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Movie Quiz Series (April)
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 8 am the 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: The movie was
shot in 28 days, exactly
the time-span of the
movie itself, on a budget
of under US$5 million.
Clue 2 (Tagline): ”Life
is one long insane trip.
Some people just have
Clue 3: Movie poster on
The movie is Donnie Darko.
Correct answers by ABHISHEK
CHATURVEDI (Welcome to the quiz!),
Andy and Abdul Mujeeb.
This movie was considered a
reformist period master-piece.
Directed by Franz Osten, it talked
about the social position of Dalit
girls in India.
The movie stars X (who was cast
after the original hero had eloped
with the producer's wife and
leading lady) and Y (the
producer's wife who decided to
come back) in the lead roles. It
was released in 1936 and was
one of the earliest several
between Franz Osten, Niranjan
Pal, Himanshu Rai, and their
leading lady. Name both the
actors or the movie?
The correct answer as given by RAJI is “Acchut
Kanya”. The actors are Ashok Kumar and Devika Rani.
I felt this question had a major clue in the mention of
a Dalit Girl in the name.
@Raji: Well, that’s what Wikipedia says and usually
they have their sources. She ran away and returned
again, perhaps it was just a small fling.
@Francis: Well, I am glad I finally got such a
Clue 1: Every street-name in the town of “Seahaven”
refers to a movie actor, e.g. quot;Lancaster Squarequot; or
Clue 2: Robin Williams was initially considered for the
role, but the director Peter Weir gave the role to X as Xs
performance reminded him of Charlie Chaplin. The actor
X took the opportunity to proclaim himself as a dramatic
actor, rather than being typecast in comedic roles.
Clue 3: Director Peter Weir filmed in the 1.66:1 ratio to
make it feel more like a television show.
Name this movie, which critics said was “as well-made
as Forrest Gump”?
As you guessed, it is the lovable
movie “The Truman Show”.
Correct answers by RAVI, Andy, Raji,
Sundeep Chandru, Ravi Gupta, Abdul
Mujeeb and Tania.
Many of you know almost every dialogue of this movie by heart.
So I am making this question a bit tough. Identify.
Clue 1: Sets from the film Dark City (1998), including rooftops,
buildings and others exteriors sets, were used in this film,
especially during the very first scene.
Clue 2: The name of the company for which the main protagonist
works, “Metacortex”, literally translates to quot;transcending the
boundaries of the brain,quot; which is precisely what he proceeds to
Clue 3 (Dialogue): ”It is all around us. Even now, in this very
room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you
turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work...
when you go to church... when you pay your taxes.”
Identify this mega-hit movie.
The answer, as you have said, is the
movie “The Matrix”!
The answer is quot;The Matrixquot;! Correct
answers by ABHISHEK CHATURVEDI
I am literally making this question a bit tough, and the clues are less of movie-based
and more of trivia.
Clue 1: This name/word, means quot;Violencequot; in Japanese. This is also the name of a
greenish-yellow variety of apple with red stripes, that was introduced to the American
colony of New Sweden in 1637 by Peter Gunnarsson _____, a Swedish immigrant.The
name of the apple was derived from Peter Gunnarsson's Swedish home on Ramberget.
The suffix means quot;homequot; in Swedish.
Clue 2: The character was born in Bowie, Arizona to a Native American Navajo father
and a mother of Italian descent. His experiences in Vietnam and back home resulted in
an extreme case of post-traumatic stress disorder. At the same time, inner questions of
self identity and reflectiveness cause him to lash out at society rather than handling
difficult situations in a quot;civilizedquot; manner.
Clue 3: The hero playing the character shares the same birthday as him (July 6) and is
also Italian-American by descent. He is part of the generation of movie action hero
actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme who were featured in
many of the Hollywood blockbuster action films of the late 1980s and 1990s.
Identify this movie character.
Correct answers by RAJI and Francis.
@ Raji: Well, that is what the Star
Movies Trivia said. Perhaps after
seeing this movie, the Japanese
began associating “Violence” with the
This movie is based on a book, which was the third in
a series of four crime fiction novels by James Ellroy :
The Black Dahlia (1987), The Big Nowhere (1988), __
____________ (1990) and White Jazz (1992). Inspite
of being nominated for 9 Oscars, it won just 2
because of “Titanic”. The best supporting actress
award, which this movie won at the Oscars, was
shared by both these movies at the “Screen Actors
Guild Awards”! It was also ranked the best film of
1997 by TIME Magazine!
Hint:The initial screenplay drafts for the movie “Street
Kings” were also written by James Ellroy in the late
The movie is the very famous “L.A.
Correct answers by PRAVEEN
JOSEPH, Arvind and Abhishek
A high school football coach, a bank teller, a person
who owns messenger service, a stock broker, a
painter, a salesman, an architect (Mr. Davis), a
garage owner, a watch Maker, an advertising
executive and two others whose professions are not
Hint: Nominated in 2 categories of Best Director, Best
Picture, and Best Writing of Adapted Screenplay. Itost
out in all its categories to ”The Bridge on the River
Yes, as most of you said it, it is the movie
“12 Angry Men”.
Correct answers by TANIA, Arvind and Raji.
@Arvind: You like Google that much, eh?
@ Andy: Well Tried, I got another question
thanks to you. The movie you mentioned
was released in 1961, 4 years after “12
Angry Men” was released.
If you read this question carefully, you can probably guess
the name of the movie and kick me for the easy question
This movie, released in 1987, is based on a novel of the
same name by John Updike. Set in the fictional Rhode
Island town of Eastwick, this film is based around the
magical abilities and personal growth of the three
female protagonists who summon a devil-like character who
tries to seduce them.
Identify the movie. Also, from the movie poster below, can
you name atleast 2 of the 3 women.
“I see men, sixty, seventy years old breaking their balls to
stay fit! What for? When I die, I want to be sick, not
healthy” – Quote from the movie.
It is “The Witches of Eastwick”. I thought
perhaps the word “Eastwick” could have
struck a chord, since this movie has aired
several times on Star Movies. The actresses
are Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle
Pfeiffer (in that order)
Correct answers by RAJI, Tania, Praveen
and Arvind. Nice guess by Andy (The title
you have proposed seems to be more
appropriate to some modern flick!)
This movie was released in 1988, starring
the hero who invented a new kind of
highball, trying to do for bartenders what
he'd done for fighter pilots in his previous
movie in 1986. Although this movie was a
box-office success, it was nominated for
two Razzies and even managed to win one!
Just name the movie! All guesses
Well, it’s one his earlier movies called
Correct answers by TANIA, Raji and
@Raji: Thanks for being honest!
This movie was directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Some critics
say that it probably wasn't Universal's best decision,
releasing this movie on Christmas Day 2006. How many
people would want to spend their holiday watching a
dystopian nightmare, even if it is a work of art? Set in
2027, this film is a dark, ripping road movie that follows
Theo Faron as he tries to lead the world's first pregnant
woman in 18 years, Kee, to safety.
Although this film was not a financial success (unlike the
movie in the above question), it was well appreciated by
the critics. It received three Academy Award nominations
and won two BAFTA awards.
Name the movie and both the actors pictured below.
Well, ANDY was bang on target. It’s the
dystopian thriller “Children of Men”. And
the actors pictured are Clive Owen and
Julianna Moore (whom we can all recall
from “The Hannibal” I think).
Partial correct answers by Tania and Arvind
(names of the actors were also asked and
were not mentioned in the answers)
This is one hilarious movie, which has a
rating of 7.6 on IMDB. The story concerns
the misadventures of Wong Fei Hung as he
battles the henchmen of the British consul
using the Zui Quan style of martial arts.
Wong finds that he becomes a more
powerful fighter when he consumes
something, but the excess consumption
actually makes him incapable of fighting.
Enough clues, now just name the movie.
As mentioned by Arvind, the movie is
“Drunken Master II” or “Legend of Drunken
Master”. Partial names accepted, although
it is clear from the “British Consul” that it
was the second in the series of Drunken
Good guess by Tania also (although it was
not Jackie Chan, but Jet Li in that series of
Released in 1994, this film is perhaps the Frenchiest
hitman thriller ever to take place on the streets of
New York. The hero is all Gallic cool as a simple-
minded assassin and Mathilda (in her movie debut) is
heartbreaking as the teen who falls in love with him.
Trivia: During the filming involving all of the police
cars on the street, a man ran from a store he had just
robbed. When he encountered the movie set by
accident, he saw all of the quot;policequot; and gave himself
up to a bunch of uniformed extras!
Name the movie and the two actors pictured below.
The name of the movie, as mentioned
by you all, is Léon or The
Professional or Léon: The
Professional, directed by Luc
Besson. The actors in the picture
are Jean Reno and a young Natalie
Portman in her first starring role (She
was 11 when she was cast)
A easy one for a change
In his second Oscar-nominated turn, Cruise
plays a sports agent with a conscience,
seen bonding with his love interest's son,
Ray, an adorable imp who had him at hello.
Name the movie and the “love interest”
The movie is “Jerry Maguire” and the
love-interest in the movie happens to
be one of my most favorite actresses
Renée Zellweger. The kid is played by
This movie was released in 2005, starring Keira Knightley as
Elizabeth Bennet, the second-eldest of five daughters, who finds
herself falling for a man, Mr. Darcy, who she originally holds in
contempt. The story takes place at the turn of the 19th century in
rural England and is based on a famous novel.
Comparing six major adaptations of that novel in 2005, a
newspaper gave the only top marks of 9/10 to a 1995 serial and
this 2005 film, leaving the other adaptations behind with six and
Identify the movie / the novel?
Quote: “And those are the words of a gentleman? From the
moment I met you your arrogance and conceit and your selfish
disdain for the feelings of others made me realize that you are the
last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.”
I did not give any obvious clues
because this novel is so well-known.
The movie/novel is “Pride and
Prejudice” by Jane Austen.
There's a reason why the most quotable line from this
movie is ''I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog
too!'' It's because Toto, the main protagonist’s dog, is
the definition of loyalty, courage, and wisdom.
The songs from this movie became widely popular,
with quot;Over the Rainbowquot; receiving the Academy
Award for Best Original Song. This film is believed to
be the most-watched film in history, owing greatly to
its television and video screenings. Its signature song,
quot;Over the Rainbow,quot; sung by the heroine, has been
voted the greatest movie song of all time by the AFI.
Name the movie and the actress in question (Image is
below for reference)
It was easy I guess. The movie was
the famous movie “The Wizard of Oz”
and the actress is Judy Garland.
Correct answers by RAJI.
Just add one more person to the frame and
you will get the name of this classic 1954
movie (which partially inspired a 1982
The film is particularly known for the
unusual choreography by Michael Kidd,
which makes dance numbers out of such
mundane frontier pursuits as chopping
wood and (most famously) raising a barn.
It’s the famous movie “Seven Brides for
Seven Brothers”, which was the
“inspiration” for our very own Bollywood-
flick “Satte Pe Satta” starring Amitabh
Bachchan as “Ravi” and Sachin Pilgaonkar
Correct answers by ANDY and Raji. Also
GZR’s attempt is valid too, so he gets the
credit for this one, albeit partially, for
guessing the Bachchan-Hema duo correctly.
Well, the correct answer is quot;Drew
Barrymorequot;. This is the picture
taken when she was a teenager and
was taken to rehab for drug usage.
Now her career has really turned
Correct answers by RAJI and Arvind.
There were 7 movie theme-song
related questions this week. The
songs can be accessed at the given
links. Questions and answers
provided as usual.
This is perhaps one of the most
recognizable tunes in movie music.
Identify this classic movie.
quot;Chariots of Firequot;, this music is played
when the runners are taking a run on
the side of the beach.
I thought I must touch Bollywood
also, since we have produced some
Oscar-winning music too! Identify the
This piece was performed by Harold
Faltermeyer. The title of this song comes
from the main character's name, Axel Foley
in the film. It topped musical charts in 1985
and remains a popular remix track. Its
remix in 2005 is perhaps one of the most
known tracks in modern music. Identify the
The movie is quot;Beverly Hills Cop” that
launched the career of Eddie Murphy.
Theme music for which erstwhile
Bollywood hit movie?
This soundtrack has been widely praised and has
since become a cult hit. It has been featured in
trailers for other films, including the The Da Vinci
Code, Zathura, 300, Sunshine and Valley of Flowers.
It also appeared in the television show Lost, the video
game Assassin's Creed, NASCAR promotions, PGA
tour coverage, and a special edition of the BBC
program Top Gear. Use of the theme extended to the
point where it is interchangeable with the name of the
movie itself! Name the movie.
The movie is quot;Requiem for a Dreamquot;;
The composer is Clint Mansell.
Correct answers by KN and Amrut.
No clues, simply identify the movie.
The movie is quot;Bombayquot; and composed by A.
But in fact, the answers are both “Bombay”
and “Fire”. Although it was used first is
Bombay, Rahman used it again in the movie
“Fire”. So both answers are accepted.
Correct answers by SAMATHA (Thanks for
alerting me to the fact!), Raji, Aravindan,
Arvind and Tania.
This song has been sung by various
artists (this version is by Frank
Sinatra) but became a major seller in
1942. In which movie was it
“Casablanca”. Since I had already
asked the question first to RAJI
around 3 days ago, and since MUJEEB
answered it first yesterday, the
winners are both RAJI and ABDUL
MUJEEB! Also correct answers were
given by Tania and Aravindan.
Moving to some
horror (not one of
movie based on
The correct answer is “The Omen”, released in 2006.
The child actor shown is Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick.
Correct answers by ANDY and Francis.
Some interesting trivia about the kid himself:
1) His favorite school subjects are gym and recess!
2) During the filming of The Omen, he was never told
that his character was supposed to be the son of the
Devil. His co-star Julia Stiles commented that it was
because the filmmakers thought “he was too young
to understand it” (He was 8 when the movie was
name is Margot
Kidder. But she is
usually known by
her most famous
role in Hollywood
“Lois Lane” from the previous
Superman movies which starred
Correct answer by RAJI and Andy.
Simply identify this 1989 flick.
“Dead Poets Society”, which served
as the “inspiration” for our very own
Bollywood film “Mohabattein”
Lots of answers yesterday! Correctn
answers by ANDY, Tania, Bharat
Jhurani, Raji and Arun Rawat.
Perhaps this scene was one of the most important scene
in this 1987 sci-fi flick of an elite team on a mission to
rescue hostages from a guerrilla group in Central
America. The film was successful enough to generate a
sequel in 1990 and two crossover films with the Alien
franchise in 2004 and 2007. Arnold Schwarzenegger lost
over 25 pounds before filming began in order to better fit
the role of a special warfare operative, who would be lean
as well as muscular.
Identify the movie.
The movie is “Predator”. This scene
was when Arnold was accidentally
covered with mud, and the Predator
could not detect him as his body heat
was shielded with mud.
Correct answers by ANDY, Tania and