QUIZ: Remember These Details from Classic Films

Some films are so timeless that they are viewed for decades after they were released, and all of the movies in this quiz fall under that category. Any major movie buff will remember all of the small details that other casual viewers may have missed, and those details are exactly what makes these movies so memorable.

In the 1999 film “The Matrix,” does Neo take the red pill or the blue pill?

  • Red
  • Blue
  • Neither

In the film, Morpheus offers Neo two pills, a red and a blue. The red, which he chose, allowed him to learn the real truth. Had he chosen the blue pill, he would have forgotten that he had ever met Morpheus and would have gone back to his old life.

What was Kate Winslet’s character’s last name in the 1997 film “Titanic”?

  • Lovett
  • Hockley
  • DeWitt Bukater

Rose DeWitt Bukater was a 17-year-old aristocrat who fell hopelessly in love with an artist named Jack. Unfortunately, their romance was short-lived as the luxurious ship they were on was headed on a collision course towards a massive iceberg that caused it to sink, leading to many deaths, including Jack’s. But Rose survived.

What is the name of the skyscraper seen in the 1988 film “Die Hard?”

  • Nakatomi Plaza
  • Sushi Tower
  • Tokyo Plaza

Nakatomi Plaza is a high-rise office building in Century City, Los Angeles, California. It has 35 floors. In the film, actor Bruce Willis was seen leaping from the top of the tower with a firehose wrapped around his waist.

In the 1990 film “Goodfellas,” Henry Hill was told he could never become a made guy. Why was that?

  • His father was a cop
  • His father was Irish
  • His father was French

A made man is a man who has been formally inducted as a full member of the Mafia. Despite his extensive career in the Mafia, Henry Hill hit a snag when he tried to become a member because of his father’s Irish ancestry.

In the 1984 film “The Terminator,” Kyle Reese told Sarah Connor that three billion people would die in a nuclear holocaust called “Judgement Day.” What year was this supposed to originally happen?

  • 2003
  • 2007
  • 1997

In the original film, Judgement Day was supposed to occur on August 29, 1997. After the events of the second film, Judgement Day was moved to July 25, 2004. But in the TV series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” a Terminator named Cameron tells Sarah that Judgement Day occurs on April 21, 2011.

In the 1994 film “Forrest Gump,” Forrest was drafted by the military and later participated in which historic war?

  • The American Civil War
  • The Vietnam War
  • The Gulf War

The Vietnam War took place between 1955 and 1975. Forrest was sent to fight alongside his best friend Bubba. This is where the two iconic characters met Lieutenant Dan, the soldier Forrest winds up saving. Sadly, Bubba is mortally wounded in the war.

How were the scientists able to obtain dinosaur DNA to clone them in the 1993 film “Jurassic Park?”

  • From fossilized mosquitos
  • They collected dinosaur blood inside a bunch of mosquitoes that were fossilized.
  • From recovered dinosaur bones

Scientists discovered some fossilized mosquitoes that still contained dinosaur blood in their stingers. Once the blood was extracted, researchers were able to create clones of most of the dinosaurs that roamed the Earth long ago.

In the 1994 film “The Shawshank Redemption,” what was Andy Dufresne’s career before he ended up in the Shawshank prison?

  • Banker
  • Salesperson
  • Reporter

Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins, worked in the financial industry. Unfortunately, he gets convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and is sentenced to two life sentences. While he’s at Shawshank prison, he runs into an inmate named Ellis Redding, played by Morgan Freeman, whom he bonds with.

In the 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs,” what was the name of the villain who wanted to build a “woman suit” for himself?

  • Buffalo Bill
  • Hannibal Lecter
  • Jason Voorhees

Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins truly enjoyed taunting Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster, throughout the film. But it was Buffalo Bill, played by actor Ted Levine, who wanted to build a “woman suit.” But we can see why you’d say Hannibal since he had plenty of victims, too.

In the 1990 film, “Kindergarten Cop,” Arnold Schwarzenegger goes undercover at a school to find who?

  • To bust a teacher for too many parking tickets
  • To bust a kid who’s been stealing other kids’ lunches
  • To find a dangerous criminal’s ex-wife

In the film, Mr. Kimble goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher to find a woman he thinks may hold evidence (and millions of dollars!) that will put a criminal named Crisp behind bars for life.

In the 1999 film “Fight Club,” what is the second rule when fighting?

  • Do not talk about Fight Club
  • Don’t talk to Strangers
  • Don’t fall in love with another fighter

The second rule of Fight Club is “You do not talk about Fight Club.” It also happens to be the first rule. In the film, a white-collar worker and a soap salesperson played by Brad Pitt creates an underground fight club. But it’s not long before things take a wrong turn and the Fight Club becomes something worse.

How many of Private Ryan’s brothers died in “Saving Private Ryan?”

  • Three
  • One
  • Two

At the start of the film, all three of Private Ryan’s brothers are killed in action. So the military sends a team of soldiers, led by Captain Miller, played by Tom Hanks, to bring Private Ryan home as he is the sole male survivor from his family’s line.

In the 1989 film, “Steel Magnolias,” Shelby, played by Julia Roberts, suffers from this condition.

  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes

Halfway through the film, Shelby becomes pregnant. But the childbirth puts a terrible strain on her kidneys, so her mother, M’Lynn, played by Sally Fields, donates one of her kidneys. Sadly, she rejects the kidney and passes away.

Long before Robert Downey Jr. played Iron Man in the Marvel Universe, he played a man haunted by four ghosts in this movie:

  • "Ghost"
  • "Heart and Souls"
  • "Ghost Dad"

The 1993 fantasy romance film follows four ghosts named Harrison, Penny, Julia and Milo who died in a bus crash in 1959. They befriend Downey’s character, who watch over him but later go invisible on him. They later reappear when he’s a grown up so he can help them solve their unresolved issues.

In the 1995 film “The Net,” why does Sandra Bullock’s character, Angela Bennett, find herself on the run?

  • She was hiding from Anonymous, who hacked her accounts
  • She was evading the IRS
  • She’s running from the Praetorians

The Praetorians are cyberterrorists who erase computer programmer Angela’s identity after she stumbles on a horrible government secret. They give her the identity of a woman wanted by the law and she must find a way to uncover the evil conspiracy before they kill her.

In the 1994 film “Pulp Fiction,” what’s the name of the McDonald’s burger in Paris that Vincent is talking to Jules about?

  • McParis
  • McFeast
  • Royale with Cheese

Vincent tells Jules that in Paris, the McDonald’s quarter pounder with cheese is actually called the “Royale with Cheese.” That’s a pretty odd conversation given that the film is about two mob hitmen, a boxer, two diner bandits, a gangster, and his wife.

In the 1994 film “Serial Mom,” what does Beverly Sutphin do to her daughter Misty’s boyfriend after she catches him with another woman?

  • She buries him in the backyard
  • She stabs him in the back with a fireplace poker while he’s in the men’s bathroom
  • She begs him to give her daughter another chance

Beverly, played by Kathleen Turner, is a seemingly normal suburban housewife until someone crosses her the wrong way. Then she goes all homicidal on people who wrong her or the ones she loves.

An autistic boy named Eric dreams he can fly in the 1986 film “The Boy Who Could Fly,” but can he really fly?

  • No. He tries but breaks his legs jumping from a rooftop
  • No. He just goes skydiving and thinks he can fly
  • Yes. Towards the end of the film

Eric, played by Jay Underwood, steps off the ledge of a school building with Milly, played by Lucy Deakins. As the crowd, including Milly’s mom, watch in horror, Eric and Milly fly off. He later drops her off by her bedroom window and bids her a tearful farewell.

Melissa Benoist isn’t the first actress to play Supergirl. What actress played her in the 1984 film of the same name?

  • Kathleen Turner
  • Lynda Carter
  • Helen Slater

Helen Slater took on the role of Kara Zor-El, aka Supergirl, in the film. Unfortunately, it was a box office disaster so no other sequels were made. However, she did appear as Superman’s mom Lara in the series “Smallville.” Then she played Supergirl’s adoptive mom in the CW series “Supergirl.”

In the 1984 film “Splash,” how many days did Madison have before she had to return home under the sea?

  • 5 days
  • 10 days
  • 30 days

Madison, played by Daryl Hannah, told Allen, a New York man played by Tom Hanks, that she only had 5 days to be with him before she had to return home. But he finally learned her secret when a reporter exposed Madison as a mermaid.

Who was the main villain in the 1985 film “Return to Oz?”

  • The Wicked Witch of the West
  • Glinda the Good Witch
  • Mombi

In the sequel to the classic “Wizard of Oz” film, Dorothy returns to Oz and finds that an evil witch has taken over the land. But it gets worse, her boss, the Nome King, has turned every living creature into stone and has taken all the jewels and emeralds from the Emerald City.

In the 1986 film “Flight of the Navigator,” a boy named David Freeman travels eight years into the future. How does he get there?

  • An intelligent wisecracking alien ship abducts him from 1978 and drops him 8 years into his future
  • Doc Brown and Marty McFly
  • No one, he fell into a wormhole

The film also saw the appearance of Sarah Jessica Parker long before she played Carrie on the hit HBO series “Sex and the City.”

What late night talk show was Jack Nicholson referencing when he ad-libbed the iconic line “Here’s Johnny!” in the 1980 film “The Shining?”

  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Jack Nicholson's career spans more than 60 years. Among others, Nicholson starred in "The Shining," "The Departed," "A Few Good Men" and "As Good as It Gets."

What real-life on-again off-again Hollywood couple starred in the 1966 film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

  • Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
  • Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
  • Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio

The stunning Hollywood couple met in 1963 while filming “Cleopatra.” On March 15, 1964, they decided to get hitched. Unfortunately, they divorced ten years later. But in 1975, they remarried... only to later call it quits again.

What was the first feature-length animated movie ever released?

  • "Sleeping Beauty"
  • "Alice in Wonderland"
  • "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was released in 1937 and focused on the popular Disney princess, Snow White, who is forced to hide after her stepmother, the evil queen, puts a hit out on her. She is rescued by seven dwarfs, but falls under a sleeping curse that only true love’s kiss can break.
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