Film Quiz Friday | Of The Planet Of The Apes

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This week’s film quiz spans from chimpan-A to chimpanzee, with questions on the Planet Of The Apes franchise…

NB: This quiz contains spoilers for 1968’s original Planet Of The Apes, and its sequels.

Over the past 55 years, Planet Of The Apes has been one of the most reliable movie franchises going. At no point have they ever had to “scale back” to three Apes films a year, but they’re always a big box-office draw when they come along. And as the tenth movie is in cinemas now, this week’s film quiz features a round on the franchise to date.

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. 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. Be warned, you may not like what you find…

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. 1994 – Back in cinemas this week for its 30th anniversary, Shallow Grave is the debut feature by which British director?

2. 2003 – In which “Frat Pack” comedy does Will Ferrell play Frank “The Tank” Ricard?

3. 1940 – Born this week, who plays vampire leader Jesse Hooker in 1987’s Near Dark?

4. 2010 – How many Hot Tub Time Machine movies have been released to date?

5. 1985 – Which David Bowie song shares its name with a John Carpenter-directed sci-fi romance?

6. 2016 – Who plays Florence Foster Jenkins in Florence Foster Jenkins?

7. 1963 – Who won an Oscar for playing Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird?

8. 2001 – Which war film connects Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, and John Hurt?

9. 1979 – Also born this week, who plays Becky Scott in the Clerks sequels?

10. 2022 – In Everything Everywhere All At Once, which Pixar animated movie inspires an alternative timeline?

ROUND TWO – Round Of The Planet Of The Apes
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Credit: 20th Century Studios

Next, we test how smart you humans actually are, with 10 questions about the Planet Of The Apes franchise in movies and pop culture…

11. In cinemas now! What is the full title of the new Planet Of The Apes movie?

12. What is the name of Andy Serkis’ ape character in the prequel trilogy of the 2010s?

13. Who directed 2001’s “re-imagining” of Planet Of The Apes?

14. What comes next in this sequence: Beneath > Escape > Conquest > … ?

15. Who appeared in more Planet Of The Apes films – Charlton Heston or Roddy McDowall?

16. Spoilers! In the 1968 original, which landmark’s appearance signifies that the planet was Earth all along?

17. Who plays the Colonel, the leader of the human Alpha-Omega forces in War For The Planet Of The Apes?

18. Complete the iconic quote: “Take your stinking paws off me, you…” what?

19. … And which Harry Potter actor utters this line in 2011’s Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes?

20. Stop The Planet Of The Apes! I Want To Get Off is a Broadway musical in which US TV show?

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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. Which director’s production company is called Bad Robot?

22. In the news! In which 2000 sci-fi movie did Vin Diesel first play Richard B. Riddick?

23. Who was born earliest: Keanu Reeves or Sandra Bullock?

24. Throughout the 1990s, Gary Oldman, Leslie Nielsen, and Christopher Atkins all played which title character in different movies?

25. “This is Benjamin. He’s a little worried about his future.” Which 1960s drama used this tagline?

26. Which James Bond actor’s surname connects Patrick Swayze in 1989 and Jake Gyllenhaal in 2024?

27. The Slaughtered Lamb is a fictional pub in which 1980s horror comedy?

28. In which 1978 animated film does Annette Crosbie voice Galadriel?

29. What word goes before Games, Girl, and People to make the titles of at least three different movies?

30. And finally, the answer to Question 3 is one of two Near Dark actors who have had nasty scrapes with an Alien, a Predator, and a Terminator on screen – who is the other?

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 49 of Film Stories Magazine, which features 50 all-new questions on big-screen blockbusters, small-screen spin-offs, and the movies of 2002. 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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