Film Quiz Friday: Murder In Three Rounds

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Exercise your little grey cells with this week’s film quiz – 30 movie-related questions, including a who’s who round on the casts of Kenneth Branagh’s Poirot movies.

Following the 2017 railway sleeper-hit Murder On The Orient Express and the long-delayed 2022 sequel Death On The Nile, director Kenneth Branagh has revived a tradition of star-studded Agatha Christie adaptations, casting himself as Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot. This week’s ensemble mystery threequel, an adaptation of Christie’s novel Halloween Party, is no exception, so there are plenty of movie stars to ask questions about in Round 2.

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. There are no prizes, but if you get more than 23 points, treat yourself to enough champagne to fill the Nile!

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. 2023 – In cinemas now! What is the full title of Kenneth Branagh’s third outing as Hercule Poirot?
  2. 1982 – What is Rick Deckard’s occupation in the sci-fi film of the same name?
  3. 2015 – What surname connects the characters Ronnie and Reggie, both played by Tom Hardy in Legend?
  4. 1946 – Born this week, who directed and starred in the neo-western The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada?
  5. 1967 – In what decade is Bonnie And Clyde set?
  6. 2004 – Which fast-food chain features prominently in the Morgan Spurlock documentary Super Size Me?
  7. 1989 – Complete the title of the Steven Soderbergh-directed drama: Sex, Lies And… what?
  8. 2012 – Norman Babcock is the title character in which animated horror comedy?
  9. 1980 – Also born this week, who connects the films Brokeback Mountain, My Week With Marilyn, and The Fabelmans?
  10. 1976 – Family Plot is the final feature directed by which filmmaker?


ROUND TWO – Whodunnit?

Murder On The Orient ExpressNext, I expect you’re wondering why I’ve gathered these actors here in this round. Well, they’ve all appeared in Poirot movies alongside Kenneth Branagh! (Only some are killers.) 

  1. Who won a Best Actress Oscar for playing various Evelyn Wangs in Everything Everywhere All At Once?
  2. Who has played the real-life figures John Wilmot, John Dillinger, and J.M. Barrie on screen?
  3. Who provides the voice of the Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2: Dawn French or Jennifer Saunders?
  4. Who connects the 1980s films Platoon, The Last Temptation Of Christ, and To Live And Die In L.A.?
  5. Who plays Buddy’s father Pa, based on Kenneth Branagh’s own dad, in Branagh’s 2022 film Belfast?
  6. Who was Oscar-nominated for her roles in American Beauty, Being Julia, and The Kids Are Alright?
  7. Who provides the voice of Olaf in Disney’s Frozen franchise?
  8. Who plays rock star Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek?
  9. Who sings on the soundtracks of the movies Grease 2, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and The Prince Of Egypt?
  10. Who is the only actor with a speaking role in every James Bond movie from GoldenEye to Spectre?



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! Black Manta is a villain in which comic book movie and its upcoming sequel?
  2. As seen on the film’s iconic poster, how many men are included in the identity parade line-up in The Usual Suspects?
  3. What name goes before Jones, Sawyer, and Thumb to make the titles of three different movies?
  4. “Forget it, Donny, you’re out of your element” is a famous quote from which 1998 comedy?
  5. Who was born earliest – Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart?
  6. Also in the news! Which UK TV channel has picked up the rights to broadcast next year’s Oscars ceremony, after Sky dropped out?
  7. Which 1966 film connects Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach?
  8. “Falling Slowly” is a song from which 2007 movie musical?
  9. The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas is set in Rock Vegas – in which fictional town is the first Flintstones movie set?
  10. And finally, who plays Hercule Poirot in 1979’s Death On The Nile, 1982’s Evil Under The Sun, and 1988’s Appointment With Death?


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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