The Festive Film Quiz Awakens

It's not just George Lucas who can shamelessly milk the same cash-cow over and over! Returning for a third straight year, it's the much-awaited Festive Film Quiz, now almost as much a part of Christmas as carols and tinsel and socks for gifts. As oft-times before, there are 80 points at stake, but my cash-cow is not yet as lucrative as Star Wars, so absolutely no prizes. I did have an original, much-coveted BB-8 droid to give away as first prize, but, got stolen, yes, stolen, Santa! The bastard.

Disclaimer: The Fast Picture Show accepts no responsibility for any quiz-related arguments that result in name-calling, finger-pointing, hair-pulling, food-fights, fist-fights, sobbing in the toilets, dredging up of old family feuds, revelations of true parentage, or any incidents which result in injury, coma or death.

"Jesus Christ, not this bloody quiz again...."


Round 1: The Christmas Round
Clear your throat, because we’re starting with a song in our heart as we tackle some festive musical questions.

  1. What Christmas song does everyone sing to spread Christmas cheer at the end of Elf?
  2. In which film did Bing Crosby first croon ‘White Christmas’?
  3. Which violent 80s action movie begins to the strains of ‘Jingle Bell Rock’?
  4. Which violent 80s action movie ends to the strains of ‘Let it Snow’?
  5. What song is everyone encouraged to sing-a-long with at the end of Scrooged?
  6. Which Christmas song does Lindsay Lohan and friends perform in Mean Girls?
  7. The Ronettes’ version of which Christmas classic features in Goodfellas? 
  8. ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ was first sang in which film?

"Short-term memory is overrated...."
Round 2: In Recent Memory
In which we test if too much festive eggnog has already killed your short-term memory.

  1. What was the biggest worldwide box-office hit in 2015?
  2. Pixar had 2 films out this year; Inside Out and…..?
  3. Complete the name of the 2015 hit: Mission: Impossible - ……..?
  4. Who provided the voice of Shaun in the Shaun the Sheep Movie?
  5. The latest instalment in the Rocky franchise was released. What was it called?
  6. The Hunger Games were finally completed in 2015. Who wrote the books on which the movies were based?
  7. What film won Best Picture at the Oscars in 2015?
  8. What was the cinematic significance of October 21st, 2015 earlier this year? 

Round 3: Famous Last Words
The lines of dialogue below are the last words spoken by well known movie characters before they pop their clogs. Name the character in each case. Feel free to re-enact the scenes just for the laugh

  1. “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine”
  2. “Who ever thought a little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?! Ah, I'm going! Aaaghhh!”
  3. “But you'll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two...”
  4. "What is your major malfunction, numbnuts? Didn't mommy and daddy show you enough attention when you were a child?"
  5. “We belong dead”
  6. “Oh…he didn’t know”
  7. “Made it, Ma! Top of the World!”
  8. “I would have followed you, my brother... My captain... My king.”

Round 4:The Connections Round!
It’s like TV Quiz Only Connect, only with smaller boobs. 

  1. What links the films The Princess Bride, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Scorpion King, Predator and Rocky III?
  2. Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas, Charles Gray, Max von Sydow, and Christoph Waltz have all done what?
  3. Colin Firth, Jean Dujardin, Daniel Day-Lewis, Matthew McConaughey……Who comes next?
  4. What links the following three lines of dialogue; “Did you hear that?” “Echo Three to Echo Seven.” “Command station, this is ST321, code clearance blue.”
  5. What’s the small connection between Hoffa, The War of the Roses, Matilda and Throw Momma From the Train.
  6. Winter’s Bone. Out of Sight. Marley & Me. Elektra. What’s the common name?
  7. What precedes Dawn, Sonja, Eye, Heat and Planet?
  8. What’s the sporting significance of the following sequence: Jean de Florette (1998), City of God (2002), Cinema Paradiso (2006), All About My Mother (2010), Das Boot (2014)

Round 5: The Geography Round
For each of the films below, name the country the action primarily takes place in.

  1. District 9
  2. M*A*S*H
  3. The Last King of Scotland
  4. Casablanca
  5. Beauty & the Beast
  6. The Raid
  7. The Third Man
  8. Lost in Translation

Round 6: Sequels
Not all sequels unimaginatively stick a roman numeral on the end. For each of the sequels below, name the original film that it followed.

  1. Magnum Force
  2. Staying Alive
  3. The Two Jakes
  4. The Jewel of the Nile
  5. Sanjuro
  6. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay 
  7. The Color of Money
  8. Shanghai Knights

Round 7: The Music Round
The following films all won Oscars for Best Original Song (no, really, they did!). For a whopping 2 (TWO!) points in each question, name both the song AND the artist (or band) who warbled their way to victory.

  1. Top Gun
  2. 8 Mile
  3. Titanic
  4. Working Girl
  5. Philadelphia
  6. The Woman in Red
  7. An Officer and a Gentleman
  8. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Round 8: Colour Me Beautiful
The short descriptions below refer to films with a colour in their title. Name the colour in each case.

  1. Whoopi Goldberg is a slave
  2. Margot Kidder is stalked in one of the first slasher films
  3. Jon Cryer is in love with Molly Ringwald
  4. Kyle Maclachlan finds a severed ear
  5. John Wayne drives a pile of cows to Texas.
  6. Andie MacDowell and Gerard Depardieu fall in love
  7. Quentin Tarantino’s third film
  8. Will Ferrell insults San Diego

Round 9: The bastard-hard-either-you-know-it-or-you-don’t Round.

  1. Ferris Bueller sings 2 songs in the Von Steuben Day parade. Twist & Shout is one. What is the other?
  2. Who was the first Marvel Comics character to get their own feature length film?
  3. In 1921, the film Howdy Chicago was the first film to be shown where?
  4. What 2005 sci-fi film was the first pirated film from a HD DVD to be made available on BitTorrent?
  5. Death of a Gunslinger (1969) was the first movie to credit which long-suffering persona as its director?
  6. Which 20s superstar actress was the original ‘It Girl’?
  7. What was the first American film about the Vietnam War?
  8. A quote from which comedy inspired Aerosmith’s song Walk This Way?

Aaaaannnnd breathe. Time for the answers. All set to kick yourself? Or those around you?


The Christmas Round

  1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  2. Holiday Inn
  3. Lethal Weapon
  4. Die Hard
  5. Put a Little Love in Your Heart
  6. Jingle Bell Rock
  7. Frosty the Snowman 
  8. Meet Me in St Louis

In Recent Memory

  1. Jurassic World with $1.67billion worldwide. 
  2. The Good Dinosaur
  3. Rogue Nation
  4. Justin Fletcher (aka Mr Tumble – ask a child)
  5. Creed
  6. Suzanne Collins
  7. Birdman
  8. It was Back to the Future Day

Famous Last Words

  1. Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars
  2. The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz
  3. HAL 2000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey
  4. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket
  5. Frankenstein’s Monster in Bride of Frankenstein
  6. John Doe in Seven
  7. Cody Jarrett in White Heat
  8. Boromir in The Fellowship of the Ring

The Connections Round!

  1. All feature performances by professional wrestlers: Andre the Giant, Dave Batista, The Rock, Jesse Ventura, Hulk Hogan
  2. Played master-criminal Ernst Stavros Blofeld in James Bond films
  3. Eddie Redmayne. The winners of the Best Actor Oscar from 2011-2015
  4. First lines in Star Wars episodes IV, V, VI.
  5. All directed by and starred Danny De Vito
  6. Jennifer (Lawrence, Lopez, Aniston, Garner starred respectively)
  7. Add ‘Red’ at the start to generate names of 5 films.
  8. A toughie! Films come from countries who won the World Cup in those years ; France, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Germany

The Geography Round

  1. South Africa
  2. South Korea
  3. Uganda
  4. Morocco
  5. France
  6. Indonesia
  7. Austria
  8. Japan


  1. Dirty Harry
  2. Saturday Night Fever
  3. Chinatown
  4. Romancing the Stone
  5. Yojimbo
  6. Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
  7. The Hustler
  8. Shanghai Noon

The Music Round

  1. Take My Breath Away by Berlin
  2. Lose Yourself by Eminem
  3. My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
  4. Let the River Run by Carly Simon
  5. Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
  6. I Just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
  7. Up Where We Belong by Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker 
  8. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head by BJ Thomas

Colour Me Beautiful

  1. The Color Purple
  2. Black Christmas
  3. Pretty in Pink
  4. Blue Velvet
  5. Red River
  6. Green Card
  7. Jackie Brown
  8. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

The bastard-hard-either-you-know-it-or-you-don’t Round.

  1. Danke Schoen
  2. Howard the Duck in 1986.
  3. On a plane during a flight.
  4. Serenity
  5. Alan Smithee – a pseudonym used when directors refuse to be credited on a film.
  6. Clara Bow
  7. The Green Berets (1968) – the only film about the Vietnam War produced in Hollywood during the actual conflict
  8. Young Frankenstein (1974) – the song’s title inspired by Igor’s ‘Walk this way’ joke.


You guys finished? Or you hungry for more?
If so, you can view previous instalments of the Festive Film Quiz 
here and here.

I'm off to unwrap my socks.

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