Film Quiz Friday | The 30th Anniversary Edition

poster for disney's Hocus Pocus, with Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Friday Film Quiz
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September has seen a wide array of 30th-anniversary re-releases, so this week’s Friday film quiz reflects on some of the big movies of 1993.

The month kicked off with the return of Jurassic Park in cinemas, then a couple of weeks later, we got Richard Linklater’s Dazed & Confused, and today sees a re-issue of Disney’s Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus. Understandably, we’re feeling the 1993 mood here at Film Stories Towers, and it’s spread into this week’s quiz theme.

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. 30 years, 30 questions, here goes…!

ROUND ONE – This Week In Movie History

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, directed by Peter Jackson.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. 1937 – First published this week 86 years ago, which novel has film adaptations called An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation Of Smaug, and The Battle Of The Five Armies?
  2. 2010 – Which actor is buried in the single-location thriller Buried?
  3. 2023 – Including spin-offs and this week’s new release, how many Saw movies have been released to date?
  4. 1987 – Born this week, who plays Lizzie Maguire in 2003’s The Lizzie Maguire Movie?
  5. 1998 – Mary Jensen is the title character of which romantic comedy?
  6. 1968 – In Oliver!, which famous Oliver plays Bill Sykes?
  7. 2000 – In which decade is Billy Elliot primarily set?
  8. 1983 – Also born this week, whose characters include Aaron Davis, Lando Calrissian, and Simba?
  9. 2005 – Which British movie trilogy follows Kuno Becker as Newcastle United footballer Santiago Munez?
  10. 2017 – Who is the only actor who appears in both 1990’s Flatliners and its remake?


ROUND TWO – 1993 In Movies

Steven Spielberg in a promotional shot for Jurassic ParkNext, let’s wind back the clock 30 years and have 10 questions about the movies of 1993… 

  1. Steven Spielberg directed two 1993 movies – Jurassic Park and which Best Picture Oscar winner?
  2. Complete the title of the animated feature – Batman: Mask Of The…?
  3. In Hocus Pocus, the Sanderson sisters are played by Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and… whom?
  4. “Hang on” is the tagline for which Sylvester Stallone-starring action thriller?
  5. According to the title of a 1993 horror sequel, who Goes To Hell: Freddy or Jason?
  6. Tom Hanks won a Best Actor Oscar for Philadelphia, but which US city was the setting for his other top-10 box-office hit of 1993?
  7. What is the full title of the 1993 sequel to The Addams Family?
  8. Which British actor plays Lubdan the leprechaun in Leprechaun and its sequels?
  9. Complete the title of Gurinder Chadha’s directorial debut – Bhaji On The
  10. What title connects a 1993 live-action movie and the highest-grossing animated movie of 2023?



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. “You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” Which 1971 movie features this famous quote?
  2. In cinemas now! Skye, Rubble, and Mayor Humdinger are all characters in which animated franchise?
  3. What profession connects the protagonists of Seven Psychopaths, State And Main, and Sunset Boulevard?
  4. Dafne Keen plays Logan’s clone Laura a.k.a. X-23 in Logan, but who plays the clone X-24?
  5. Which 1980s spoof comedy’s poster depicts a cow wearing wellies?
  6. Which 1973 British thriller connects Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, and a haunting in Venice?
  7. Also in cinemas now! The Old Oak is reportedly the final film by which British director?
  8. What word goes after Café, High, and Polite to make the titles of three different movies?
  9. What kind of animal is Wilbur in the 1973 animated film Charlotte’s Web?
  10. And finally, who was born earliest – Benicio del Toro or Guillermo del Toro (no relation)?

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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