Movie Quiz Series (March)
Varun Reddy Sevva (For IQL)
One question every day, starting February
When there is a break it will be announced before
Answers will be accepted till 11.30 pm same day
Googling is highly discouraged, but it’s upto our
All questions are answerable by movie lovers
Mostly Hollywood based; Bollywood will be covered as
and when new material comes up
IMDB and Wikipedia are the main sources
Clue 1 (Dialogue): ”Geology is the study of pressure
and time. That’s all it takes really, pressure, and time.
That, and a big god-damned poster”.
Clue 2: Although a very modest hit in theaters, this
movie became one of the highest grossing video
rentals of all time.
Clue 3: The director of this movie watched
“Goodfellas” every Sunday while shooting this movie
and drew inspiration from it on using voice-over
narration and showing the passage of time.
Identify this simple movie.
As you all guessed, it is “The
Correct answers by STANLEY, Raji,
Chandru and Francis.
Clue 1: This movie has been known for long as one of the
infamous “Five Lost Hitchcocks” amongst film buffs, and was re-
released in theatres around 1984, along with the remaining 4
Clue 2 (Dialogue): “Oh Scottie. I’m not mad. I’m not mad. I
don’t want to die. There’s someone within me and she says I must
die. Oh Scottie, don’t let me go” - Madeline.
Clue 3: Uncredited second-unit cameraman Irmin Roberts
invented the famous “zoom out and track in” shot (now
sometimes called “contra-zoom” or “trombone shot”) to convey
the sense of a specific type of dizziness to the audience. The “view
down the mission stairwell scene” cost $19,000 for just a couple of
seconds of screen time.
Identify this classic.
As you guessed it, it is the classic
Correct answers by RAJI and Praveen
Clue 1 (Tagline): A friendship that became a rivalry. A
rivalry that turned deadly.
Clue 2: Sam Mendes had shown interest in adapting this
Christopher Priest’s novel for the big-screen, but Priest
insisted that Christopher Nolan direct the film, based on his
love for both Following (1998) and Memento (2000).
Clue 3 (Last lines): “Now you’re looking for the secret.
But you won’t find it because of course, you’re not really
looking. You don’t really want to work it out. You want to be
Identify this top-notch movie, with a very reputed star-
The answer is “The Prestige” as you
Correct answers by FRANCIS VIJAY,
Pankaj Parashar (Please answer in
the comments in this page itself),
Debratna Nag and Shashi Kumar.
The clues may be vague, but you can still crack it without
Googling for sure!
Clue 1 (Tagline): “Let he who is without sin try to survive”
Clue 2: The word “f**k” and its derivatives are said a
discernible 74 times throughout the movie, mostly by Brad
Clue 3 (Dialogue): “Nothing wrong with a man taking
pleasure in his work. I won’t deny my own personal desire
to turn each sin against the sinner” - John Doe.
Identify this thriller.
We had some newbies answering today!
The Correct answer is “Se7en” - I guess
John Doe and Brad Pitt gave it away!
Correct answers by FRANCIS (He answered
in Gtalk), KN, Abdul Mujeeb (Welcome to
the Quiz!). Good tries by GZR and Prakash
Bhaskaran (I assume you answered this
Clue 1 (Dialogue): “Well, good morning, everybody, and
welcome to day 255,642 aboard the Axiom. As always, the
weather is a balmy 72 degrees and sunny, and, uh… Oh, I
see the ship’s log is showing that today is the 700th
anniversary of our five year cruise. Well, I’m sure our
forefathers would be proud to know that 700 years later
we’d be… doing the exact same thing they were doing. So,
be sure next mealtime to ask for your free sep-tua-
centennial cupcake in a cup. Wow, look at that”
Clue 2: The film contains numerous references to Apple
Clue 3 (Tagline): ”In Space, No One Can Hear You Clean”
Identify this fun-filled movie.
The answer, as given by most of you
very enthusiastically, is “Wall-E”. I
guess most of you liked the movie,
seeing the number of responses I got
Correct answers by ABDUL MUJEEB,
Ajay Parasuram, Raji, KN, Andy and
I hope it is crackable. It is a must-see movie in my view.
Clue 1: Before Ron Howard was selected to direct this film,
there was strong competition from other filmmakers,
including Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, George Clooney,
Sam Mendes’, and Bennett Miller.
Clue 2 (Tagline): 400 million people were waiting for the
Clue 3 (Dialogue): “You know the first and greatest sin of
the deception of television is that it simplifies; it diminishes
great, complex ideas, trenches of time; whole careers
become reduced to a single snapshot.”
Identify this fantastic movie.
Not many responses to this one - The
answer is the latest movie
Correct answers by RAGHUVANSH,
Francis and Tania. Well tried by KN.
Time to move to some Bollywood!
Clue 1: The first (and till now only) film in India to be given
a UA certificate on account of violence and not sexual
Clue 2: The mobile phone number imprinted on the hero’s
body shown in the movie turned out to be a real phone
number used by a woman in Bangalore. After the movie
was released she got lots of calls and texts.
Clue 3: 2000:2005:2008
Identify based on these easy clues.
As given by all of you, the answer is Ghajini
(The hindi-remake). 2000 was the year the
baap of them all - Memento - was released.
2005 was the year of release of the Tamil
version and 2008 was the Hindi-remake
Correct answers by SANDEEP (Welcome!),
Somnath, Mujeeb, Abhinav (Welcome to
the Quiz!) and Raji.
This one is something even I didn’t know without googling.
Clue 1 (Dialogue): “My Dearest Allie. I couldn’t sleep last night because I know
that it’s over between us. I’m not bitter anymore, because I know that what we
had was real. And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our
new lives, I’ll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent the summer
beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. The best love is
the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in
our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that’s what you’ve given me. That’s
what I hope to give to you forever. I love you. I’ll be seeing you. Noah.”
Clue 2: Rachel McAdams auditioned for the role during another movie’s premiere.
She was given the script just a day in advance. She beat nine other actresses for
the role. The scenes used during her audition included the one of Allie’s and Noah’s
argument at the end after Allie and her mother returns from the morning drive.
Clue 3 (Tagline): Behind every great love is a great story.
Identify this cult classic love story.
Well, it’s the famous love-story-movie from
which the Bollywood movie “U me aur
Hum” was inspired i.e. The Notebook. I
happened to see the Bollywood version in
the USA and that memory still haunts me
(it’s one sick movie)
Correct answers by MUJEEB and Jhurani
Time for more Bollywood crap!
Clue 1: The movie was released on 25th anniversary
of Yash Raj Films.
Clue 2: The title name for this movie was suggested
by Kiron Kher, wife of the famous actor Anupam Kher.
Clue 3: Saif Ali Khan turned down the main role,
which went to King Khan.
Too easy I think, guess which movie?
Yes, it is DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhaniyan Le
Correct answers by TANIA, KN, Raji
and Somnath. Well tried by Shashi
Since I have recently seen a lot of bond movies, I though of looking at some James
Bond Trivia too! Lots of clues in it and you can answer it even if you know just the titles
of the various early Bond movies. You can see the list for reference at this link and then
answer this question.
Clue 1: This movie was originally going to be the first James Bond movie, but legal
wrangles with its co-author led to Dr. No (1962) being chosen instead. If released first,
It would have been titled “James Bond, Secret Agent”
Clue 2 (Tagline): Look Out! Here Comes The Biggest Bond Of All!
Clue 3: This film and the other James Bond movie “From Russia with Love” (1963) are
the only Bond movies to use the wipe editing technique in scene transitions.
Clue 4: The dictionary definition of the title word is that it was a military term used by
US soldiers to describe the mushroom cloud seen during the testing of atomic bombs.
Hence its use as a title because this would be result of SPECTRE detonating the stolen
Identify this James Bond flick.
”Thunderball” - I guess this one was
easy to answer!
Correct answers by RAJI, Praveen
Joseph, Andy and Febin (Welcome to
Clue 1: This film was directly inspired by the spaghetti
westerns of Sergio Leone, by Akira Kurosawa’s Shichinin no
samurai (1954), Bandidos (1967) among others. Some
critics at the time even began calling it a curry western.
Clue 2: The film was shot extensively in Ramnagaram near
Clue 3 (Dialogue): “When I dead… police coming. Police
coming… ‘budiya’ going jail. In jail, ‘budiya’ chakki peesing
and peesing and peesing and peesing and peesing.”
Identify this fun-filled movie.
The correct answer is Sholay. It was
nice that different people interpreted
different clues for the answer.
Correct answers by RAJI,
Shashikumar, Andy, Praveen Joseph,
GZR and Sameer (Welcome to the
Deviating from the usual routine,
today’s question is about an actress,
but I don’t want her name.
At age 13, she was on holiday in
Moscow with her mother Marina
Alyabusheva when she was spotted by
a model scout getting off a metro
train. Because of her age, she had to
wait until she was 14 to model. In the
picture below, she plays the piano in
an old advertsing photo. Later in life,
she did a lot of lingerie modeling work
that gained her notoriety throughout
Asking her name would be tough, but
can you tell me in which Hollywood
movie did we see her most recently?
At age 14, in a piano advertisement
As all of you guessed, we saw her most
recently in “Quantum of Solace”, where she
plays Camille. She is Olga Kurylenko.
Correct answers by SHASHI KUMAR
(Excellent answer dude! Yes, her eyes are
amazing, and perhaps those eyes were the
basis of her selection for the role!),
Debratna, Tania, Sameer, Anup and
Mujeeb. Raji, I agree it was a tough one,
but I did so to spice up the quiz a bit.
Back to some more Bond! Clues are movie-based so you can get it if you have seen it.
Clue 1: This novel was the last Ian Fleming James Bond novel published during his
lifetime. Released on 16 March 1964, it was the twelfth novel in the series. For the first
time in the James Bond film series, the screen story bore little resemblance to the
Clue 2: James Bond does not drive a car in this film. This is the only EON Productions
James Bond film to date in which James Bond does not drive a vehicle. He travels in a
car though, but doesn’t drive it.
Clue 3: The face of Ernst Stavro Blofeld is revealed for the first time in this movie.
Clue 4: “I must say I am disappointed with the ease with which I could pull you in. The
one thing my honourable mother taught me long ago was never to get into a car with a
strange girl. But you, I’m afraid, will get into anything. With any girl.”
Clue 5: First film to show James Bond in his Royal Navy uniform and to clearly indicate
that he holds the rank of Commander.
Identify this Bond movie.
Yes, it is “You only live Twice”, the
famous one among the Bond movies.
Correct answers by RAJI, Debratna
Today is the birthday of one of my close friends, and he
happens to share it with a great personality. So this
question is for both of them.
Clue 1 (Tagline): With Einstein as Cupid what could
possibly go wrong?
Clue 2 (Dialogue): Albert Einstein: “Are you thinking what
I am thinking?” Ed Walters: “Well what would be the odds
of that happening?”
Clue 3: Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan and a whole lot of fun!
Identify the movie.
The movie is I.Q.
Correct answers by SUNDEEP
CHANDRU (Welcome back!) and
Debratna. Special thanks to Raji for
Another Bond movie in question. The clues get progressively easier as you go down. I
guess clue 3 will provide the time frame and hence make it easier to guess.
Clue 1: First completely original James Bond film, without reference to any Ian Fleming
novel or short story.
Clue 2: The name of this movie is the nickname of Bond creator Ian Fleming’s
beachfront house in Jamaica where (between 1952 and 1964) he wrote the Bond novels
and short stories.
Clue 3: Several changes had to be made to the script during production because the
plot was virtually identical to “True Lies” which was being released at the time.
Clue 4: First James Bond movie in the official series to be directed by a non-English
director, Martin Campbell, who would go on to direct Casino Royale (2006).
Clue 5: The satellite dish used in the end of the film is the same one used in the film
“Contact”. It is the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico.
Identify the movie.
The correct answer is “Goldeneye” as
you all got it!
Correct answers by CHANDRU (Once
again!), Raji, Shashikumar, Febin,
Debratna and Tania.
One of my admired movies in Bollywood.
Clue 1 (Tagline): How far would you go to save the one
Clue 2: While filming, the director of the movie bonded so
well with one of the two lead actresses that he requested
her to be his sister. Since she did not have a brother in real
life, she got quite emotional with this brotherly proposal,
eventually solemnized in the form of a rakhi symbolically.
Clue 3: 2004: Perumazhakkalam; 2006: ???
Identify this critically acclaimed movie.
The correct answer is “Dor”, the
actress in question is Ayesha Takia
and the director is Nagesh Kukunoor
Correct answers by RAJI, Andy, Tania
I did not have much time, I thought of this one movie that I
admired a lot. Shia La Beouf stars in this one. One of the
most famous dialogues from this movie is as follows:
Harry Vardon: [to Lord Northcliff] Let me tell you
something. I came here to win a trophy. And on the face of
it Ted Ray or I should carry it off. Not for you, not for
England, but for sheer bloody pride at being the best,
*that’s* why we do this. And if Mr. Ouimet wins tomorrow,
it’s because he’s the best, because of who he is. Not who
his father was, not how much money he’s got, because of
who he bloody is! And I’ll thank you to remember that. And
I’ll thank you to show the respect a gentleman gives as a
matter of course.
Just name the movie.
The correct answer, as pointed by
ANDY, was “The Greatest Game ever
Also right answers by Raji and
Clue 1: A filmgoer who saw the movie in 1974 during its original release
fainted and broke his jaw on the seat in front of him. He then sued Warner
Brothers and the filmmakers, claiming that the use of subliminal imagery in
the film had caused him to pass out. The studio settled out of court for an
Clue 2: If adjusted for inflation, this would be the top grossing R-rated film
of all time.
Clue 3 (Tagline): Somewhere between science and superstition, there is
another world. The world of darkness.
Clue 4 (Dialogue): “Father Dyer? I thought you’d like to keep this.”
Clue 5: Christian evangelist Billy Graham claimed an actual demon was
living in the celluloid reels of this movie.
Identify this famous movie.
The answer is the very famous movie
Correct answers by RAJI, MK and
Francis (Thanks for coming back!)
I happened to see this movie just yesterday night, and was compelled to
make a question from it. Here goes.
Clue 1: The lead actress was offered the script to this movie as a 30th
Birthday present from the director. The director has to delay the start of the
production because the lead actress was pregnant.
Clue 2: It took six years to write the entire script before being split into two
parts. The original draft was about 220 pages long.
Clue 3 (Dialogue): “For those regarded as warriors, when engaged in
combat the vanquishing of thine enemy can be the warrior’s only concern.
Suppress all human emotion and compassion. Kill whoever stands in thy
way, even if that be Lord God, or Buddha himself. This truth lies at the
heart of the art of combat.”
Clue 4: Total Body Count in this movie = 95.
Identify this fantastic movie, released in 2003.
The answer is “Kill Bill: Vol 1″.
Correct answers by FRANCIS, Mujeeb and
MK. I tried to make the clues more
interesting and not-too-obvious as the
earlier clues. Good going by Francis, his
thought process is worth noting. This is
how I would like to tackle any clues that I
am offered. Good job!
Well, another one of my favorites, I missed the ending of this movie due to
some damaged download. Anyways, here goes!
Clue 1 (Tagline): Somewhere in the Universe, there must be something
better than man!
Clue 2 (Last lines): “Oh my God. I’m back. I’m home. All the time, it
was… We finally really did it. You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you!
God damn you all to hell!”
Clue 3: This film marks only the second time that a make-up artist received
an Academy Award. William Tuttle achieved the same feat in 1964 for “7
Faces of Dr. Lao”. A make-up category was introduced by the Academy in
Clue 4: Charlton Heston and Linda Harrison are the only actors to appear in
both this film and its remake in 2001.
Identify this classic movie.
It’s the Planet of the Apes.
Correct answers by TANIA, Chandru
and Francis. Well answered by one
I hope it is easy and tough at the same time. Here goes!
Clue 1: Brad Pitt was signed to this movie for a relatively small salary, when he was still an
“up and coming” actor. By the time of the movie’s release, however, Interview with the
Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Legends of the Fall (1994), and Se7en (1995) had
been released, making Pitt a top-salary actor.
Clue 2: Bruce Willis took a lower salary than his star-status would normally entitle, partly
because of budget restrictions, but mostly because he wanted to work with Terry Gilliam.
Actually Bruce did the movie for free. It was only after the movie was released that he was
Clue 3: “When I was institutionalized, my brain was studied exhaustively by the guys of
mental health. I was interrogated, I was x-rayed, I was examined thoroughly. Then, they took
everything about me and put it into a computer where they created this model of my mind.
Yes! Using that model they managed to generate every thought I could possibly have in the
next, say, 10 years. Which they then filtered through a probability matrix of some kind to - to
determine everything I was gonna do in that period. So you see, she knew I was gonna lead
the Army of the ______ _______ into the pages of history before it ever even occurred to me.
She knows everything I’m ever gonna do before I know it myself. How’s that?”
Identify this movie, that launched the career of Brad Pitt, earning him a Golden Globe and also
giving him his only other Oscar nomination (the latest one in 2009 being only his
The correct answer is “Twelve
Correct answer by ANDY, Tania,
Francis and Sundeep Chundru. Partial
answer by Raji (although the Terry
Gilliam info and his relation to Monty
Python series was a eye opener for