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 people's '"best of" lists, including ours?
This got us to thinking about other cinematic anniversaries and how time flies when you're watching good movies. With this quiz, test your knowledge of films and when they were released, and see how you scored at the end.
How well do you know your movie anniversaries?
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And that is the year Marty McFly wanted to travel back to in the DeLorean 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.
Back to the Future seems retro now, but in which summer was it the number one blockbuster for a record number of weeks?
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A. 25 years
C. 46 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).
B. 38 years
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?
D. 52 years
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.
For those of us who saw it in theaters, it's hard to believe Stephen Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial turned 30 last year. In what year will Spielberg's Jurassic Park turn 30?
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?
D. The Sea Hawk
B. The Adventures of Robin Hood
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).
C. Dodge City
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).
Halloween, John Carpenter's highly influential slasher film, will celebrate a milestone anniversary in October. How many years ago did it first scare moviegoers?
Tim Burton's 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.
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 Boulle's novel. In what year did Tim Burton's slick but soulless remake come out?
Kick-started by Bwana Devil in 1952, the "golden age" of 3D cinema occurred during the early-to-mid-1950s. In what year was The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the most famous 3D film of the era, released?
Not only was The Creature from the Black Lagoon the most famous 3D 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 3D, and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956), which was not.
C. The Grapes of Wrath
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.
A. Of Mice and Men
he Wizard of Oz
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?
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. Schoedsack's version the first, and arguably, still the best come out?
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.
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 school teacher Roseann Quinn. The Quinn murder was also the subject of Lacey Fosburghís 1977 non-fiction book, Closing Time: The True Story of the Goodbar Murder.
D. High Anxiety
A. Looking for Mr. Goodbar
C. The Turning Point
Often called the greatest romantic comedy of all time, Woody Allen's 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 school teacher in what film?
B. The Goodbye Girl
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?
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.
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.
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 film's first sequel, the far less successful Exorcist II: The Heretic, released?
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 Heat
B. Cape Fear
Blood Simple, a film noir crime thriller, was released in 1984. Joel's brother and frequent business partner, Ethan, produced and co-wrote the film.
C. Fear City
Some Like It Hot was given the top spot on the television special, AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs. The film starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and George Raft.
In 2000, The American Film Institute named Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot the greatest comedy of all time. In what year was that movie released?
Chris O'Donnell, who went on to play another famous adventure character, the super-hero sidekick Robin, in Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997).
A. Chris O'Donnell
C. Kiefer Sutherland
Alexandre Dumas' 1844 novel, The Three Musketeers, has been filmed many times. In the 1948 release, Gene Kelly portrayed d'Artagnan. Who played d'Artagnan in the Stephen Herek-directed Disney version, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in November?
B. Charlie Sheen
How did you score?
0-5 Points: Thanks for playing, but you're 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 don't quite have the right stuff to call yourself a movie buff, but you're certainly no film philistine.
11-15 Points: Congratulations, you're a sage of the silver screen. Eat your heart out, Leonard Maltin.