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Quiz about Films Featuring Robin Williams
Quiz about Films Featuring Robin Williams

Films Featuring Robin Williams Quiz


Robin Williams featured in some great films before his death in 2014. Let's test how much you know about them.

A multiple-choice quiz by Fifiona81. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
Fifiona81
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
387,523
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
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1871
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
Last 3 plays: Guest 169 (5/10), Guest 217 (10/10), Guest 69 (5/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. In which 1990 film did Robin Williams play Malcolm Sayer, a doctor who worked with catatonic patients? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In 'Jumanji' Robin Williams played a man who had been trapped in a board game during his childhood. What was the name of this character? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In which film did Robin Williams play a divorced man who took an unusual approach to maintaining contact with his children? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Robin Williams played the role of Will Hunting's therapist in 'Good Will Hunting'. Which actor played the eponymous title role? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The 1989 film 'Dead Poets Society' featured Robin Williams as John Keating, who was what type of professional? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. 'The World According to Garp', one of Robin Williams' earliest films, was based on a novel by which American author? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In which film does Robin Williams play a former teacher who becomes obsessed with a character from Arthurian legend? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. 'Hook', a film sequel to the J.M. Barrie novel 'Peter and Wendy', featured Robin Williams as which of Barrie's famous characters? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. For which 1990s Disney animation did Robin Williams provide the voice of a comedic genie? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The 1996 film 'The Birdcage', in which Robin Williams plays a gay drag club owner, was a remake of which 1978 film directed by Édouard Molinaro? Hint



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1. In which 1990 film did Robin Williams play Malcolm Sayer, a doctor who worked with catatonic patients?

Answer: Awakenings

'Awakenings' told the story of a doctor who trialled a drug called "L-dopa" on his patients with the hope of extracting them from their catatonic state - a condition characterised by a lack of awareness of external stimuli and loss of motor function. Sayer's gamble at first appeared to pay off when his first patient, Leonard Lowe (played by Robert de Niro), regained his awareness of the world around him. However, after securing the necessary funding to extend the trial to his other patients, Sayer discovered that Leonard's condition was deteriorating and he eventually returned to his catatonic state. The film was based on the real-life work of a British neurologist named Oliver Sacks.

The incorrect options are all films with comas or catatonia featuring in the plot.
2. In 'Jumanji' Robin Williams played a man who had been trapped in a board game during his childhood. What was the name of this character?

Answer: Alan Parrish

'Jumanji' was first released in 1995 and featured Robin Williams as a man who spent 26 years of his life (and grew to adulthood) while trapped in a board game that proved to be capable of releasing hordes of wild animals and sucking players into its world. Alan found the game (also called 'Jumanji') and played it with his friend Sarah in 1969 - while Alan got sucked into it, Sarah escaped, uninjured but traumatised. It wasn't until two young siblings, Peter and Judy Shepherd, found and started playing the game 26 years later that Alan had a chance to escape. He then, with the help of Peter and Judy, had to track down his old friend as the game could only be finished once all of its original players were present.

The incorrect options are all other characters that appear in the film.
3. In which film did Robin Williams play a divorced man who took an unusual approach to maintaining contact with his children?

Answer: Mrs. Doubtfire

'Mrs. Doubtfire' (1993) proved to be one of Robin Williams' most successful films, earning him a Golden Globe award for Best Actor. This was despite the rather odd premise of his character, Daniel Hillard, dressing up as a woman and taking a job as his ex-wife's housekeeper in order to maintain contact with his children after his divorce from their mother. Although he charmed both his former wife, Miranda (played by Sally Field), and the children, he couldn't keep the charade up forever and his secret double-identity was eventually discovered by first his children (in a hilarious bathroom scene), then by an outraged Miranda and finally by the family court judge who reacted by cutting his access to his children to the bare minimum. However, eventually all was resolved and the character of "Mrs. Doubtfire" subsequently revived his acting career.

The incorrect options are all films about characters with child care responsibilities.
4. Robin Williams played the role of Will Hunting's therapist in 'Good Will Hunting'. Which actor played the eponymous title role?

Answer: Matt Damon

'Good Will Hunting' starred Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård, but it was Damon who played the title role. The film, which was first released in 1997, was directed by Gus Van Sant. It told the story of a genius janitor named Will Hunting who worked in a university, but had the intelligence to solve a series of difficult mathematical problems set out by a Professor Lambeau (Skarsgård). When Lambeau discovered that it was the janitor rather than one of his students who solved the problems, he enlisted a therapist (Williams) to help Hunting overcome issues related to the abuse he had suffered as a child and pursue a relationship with an English girl named Skylar (Driver). Ben Affleck, who co-wrote the film with Matt Damon, played one of Hunting's friends.

'Good Will Hunting' netted Williams an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
5. The 1989 film 'Dead Poets Society' featured Robin Williams as John Keating, who was what type of professional?

Answer: A teacher

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Robin Williams portrayed an English teacher in 'Dead Poets Society'. His character took an unorthodox approach to the teaching of poetry, allowing his students greater freedom to read and understand the works rather than assessing them in a formulaic manner.

The eponymous society was a poetry club to which Keating belonged when he was a student and which his own students recreated in his honour. Sadly though, things went horribly wrong when one of the students committed suicide and the headteacher blamed Keating. Williams was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in the film, but lost out to Daniel Day-Lewis (who won for 'My Left Foot').
6. 'The World According to Garp', one of Robin Williams' earliest films, was based on a novel by which American author?

Answer: John Irving

John Irving wrote both the original novel on which 'The World According to Garp' was based and the screenplay for the film. He is also known for his other major works 'The Cider House Rules', 'A Prayer for Owen Meany' and 'A Widow for One Year'. In 'The World According to Garp', Robin Williams played the title role of Garp - the son of a feminist named Jenny who raped a brain-damaged soldier in order to become pregnant and have a child without having to deal with the presence of a father in his life. Mother and son proved to have vastly different interests but both became published authors.

However, their difficult relationship was cut short when Jenny was assassinated at a political rally and the film ended with Garp also being shot by someone outraged by his literary work.
7. In which film does Robin Williams play a former teacher who becomes obsessed with a character from Arthurian legend?

Answer: The Fisher King

The 1991 film 'The Fisher King' told the story of homeless man named Parry (Williams) who believed he could find the Holy Grail and that the Fisher King was guarding it on God's orders. Parry saved a suicidal former DJ, Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges), from an attack by a group of thugs and in return Lucas attempted to help him in his delusional quest. However, Lucas also sought to discover Parry's real identity and help him to overcome his tragic past by finding love and happiness again. The film was directed by Terry Gilliam and earned Williams a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

The incorrect options are all other films based on Arthurian legends.
8. 'Hook', a film sequel to the J.M. Barrie novel 'Peter and Wendy', featured Robin Williams as which of Barrie's famous characters?

Answer: Peter Pan

In 'Hook', the infamous "boy who couldn't grow up" had done just that - but, in the process, had lost all memories of his life as Peter Pan in the fantastic world of Neverland. As a result, Robin Williams first appears as the character of Peter Banning, a San Francisco-based lawyer with a wife and two children. However, it turned out that his wife was the granddaughter of Wendy Darling and that he was her old friend Peter Pan. He was then forced to face his past when his children were kidnapped by Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) and he had to return to Neverland to rescue them with the help of Tinker Bell the fairy.

Tootles (Arthur Malet) was one of Neverland's original "Lost Boys" and Mr. Smee (Bob Hoskins) was Captain Hook's bosun.
9. For which 1990s Disney animation did Robin Williams provide the voice of a comedic genie?

Answer: Aladdin

The story of Aladdin and the Genie who appeared to him from a magic lamp is much older than the Disney version of it, as it is an ancient Arabic folk tale that appeared in the collection known in English as the 'Arabian Nights'. In the film, a young urchin named Aladdin was granted three wishes by a Genie; took on a new identity as a prince in the hope of marrying the beautiful Princess Jasmine, and went for a ride with her on a magic flying carpet. Aladdin also had to battle against the evil Jafar, free the Genie from life in his lamp and eventually admit to Jasmine that he was not the high-born prince that he pretended to be. Luckily for all involved there was a happy ending and the film ended with Aladdin and Jasmine becoming engaged.

The incorrect options were all other Disney films released during the 1990s.
10. The 1996 film 'The Birdcage', in which Robin Williams plays a gay drag club owner, was a remake of which 1978 film directed by Édouard Molinaro?

Answer: La Cage aux Folles

'The Birdcage' utilises different character names and a different setting to 'La Cage aux Folles' (which is a French and Italian language film set in Saint-Tropez) but ostensibly tells the same story. Robin Williams played Armand Goldman, a gay man who lived in Florida with his stereotypically outrageous and effeminate partner. His son from a previous relationship wanted to introduce him to his fiancée's parents, but they turned out to be an ultraconservative Senator and his wife. The film then followed the highly comedic plots that Armand and his partner dreamt up to hide their true lifestyle.

'La Cage aux Folles' was based on a play of the same name by Jean Poiret. The incorrect options are all other films for which Édouard Molinaro is credited as a director.
Source: Author Fifiona81

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