When we read a few weeks ago that the folks in an Ohio town where The Shawshank Redemption was filmed were gearing up for a 20th anniversary celebration, we paused. Googled. And paused again.Could it really be almost 20 years since we first watched The Shawshank Redemption the Morgan Freeman-Tim Robbins prison break flick that consistently tops peoples best of lists, including ours?This got us to thinking about other cinematic anniversaries and how time flies when youre watching good movies. With this quiz, test your knowledge of films and when they were released, and see how you scored at the end. 1. Back to the Future seems retro now, but in which summer was it the No. 1 blockbuster for a record number of weeks?a) 1985b) 1988c) 1990d) 1991 2. Lindsay Lohan hit it big in 1998 with a remake of The Parent Trap, but how long has it been since Hayley Mills starred in the original?a) 25 yearsb) 38 yearsc) 46 yearsd) 52 years 3. For those of us who saw it in theaters, its hard to believe Stephen Spielbergs E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial turned 30 last year. In what year will Spielbergs Jurassic Park turn 30?a) 2021b) 2022c) 2023d) 2024 4. Michael Curtiz was a legendary filmmaker, directing such classics as Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and White Christmas (1954). Which of the following of his movies turned 75 this year? a) Casablancab) The Adventures of Robin Hoodc) Dodge Cityd) The Sea Hawk 5. Halloween, John Carpenters highly influential slasher film, will celebrate a milestone anniversary in October. How many years ago did it first scare moviegoers? a) 20b) 25c) 30d) 35 6. In 1968, Charlton Heston, as a marooned astronaut named Taylor, battled the forces of ignorance and oppression in Planet of the Apes, the sci-fi classic based on Pierre Boulles novel. In what year did Tim Burtons slick but soulless remake come out?a) 1995b) 1998c) 2001d) 2003 7. Kick-started by Bwana Devil in 1952, the golden age of 3-D cinema occurred during the early-to-mid-1950s. In what year was The Creature From the Black Lagoon, the most famous 3-D film of the era, released?a) 1953b) 1954c) 1955d) 1956 8. Arguably the greatest year in the history of cinema, 1939 saw the premiere of such classics as Gone With the Wind, Citizen Kane, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Which of the following films was NOT released in 1939?a) Of Mice and Menb) Stagecoachc) The Grapes of Wrathd) The Wizard of Oz 9. King Kong was remade in 1976 by John Guillermin and again in 2005 by Peter Jackson. In what year did Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsacks version the first, and arguably, still the best come out?a) 1933b) 1936c) 1937d) 1945 10. Often called the greatest romantic comedy of all time, Woody Allens Annie Hall hit theaters in 1977, pairing the famed director once again with real-life love interest Diane Keaton. That same year, Keaton played a sexually promiscuous schoolteacher in what film?a) Looking for Mr. Goodbarb) The Goodbye Girlc) The Turning Pointd) High Anxiety 11. Beginning in 1956 with Love Me Tender, Elvis Presley appeared in 33 movies (31 fictional films and two concert documentaries). In what year was his final film, Elvis on Tour, released?a) 1970 b) 1972c) 1974d) 1975 12. The Exorcist will turn 40 later this year. Controversial and scary, it was box-office gold, banking more than $400 million worldwide. When was the films first sequel, the far less successful Exorcist II: The Heretic, released?a) 1975b) 1976c) 1977d) 1979 13. Joel Coen is arguably one of the greatest directors of our time, helming such diverse pictures as Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). His directorial debut turns 30 next year. What is the name of that film?a) Body Heatb) Cape Fearc) Fear Cityd) Blood Simple 14. In 2000, the American Film Institute named Billy Wilders Some Like It Hot the greatest comedy of all time. In what year was that movie released?a) 1950b) 1955c) 1959d) 196515. The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas 1844 novel, has been filmed many times. In the 1948 release, Gene Kelly portrayed dArtagnan. Who played dArtagnan in the Stephen Herek-directed Disney version, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in November?a) Chris ODonnellb) Charlie Sheenc) Kiefer Sutherlandd) Brad PittAnswers: 1. A. 1985, and thats the year Marty McFly wanted to travel back to in the Delorian Time Machine. Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Part III (1990) were released in later years but never achieved the box-office success of the first one. 2. D. 52 years. Mills played the dual role of 13-year-old twins Susan and Sharon, who scheme to get their divorced parents back together. Mills also appeared in three made-for-TV sequels: The Parent Trap II (1986), The Parent Trap III (1989) and Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon (1989). 3. B. The Adventures of Robin Hood, which starred Errol Flynn as the titular swashbuckler. Curtiz also directed Flynn in Captain Blood (1935), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) and Virginia City (1940). 4. D. 35. Halloween hit theaters in 1978, spawning nine sequels and remakes: Halloween II (1981), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989), Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009). 5. C. 2023. Released in 1993, Jurassic Park wowed film fans with its excellent visual effects, especially the hyper-realistic looking dinosaurs. Two sequels followed: The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Jurassic Park III (2001). Both were fun but failed to capture the magic of the original. 6. C. 2001. Tim Burtons Planet of the Apes has excellent monkey makeup, but the film lacked the philosophical brilliance of the original, which was co-written by the great Rod Serling. Fans of the franchise can look forward to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, scheduled for release July 18, 2014. 7. B. 1954. Not only was The Creature From the Black Lagoon the most famous 3-D film of the 1950s, it was the only one to spawn a sequel. In fact, it spawned two: Revenge of the Creature (1955), which was shot in 3-D, and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956), which was not. 8. C. The Grapes of Wrath, directed by John Ford, was released in 1940, the same year as such classics as The Philadelphia Story, The Fighting 69th, Road to Singapore and Pinocchio. 9. A. Beauty killed the beast in 1933, which also saw: the debut of The Lone Ranger on ABC radio; the first issue of Newsweek magazine; the invention of the game of Monopoly; the first solo flight around the world (by Wiley Post); and the first Major League Baseball All Star Game. 10. A. Looking for Mr. Goodbar, which is based on the 1975 novel by Judith Rossner, which in turn was inspired by the 1973 murder of New York City schoolteacher Roseann Quinn. The Quinn murder was also the subject of Lacey Fosburghs 1977 nonfiction book, Closing Time: The True Story of the Goodbar Murder. 11. B. 1972. Elvis on Tour, chronicling the King of Rock n Roll as he toured the U.S. in April of that year, won a Golden Globe for best documentary. 12. C. 1977. Directed by John Boorman ( Deliverance, Excalibur), Exorcist II: The Heretic brought back Linda Blair and Max von Sydow from the original film, but was a critical and commercial failure. 13. D. Blood Simple, a film noir crime thriller, was released in 1984. Joels brother and frequent business partner, Ethan, produced and co-wrote the film. 14. C. 1959. Some Like It Hot was given the top spot on the television special, AFIs 100 Years 100 Laughs. The film starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and George Raft. 15. A. Chris ODonnell, who went on to play another famous adventure character, the superhero sidekick Robin, in Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997).How did you score? 0-5 Points: Thanks for playing, but youre clearly a movie muggle. If you want to become a cinematic sorcerer, you may have to cut back on TV shows and take in more films. 6-10 Points: Not bad, not bad. You dont quite have the right stuff to call yourself a movie buff, but youre certainly no film philistine. 11-15 Points: Congratulations, youre a sage of the silver screen. Eat your heart out, Leonard Maltin.
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