The Festive Film Quiz: Volume 5

Yes, The Festive Film Quiz, now a permanent fixture in the Christmas season, is back again! The format is starting to look tired and out-of-date now, but hey! It never stopped the Pirates of the Caribbean or Transformers franchises so if you can’t beat ‘em……

In time-honoured fashion, there are 80 points at stake. Also in time-honoured fashion there are zero prizes. Except of course the chance to stand proudly, if a little drunkenly, atop your kitchen table and do a victory dance! That's fun even if you're on your own!
"Maybe if I pretend to be asleep, this guy will go away"
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.


Round 1: The Christmas Round
It’s all about A Christmas Carol, ye humbugs! Dickens’ classic story has been adapted many times for the screen. All you have to do is tell me who played the Scrooge character in the following adaptations? 
  1. The classic 1951 version A Christmas Carol
  2. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  3. Scrooged
  4. The 1970 musical version Scrooge 
  5. A Sesame Street Christmas Carol (obvious when you think about it…)
  6. Robert Zemeckis’ computer-animated 2009 version A Christmas Carol 
  7. Mickey’s Christmas Carol
  8. Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas (there’s a clue in the title…)
Round 2: In Recent Memory
All answers relate to films released in the UK in the last 12 months. Stop pickling your short term memory with that cheap lager and answer these.

"I have no memory of this last year"

  1. What film, eventually, won Best Picture at the Oscars in 2017?
  2. “The Mole”, “The Sea”, “The Air”. The film?
  3. What was the biggest worldwide box-office hit in 2017?
  4. Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman shared the screen in two films this year. Name them both.
  5. The latest instalment in the Alien franchise burst meekly onto our screens. It was called…?
  6. The Disaster Artist was a good film about the making of an absolutely terrible one. Which one?
  7. It (ie the film It) surprised everyone by being quite good. But who took over from Tim Curry in the role of Pennywise?
  8. Which John Denver song popped up in Okja, Free Fire and Kingsman: The Golden Circle this year?
Round 3: Fight! Fight! Fight!
To celebrate family feuding at Christmas time, complete the film titles below by providing the missing opponent.
  1. Kramer Vs…
  2. Scott Pilgrim Vs…
  3. Alien Vs…
  4. Monsters Vs…
  5. King Kong Vs…
  6. Dinocroc Vs…
  7. The People Vs…
  8. Tucker and Dale Vs…
Round 4: First Name Terms
Some well-known film characters below. But do you know the character’s first names?
  1. Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  2. Private Pyle in Full Metal Jacket
  3. Lt Ripley in the Alien movies
  4. Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films
  5. Dr Zhivago in Dr Zhivago
  6. Col. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now
  7. Goldfinger in Goldfinger
  8. Fr Karras in The Exorcist
Round 5: Who’s Da Man?
Many men have played men in films about men. But who was the man who played the titular man in these films about men? You’re no man if you don’t get these.
  1. The Man with the Golden Gun
  2. The Man From Laramie
  3. The Man Who Wasn’t There
  4. The Man Without a Face
  5. The Man With Two Brains
  6. The Man Who Would Be King
  7. The Man Who Fell to Earth
  8. The Man With The Golden Arm
Round 6: Musical round
For each of the following films an artist or group were asked to provide the soundtrack and/or score. In each case name the musical act. Award bonus points for any impromptu karaoke.
  1. Flash Gordon
  2. The Graduate
  3. Tron Legacy
  4. Saturday Night Fever
  5. About a Boy
  6. The Princess Bride
  7. Attack the Block
  8. The Last Temptation of Christ
Round 7: The Connections Round
The fiendish horned viper once again casts his beady Eye of Horus upon you. Better try these before he strikes...
  1. Why would Guns ‘n’ Roses not be happy with these films? 50 50, Face Off, Self Less, Frost Nixon.
  2. What is the masculine directorial connection between Marty, Manhunter and The Naked Spur?
  3. What’s the watery connection between these films?
  4. What have these films got in common? (that oversized letter is a clue...)
  5. What connects the following films? You Only Live Twice, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Terminator: Genisys
  6. Why would Murder, Roller, Thunder and Money make you think of Bobby?
  7. Why would the following characters be comfortable in Steve Buscemi’s directorial debut?
  8. What comes next in this sequence: Moonlight; 3, Spotlight; 2, Birdman; 4, ……
Round 8: Twins
In which film did the following actors play twins? In which film did the following actors play twins? See what I did there? See what I did there?
  1. Jeremy Irons
  2. Mike Myers
  3. Jean-Claude van Damme
  4. Christian Bale
  5. Bette Midler
  6. Tom Hardy
  7. Lee Marvin
  8. Olivia de Havilland
Round 9: The Fake News Round
The following are titles of fictional films referenced or seen in real films. In each case name the real film that the fake one appears in.
  1. Chubby Rain
  2. Habeas Corpus
  3. Stab
  4. The Equestrian Vortex
  5. The Orchid Thief
  6. Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season
  7. The Dancing Cavalier
  8. Coming Home in a Body Bag
Round 10 : The Final Bastard Hard Either-you-know-it-or-you-don’t Round
  1. Which Champions League-winning football manager has a brief cameo in Star Trek Beyond?
  2. At the time of writing, who is the only person to date to win an Oscar for Screenwriting and for Acting
  3. Dirty Dancing is so well known and popular, so you must know who directed it, yes?
  4. In 2017, which indie film broke Rotten Tomatoes record (previously held by Toy Story 2) for the most positive reviews without a single negative one?
  5. The film The Fall of a Nation (1916) is widely considered to be the first…what?
  6. What was the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature (in 2001)?
  7. Many readers will fondly remember their VHS recorders which chewed and whirred their way through many classic videotapes in the 80s and early 90s. But what does VHS stand for?
  8. What film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2017?


Have you got your excuses ready? Okay, all will now be revealed 

Round 1: The Christmas Round
  1. Alastair Sim
  2. Michael Caine
  3. Bill Murray
  4. Albert Finney
  5. Oscar the Grouch
  6. Jim Carrey
  7. Scrooge McDuck
  8. Daffy Duck
Round 2: In Recent Memory
  1. Moonlight
  2. Dunkirk
  3. Beauty & the Beast
  4. The Beguiled, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  5. Alien: Covenant
  6. The Room
  7. Bill Skarsgard
  8. Annie’s Song
Round 3: Fight! Fight! Fight!
  1. Kramer Vs…Kramer
  2. Scott Pilgrim Vs…the World
  3. Alien Vs…Predator
  4. Monsters Vs…Aliens
  5. King Kong Vs…Godzilla (Note: while Godzilla took first billing in many stompy monster smackdown movies, this is the only film title with King Kong Vs [opponent].
  6. Dinocroc Vs…Supergator (yes, this is a Syfy classic)
  7. The People Vs…Larry Flynt
  8. Tucker and Dale Vs…Evil
Round 4: First Name Terms
  1. Mildred Ratched
  2. Leonard Pyle
  3. Ellen Ripley
  4. Jacques Clouseau
  5. Yuri Zhivago
  6. Walter E. Kurtz
  7. Auric Goldfinger
  8. Damian Karras
Round 5: Who’s Da Man?
  1. Christopher Lee
  2. James Stewart
  3. Billy Bob Thornton
  4. Mel Gibson
  5. Steve Martin
  6. Sean Connery
  7. David Bowie
  8. Frank Sinatra
Round 6: Musical round
  1. Queen
  2. Simon & Garfunkel
  3. Daft Punk
  4. The Bee Gees
  5. Badly Drawn Boy
  6. Mark Knopfler
  7. Basement Jaxx
  8. Peter Gabriel
Round 7: The Connections Round
  1. The titles are each missing a slash. 50/50, Face/Off, Self/Less, Frost/Nixon. (Guns 'n' Roses guitarist is Slash, in case you didn't get that convoluted clue)  
  2. All directed by a Mann; Delbert Mann, Michael Mann, Anthony Mann respectively 
  3. Swordfish, Ray, The Squid & the Whale, The Lobster are all marine creatures.
  4. They all share titles with songs by the big O, Roy Orbison
  5. Each is the fifth entry in their respective movie franchises.
  6. Ball. Murderball, Rollerball, Thunderball, Moneyball. Bobby Ball. Rock on Tommy!
  7. Willow, Ash, Hazel, Laurel are all trees, so they could relax in Buscemi's Trees Lounge.
  8. 12 Years a Slave; 3. Best Picture Oscars winners in reverse order from 2017 and number of total Oscars won.
Round 8: Twins
  1. Dead Ringers
  2. The Austin Powers films (although we only learn in Goldmember that Austin Powers and Dr Evil are twins)
  3. Double Impact (and also Maximum Risk, award yourself an extra victory sip if you got that. Replicant does not count as he has a clone in that, not a true twin)
  4. The Prestige
  5. Big Business (with Lily Tomlin , who also played twins)
  6. Legend
  7. Cat Ballou
  8. The Dark Mirror
Round 9: The Fake News Round
  1. Bowfinger
  2. The Player
  3. Scream 2 (no points for Scream)
  4. Berberian Sound Studio
  5. Adaptation
  6. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  7. Singin’ in the Rain
  8. True Romance
Round 10 : The Final Bastard Hard Either-you-know-it-or-you-don’t Round
  1. Carlo Ancelotti
  2. Emma Thompson (Best Actress for Howard’s End and Best Screenplay for Sense & Sensibility)
  3. Emile Ardolino
  4. Lady Bird
  5. The first movie sequel (to The Birth of a Nation, released a year earlier)
  6. Shrek
  7. Video Home System
  8. Swedish film The Square.


Well I hope that passed a few moments happily. Or passed a few moments at least.
In the unlikely event you would want to put your brain through more torture, you can view previous instalments of the Festive Film Quiz here.

Meanwhile, I'm off to put on my Santa disguise and steal booze from the Christmas party next door

A Merry Christmas to one and all! 

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