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The Film History of Steven Spielberg
"Steven Spielberg is one of Hollywood's most prolific directors, and the box-office success of his films is virtually unparalleled. This quiz deals only with the films Spielberg himself directed...good luck!"
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Since Spielberg is known for his Hollywood blockbusters, why not start with the 1975 film 'Jaws'? More to the point, is it true that 'Jaws' was the first film to achieve over $100 million in box office rentals?
In 1977, Spielberg hit box-office paydirt once again with his otherworldly 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. In addition to casting Richard Dreyfuss in the lead role as Roy Neary, Spielberg made a very interesting casting selection for the French UFO expert Claude Lacombe. Which famed French director played this role?
From one blockbuster to the next, we now arrive at 1981's 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. Spielberg directed this film that was co-written by close acquaintance George Lucas. This marked the first time that these long-time friends would work together in any official capacity.
In 1982, Spielberg produced and directed one of the biggest box-office smashes of all time, namely 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' (redundant name, hmm?). This film was the first to have a budget of over 100-million dollars.
In 1985, Spielberg took a turn away from the action/adventure/sci-fi genres and decided to try his hand at drama. The result of this venture is the film 'The Color Purple'. Upon whose novel was this very humanistic tale based?
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Now comfortable in the dramatic film arena, Spielberg decided to take on another challenge with the critically-acclaimed 1987 war drama 'Empire of the Sun'. In which country did the story for this film take place?
From 'Empire of the Sun' to Spielberg's true masterpiece 'Schindler's List'. Which of the following actors did NOT star in this wonderful work of filmmaking from 1993?
While continuing to churn out the blockbusters ('Jurassic Park', for example), Spielberg also pressed on with his love for historical dramas. In 1997, he made a film recounting an 1839 revolt of Africans aboard an illegal slave ship and the aftermath of said insurrection. What was the name of the slave ship and the film?
In 1999, Steven Spielberg finally took home his first Oscar (after four other nominations) for his directing work in the World War II film 'Saving Private Ryan'.
One of the stars of 'Saving Private Ryan' was Tom Hanks. In which of these other Steven Spielberg-directed films does the Oscar-winning actor make an appearance?
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Compiled May 25 13