Don’t get mad, get everything.” Which 1996 comedy uses this quote as its tagline?

Monkey Man
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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. In The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, which character celebrates their eleventy-first birthday?

22. Also in cinemas now! Who wrote, directed, and stars in this week’s new action movie Monkey Man?

23. What is the name of Pinocchio’s conscience in Disney’s Pinocchio?

24. Who was born earliest: Emma Stone or Emma Watson?

25. Which 2013 drama connects Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, and Olivia Wilde?

26. Calvin Klein and Clint Eastwood are aliases of which 1980s movie character?

27. How many Hunger Games movies have been released to date?

28. Who connects the 1990s films Pulp Fiction, Gattaca, and The Avengers (not that one)?

29. “Dammit Janet” is a song from which 1970s movie musical?

30. And finally – “You know Thorn the man… but do you know his soul?” Who plays the grown-up Damien Thorn in 1981’s Omen III: The Final Conflict?

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 48 of Film Stories Magazine, which features 50 all-new questions on subjects like sequel subtitles, famous taglines, and the movies of 1984. 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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