Film Quiz Friday: The Bear Necessities

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Are you smarter than the average bear? As Cocaine Bear rampages into cinemas, this week’s film quiz balances grizzly and non-grizzly trivia.

Famously, bears have been part of cinema from the very beginning, when the 1895 short documentary L’arrivée d’un bear en gare de La Ciotat startled audiences who thought that the titular grizzly was actually going to come out of the screen and get them. That story is not true, but what it says about bear movies is, and that’s why they feature prominently in this week’s movie trivia questions.

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 give us any other lovely feedback. Forget about your worries and your strife – there’s a quiz to do!

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. 1993 – Which Steven Spielberg-directed film won more Oscars at the 66th Academy Awards – Schindler’s List or Jurassic Park?
  2. 2012 – Complete the title of the British comedy – The Best Exotic Marigold…?
  3. 1950 – Born this week, who plays Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter films?
  4. 1985 – In which action movie does Arnold Schwarzenegger play John Matrix?
  5. 2023 – In cinemas now! What title connects a 1993 Tina Turner biopic and a new romantic comedy starring Lily James?
  6. 1980 – Who plays Joey LaMotta in Raging Bull?
  7. 2002 – In The Ring, how many days after watching a cursed videotape do the viewers die?
  8. 1989 – Also born this week, which British actor won an Oscar for playing Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah?
  9. 1998 – Which internet slogan is the name of a remake of the 1940 romantic comedy The Shop Around The Corner?
  10. 2007 – Who directed the war movie double-bill Flags Of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima, depicting the same battle from opposing sides?


ROUND TWO – Bear With Us

Paddington 2I knew it was bears – even when it was about films released this week in years past, I knew it was bears. Anyway, here’s a bear-themed round… 

  1. Which Disney character connects Phil Harris, John Goodman, and Bill Murray?
  2. In which 2015 drama does fur trapper Hugh Glass come off worse against a bear?
  3. Who wrote and directed the 2005 documentary Grizzly Man?
  4. What type of bear is theatre impresario Buster Moon in Sing and its sequel?
  5. Which 1988 comedy features Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, and “the Bald-Headed Bear of Clare County”?
  6. In which Pixar film are Queen Eleanor and her sons transformed into bears?
  7. Other than grizzly bears, who connects the 1990s films Legends Of The Fall and The Edge?
  8. In the Paddington films, what is the name of Paddington’s aunt in Peru?
  9. What type of bear is Ling Wong in Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy?
  10. “Great things come in bears” is the tagline for which 2010 family comedy?



Picture of BAFTA award trophiesLet’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. Who connects the 1990s films Ghost, Star Trek Generations, and Girl Interrupted?
  2. In which country is 2008’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona set?
  3. In the news! Which actor co-hosted this year’s BAFTA Film Awards with TV presenter Allison Hammond?
  4. Which character is voiced by Kathleen Turner in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  5. Mars, Pluto, and Papa Jupiter are characters in which 1977 horror film?
  6. Also in cinemas this week! Which British TV series has a big-screen continuation called The Fallen Sun?
  7. 2019’s Gemini Man is the most recent film by which Oscar-winning director?
  8. Also in the news! Which DreamWorks animated film is getting the live-action remake treatment in 2025?
  9. Which film franchise has featured Patrick Dempsey, Kelsey Grammer, and Gemma Chan as villains?
  10. And finally, “I’m an average nobody… get to live the rest of my life like a schnook” is the closing line of which gangster movie?

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 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. Watch this space for news about new episodes, but until then, “keep watching those movies…!”

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