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1 This film is about a German Army unit in France after the 1944 Allied Invasion. Can you name it?
Answer: Breakthrough

An unofficial sequel to 1977's "Cross of Iron", "Breakthrough" has Sgt. Steiner and his men transferred from Russia to France in the summer of 1944. A general orders Steiner to contact the Allies and inform them of the Army's plot to kill Hitler and end the war, but the plot fails. Sadistic Captain Stransky then tries to kill both Allied troops and French civilians in revenge.
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2 In this film, a Michigan businessman searches the Los Angeles pornography scene for his teenaged daughter. Do you know what this movie is called?
Answer: Hardcore

George C. Scott stars as Jake Van Dorn, a businessman with strict Calvinist church values, from Grand Rapids, Michigan. When his teenaged daughter disappears while on a church trip to California, Jake hires a private investigator (Peter Boyle), who finds the girl making pornographic films for a dangerous producer.
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3 In this film, set in 1964 Vietnam, an American commander of a unit of advisors to the South Vietnamese is given an impossible task. What is the film called?
Answer: Go Tell the Spartans

Burt Lancaster stars as an American officer leading a team of advisors to the South Vietnamese Army who is ordered to occupy an indefensible hamlet. Lacking the men, weapons, and supplies to hold the village, they are worn down by continuous enemy attacks.

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4 What is the name of this movie, an historical epic about the 1944 Allied attempt to bypass the German Siegfried Line defenses?
Answer: A Bridge Too Far

This ambitious war movie with an international cast tells the story of Operation Market-Garden, an attempt by the Western Allies to bypass the German Siegfried Line defenses by seizing bridges in the Netherlands with airborne troops and using this corridor as a way into Germany. The attack failed.
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5 This movie is about a newspaper reporter covering a story involving a hotel break-in which leads to something far bigger. Can you name it?
Answer: All The President's Men

Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford play reporters for the "Washington Post" who team up to uncover the truth behind the Watergate scandal, which led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.
    Your options: [ Front Page Story ] [ All The President's Men ] [ The Paper ] [ Man in the Edge ]
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6 This film is about a New York couple who move to a Connecticut suburb and notice that something isn't quite right. Can you name the film?
Answer: The Stepford Wives

After moving from New York City to an exclusive Connecticut suburb, a couple notices that all of their neighbor's wives are excessively submissive to their husbands and obsessed with housework. The men all belong to a local club, which the new guy is soon asked to join. The film stars Katherine Ross, Paula Prentiss, and Tina Louise.
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7 A greedy politician schemes to steal the land occupied by an Old West town in this comedy. What is the film called?
Answer: Blazing Saddles

A railroad crew has to route the line through the town of Rock Ridge to avoid quicksand. In order to destabilize the town, corrupt politician Hedley Lamar appoints a black sheriff to the all-white town. This film is Mel Brooks' hilarious spoof of Western movies.
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8 In this film, a part time bank robber and his gang get a big surprise when they pull off their latest job. What is it called?
Answer: Charley Varrick

"Charley Varrick" stars Walter Matthau as a crop duster and former stunt pilot who robs a bank with his wife and two accomplices. They find much more money than they expected, as the bank manager was laundering it for the mob. The gangsters soon come after Varrick and his gang.
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9 In this Western, a rancher has to hire a new crew to drive his herd to market. He comes up with a novel solution to the problem. What is the movie called?
Answer: The Cowboys

John Wayne stars as a Montana rancher who must drive his herd to market in South Dakota. When his crew runs off to join a gold rush, he hires a group of schoolboys to help. The film also stars Bruce Dern, Roscoe Lee Brown, and Robert Carradine.
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10 Do you know the name of this movie? A concert organist and acoustic expert, thought to have died in an auto accident, stalks and kills the members of a surgical team that he holds responsible for his wife's death in 1920s London.
Answer: The Abominable Dr. Phibes

Vincent Price stars as Dr. Anton Phibes, a man obsessed with getting revenge on the surgical team that he believes killed his wife. Phibes uses the biblical Ten Plagues of Egypt as a vehicle for his vengeance.
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11 This film is a comedy about the antics of a group of American army doctors stationed at a mobile field hospital during the Korean War. Can you guess the title?
Answer: M*A*S*H

Based on the 1968 novel by Richard Hooker, "M*A*S*H" follows the irreverent behavior of U.S. Army surgeons at a mobile hospital unit as they try to remain sane while patching up wounded soldiers and dealing with Army red tape. The film stars Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Robert Duvall, and Sally Kellerman.
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12 1970: What animal is missing from this title, "Two _______ for Sister Sara"?
Answer: Mules

Hogan (Clint Eastwood), a former American Civil War soldier, sees a woman about to be raped by some bandits, which he kills. He learns the woman, Sara (Shirley MacLaine), is a nun raising money to help the Mexican revolutionaries. She asks him to take her to the Mexican border, and he agrees. Hogan is going to help the revolutionaries as well. Sara swears and drinks whiskey, which surprises Hogan. When Hogan is shot, she can help him with the wound. Soon, Sara reveals she isn't a nun but a prostitute posing as a nun as she is wanted by the French for helping the revolutionaries. He is surprised, but the two fall in love during the movie.
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13 Michael Myers killed his sister 15 years ago and was put in a mental institute. Now he has escaped and is making his way back to his childhood town where it all happened. Name this horror movie.
Answer: Halloween

"Halloween" (1978) was directed by John Carpenter and he co wrote it with Debra Hill. It was made with a very low budget but went on to make over 45 million at the US box office. "Halloween" was Jamie Lee Curtis' first movie role.
    Your options: [ Friday the 13th ] [ Fright Night ] [ A Nightmare on Elm Street ] [ Halloween ]
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14 Who directed "Ryan's Daughter" (1970)?
Answer: David Lean

The movie, set in Ireland during the first World War, features Sarah Miles as a bored housewife married to a local schoolteacher (Robert Mitchum). She has an illicit liaison with a British officer recuperating from injuries (both mental and physical) suffered in the trenches, and incurs the wrath of the local townspeople. John Mills won an Oscar for his role as the deformed village idiot, Michael.

David Lean's film career started at the bottom (as a clapperboard assistant) in the 1930s; he is best known for directing big-budget sweeping epics such as "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957), "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) and "Doctor Zhivago" (1965).
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15 Which 1978 film features actors Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken and John Savage? (Director: Michael Cimino)
Answer: The Deer Hunter

Three friends from working-class Clairton, PA, go to Vietnam and are changed forever. This powerful film, which was one of the first to depict the Vietnam War experience in realistic and highly personal ways, won five Academy Awards. The harrowing scenes of the characters playing Russian Roulette are hard to watch and even harder to forget.
    Your options: [ Coming Home ] [ Julia ] [ The Onion Field ] [ The Deer Hunter ]
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16 Who played Al Pacino's lover in the 1975 movie 'Dog Day Afternoon'?
Answer: Chris Sarandon

Chris Sarandon was married to Susan Sarandon at the time.(She took his surname). He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in that year. He went on to appear in 'Fright Night' and 'The Princess Bride'.
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17 Do you know the name of this movie, about a man and his family escaping from the Nazis during World War II?
Answer: The Passage

Anthony Quinn plays a Basque farmer who is hired to guide a scientist and his family over the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain during World War II. The party is pursued by a sadistic SS officer, played by Malcolm McDowell. The film also stars James Mason and Kay Lenz.
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18 This historical film tells the story of the beginning of the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War in South Africa. Can you name it?
Answer: Zulu Dawn

This historical film is a fairly accurate portrayal of the opening campaign of the 1879 British war against the independent Zulu nation. British commander Lord Chelmsford's disregard of normal military conventions led to the disastrous Battle of Isandlwana, in which the mostly spear-armed Zulu army annihilated a British column of some 1,500 men.
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19 This film is about a group of escaped Nazis and their followers who decide to take a second try at world domination. Can you name it?
Answer: The Boys from Brazil

In this fictional story, a Nazi hunter learns that a group of Nazi fugitives living in South America have cloned Hitler. They send the children to different Western countries, placing the boys in circumstances resembling Hitler's upbringing. The film stars Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck.
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20 In this Cold War thriller, a rogue KGB agent begins activating "sleeper" agents planted in the USA years before. What is the movie called?
Answer: Telefon

Some twenty years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, a KGB agent begins activating "sleeper" agents and sending them to sabotage targets that are now out-of-date. The KGB sends another agent, played by Charles Bronson, to stop them.
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21 What is the name of this movie, about an extraterrestrial who is corrupted by his exposure to human vices?
Answer: The Man Who Fell to Earth

David Bowie stars as an alien who comes to Earth seeking water for his drought-stricken world. Before he can send the water back to his planet, he becomes addicted to human ways.
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22 One of the first films termed a summer "Blockbuster", this movie is about a police chief in a small New England town dealing with a deadly threat to the residents and the tourists that they depend on.
Answer: Jaws

Roy Schneider plays a small town New England police chief who has to deal with a killer shark preying on swimmers. The chief, a shark hunter, and an oceanographer attempt to catch the beast and end the killings. The film also stars Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfus.
    Your options: [ The Thing from Atlantis ] [ It's Alive! ] [ Orca ] [ Jaws ]
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23 What is this film called, in which a reporter discovers evidence of a political assassination conspiracy?
Answer: The Parallax View

Warren Beatty plays a reporter who stumbles upon a corporation that is recruiting assassins. He gets hired by the company under an alias, but realizes that he has been set up as a scapegoat when a prominent politician is killed. The film also features Paula Prentiss and Hume Cronyn.
    Your options: [ The Parallax View ] [ Shadow Play ] [ All the President's Men ] [ The Unseen Army ]
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24 What is the name of this science fiction film, set in an adult themed amusement park of the future?
Answer: Westworld

In 1983, an amusement park consisting of three sections, Roman World, Medieval World, and Westworld promises a vacation you'll never forget. The trouble begins when the androids stop following their programming and defy, disobey, and kill guests. The film stars Yul Brynner, James Brolin, and Richard Benjamin.
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25 An ocean liner is struck by a monster wave during a New Year's Eve cruise. Do you know the name of this movie?
Answer: The Poseidon Adventure

A cruise ship heading for the Greek Isles is capsized by a tsunami. An eclectic group of passengers, led by a maverick preacher played by Gene Hackman, works their way to the bottom of the ship to be rescued. The film also stars Ernest Borgnine, Shelly Winters, Leslie Nielsen, and Roddy McDowall.
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26 This historical drama follows the life of a sixteenth century Scottish queen as she tries to rule her country amid intrigue and murder among her courtiers and interference from her English cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
Answer: Mary, Queen of Scots

Vanessa Redgrave stars as Queen Mary of Scotland, whose reign was plagued by instability among her nobles as well as external threats from her English cousin Elizabeth I. The film also stars Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton, Ian Holm, Trevor Howard, and Nigel Davenport.
    Your options: [ The Infant Queen ] [ Mary, Queen of Scots ] [ Mary of Scotland ] [ Murder in Edinburgh ]
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27 1971: The first line of the narrator in this made-for-TV movie is, "Ernest Hemingway once said, 'Every true story ends in death.' Well, this is a true story." What was this movie?
Answer: Brian's Song

"Brian's Song" is the story of the friendship between Brian Piccolo (James Caan) and Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams). Both men tried out for the same position with the Chicago Bears. Brian and Gale soon became friends and roommates at the hotels on the road. This was the first time a white and black person roomed together on the team. After Gale hurts his knee, Brian helps him get back in the game because he doesn't want people to say he made it because Gale Sayers was injured. Unfortunately, later, Brian gets cancer. Gale dedicates a game to him, which the Bears lose. Piccalo tells him, "when you dedicate a game to someone, you are then supposed to go out and win it, idiot. You know, Pat O'Brien never said, 'Let's blow one for the Gipper'."
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28 "Lenny" (1974) is the biography of Lenny Bruce, a 1960s comedian who was both controversial and outspoken in his stand up comedy routines. Who plays the role of Lenny Bruce?
Answer: Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman played the role of Lenny Bruce and he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance. The role was first offered to Al Pacino but he turned it down. "Lenny" (1974) was directed by Bob Fosse and written by Julian Barry. It was nominated for six Oscars and three Golden Globes.
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29 The Monty Python team brings us the comedy movie "Life of Brian". It tells the story of Brian who is born at the same time as Jesus but in a different stable. During his life time he is constantly being mistaken for the Messiah. Who plays Brian?
Answer: Graham Chapman

Graham Chapman played the role of Brian. He was born in 1941 in Leicestershire, England. The movie was directed by Terry Jones. In 1969, Chapman formed the comedy group Monty Python with his friends John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Graham Chapman passed away in 1989 aged 48.
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30 "The Buddy Holly Story" is a biopic of rock 'n' roll star Buddy Holly. It follows him from his humble beginnings to his rise to fame. Who plays Buddy Holly?
Answer: Gary Busey

Gary Busey was born in 1944 in Texas, USA. Before acting he was a drummer for several different bands. His first movie role was in "Angel Warriors" (1971). For his role of Buddy Holly he was nominated for an Oscar. He played the guitar and sang all the songs in the movie.
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31 "Get Carter" (1971) is a violent gangster film starring Michael Caine as a crook out to revenge the murder of his brother. At the start of the movie we see him board a train from London heading north. Which city is his destination?
Answer: Newcastle

All the action takes place in Newcastle, approx 300 miles from the capital city. Founded on coal and shipbuilding, Newcastle is viewed by southerners as being a rather grim, industrial city which is best avoided. (To avoid complaints from locals, I should add that whilst this was probably true in the 1960s and 1970s, Newcastle in 2010 has reinvented itself as a vibrant and dynamic city which is attracting many young people).

The brother of London gangster, Jack Carter, is murdered in Newcastle so he travels there in search of the culprits amongst the local underworld. As a brash London "geezer", he sticks out like a sore thumb and finds that few locals will answer his questions. Needless to say, things don't go as planned and there's a twist at the end.

Based on Ted Lewis' 1969 novel "Jack's Return Home" and directed by Mike Hodges, this movie did well at the box office despite (or perhaps, because of) the high level of violence.
    Your options: [ Liverpool ] [ Leeds ] [ Newcastle ] [ Manchester ]
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32 1971. This British sitcom was broadcast on television from 1969 to 1973 and made it to the big screen due to its popularity. It featured the famous catchphrase "I 'ate you Butler!". What was the name of this classic comedy film?
Answer: On The Buses

Luxton Town and District bus company found themselves short staffed and Inspector Blake started employing women drivers, to the dismay of the bus crews. So followed a battle between the sexes, which included a scene where the women were given pills to make them incontinent while they were driving. Reg Varney played the main character, Stan Butler.
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33 What is the title of the 1974 thriller starring John Cazale, Gene Hackman and Frederic Forrest? (Director: Francis Ford Coppola)
Answer: The Conversation

A very private and paranoid surveillance expert struggles with the morality of his work and learns that things are not always as they seem. Although written in the 1960s, this film was produced shortly after the Watergate scandal broke, serving as a socio-political commentary on modern technology and the right to privacy. The 2006 German film, "The Lives of Others", deals with the same theme in an equally provocative manner.
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34 Name the screenwriter and director who reportedly wrote the 'U.S.S. Indianopolis' speech that Quint(Robert Shaw) delivers in 'Jaws'.
Answer: John Milius

It has been documented that John Milius quoted the speech over the phone to Steven Spielberg. He co-wrote 'Apocalypse Now', and directed 'Dillinger' and 'Big Wednesday'
    Your options: [ John Milius ] [ Oliver Stone ] [ Robert Towne ] [ Paul Schrader ]
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35 Can you name this movie, in which a television news crew records footage of an accident at a nuclear power plant?
Answer: The China Syndrome

While covering a story at a California nuclear power plant, a television news crew witnesses a serious problem. The plant is temporarily shut down when the footage is exposed to the public. A shift supervisor finds more problems at the plant, but upper management insists that it be reopened. The film stars Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, and Michael Douglas.
    Your options: [ Code Red ] [ The Story on Page One ] [ Three Mile Island ] [ The China Syndrome ]
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36 This comedy film is set in the days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and shows some of the panic on the U.S. West Coast as the population feared a Japanese invasion. What is it called?
Answer: 1941

Steven Spielberg's farce about the fears of Japanese attacks on the West Coast features panicked civilians, soldiers and sailors who fight each other with little provocation, a Japanese submarine commander who must destroy something "honorable", and an eccentric American fighter pilot searching for hidden enemy airfields in the desert.
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37 Do you know the name of this movie, where a group of mercenaries are hired to rescue a deposed African president?
Answer: The Wild Geese

In "The Wild Geese" a London banker hires a group of mercenaries, led by Richard Burton, to break a deposed African president out of prison. The men complete the mission, but are betrayed by the banker and suffer heavy casualties. The film also stars Roger Moore, Richard Harris, and Hardy Kruger.
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38 Can you name this film, about the antics of a group of Los Angeles police officers as they deal with job stress and personal issues?
Answer: The Choirboys

The men and women of the Wiltshire division of the LAPD spend their off-duty time drinking, carousing, and pulling pranks on one another in this film based on the 1975 Joseph Wambaugh novel. Their behavior gets out of hand, however, leading to trouble with their straight-laced captain.
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39 Can you name this comedy about the everyday goings-on at a Los Angeles business?
Answer: Car Wash

"Car Wash" is a film about the interactions between customers and the staff of a Los Angeles car washing business. Characters include an ex-convict foreman trying to stay out of trouble, a black militant angry with society, a phony evangelist living the good life on parishioner's donations, a cross-dresser, and the owner's pot-smoking son.
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40 An unemployed man has a nervous breakdown during a hot summer in New York in this film. Can you name it?
Answer: The Prisoner of Second Avenue

Jack Lemmon plays a middle-aged New Yorker who loses his job after 22 years. A fruitless search for a new job, coupled with intense summer heat and a prolonged strike by garbage workers, causes him to suffer a nervous breakdown. The film also stars Anne Bancroft as Lemmon's loyal wife.
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