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  The Film History of Gene Hackman   great trivia quiz  
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Gene Hackman seems to show up in every other great film coming out of Hollywood. This quiz will attempt to cover his film history, though I will miss a few here and there...please forgive and enjoy the quiz!
Average, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Jul 16 04
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  Gene Hackman Quiz Challenge    
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Gene Hackman has had a long movie career. This is a quiz on some of the characters he has played and the people he has starred with over the years.
Average, 10 Qns, beckyel, Jul 16 04
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  Gene Hackman Dies    
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By the circumstances of his character's death (or near death experiences), can you tell which Gene Hackman movie it is?
Average, 10 Qns, Arnprior, Mar 09 08
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  10 Question Gene Hackman Quiz    
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Gene Hackman has been around for a long time, giving solid performances every step of the way.
Average, 10 Qns, robert362, Feb 14 14
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  The Films of Gene Hackman    
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Gene Hackman is one of the best, and in my humble opinion, most underrated actors working today. He's been in several wonderful films, and always gives a great performance no matter what. I hope you play my quiz and have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, msb2k1, Jul 16 04
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Gene Hackman played what awful character in an award-winning performance in the 1992 Clint Eastwood-directed, western 'Unforgiven'?

From Quiz "The Film History of Gene Hackman"

Gene Hackman Trivia Questions

1. In order to help other victims of a disaster survive, Gene sacrifices his own life.

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Gene Hackman Dies

Answer: The Poseidon Adventure

Hackman Plays Rev. Frank Scott in this 1972 disaster movie from legendary producer Irwin Allen. He dies in the final moments of the movie, after leading a group of survivors through a huge ocean liner that's been tipped over.

2. In which film did Hackman co-star with Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman as a sadistic sheriff in the small town of Big Whiskey, Wyoming?

From Quiz The Films of Gene Hackman

Answer: Unforgiven

Hackman won an Oscar for his role as Little Bill Daggett in this film that was also directed by Eastwood. It became an instant classic when it was released, and is one of my favorite Westerns of all time. Eastwood won praise for his direction, which used many of the same elements found in any Western, while at the same time blurring the traditional lines between "good" and "evil" that are usually so definite and obvious in not only most Westerns, but in many films period. We can wince at the level of violence used by Hackman's character to maintain law and order, while at the same time understanding and almost respecting it. Eastwood's protagonist character, on the other hand, has many, many demons in his past that he's tried desperately to overcome. It's a testament to the writing, directing, and acting in this film that we can't rush to judgment on the true nature of these characters.

3. Hackman has played several ministers of the cloth. In which film did he NOT play a vicar?

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Answer: Two of a Kind

In 'Two of a Kind' he was the (uncredited) voice of God. In 'The Poseidon Adventure' he was the Rev. Frank Scott, in 'Shadow On the Land' he was Rev. Thomas Davis, and he was Rev. John Whipple in 'Hawaii'.

4. Hackman played a naval officer in a power confrontation with one of his subordinates. What is this movie?

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Answer: Crimson Tide

5. Gene is killed by a retired gunslinger, who seeks revenge for the brutal death of a man who was beaten to death.

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Answer: Unforgiven

This 1992 movie earned Hackman his second Oscar, playing Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett. Little Bill had beaten Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) to death, and was going after William Munny (Clint Eastwood), when Munny himself showed up in the town saloon and shot everyone who was in on the posse that captured Ned.

6. Hackman worked with another famous director, Woody Allen, in which film from 1988?

From Quiz The Films of Gene Hackman

Answer: Another Woman

Hackman had a supporting role in this Woody Allen drama. The star of the movie was Gena Rowlands, playing Marion Post, as a middle-aged woman looking back on her past, reflecting on the decisions made then that have determined who she is now. Hackman played Larry Lewis, a passionate lover from Marion's past, whose affection she rejects.

7. Who did NOT co-star with Hackman in 'The Mexican'?

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Answer: Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt appeared with Hackman in 2001's 'Heartbreakers', the story of a mother and daughter who team up to scam some wealthy men. 'The Mexican' was also released in 2001.

8. Gene Hackman received his first Oscar for playing Detective Jimmy Doyle in the rousing action/thriller 'The French Connection'. What is the nickname of his character in this 1971 film?

From Quiz The Film History of Gene Hackman

Answer: Popeye

The Doyle character was based on real life detective Eddie Egan, and the film was based on a true story. Hackman deserved the Oscar simply for having done his own driving stunts during the film!

9. Hackman played a villain in 'No Way Out'. Who was his co-star?

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Answer: Kevin Costner

10. A young lawyer tries to avoid the chair for Gene, a "Klansman" convicted of killing a Jewish family. The young lawyer tries until the very end, but Gene is nevertheless put to death.

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Answer: The Chamber

Gene plays Sam Cayhall, alongside Chris O'Donnell in the 1996 movie. In the movie, Adam Hall (O'Donnell) tries to convince his grandfather (Hackman) to appeal the death sentence imposed on him. The old man agrees at the very last minute, but Adam is unsuccessful.

11. Hackman played William B. Tensy, a tobacco billionaire duped by a mother-daughter con team, in which film?

From Quiz The Films of Gene Hackman

Answer: Heartbreakers

This movie also starred Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt as the con team, and Ray Liotta as one of their victims. It's not the funniest comedy you'll ever see, but I'd recommend it just to watch Hackman playing Tensy as you might expect W.C. Fields to play him. From the red nose to the outlandish wardrobe, the chain-smoking Tensy is just hilarious.

12. Which film based on a John Grisham novel did Hackman NOT star in?

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Answer: The Rainmaker

'The Rainmaker' starred Matt Damon, Danny De Vito, Claire Danes and Jon Voight. Hackman starred in the 1993 film 'The Firm', 'The Chamber' (1996) and 'Runaway Jury' (2003).

13. With which great director did Gene Hackman team in the 1974 crime thriller 'The Conversation'?

From Quiz The Film History of Gene Hackman

Answer: Francis Ford Coppola

In between the two 'Godfather' projects, Coppola did a little film called 'The Conversation' (released in 1974). Funded by the money Coppola received for doing the first 'Godfather' picture, it turned out to be a low-key success. Hackman considers it to be his personal favorite among the films he's done.

14. Hackman played a prisoner in which John Grisham based movie?

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Answer: The Chamber

15. Gene falls to his death when he tries to kill Zee, a reluctant worker who ran away with Gene's fiancée.

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Answer: Antz

The acclaimed 1998 CG movie stars Hackman as General Mandible, an ambitious ant who wants to marry the queen ant's daughter to ensure his power. He plans to drown the colony workers, and start a pure colony. Zee, played by Woody Allen, is a neurotic worker who accidentally learns of Mandible's plans, and manages to save the colony.

16. Hackman starred in which other film with Morgan Freeman, in this one playing a lawyer, Henry Hearst, being questioned about a murder?

From Quiz The Films of Gene Hackman

Answer: Under Suspicion

Freeman plays Capt. Victor Benezet, the police officer questioning Hackman's character about the recent rape and murders of young women in the town of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Hearst has reported one of the murders, and what starts out as a routine follow-up to his report to tie up loose ends, slowly unravels to reveal more about Hearst than anyone had suspected. It's a very taut, intense whodunit, with wonderful performances by Hackman and Freeman.

17. Who was Hackman's co-star in 'Enemy of the State'?

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Answer: Will Smith

The tagline for the movie was 'It's not paranoia if they're really after you'. Hackman plays Edward Lyle, a former government agent who has become a surveillance expert. Smith is Robert Clayton Dean, a man being hunted by the National Security Agency. He turns to 'Brill' (Hackman) to help him solve the mystery surrounding the disc he has been given.

18. In 'I Never Sang For My Father', Hackman worked with one of the old-time greats. Who was this actor?

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Answer: Melvyn Douglas

19. Gene is a multi-millionaire who's about to marry a beautiful European woman, when he dies of a heart attack. Just as well, since the woman was a con artist trying to get her hands on his fortune.

From Quiz Gene Hackman Dies

Answer: Heartbreakers

In the 2001 comedy, Hackman plays big tobacco mogul William B. Tensy, who is targeted by Max Conners (Sigourney Weaver) and her daughter Page (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Their plan would have worked, if the man hadn't been such an avid consumer of his own product.

20. In which film does Hackman star with Burgess Meredith, playing Floyd, a bar owner in a sleepy Texas town, mourning the loss of his missing wife?

From Quiz The Films of Gene Hackman

Answer: Full Moon in Blue Water

Floyd's wife disappeared in a swimming accident more than a year ago, and Floyd has been in a severe state of grief ever since, still not quite letting himself believe that she's dead. He still runs the bar that he and his wife used to run together, but since she went missing has basically let it run into the ground. Meredith plays his father-in-law, known as The General, who suffers from Alzheimer's and lives with Floyd.

21. Which part did Hackman play in 'Mississippi Burning'?

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Answer: Agent Anderson

Hackman plays Agent Anderson, an FBI agent sent to Mississippi to investigate the murder of civil rights workers. Agent Ward is played by Willem Dafoe. The movie was directed by Alan Parker and released in 1988.

22. Gene Hackman may be best known to Generation X kids by his role as Lex Luthor in the 'Superman' series. In which of the 'Superman' films did Hackman not appear as Luthor?

From Quiz The Film History of Gene Hackman

Answer: Superman III

Hackman made apperances in the first two films of the series, appearing in theaters in 1978 and 1980, respectively, and the fourth in the series, which was released in 1987. Hackman's comedic talent was especially portrayed in the second film...several terrific lines.

23. In 'The French Connection', Hackman plays a police detective in what city?

From Quiz Gene Hackman

Answer: New York

24. Gene's lawyer character is an estranged husband and father who fakes a terminal illness in order to reclaim his family. He ironically dies of a heart attack, but not before managing to redeem himself.

From Quiz Gene Hackman Dies

Answer: The Royal Tennenbaums

In this 2001 instant-classic, directed by Wes Anderson, Hackman plays Royal Tennenbaum, alongside Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bill Murray, Angelica Huston, Danny Glover, and many more stars. Royal is a disbarred lawyer who wants to be a father again after years of being less than admirable.

25. Which movie stars Hackman alongside Nick Nolte and Ed Harris, playing a reporter covering the war in Nicaragua in 1979?

From Quiz The Films of Gene Hackman

Answer: Under Fire

Nick Nolte stars as a star photographer covering the civil war there. He tries to remain neutral and avoid taking sides (citizens versus the Nicaraguan army), but soon finds out that he can no longer idly stand by and watch the carnage against the people. Hackman plays Alex Grazier, a reporter friend of Nolte's that has to help hide him from the army.

26. Who did NOT star with Hackman in 'The Poseidon Adventure'?

From Quiz Gene Hackman

Answer: Michael Caine

'The Poseidon Adventure' (1972) tells of the adventures of a group of survivors who try to escape from a capsized ocean liner. Michael Caine appeared in 'Beyond the Poseidon Adventure' in 1979.

27. In 'Narrow Margin', Hackman has to transport a woman to safety. Who is she?

From Quiz Gene Hackman

Answer: Anne Archer

Re-make of an older movie with Charles McGraw.

28. Gene is killed by his employers when he fails to control a younger lawyer who wants out of his firm's shady operations.

From Quiz Gene Hackman Dies

Answer: The Firm

Hackman co-stars as Avery Tolar, alongside Tom Cruise, in this 1993 Sydney Pollack movie. Curiously, Hackman's name was not used to promote the movie, even though he is one of the principal characters.

29. Hackman starred in which film with John Travolta and Rene Russo, based on an Elmore Leonard novel?

From Quiz The Films of Gene Hackman

Answer: Get Shorty

The film centers around John Travolta's character, Chili Palmer, a Miami loan shark, who is tracking down a dry-cleaner that owes $300,000 to his boss. He ends up following him all the way out to Los Angeles, and while he's out there, he shows up in the middle of the night at the home of Hackman's character, Harry Zimm, a slimy movie producer, to intimidate him into repaying a gambling debt. Chili has always had dreams of making it in Hollywood, and over the course of their meeting in the producer's house, he makes a pitch to Harry for a movie based on this latest debt-collecting adventure of his. Harry has been able to make a successful living as a producer, but has never really made it to the "big time" with respectable fare, but instead has produced B-list titles such as "The Slime People". The movie has a very intricate plot with many more characters and perspectives. This is not one of my favorite Hackman films mainly just because I'm personally not a big fan of Travolta or Russo, but it's a lot of fun watching Hackman's sleazy movie producer. Hackman works equally effectively in comedies and dramas, not an easy feat.

30. Hackman played a character called Harry Zimm in which 1995 movie?

From Quiz Gene Hackman

Answer: Get Shorty

'Get Shorty' also starred John Travolta, Rene Russo and Danny De Vito. Harry Zimm was a producer of low budget horror films, who is helped by all the key characters to produce a new movie. 'The Quick And The Dead' and 'Crimson Tide' were both released in 1995, and 'The Birdcage' was released in 1996.

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