Film Quiz Friday: His Name Is Michael Caine

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The Great Escaper is the latest film starring the mighty Michael Caine, and this week’s film quiz provides a very selective look at his filmography…

We talk about Michael Caine a lot on this site. Aside from our regular columns revisiting his 1970s filmography, you can hardly miss his work when you’re asking quiz questions about the last seven decades of popular movies. And at 90 years old, he’s still going – one minute, he planned to retire after The Great Escaper, and then he announced he’d play Charles Darwin next. In any case, there’s plenty to go on!

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. Let’s blow the bloody doors off!

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. 1971 – Complete the title of the Disney fantasy movie: Bedknobs &…?
  2. 2012 – Who plays the older version of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s hitman character in Looper?
  3. 1987 – Which psychological thriller inspired the slang term “bunny boiler”?
  4. 2004 – In the news! “On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was” is a quote from which teen comedy?
  5. 1963 – Born this week, who plays Jennifer Parker in Back To The Future Part II and Part III, but not the first one?
  6. 2009 – Back in cinemas this week for Disney’s 100th anniversary, which animated feature has title characters called Tiana and Naveen?
  7. 1989 – Who directed the fantasy comedy Erik The Viking: Terry Gilliam or Terry Jones?
  8. 1994 – Bomb disposal officer Jack Traven is the main character in which action movie?
  9. 2002 – Which Tom Hanks movie is based on a graphic novel by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner?
  10. 1975 – Also born this week, who made her film debut as Juliet Hulme in 1994’s Heavenly Creatures?


ROUND TWO – The Michael Caine Round

Next, Michael Caine has many, many films we could ask questions about — but hopefully, not a lot of people know these… 

  1. In which 1965 spy film did Caine first play British intelligence officer Harry Palmer?
  2. In 1987’s Without A Clue, which character does Dr John Watson hire Caine’s drunken theatre actor to portray?
  3. Caine has featured in eight Christopher Nolan films to date, most recently as “Sir Michael” in which 2020 sci-fi thriller?
  4. “What’s it all about?” is the tagline to which 1966 comedy-drama?
  5. What type of insect goes bananas in 1978’s The Swarm: bees or wasps?
  6. Which Woody Allen film won Caine his first Best Supporting Actor Oscar?
  7. … And which Lasse Hallström film won him his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar?
  8. Which action star directed Caine in 1994’s On Deadly Ground?
  9. “Pull my finger” is a repeated quote by Caine in which 2006 dystopian thriller?
  10. Caine appears in both 1971’s Get Carter and its 2000 remake: true or false?



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 cinemas now! What is the full title of the new Exorcist sequel directed by David Gordon Green?
  2. Who stars as private investigator Sam Spade in 1941’s The Maltese Falcon?
  3. In which 1991 music biopic does Val Kilmer play singer Jim Morrison?
  4. Who connects the 2010s movies Chalet Girl, A Monster Calls, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?
  5. Seahaven is the fictional island setting of which 1998 film?
  6. Who plays Roxanne Kowalski in the 1987 romantic comedy Roxanne?
  7. Which Best Picture Oscar winner credits Doug Jones as “The Amphibian Man”?
  8. Who connects the 2010s movies Cop Out, Red State, and Yoga Hosers?
  9. Which movie had the higher worldwide box-office total: Crocodile Dundee or Crocodile Dundee II?
  10. And finally – also in cinemas now, The Great Escaper is the final film starring which two-time Oscar-winning English actor and politician?

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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