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Martin Sheen played Greg Stillson in "The Dead Zone". He was shown in flash forward scenes as the POTUS.
rboyle 7/1/10 10:52 am


1. In 1984's Red Dawn, the US faced invasion from which country?
2. Which of these pivotal American figures were visited by Bill and Ted in their Excellent Adventure?
Ben Franklin
Billy the Kid
Daniel Boone
Zebulon Pike
3. This pair played Deep Throat (more or less) in a 1999 film:
Michelle Williams and Kirsten Dunst
Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner
Parker Posey and Elisha Cuthbert
Scarlett Johansson and Christina Ricci
4. You can't get much more American than baseball. Yet which of these baseball movies largely took place outside of the USA?
The Natural
Eight Men Out
Mr. Baseball
Mr. 3000
5. "There's no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties. And, uh, if that's what the grownups have done with this world that was given to them, then we'd better get those boys' camps started fast and see what the kids can do. And it's not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don't get lost once they come to light. They're right here; you just have to see them again!"This quote is from which political film?
The American President
Wag the Dog
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
6. Which US government agency officially recognized Kris Kringle to be Santa Claus in the original Miracle on 34th Street?
The Secret Service
The War Department
The Post Office
The Census
7. Meeting the elderly Moonlight Graham, taking Terrence Mann to a baseball game, turning a corn field into a baseball stadium....Ray Kinsella did each of these in Field of Dreams in the following states, except for:
8. The subject of which biopic was born on 7/4/46?
Johnny Cash
Jim Morrison
Ron Kovic
Harvey Milk
9. The election in Election (1999) concerned an election for:
The American presidency
Student body president
A seat on the PTA
The president of the Teamsters
10. Jon Voight has played each of these noted real-life Americans on film, except for:
Adolph Rupp
John Adams
Howard Cosell
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
11. Which villainous world leader figured most prominently in Team America: World Police?
Muammar Gaddafi
Fidel Castro
Saddam Hussein
Kim Jong Il
12. The film Miracle recounted one of America's finest hours. If you're familiar with the film or the events with which it deals, you would know that it culminated with a happening in which year?
13. Each of the following lists a major US landmark that was destroyed in a film by Something from Outer Space, except for:
The Statue of Liberty (Cloverfield)
The White House (Independence Day)
The Alamo (Mars Attacks!)
The Golden Gate Bridge (Monsters vs. Aliens)
14. Of the following, which was released latest (small hint: the three earlier films came out within a year of each other; the other came out a few years later)?
American Splendor
American Pie
American Beauty
American Psycho
By way of explanation.....
Splendor came out in 2003; Pie and Beauty were 1999 releases; Psycho came out the following year
15. Which state that completes the name of a film listed below is located the farthest north?
Paris, ___________
Feeling _________
Raising __________
The Prize Winner of Definace, ________
By way of explanation.....
Paris, Texas; Feeling Minnesota; Raising Arizona; The Price Winner of Defiance, Ohio
16. Everyone's favorite man with a 75 IQ, Forrest Gump met all the following U.S. Presidents in the 1994 film, except:
John F. Kennedy
Richard Nixon
Lyndon B. Johnson
Gerald Ford
17. The majority of the action in The Patriot took place in which of the original 13 colonies, home to Mel Gibson's Benjamin Martin?
South Carolina
18. Overly complicated clues led Ben Gates and company to each of the following locations in National Treasure, except for:
The National Archives in Washington, DC
Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA
Old North Church in Boston, MA
Trinity Church in New York City
19. It's NASA time: The 1983 epic The Right Stuff and 1995's Apollo 13 both starred which actor (who actually was nominated for Oscar for one of the films)?
Gary Sinise
Scott Glenn
Ed Harris
Dennis Quaid
20. For Reagan-era jingoism, you couldn't do much better than Top Gun. You know that Tom Cruise was Maverick but which of these is not a correct match of actor and character?
Michael Ironside / Jester
Tom Skerritt / Viper
Tim Robbins / Hollywood
Anthony Edwards / Goose
By way of explanation.....
Tim Robbins played Merlin, who was the replacement for Edwards' Goose in the film's climactic dogfight
21. Which film had a flag-adorned Rocky celebrating thusly:
Rocky Balboa
Rocky III
Rocky IV
22. Mount Rushmore figured prominently into the climax of which Alfred Hitchcock film?
North by Northwest
To Catch a Thief
23. Each of these has played a United States president in the movies, except for:
Pierce Brosnan
Billy Bob Thornton
Morgan Freeman
Peter Sellers
By way of explanation.....
Thornton (Love Actually), Freeman (Deep Impact) and Peter Sellers (Dr. Strangelove) have played the POTUS
24. Which American icon does NOT come to life in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian?
Abe Lincoln
General Custer
Stonewall Jackson
25. Finally, what silver screen tough guy showed off his song and dance skills in 1942's Yankee Doodle Dandy and took home an Oscar?
James Cagney
Humphrey Bogart
Cary Grant
Clark Gable

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