Film Quiz Friday: Music By John Williams

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Ready for a symphony of random movie trivia? This week’s film quiz covers the works of the mighty John Williams.


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John Williams once said: “So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it’s gratifying to have something you have done linger in people’s memories.” As the movie-score maestro turns 90 years old next week, your Friday film quiz tests your knowledge of some of his most memorable film music.

Once you’ve completed all 30 questions, 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. No checking Williams’ discography for this one by the way – just hum your favourite while you answer the questions…


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. 2020 – Who plays David Copperfield in The Personal History Of David Copperfield?
  2. 1998 – What type of insect is Princess Atta in A Bug’s Life?
  3. 2004 – In which fantasy comedy do Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney play the character Edward Bloom at different ages?
  4. 1992 – Who directed Bram Stoker’s Dracula? (Clue – It’s not Bram Stoker)
  5. 1981 – What title connects the first feature-length “talkie” musical and a 1980 remake starring Neil Diamond?
  6. 1970 – Born this week, who plays Willow in 1988’s Willow?
  7. 2015 – Complete the title of the first movie in the franchise – Kingsman:
  8. 1991 – Who plays twins Chad and Alex Wagner in the action movie Double Impact?
  9. 1957 – The courtroom drama Witness For The Prosecution is adapted from a play by which author?
  10. 2022 – Which annual American film festival is named after a character famously played by its co-founder Robert Redford?


ROUND TWO – The John Williams Round


John Williams has composed some of the greatest movie scores ever, but can you identify a film from three track titles and the year the film was released? Please note, we want the specific film titles, not just franchises.

  1. Aunt Marge’s Waltz / Buckbeak’s Flight /Mischief Managed! (2004)
  2. Chrissie’s Death / The Indianapolis Story / The Underwater Siege (1975)
  3. The Motorcade / The Conspirators / The Witnesses (1991)
  4. Ray And Rachel / Probing The Basement / Refugee Status (2005)
  5. The Seduction Of Alex / Daryl’s Secrets / The Tennis Game (1987)
  6. Canto Bight / Chrome Dome / The Spark (2017)
  7. Snowy’s Theme / Sir Francis And The Unicorn / The Milanese Nightingale (2011)
  8. Growing Up / The March Of The Villains / Chasing Rockets (1978)
  9. We Don’t Wanna Grow Up / The Banquet / Banning Back Home (1991)
  10. Trapped Lovers / The Helicopter Explosion / Planting The Charges – And Finale (1974)



Suicide Squad (2016)

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. What is the name of Margot Robbie’s character in the Suicide Squad movies?
  2. In cinemas this week! What is the title of the new sci-fi disaster movie directed by Roland Emmerich?
  3. Who plays Drop Dead Fred in 1991’s Drop Dead Fred?
  4. What word connects sequels to Batman, The Purge, and Shrek?
  5. “It’s an evil [fudg]ing room.” What number is John Cusack’s haunted hotel room in the 2007 Stephen King adaptation of the same name?
  6. In the news! Which Bill Murray comedy does Sky Cinema traditionally broadcast all day back-to-back on 2nd February?
  7. Who connects the comic book movie characters Norrin Radd, Perry White, and Bill Foster?
  8. What is the full title of the 1998 sequel to Babe?
  9. “We’ll always have Paris” is a famous quote from which classic 1942 film?
  10. And finally, who replaced Bette Davis in 2009, Brendan Fraser in 2012, and Robin Williams in 2017?

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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