Film Quiz Friday: The Christmas Movie Quiz

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Christmas comes but once a year, so this week’s film quiz offers 30 festive movie questions to make your spirits bright.

That clatter you heard in the early hours of this morning? That was me wolfing down the mince pies and booze you left out for Film Quiz Friday and leaving some questions for you. “He’s been, he’s been”, you’ll shout as you tear open your Christmas movie quiz and realise it’s three rounds of festive teasers, again. Don’t worry, there’ll be one more quiz along this time next week, covering the year in movies.

Whether you’re doing these early or you’re saving them up to test your family and friends over the festive period, we hope you’ll enjoy these 30 Christmassy questions. You’ll find a link to a separate post with the correct answers at the bottom of this post when you’re ready. 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. Ho ho ho!

ROUND ONE – Santa On Screen

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. Who plays Santa Claus and five other characters in 2004’s The Polar Express?

2. In which 2022 Christmas action film does David Harbour play Santa Claus?

3. What title connects a 1947 Christmas movie starring Edmund Gwenn and a 1994 remake starring Richard Attenborough?

4. In Jingle All The Way, Arnold Schwarzenegger gets into a fight with a gaggle of criminal Santas while shopping for a sought-after action figure – what is the name of the toy?

5. Released in 2010, which Finnish Christmas Tale features hordes of naked old bearded men roaming around an ancient burial mound in Lapland?

6. Which 2023 acting Oscar winner plays “Santa” in 2019’s Last Christmas?

7. In which DreamWorks animated feature does Alec Baldwin voice Nicholas St North, a.k.a. Santa Claus?

8. “He’s very naughty and not very nice” is the tagline to which 2003 comedy?

9. Kurt Russell plays Santa in Netflix’s Christmas Chronicles movies, but who plays Mrs Claus?

10. In which Disney-backed fantasy film does the return of James Cosmo’s Father Christmas mark the end of winter?

ROUND TWO – It Happened One Christmas…

Next, save the date and name the movie – here are 10 things that happen on 25th December in the movies, some of them happy and festive, some of them not so Christmassy…

11. Scott Calvin awakens to discover Father Christmas really did fall off his roof the night before. (1994)

12. Plane crash survivor Chuck Noland washes up on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. (2000)

13. Ivan Drago competes in an unsanctioned boxing match in Moscow. (1985)

14. Dr Elizabeth Shaw gives birth to an unexpected alien lifeform. (2012)

15. Kate Beringer’s dad is still stuck up the chimney. (1984)

16. Bean Bunny purchases a turkey twice as big as him and carries it around London. (1992)

17. Brennan Huff and Dale Doback sleepwalk around their house, wrecking the presents and the tree. (2008)

18. According to the Gregorian calendar, Brian Cohen is born in a stable. (1979)

19. Sir Gawain makes an appointment at the Green Chapel one year hence. (2021)

20. Buzz McCallister discovers his younger brother has wrecked his room. (1990)

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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. On telly this Christmas! The fictional town of Bedford Falls is the setting for which 1946 seasonal classic?

22. Who plays Lee Christmas in the Expendables franchise?

23. In which 1980s comedy does Bill Murray play Frank Cross?

24. …. And which famous Carol co-stars in the answer to Q23?

25. In which country is 2003’s Tokyo Godfathers set?

26. Also on telly this Christmas! In The Grinch, what is the name of the Grinch’s dog?

27. Who plays Dr Christmas Jones in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough?

28. Complete the title of the Christmas-set 1975 thriller: Three Days Of The… what?

29. Who directed 2003’s Elf?

30. And finally, which festive song kicks off the end credits of both Die Hard and Die Hard 2?

Ready for the answers?

That’s the end of our Christmas movie quiz – when you’re ready to check your answers, click here to get them (it’ll take you to another page). As mentioned, we’ll have an end-of-year quiz for you next week, but until then, let us know your scores in the comments below!

Meanwhile, check out Issue 46 of Film Stories Magazine, a bumper edition featuring a brand-new set of 50 film questions. You can also 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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