Film Quiz Friday: The Name Game

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Ridley Scott’s Napoleon is now in cinemas, and this week’s film quiz is on first name terms with various biopics. 30 movie-themed questions – come and have a go if you think you’re smart enough…

Biopics most often go for surnames in their titles, but if there’s enough certainty about a certain figure, you can always go in for the Napoleon approach, even if there’s a risk of being confused with the 1927 film, the 1951 film, the 1955 film, or the 1995 film. That’s what makes the difference between 2012’s Jack Reacher, the Prime Video series Reacher, and the 1996 Francis Ford Coppola film, Jack. OK, that last one is about a very not-real, very not-six-foot-tall-military-detective Jack, but we’re talking about him, eh?

Alright, that’s enough stalling. 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. Here goes…!

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. 2003 – Back in cinemas this week for its 20th anniversary, which film features the song “Christmas Is All Around”?

2. 1986 –Anthony Perkins both directed and starred in Psycho III, reprising which iconic horror movie character?

3. 1969 – Mattie Ross is a major character in which western?

4. 1942 – Born this week, who plays a man who sues God in 2001’s The Man Who Sued God?

5. 2014 – The movie version of What We Do In The Shadows is set in which country?

6. 1992 – In which comedy does Whoopi Goldberg play lounge singer Deloris Wilson?

7. 2000 – Also born this week, Auliʻi Cravalho is best known as the voice of which Disney title character?

8. 1988 – Who plays teenage outsider J.D. in Heathers?

9. 1999 – Which 1976 horror film has a belated sequel subtitled The Rage?

10. 2004 – What title connects a 1962 political thriller starring Frank Sinatra and a remake starring Denzel Washington?

ROUND TWO – On First-Name Terms

Next, a round about real people and the movies about them being so great, they named them… well, once. How well do you know these given names and movie titles?

11. Which famous Judy does Renée Zellweger play in 2019’s Judy?

12. Who directed 1960’s Spartacus?

13. “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” is a song from which 1996 movie musical?

14. Who plays model-turned-bounty hunter Domino Harvey in 2005’s Domino?

15. 2014’s Selma is a biopic of the American social activist Selma James: true or false?

16. Which famous Ray does Jamie Foxx play in 2004’s Ray?

17. Who plays Che Guevara in Steven Soderbergh’s 2008 biopic duology Che?

18. Elizabeth Taylor earned a then-record-high salary of $1 million for playing the title character in which 1963 historical epic?

19. Who directed 2022’s Elvis?

20. 2009’s All About Steve is a biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs: true or false?


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. Complete the title of the sci-fi adventure starring Peter Cushing: Dr Who And The… what?

22. In The Fugitive, Harrison Ford’s character is wrongly accused of what crime?

23. Which singer recorded the title track in Despicable Me and “Happy” in Despicable Me 2?

24. In which US city is Chinatown set: New York or Los Angeles?

25. “I’ll live to see you eat that contract, but I hope you leave enough room for my fist because I’m going to ram it into your stomach and break your goddamn spine!” Which Arnold Schwarzenegger film features this quote?

26. In cinemas now! What is the title of the new Disney animated feature starring Ariana DeBose and Chris Pine?

27. What job features prominently in the 1991 drama Backdraft?

28. Who was born earliest: Hugh Grant or Richard E Grant (no relation)?

29. Which M. Night Shyamalan film is based on a Nickelodeon animated series?

30. And finally, in which 1980s movie does Napoleon Bonaparte visit a California water park called Waterloo?

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, 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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