Film Quiz Friday: Emma and Eminence

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Ready to take on this week’s film quiz? We’ve got questions about Spaghetti Westerns, sequels galore, and the mighty Dame Emma Thompson.


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Speaking about artists’ outsider status, Emma Thompson once said “It’s a disaster that actors have become so respectable.” That’s as maybe, but we can think of few British actors or screenwriters as deserving of that respect as Thompson. In cinemas this week, Sundance London festival opener Good Luck To You, Leo Grande is her latest film, and we’ve also had our first glimpse of her role as Miss Trunchbull in this year’s Matilda: The Musical, but this week, our quiz focuses on her earlier roles.

Once you’ve finished all 30 questions, you’ll find a link to a separate post with the correct answers at the bottom of this post. Please let us know how you did in the comments (scores out of 30 this week!) and give us any other lovely feedback. As always, there are no prizes for high scores, but this week’s booby prize is a sodding Joni Mitchell CD.


ROUND ONE – This Week In Movie History

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. 2004 – In which teen comedy does Rachel McAdams play Regina George?
  2. 1958 – Christopher Lee’s character is described as “The terrifying lover who died – yet lived!” in the tagline for which Hammer horror classic?
  3. 2012 – Who plays rock superstar Stacee Jaxx in Rock Of Ages?
  4. 1963 – Both born this week, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear were Oscar nominated for their roles in which 1997 romantic comedy?
  5. 1988 – Hellbound is the sequel to which supernatural horror film?
  6. 1999 – “There is no spoon” is a quote from which sci-fi franchise?
  7. 1967 – Complete the title of Sergio Leone’s first Spaghetti Western – A Fistful Of
  8. 2018 – Who plays mother and miniature artist Annie Graham in Hereditary?
  9. 1982 – Back in cinemas this week for its 40th anniversary, which Star Trek sequel stars Ricardo Montalban as its title character?
  10. 2020 – Who directed the Netflix war drama Da 5 Bloods?


ROUND TWO – The Emma Thompson Round

Actor, writer, Trunchbull… is there anything Emma Thompson can’t do? That’s a fairly easy question, but here are 10 more about her acting and writing credits to date.

  1. In which franchise does Emma Thompson play Professor Sybil Trelawney?
  2. In 1994’s Junior, Thompson plays one of the title character’s two mums – who plays the other one?
  3. What breed of dog does Baroness von Hellman keep in 2021’s Cruella?
  4. Complete the title of the 2010 sequel – Nanny McPhee And
  5. Thompson won a Best Actress Oscar for which 1990s film – Howard’s End or Sense & Sensibility?
  6. 2013’s Saving Mr Banks is about the making of which Disney film?
  7. In which 1993 drama does Thompson play defence lawyer Gareth Peirce?
  8. In 2006’s Stranger Than Fiction, author Karen Eiffel’s main character comes to life – who plays him?
  9. In which Disney animated film does Thompson voice cat-lady Captain Amelia?
  10. In which franchise do Kevin McNally and Stephen Campbell Moore play Thompson’s predecessors as the UK Prime Minister?



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. “I heard you paint houses” is a quote from which gangster drama?
  2. Which actor’s real-life characters include Winston Churchill, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Sid Vicious?
  3. What comes next in this sequence – Identity > Supremacy > …?
  4. Who plays magazine editor Miranda Priestley in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada?
  5. In the news! Glass Onion is the upcoming sequel to which hit 2019 movie?
  6. Which sport features prominently in 2004’s Million Dollar Baby?
  7. Who voices Shrek 2’s absolutely fabulous Fairy Godmother – Joanna Lumley or Jennifer Saunders?
  8. The Wizard Of Oz is book-ended by scenes set in which US state?
  9. The 2019 films Captain Marvel and Shazam are both based on comic characters called Captain Marvel – which actor appears in both films?
  10. And finally, according to its title, which Oscar-winning 2012 drama builds towards an event at 12:30 a.m.?

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 be back next Friday with another quiz, but until then, share your scores in the comments below!

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