Film Quiz Friday: The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl

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Matilda: The Musical is the latest screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s stories – this week’s film quiz highlights some of the others.


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There have been a bunch of Roald Dahl adaptations on the big and small screen – heck, Matilda: The Musical (read our review here) isn’t even the only version of Matilda. The directors who’ve tackled Dahl’s stories on screen include Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, and Wes Anderson, so there’s plenty to get stuck into for this week’s Round 2. On either side, there’s a wider mix of movie questions, on subjects ranging from movie star birthdays to sequels and spin-offs.

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. Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three…


ROUND ONE – This Week In Movie History

EncantoThis 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 – According to the chart-topping song from Disney’s Encanto, “We Don’t Talk About…” who?
  2. 1977 – Force 10 From Navarone is a sequel to which 1961 war movie?
  3. 1984 – Born this week, who connects the 2013 films Don Jon, Her, and Under The Skin?
  4. 2017 – Which sport features prominently in Battle Of The Sexes?
  5. 1991 – Who plays Johnny Utah in Point Break – Patrick Swayze or Keanu Reeves?
  6. 2006 – In which country is Pan’s Labyrinth set?
  7. 1965 – Also born this week, whose characters include Galen Erso, Gellert Grindelwald, and Le Chiffre?
  8. 2014 – What title connects the third and fourth Hunger Games movies?
  9. 1983 – Which pop star plays radio DJ Nicki Brand in Videodrome?
  10. 2000 – Natalie Cook, Alex Munday, and Dylan Sanders are the title characters of which franchise?


ROUND TWO – Roald Dahl On Film

Next, it’s time to find out if you know your snozzberries from your frobscottle – can you answer these 10 questions about films based on the works of Roald Dahl?

  1. Complete the lyric from 1971’s Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory – “Come with me and you’ll be in a world of…” what?
  2. Who directed 1996’s Matilda and also played Matilda’s dad, Harry Wormwood?
  3. Which 2016 film stars Penelope Wilton as Queen Elizabeth II?
  4. Anne Hathaway plays the Grand High Witch in 2020’s The Witches, but who plays her in the 1990 version?
  5. Which 1995 anthology film sees directors Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino adapt a quartet of Dahl’s adult short stories?
  6. Which horror legend plays Willy Wonka’s dentist dad in 2005’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory?
  7. Which film features Miriam Margolyes as Aunt Sponge and Joanna Lumley as Aunt Spiker?
  8. What type of animal features prominently in the 2015 TV movie Esio Trot?
  9. George Clooney provides the voice of Mr Fox in 2009’s Fantastic Mr Fox, but which other Oscar winner voices Mrs Fox?
  10. Which of Sean Connery’s James Bond films has a screenplay written by Roald Dahl?



Benoit Blanc Knives OutLet’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 the detective played by Daniel Craig in Knives Out and Glass Onion?
  2. In which decade is The Blair Witch Project set?
  3. Complete the title of the 1944 noir classic starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck – Double
  4. In the news! Ballerina is a forthcoming spin-off movie from which action franchise?
  5. Which US President connects the films Black Dynamite, Secret Honor, and Watchmen?
  6. Which acting sibling is older – Emilio Estevez or Charlie Sheen?
  7. Which 1970s horror film has a belated 1999 sequel subtitled The Rage?
  8. Which title character connects Steve McQueen in 1968 and Pierce Brosnan in 1999?
  9. Who directed 2017’s Wonder Woman?
  10. And finally, Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal play father and son in this week’s new Disney film Strange World and which other 2004 live-action film?

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.

We’ll be back next Friday with another quiz, but until then, why not catch up with Season 1 of our suitably named film quiz podcast, The Film Quiz Podcast, in which Nick Helm asks intrepid contestants some of our movie questions and only occasionally berates them for getting the answers wrong. If you’ve already listened to the lot, watch this space for new episodes soon!

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