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Quiz about Vietnam War Movies Vol 1
Quiz about Vietnam War Movies Vol 1

Vietnam War Movies, Vol. 1 Trivia Quiz


The Vietnam War has been fertile ground for movie makers for decades. Whether directly about the war or only affected by it, this quiz will test your knowledge of the movies and the actors in them.

A multiple-choice quiz by tazman6619. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
tazman6619
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
324,617
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. This movie is one of my all-time favorites. It is based on the actual *grinding* assault of a fortified position on high ground in the A Shau Valley by elements of the 101st Airborne. Which movie is this? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. "In Country" is the story about a Vietnam veteran and his niece, who lost her father in the war. Can you name the actor who is more famous for playing action hero John McClane in a series of movies but plays the uncle here? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. This film was actually released at the height of the war in 1968. It stars John Wayne in one of his many military roles. Which movie is this that follows the exploits of US special forces? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. "Platoon" is written and directed by Oliver Stone and is based on his experiences in the Vietnam War. Which up-and-coming young actor stars in the movie? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Colin Farrell stars in this Joel Shumacher film from 2000. The film is set during stateside training for deployment to Vietnam. The title of this movie is the same as the Army training area, can you name it? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. "Tropic Thunder" is a comedy about the making of a Vietnam War film. It is written and directed by the star who is well-known for his other comedies, including "Zoolander". Which actor is this? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. This film is shot as if it was a cameraman making a documentary about a LRRP team in Vietnam. Can you identify this gritty war 'motion picture' written and directed by Vietnam veteran Patrick Duncan? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. "We Were Soldiers" tells the true story of first major engagement of the Vietnam War, Battle of Ia Drang. This lethal actor with a brave heart stars in the lead role as Lt. Col. Hal Moore, do you know who he is? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The Vietnam War figures prominently in this movie about a man who seems to be in the right place at the right time to witness some of American history's most important events. The title of the movie and the name of the man are one in the same, name it. Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. "Gardens of Stone" tells the story of a Korean and Vietnam War veteran assigned to Arlington National Cemetery rather than training recruits for Vietnam like he desires. The actor who plays this grizzled old war horse is more famous for playing Sonny Corleone, who is he? Hint



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1. This movie is one of my all-time favorites. It is based on the actual *grinding* assault of a fortified position on high ground in the A Shau Valley by elements of the 101st Airborne. Which movie is this?

Answer: Hamburger Hill

"Hamburger Hill" stars Dylan McDermott, Steven Weber, Courtney B. Vance, Don Cheadle, and Michael Boatman. It tells the story of the men who fought to take Hill 937 from May 10 to May 20, 1969. The movie not only dealt with the issues that the soldiers face in combat, but also all of the turmoil going on back in the states and how it affects them.
2. "In Country" is the story about a Vietnam veteran and his niece, who lost her father in the war. Can you name the actor who is more famous for playing action hero John McClane in a series of movies but plays the uncle here?

Answer: Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis plays the uncle, Emmett Smith, to Samantha Hughes, played by Emily Lloyd, whose father died in Vietnam. Samantha remains with Uncle Emmett because she wants to know more about her father. Smith himself is haunted by the traumas he faced in Vietnam. The film climaxes with a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
3. This film was actually released at the height of the war in 1968. It stars John Wayne in one of his many military roles. Which movie is this that follows the exploits of US special forces?

Answer: The Green Berets

"The Green Berets" is still as controversial today as it was when in premiered in 1968. Because of its pro-military, pro-war stance it has been derided by critics. The movie follows the story of a Green Beret colonel, John Wayne, and a newspaper reporter, played by David Janssen, as they join the war in South Vietnam. "Navy SEALs" is not a Vietnam era movie and stars Charlie Sheen, not John Wayne.
4. "Platoon" is written and directed by Oliver Stone and is based on his experiences in the Vietnam War. Which up-and-coming young actor stars in the movie?

Answer: Charlie Sheen

"Platoon" won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. It was also nominated for four others, including two for Best Supporting Actor for Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe. The movie follows the story of Chris Taylor, played by Charlie Sheen, who leaves college to join the war. Stone wrote the movie as a direct answer to John Wayne's portrayal of the war in "The Green Berets".
5. Colin Farrell stars in this Joel Shumacher film from 2000. The film is set during stateside training for deployment to Vietnam. The title of this movie is the same as the Army training area, can you name it?

Answer: Tigerland

"Tigerland" is set in 1971 America, where the soldiers being trained know the war is lost. Farrell's character is a draftee who does not want to be there. The climax of the movie takes place in Tigerland, a forested area designed to appear like Vietnam. Tigerland was the name of the real US Army Advanced Infantry Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana and would appear to be the basis of the movie's location.
6. "Tropic Thunder" is a comedy about the making of a Vietnam War film. It is written and directed by the star who is well-known for his other comedies, including "Zoolander". Which actor is this?

Answer: Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller plays a fading action hero looking to make a come back with a war movie. Robert Downey, Jr. plays a multiple Oscar winning actor who goes so far as to take drugs to turn his skin black for the role. Jack Black plays a drug addicted comedian just looking for his next score.

After they are dropped off in the jungle, the fake war becomes real as they run into drug runners. Owen Wilson does not appear in the film but did play opposite Stiller in "Zoolander".
7. This film is shot as if it was a cameraman making a documentary about a LRRP team in Vietnam. Can you identify this gritty war 'motion picture' written and directed by Vietnam veteran Patrick Duncan?

Answer: 84 Charlie Mopic

LRRP stands for Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol and was a staple job of special forces in Vietnam. "84 Charlie Mopic" is filmed from the point of view of a cameraman, MoPic (short for motion picture specialist), sent to document the unit's actions behind enemy lines.

As such much of the filming is done using a handheld 16 mm camera. Because of this style you feel as though you are right there with the men as they go on patrol. The film won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and two Independent Spirit Awards.
8. "We Were Soldiers" tells the true story of first major engagement of the Vietnam War, Battle of Ia Drang. This lethal actor with a brave heart stars in the lead role as Lt. Col. Hal Moore, do you know who he is?

Answer: Mel Gibson

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Hal Moore, then Lt. Col., wrote the book upon which the movie is based, "We Were Soldiers Once... And Young". The movie was generally well received even though some critics challenged it for portraying the war in a positive light.

The movie follows US forces as they enter the field and are ambushed by superior North Vietnamese forces. The US forces fight off the enemy and win the victory, setting the stage for how the Vietnam War would be fought and, in the estimation of the North Vietnamese commander, lost by the Americans.

The NVA commander realizes American forces may win most of the battles but that they would lose the war.
9. The Vietnam War figures prominently in this movie about a man who seems to be in the right place at the right time to witness some of American history's most important events. The title of the movie and the name of the man are one in the same, name it.

Answer: Forrest Gump

The title role of "Forrest Gump" is played by Tom Hanks, a portrayal for which he won the Academy Award. The movie went on to win a total of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. In the movie Gump ends up going to Vietnam where he wins the Congressional Medal of Honor but also loses his best friend when he is killed in action.

Besides serving in Vietnam, he also meets presidents JFK, LBJ, and Nixon, plays football for 'Bear' Bryant, plays ping-pong against the Chinese, and accidentally attends an anti-war rally in Washington, D.C. while looking for Jenny.
10. "Gardens of Stone" tells the story of a Korean and Vietnam War veteran assigned to Arlington National Cemetery rather than training recruits for Vietnam like he desires. The actor who plays this grizzled old war horse is more famous for playing Sonny Corleone, who is he?

Answer: James Caan

Francis Ford Coppola directs "Gardens of Stone", his second movie about the Vietnam War. His first is of course considered by many to be the best Vietnam War movie ever, "Apocalypse Now". James Caan had worked previously with Coppola in "The Godfather" where he plays Sonny Corleone.

In "Gardens of Stone" Caan plays Sgt. Clell Hazard, a man who is against the war, not for political reasons but because he sees it as unwinnable. James Earl Jones plays his best friend Sgt. Maj. "Goody" Nelson and Angelica Huston plays his anti-war journalist girlfriend.
Source: Author tazman6619

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