Film Quiz Friday: Air Force One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

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A disclaimer for this week’s film quiz – our lawyers tell us that we have never seen or even heard of Richard Osman’s House Of Games.


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Sometimes, we get films mixed up. When films start running together in your head, you get mashups like Kill Billy Elliot, (an assassin goes after a family in a mining town in the 1980s) or The King Kong’s Speech (a giant ape learns to speak English in time to declare World War II). OK, neither of those work, but we’re asking you to SMASH some ANSWERS together to make new movie titles in a totally original way.

Once you’ve completed all three rounds in this week’s quiz, 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. Hope you enjoy that second round – Rocky V For Vendetta didn’t make the cut, which tells you how good the rest are!


ROUND ONE – This Week In Movie History

Resident Evil Welcome To Raccoon City

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. 2021 – In cinemas this week, Welcome To Raccoon City is a reboot of which film franchise?
  2. 1994 – Who plays Kris Kringle in the 1990s remake of Miracle On 34th Street?
  3. 2007 – Which Western drama stars Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck as its title characters?
  4. 1982 – Born this week, who connects the films Four Lions, Sound Of Metal, and Venom?
  5. 1985 – In The Goonies, Laurence Cohen is better known by what nickname?
  6. 2019 – “Nothing brings a family together like murder” is the tagline to which whodunnit?
  7. 1998 – Who directed Out Of Sight?
  8. 1959 – Complete the title of the Hammer horror film starring Anton Diffring: The Man Who Could Cheat
  9. 1986 – Who plays 16-year-old Sarah Williams in Labyrinth?
  10. 2006 – In which animated film does Hugh Jackman voice Roderick St James?


ROUND TWO – Mixed-Up Movies

Here are 10 phoney film synopses that squash two films together – for instance, “Harrison Ford drops Gary Oldman off a plane and into a mental institution” would be Air Force One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Can you figure out the movie mashup titles from these mixed-up plots?

  1. On Christmas Eve, a suicidal James Stewart is stuck on a boat with a tiger.
  2. Peter Falk tells his grandson the story of how Boris Karloff had his wife made to order.
  3. Tom Hanks misses the Moon and a teenager is magically turned into an adult (not him).
  4. Clint Eastwood hunts a killer who has escaped from a jail for wizards.
  5. Tilda Swinton is understandably troubled by a big-screen spin-off of Harry Enfield & Chums.
  6. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu uncover a conspiracy at the Vatican.
  7. Ben Affleck uses his financial know-how to rob technology from the Avengers and an evil businessman.
  8. Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito’s conspiratorial commute is interrupted by Korean zombies.
  9. Future £20 artist Timothy Spall paints and solves a crime with the help of a canine sidekick.
  10. Mark Wahlberg battles corrupt police officers and narrow-minded politicians in this Oscar-winning comedy sequel.



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. In what decade is West Side Story set?
  2. Who plays vampire warrior Selene in the Underworld movies?
  3. What number goes after Super, Hard, and Butterfield to make the titles of three different movies?
  4. Who directed the 1980s films Cocoon, Splash, and Willow?
  5. What comes next in this sequence – The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe; Prince Caspian…?
  6. Johnny Depp plays which notorious film director in the 1994 biopic of the same name?
  7. 1976’s The Slipper And The Rose is an adaptation of which fairy tale?
  8. In which country is Lost In Translation set?
  9. Who connects the 1990s films Batman & Robin, Henry & June, and Mad Dog And Glory?
  10. And finally, Michael Lane is the title character in which film series?

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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