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Movie Quiz: Thursday 21st January 2021

#1. Which 1991 film, directed by Jonathan Demme, won best film, actor, actress, and director Oscars?

Demme won the Academy Award for The Silence of the Lambs (1991)—one of only three films to win all the major categories (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress).

#2. Which film star's biography was called 'Neither Shaken Nor Stirred'?

From humble beginnings as a milkman and coffin-polisher to one of the world’s biggest box-office names, Sean Connery is one of Hollywood’s all-time greatest success stories. The star of nearly 80 films, Connery is perhaps still best known for his seven performances as James Bond. Indeed, for many movie fans Connery’s 007 is unsurpassed to this day.

#3. Which dark wizard was portrayed by Christopher Lee in the Lord Of The Rings films?

Lee played Saruman in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. In the commentary, he stated he had a decades-long dream to play Gandalf, but that he was now too old, and that his physical limitations prevented him from being considered. The role of Saruman, by contrast, required no horse riding and much less fighting.

 

#4. Born Taidje Khan, which actor won an Oscar in 1955 for their role in the movie 'The King and I'?

Yul Brynner was a Russian-born actor of stage and film. He was best known for his portrayal of Mongkut, king of Siam, in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I on both stage and screen, as well as Rameses II in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille film The Ten Commandments and Chris Adams in The Magnificent Seven. Brynner was noted for his deep, rich voice and for his shaven head, which he maintained as a personal trademark after adopting it for his role in The King and I. He was also a photographer and the author of two books. Yul Brynner was born Yuliy Borisovich Bryner in 1920. He exaggerated his background and early life for the press, claiming that he was born Taidje Khan of part-Mongol parentage, on the Russian island of Sakhalin.

#5. According to the title of the film, what is the profession of Ace Ventura?

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a 1994 American comedy film starring Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura, an animal detective who is tasked with finding the abducted dolphin mascot of the Miami Dolphins football team.

#6. Name the actor who played the character 'Eddie Felson' twice, the second time alongside Tom Cruise in 1986?

Paul Newman won an Oscar for his second go-around as “Fast Eddie” Felson in 1986’s The Color of Money, a one-time collaboration between the iconic film star and acclaimed director Martin Scorsese.

#7. What was the name of Milla Jovovich's character in the 1997 Luc Besson film 'The Fifth Element'?

Jovovich returned to acting in 1997 with a lead role in the French science fiction action film The Fifth Element, alongside Bruce Wilis and Gary Oldman. This was written and directed by Luc Besson. She portrayed Leeloo, an alien who helps to save the planet.

#8. Which 1993 film starring John Candy told the story of the Jamaican bobsleigh team?

Considered one of the best “underdog” sports movies of all time, Cool Runnings (1993) was inspired by the true story of the first Jamaican national bobsleigh team.

#9. What is the first in a series of films from 1984 onwards with Robert Englund haunting peoples dreams?

Frederick Krueger is a fictional character in the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) as the spirit of a serial killer who uses a gloved hand with razors to kill his victims in their dreams, causing their deaths in the real world as well. In the dream world, he is a powerful force and almost completely invulnerable. However, whenever Freddy is pulled into the real world, he has normal human vulnerabilities and can be destroyed. The character was created by Craven and was consistently portrayed by Robert Englund in the original film series as well as in the television spin-off.

#10. What is the name of the little people in Frank Baum's the Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

A Munchkin is a native of the fictional Munchkin Country in the Oz books by American author L. Frank Baum. They first appear in the classic children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) where they welcome Dorothy Gale to their city in Oz.

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