Film Quiz Friday: What’s In A Name?

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Fetch your thinking caps and your quizzing trousers – this week’s film quiz covers nicknames, alternate titles, and all kinds of other movie trivia.


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It’s time for another weekly film quiz, featuring 30 questions on actors, directors, and other cinematic oddments. Your themed round this week revolves around movies that by any other name would still be as sweet – even that fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean film, which was just as rubbish whether you called it Dead Men Tell No Tales or Salazar’s Revenge. Not that sweet, though.

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. Let’s get stuck in…


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. 2011 – Who plays George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy?
  2. 1978 – Kenickie, Rizzo, and Frenchy are all characters in which movie musical?
  3. 2006 – Which sport features prominently in Talladega Nights – The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby?
  4. 1982 – “They’re here” is a famous quote and tagline from which supernatural horror movie?
  5. 2014 – In the Laika animated film of the same name, what friendly creatures live beneath the town of Cheesebridge?
  6. 1998 – Who plays the titular Private Ryan in Saving Private Ryan?
  7. 2005 – In which country is Wolf Creek set?
  8. 1971 – Born this week, who directed and co-starred in the 2021 Netflix comedy Moxie?
  9. 1988 – Which singer plays the title character in the British crime comedy Buster?
  10. 1994 – Which Batman actor makes an early appearance as a bat-man in Dazed And Confused?


ROUND TWO – AKA, The Second Round

Next, a round all about “also known as” movies and characters, ranging from famous nicknames and stage names to international titles of well-known movies…

  1. What is Tom Cruise’s character’s call sign in Top Gun and its upcoming sequel?
  2. What connects the criminal codenames in Reservoir Dogs, Revolver, and The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three?
  3. What type of bird is Mother Mary Stigmata’s nickname in The Blues Brothers?
  4. 2019’s Le Mans 66 has a different title in the US than in the rest of the world – what is it?
  5. What alias connects characters played by Sean Connery, Woody Allen, and Rip Torn?
  6. What is Raven Darkholme’s X-team name in the X-Men movies?
  7. Which classic Hollywood star is affectionately nicknamed “Bogey”?
  8. Which character name connects Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson, and Richard Roundtree?
  9. Which Richard Curtis comedy was simply titled Pirate Radio on its US release?
  10. Which other movie-star Michael’s real name is Michael Douglas?



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. Which horror franchise is set in the fictional town of Woodsboro?
  2. Who plays inventor Wayne Szalinski in Honey I Shrunk The Kids and its sequels?
  3. In the news – Christopher Nolan has parted ways with Warner Bros and taken his next film to which movie studio?
  4. In which film does Christoph Waltz play Dr King Schultz?
  5. Who connects the films Antwone Fisher, The Great Debaters, and Fences?
  6. Complete the title of the 1963 comedy – It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad…?
  7. The Rise Of Cobra, Retaliation, and Snake Eyes are all films in which series?
  8. Who plays Ruby Roundhouse in the Jumanji movies?
  9. What colour goes before Steel, Streak, and Thunder to make the titles of three cop movies?
  10. And finally, who plays characters called Harry in two of the top 10 worldwide box-office hits of 1994?

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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