Film Quiz Friday: Shakespeare On Film

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To be or not to be? That is not one of the questions in this week’s film quiz, but we have got some Shakespeare-related movie teasers to offer.


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Hamlet also famously proclaims “the play’s the thing”, but if you’re a film fan, that probably leaves you wondering what William Shakespeare’s The Thing might have looked like. A comedy of errors about mistaken identity and apocalyptic dread, probably. On the flipside, plenty of directors have done cinematic riffs on the work of the Bard, as covered in the second act of your weekly three-act film quiz.

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 let us know how you did in the comments (scores out of 30 as usual this week) and give us any other lovely feedback. Lead on, Macduff…


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. 2007 – What does TMNT stand for, in the animated comic book movie of the same name?
  2. 1965 – “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “Edelweiss”, and “So Long, Farewell” are all songs from which musical?
  3. 2013 – Which family of cavepeople are the subject of a DreamWorks animated comedy and its upcoming sequel?
  4. 1998 – Who plays Jackie Brown in 1997’s Jackie Brown?
  5. 2005 – Armed And Fabulous is the sequel to which 2000 comedy?
  6. 1997 – Which 1996 sports comedy was inspired by Nike’s “Hare Jordan” adverts of the 1990s?
  7. 2004 – Who directed the remake of Dawn Of The Dead?
  8. 1934 – Born this week, who connects the films Argo, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Rocketeer?
  9. 2019 – Adelaide Wilson and Red are identical characters in which horror film?
  10. 1987 – Which sci-fi comedy features a pair of miniature spaceships called the Fix-Its?


ROUND TWO – All The World’s A Screen

Would a Shakespeare plot by any other name smell as sweet? Here’s a round covering films based on the Bard, his life and times, and his plays…

  1. Who plays William Shakespeare in 1998’s Shakespeare In Love?
  2. What is the name of the Jets’ rival gang in West Side Story?
  3. Which Shakespeare-inspired teen comedy connects Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt?
  4. Who starred in and directed 1989’s Henry V?
  5. Starring Robby the Robot, which 1950 sci-fi film is inspired by The Tempest?
  6. Which singer-songwriter’s Rocket Pictures produced 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet, and also provided the soundtrack?
  7. Which Hamlet quote completes the title of 1991’s Star Trek VI?
  8. “Was Shakespeare A Fraud?” was the tagline to which 2011 Roland Emmerich movie?
  9. Who plays Viola and her twin brother Sebastian in teen-centric Twelfth Night riff She’s The Man?
  10. Which Shakespeare play inspired Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 drama Throne Of Blood?



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. Which James Bond film starts with 007 opening a Union Jack parachute and then unpatriotically putting it away for the rest of the film?
  2. Who plays Robin Williams’ estranged ex-wife in Mrs Doubtfire?
  3. Which sport connects the films Tin Cup, The Legend Of Bagger Vance, and The Greatest Game Ever Played?
  4. Complete the title of the Stephen Hawking biopic – The Theory Of
  5. What animal shares its name with Kurt Russell’s character in Escape From New York?
  6. Which country connects Stargate, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and The Mummy Returns?
  7. “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” is a classic line from which 1987 film?
  8. What is the name of the young brontosaurus in The Land Before Time and its sequels?
  9. Which British neo-noir drama connects Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, and Michael Caine?
  10. And finally, which director made a series of films set in the fictional town of Shermer, Illinois?

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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