Question 1: What famous movie includes the first film appearance of Jeff Goldblum (as a vicious thug), one of the first screen roles of Christopher Guest (as a police officer), and was long rumored — apparently incorrectly — to be the first screen appearance of Denzel Washington?
Question 2: I have recommended the film noir Too Late for Tears, in which appeared Arthur Kennedy. Today he may be best remembered for playing the Lowell Thomas-inspired character of Jackson Bentley in Lawrence of Arabia, but he for decades gave good performances in films and on stage without ever becoming a classic leading man. What distinction does this talented actor share with Claude Rains? Hint: It makes them both markedly different from Walter Brennan.
Question 3: Internet Movie Database has brief descriptions of various films. Here is the one for Casablanca.
Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
Sometimes, the films described are so strange sounding I can hardly believe they are real, and that is the seed from which this quiz grows. Below are five short film descriptions of the horror/sci-fi genre. Three of them are real descriptions from IMDB whereas the other two I made up. Try to guess which is which.
A) A lesbian college couple becomes stranded in the middle of nowhere with a pack of orphaned Nazi zombie breeders hellbent on their demise.
B) When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.
C) Two awkward Martian teenagers infiltrate the Texas Chili Cook Off and try to reunite their squabbling parents at the same time.
D) After making a pact with a witch to win a high school tennis tournament, the class nerd is terrorized by blood-sucking tennis balls that can only be defeated by a magical silver racket.
E) Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).
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Question 1: They were all in the 1970 Charles Bronson vehicle, Death Wish.
Question 2: Both Kennedy and Rains endured the frustration of being nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar four times and never winning. Brennan was also nominated four times, but took home the Academy Award three times.
A) REAL. The film is Blood Soaked.
B) REAL. The film is Grabbers.
E) REAL. It’s Ed Wood’s so bad it’s good classic Plan 9 from Outer Space.