Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday Trivia Challenge: Movie Madness!

It's time for another season of Friday Trivia Challenges!

From this point on, we'll be posting a new trivia / puzzle feature every Friday. When possible, we'll try to make the subject topical, relate it to specific upcoming events, holidays, etc.

With that in mind, this week's challenge is movie-themed in honor of the 82nd Academy Awards, which will be held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Here we go...

The Wildwoods have provided a setting for a number of movies over the years, most notably Going Home (1971) starring Robert Mitchum, and Touched (1983), a low key drama with Robert Hayes and Kathleen Beller.

In at least one film, however, Wildwood is referenced to, without filming having occurred there. In fact, the "Wildwood, New Jersey" that is visited in this movie bears absolutely zero resemblance to the actual place.

In which of the following is a phony Wildwood represented?

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)   Starring Hollywood heavyweights Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart, this wildly-popular romantic comedy was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two (Stewart for Best Actor and Donald Ogden Stewart for Best Adapted Screenplay). Based on a stage play of the same name, it is noted for Hepburn's breakout performance.

TOUCH OF EVIL (1958)  Written, directed by, and co-starring Orson Welles, this film noir classic also features an all-star cast that included Charleton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Marlene Deitrich. Set along the U.S./Mexican border, the scenery is just as intriguing as the many characters Welles pits against each other.
ATLANTIC CITY (1980)  "Where dreamers can be winners" was the tagline for this gritty drama, which starred Burt Lancaster as a small-time gangster who can't let go of his "glory" years. His path soon crosses with a young woman (Susan Sarandon) whose husband is murdered after stealing money from the mafia. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards.
CABIN BOY (1994)  A typically goofy seafaring romp starring Chris Elliot of "Get a Life" renown, with a memorable cameo by David Letterman. Should have won Best Picture, but the esteemed Academy clearly has never had a sense of humor. What is there left to say? Oh yeah: "Would ya like to buy a monkey?"
Léon: The Professional (1994)  Violent, bloody... yet strangely sweet. This is the story of an Italian hitman (Jean Reno) who becomes the unlikely guardian of a 12-year-old New York girl (Natalie Portman) after her entire family is murdered by a crooked cop (Gary Oldman) and his cohorts. Great performances by the entire cast!


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We'll have the answer here next week, along with a new challenge.

Thanks for playing!

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