The '90s were a highly significant decade in film. It was the time when both independent films with relatively low budgets and independent studios (including the likes of Miramax and New Line) with lots of money at their disposal grew in prominence. It was also a period when films about significant emergencies became huge box office successes, with movies like Twister, Titanic, Independence Day, and Armageddon drawing large moviegoing audiences and breaking box office records. The '90s was also the period when the use of CGI technology in movies became a norm, with 1995's Toy Story becoming the first full-length film to be entirely computer animated. Speaking of animation, the '90s also saw the continuation of the Disney Renaissance with movies like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Hercules, Mulan, and Tarzan both raking it in at the box office and winning numerous awards (Wikipedia).
Most teenagers today have seen a couple of the important movies to come out of the '90s. However, only a true '90s kid is likely going to be able to pass this movie quiz. Can you consider yourself a genuine '90s kid, specifically with regard to the films of the decade? Take the quiz to find out!
In Titanic, which character says, "I'm the king of the world!"
Titanic from 1997 is one of the most awarded films of all time. It was nominated for 14 Oscars and won 11 of them, including those for Best Actress (Kate Winslet), Best Director (James Cameron), and Best Picture. Titanic was also a commercial success, grossing $1.84 billion worldwide to become the first movie to gross over a billion dollars. Additionally, the film was chosen to be among those preserved in the National Film Registry of the United States (Wikipedia). One of the film's most iconic scenes features one of its characters shouting "I'm the king of the world!" while on the mast of the ill-fated ship. Which character is it?
In Toy Story, where is the name "Andy" written on Woody?
Today, Pixar is one of the giants of the film industry, in particular, the animated film industry. But it all started in 1995 with the release of Toy Story, which eventually went on to have three sequels (Toy Story 2, 3, and 4). Toy Story was primarily about the endearing relationship between a cowboy doll (Woody) and an astronaut action figure (Buzz Lightyear). The toys were owned by a boy named "Andy," and like we do or did with many of our toys, Andy wrote his name on Woody to signify ownership. Where did Andy write his name on Woody?
What is the name of Forrest Gump's girlfriend?
Released in 1994, Forrest Gump endeared itself to audiences as it became the second-highest-grossing movie of that year by raking in $677 million worldwide. Critics also loved the film, the Oscars honoring the movie with awards for Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), and Best Picture, among others (Wikipedia). One of the most memorable characters in the movie was Forrest Gump's girlfriend, whom he had met as a child and eventually went on to have a son with. She unfortunately loses her life due to a virus, which is implied to be HIV. What is the name of Forrest Gump's love interest?
The list in Schindler's List refers to a list of what?
Shot almost entirely in black and white, Schindler's List was a movie about Oskar Schindler. He was a businessman from Germany who managed to rescue over a thousand refugees by hiring them in his businesses. In the movie, the role of Schindler was played by Liam Neeson, who was nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars for his portrayal. The film won a total of seven Academy Awards, including those for Best Director (Steven Spielberg) and Best Picture. Furthermore, the movie grossed $322 million in cinemas all over the world, which is astounding, considering that the film was made with a budget of just $22 million (Wikipedia).
What holiday does Home Alone revolve around?
In 1990, the world was introduced to Macaulay Culkin through the movie Home Alone. It wasn't his first film, but it certainly launched him into superstardom. In the movie, he played 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, who is unintentionally left behind at home by his family when they fly to Paris. While home alone, Kevin has to deal with two thieves whom he repeatedly outsmarts. The movie eventually became a top grosser, raking in a whopping $476.7 million worldwide. The film was so successful that it spawned four sequels, but the original cast returned only for Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Wikipedia).
What is unique about the day featured in Groundhog Day?
In 1993, Groundhog Day was released. The comedy fantasy was helmed by Harold Ramis and starred Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. It was actually only modestly successful at the box office, as in North America, it grossed $70.9 million and was made with a $14.6 million budget. However, the movie is still remembered fondly by critics, who often include it in "best comedy films" lists. Furthermore, the phrase "groundhog day" is often used to refer to particular scenarios in military and government installations (Wikipedia). What about the day featured in the film is so special that caused the term to be coined?
What is the title of the second movie in the Jurassic Park franchise?
In 2021, the sixth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise is set to be released, and that's a testament to the enduring popularity of this particular science fiction concept. The idea behind the films centers around the attempt to construct a theme park filled with dinosaurs brought to life via cloning. The first five films in the franchise have grossed close to $5 billion worldwide, helping it to become among "the highest-grossing media franchises of all time." The second movie in the franchise was released in 1997, and it grossed over $618 million worldwide (Wikipedia). What was the title of this movie?
Which of the following slang expressions is NOT used in the movie Clueless?
In 1995, the movie Clueless, a romantic comedy primarily featuring teenaged characters in Beverly Hills, was released. It starred, among others, Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, and Stacey Dash. The film became so popular that it resulted in a spin-off TV show and also a book series. To be able to give the dialogue an authentic and believable feel, the movie's director, Amy Heckerling, carefully studied how actual high school students from Beverly Hills talked (Wikipedia). Her research seems to have proven effective, as Clueless popularized several slang expressions. Which of the following slang expressions is NOT used in the movie?
Who plays the lead child in The Sixth Sense?
For a long stretch, The Sixth Sense, which came out in 1999, was the highest-grossing film in its genre until it was surpassed in 2017 by It—that's how big a hit The Sixth Sense was. The movie was about a young boy who had the ability to see ghosts and converse with them. Furthermore, critics also loved the film, the Oscars giving it six nods, including those for Best Director (M. Night Shyamalan), Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actor. The nomination for Best Supporting Actor went to the performer who played the role of the child with a sixth sense (Wikipedia). Which actor was he?
What does the number in the title of the movie "SE7EN" refer to?
In 1995, the movie SE7EN was released and, worldwide, grossed more than $327 million. It starred Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, and Gwyneth Paltrow, among others, and told the dark story of a very tricky crime investigation. While critics praised the film—it was nominated for Best Editing (Richard Francis-Bruce) at the Oscars—audiences loved it even more, the feature receiving the Best Movie prize at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards (Wikipedia). As can be assumed from the title of the film, the number "7" plays an important role in the movie. What does the number in the title of the movie "SE7EN" refer to?
Who is Agent Clarice Starling searching for in The Silence of the Lambs?
The Silence of the Lambs, released in 1991, was only the third movie to ever win the top five awards at the Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Director (Jonathan Demme), and Best Picture. In the film that later spawned a sequel (Hannibal) and two prequels (Red Dragon and Hannibal Rising), Clarice Starling attempts to solve a case involving the daughter of a US senator, and she's forced to consult with inmate Hannibal Lecter to find the suspect (Wikipedia). Who is Agent Clarice Starling searching for in The Silence of the Lambs?
What is the name of the character Brad Pitt portrays in Fight Club?
It may surprise many that when David Fincher's film Fight Club was released in 1999, it actually didn't do as well as expected at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics. However, as the years have gone by, Fight Club has undeniably become a cult favorite, with many film courses in colleges including the movie in their curricula to call students' attention to Fight Club's strongest elements. These include the movie's acting, themes, and directing (Wikipedia). One of the most memorable characters in Fight Club is the one portrayed by Brad Pitt. What is the name of this character?
Where is The Lion King set?
In 2019, a CGI remake of The Lion King is scheduled to be released some 25 years after the original first thrilled audiences with its charismatic cast of talking animals. The voice actors who gave life to these characters included the likes of Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg, James Earl Jones, Moira Kelly, Jeremy Irons, and Rowan Atkinson. The writers who were responsible for the music were stellar as well: Elton John, Tim Rice, and Hans Zimmer. Grossing $766 million, Lion King was the box office king of 1994, and it also won two Oscars (Wikipedia). Where is The Lion King set?
What is the subtitle for Terminator 2?
Released in 1991, seven years after the first installment of the franchise, Terminator 2 far outdid The Terminator at the box office. Specifically, while The Terminator took in $78.3 million at the box office, Terminator 2 grossed an amazing $523.7 million. Furthermore, Terminator 2 won four Oscars, including those for Best Makeup, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Visual Effects. It was the first movie to apply actual human movement to animate a computer-generated character. Later in 2019, the sixth film in the Terminator franchise, simply titled "Terminator," will be released (Wikipedia). What was the subtitle for Terminator 2?
In Good Will Hunting, what is Will Hunting's job?
Good Will Hunting, the film that finally won the late Robin Williams an Oscar after three previous nominations, was released in 1997 and grossed $225.9 million at the box office. Aside from Williams's nomination, Good Will Hunting received eight other Oscar nods, including one for Best Picture, and won two: Best Supporting Actor (Robin Williams) and Best Original Screenplay (Matt Damon and Ben Affleck). In the film, Robin Williams played the role of Sean Maguire, a Psychology professor. With Maguire's help, Will Hunting learns more about himself. Will Hunting was played by Matt Damon, who was, for this portrayal, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor (Wikipedia).
In The Shawshank Redemption, how does Andy Dufresne escape from jail?
The Shawshank Redemption is one of those rare films that did terribly at first but eventually became somewhat of a classic. When it was first released on September 10, 1994, it had the unfortunate fate of being in theaters at the same time as Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump, which caused it to gross only $16 million as compared to its budget of $25 million. After earning seven Oscar nominations, however, the film was re-released, which allowed The Shawshank Redemption to up its total box office haul to $58.3 million (Wikipedia). In the movie, how does Andy Dufresne, the character played by Tim Robbins, escape from jail?
Who stars in the opening scene of Scream?
Somewhat of a satire on movies in its genre such as Friday the 13th and Halloween, Scream excited audiences with its release in 1996. What made the film quite unique was that its characters often made mention of scenes and characters in several popular movies of its genre. The approach seemed to work as Scream grossed $173 million despite having a relatively modest budget of only $15 million (Wikipedia). In the opening sequence of the movie, a female character, Casey Becker, receives a call from a stranger. Later, it's revealed that the stranger is holding Becker's boyfriend hostage. Who played the role of Casey Becker?
Which of the following actors was NOT in The Usual Suspects?
The Usual Suspects, a mystery whose plot moves along based on the narration of a certain Roger Kint, made its debut at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, then afterward, was released in a few movie houses. That run actually resulted in relatively few ticket sales, the movie grossing only $34.4 million but had a modest budget of $6 million. With critics, however, the film was a big hit. The Usual Suspects won two Oscars: Best Original Screenplay (Christopher McQuarrie) and Best Supporting Actor (Wikipedia). Several big-name actors starred in the film. Which of the following actors was NOT in The Usual Suspects?
In the movie Dumb and Dumber, what were the two main characters trying to do with the briefcase of money they had found?
Few people would guess that Dumb and Dumber, a comedy about two dimwitted friends, gained critical acclaim, but it's actually endeared itself to several critics. For example, the movie was included in the 2008 Empire Magazine listing of the 500 greatest movies of all time. It shouldn't be surprising, however, that the film was a huge box office success. It grossed $247.3 million worldwide and had a relatively modest budget of only $17 million. A prequel of the movie was released in 2003 (although it didn't feature original stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels), and a sequel came out in 2014 (Wikipedia).
Who plays Private Ryan in Saving Private Ryan?
Released in 1998, Saving Private Ryan ended up being the highest grossing movie of that year in the United States with its domestic haul of $216.8 million. Furthermore, that same year, the film became the second-highest-grossing movie worldwide by raking in $481.8 million. Saving Private Ryan was also highly critically acclaimed. It was nominated for eleven Oscars and won five, including those for Best Sound Effects Editing (Gary Rydstrom and Richard Hymns), Best Film Editing (Michael Kahn), Best Sound (Gary Rydstrom, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, and Ron Judkins), Best Cinematography (Janusz Kamiński), and Best Director (Steven Spielberg) (Wikipedia). Who played Private Ryan in the film?
In the movie Fargo, what is the occupation of the main character played by Frances McDormand?
In 1996, Fargo made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the award for Best Director (Joel Coen). Later, it followed up that success by receiving seven Oscar nominations, including those for Best Film Editing (Roderick Jaynes), Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins), Best Supporting Actor (William H. Macy), Best Director (Coen), and Best Picture. It won two of those nominations: Best Original Screenplay (Joel and Ethan Coen) and Best Actress (Frances McDormand). The win by McDormand was quite unusual as performances by actresses in comedies, which Fargo was, didn't often take home the big prize at the Academy Awards (Wikipedia).
In Pretty Woman, what is Vivian's special rule?
In 1990's Pretty Woman, Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) plays the role of prince charming to Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts). By the end of the film, however, it seems that it was Vivian who ended up rescuing Edward. Audiences lapped the story up, resulting in a worldwide gross of $463.4 million from a relatively modest budget of just $14 million. The role of Vivian Ward was significant to Julia Roberts, as it earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award for Best Actress (Wikipedia). Early in the movie, Vivian lets Edward know about one of her special rules. What is that rule?
What country is the setting of the movie Trainspotting?
The movie Trainspotting, starring Ewan McGregor, among others, was adapted from a book of the same title and debuted in theaters in the United Kingdom in 1996. Despite the film's dark themes, it did very well at the box office, grossing $72 million. Audiences loved the movie, even voting it the #1 Scottish film of all time in an opinion poll conducted in 2004. And more than two decades after the release of Trainspotting, a sequel titled "T2 Trainspotting" was released and likewise did very well at the box office and with critics (Wikipedia). What country is the setting of the movie Trainspotting?
How does Independence Day end?
Independence Day or ID4 was released in 1996 and became the highest-grossing film of that year with a take of $817.4 million worldwide. In fact, at that time, it became the second-highest grosser of all time behind only Jurassic Park (1993). The story revolved around alien spaceships attacking the planet Earth. The film stars Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman, among others. Aside from the movie's box office success, it also earned two Oscars: Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Mixing. In 2016, Independence Day: Resurgence, a sequel of Independence Day, was released (Wikipedia). How did the first movie end?
Which of the following actors DIDN'T star in Dazed and Confused?
Dazed and Confused, which is today a cult classic, was actually quite a small film in its day. It had a budget of only $6.9 million and a box office haul of only $8 million. However, appreciation for the movie grew after its run in theaters, with famous director Quentin Tarantino listing it at #10 in his list of best movies. Even back when it was first shown, though, critics gave Dazed and Confused mostly positive reviews and cited the film's excellent soundtrack and cast. Many of the movie's actors went on to become big stars (Wikipedia). Which of the following actors DIDN'T star in Dazed and Confused?
What filming technique did The Blair Witch Project popularize?
In 1999, a website came up that featured fake police reports and footages of interviews. Furthermore, whenever the film would be shown at festivals, flyers were distributed to encourage anyone with information about the "missing students" to come forward. This sparked debate about whether or not The Blair Witch was actually a true story, and even though it soon became clear that the movie was simply a work of fiction, audiences still watched the movie in droves when it went into wide release. It raked in $248.6 million at the box office despite its incredibly small budget of only $60,000 (Wikipedia).
Who is the lead male actor in Cruel Intentions?
This film was an adaptation of the book Les Liaisons dangereuses, which was authored by Pierre Choderlos de Lacios in 1782. It was released in 1999 and was meant to be a small independent film. However, Columbia Pictures eventually ended up picking up the movie, and in wide release, the film ended up grossing $75.9 million despite its relatively modest budget of only $10.5 million. Two direct-to-video movies in the franchise were also released. The performances of the leads, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, and the male lead were widely praised by critics (Wikipedia). Who was the male lead?
Who is the lead actor in Braveheart?
Released in 1995, Braveheart told the story of William Wallace, a Scottish warrior who fought for Scottish independence during the 13th century. However, some pundits criticized factual inaccuracies in the film, including those involving Wallace's love interests. Nevertheless, the movie performed excellently at the box office, where it grossed $210.4 million, which is way above its budget of $70 million. Furthermore, the film did very well at the Oscars where it was nominated for ten awards. It eventually won five Academy Awards, including those for Best Sound Editing, Best Makeup, Best Cinematography, Best Director, and Best Picture (Wikipedia). Who is the lead actor in Braveheart?
Why do Edward Scissorhands's hands look the way they do?
Released in 1990, Edward Scissorhands was highly anticipated, as it was director Tim Burton's follow-up movie to the financially and critically successful Batman. Despite Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks being considered for the titular role, Johnny Depp eventually took on the character. The film did relatively well at the box office, grossing $86 million, far exceeding its budget of $20 million. It also received an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup (John Caglione, Jr. and Doug Drexler) (Wikipedia). Obviously, Edward's strange-looking hands made up of blades became his most memorable characteristic. Based on the story, why do Edward Scissorhands's hands look the way they do?
Who plays the role of Cassandra Wong, Wayne's love interest in Wayne's World?
Released in 1992, Wayne's World became the highest-grossing movie based on a skit from Saturday Night Live. Worldwide, it tallied $183.1 million at the box office, which was way above its budget that was pegged at $20 million. The story of Wayne's World revolves around the funny antics of its two rock-fan characters: Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar. Surprisingly, despite the movie's general silliness, critics admired it, the film being "certified fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes with an 84% rating (Wikipedia). In the movie, Wayne falls in love with Cassandra Wong, a member of the band Crucial Taunt. Who played her role?
What threatened the Earth in Armageddon?
In 1998, two fictional movies about the Earth being threatened by extinction were shown, setting up a showdown between these films. Coming to theaters first was Deep Impact, which grossed $349.5 million with its budget of $80 million. Just over two months later, Armageddon, with a budget of $140 million, was released, and it outdid Deep Impact by grossing $553.7 million at the box office. However, both movies were quite poorly received by critics, with Deep Impact garnering 44% on Rotten Tomatoes and Armageddon doing even worse with a score of 39%. Furthermore, scientists found Deep Impact to be more scientifically accurate than Armageddon (Wikipedia).
What role does Mrs. Doubtfire play to the Hillard children?
Released in 1993, Mrs. Doubtfire was about a father's attempt to remain in the lives of his children despite his recent divorce from the children's mother. The character's (Daniel Hillard's) plan involved disguising himself as a woman, Mrs. Doubtfire, a character memorably played by the late Robin Williams. Williams was critically acclaimed for his wacky and hilarious portrayal, and he ended up winning the Best Actor (Musical/Comedy) award at the Golden Globes, where Mrs. Doubtfire won the Best Picture (Musical/Comedy) award. The film also received the Best Makeup award at the Oscars (Wikipedia). What role does Mrs. Doubtfire play to the Hillard children?
Who plays Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski?
Although today, The Big Lebowski is a cult favorite, at the time of its release in 1998, it was a box office disappointment, grossing $46.2 million, which was well below expectations. It also garnered mixed reviews from critics at the time of its release. However, the movie eventually grew in popularity, even managing to be considered as worth preserving by the National Film Registry. The film revolves around the events following Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski being assaulted after being mistaken for someone else with the same name, "Jeffrey 'The Big' Lebowski." (Wikipedia) Who plays Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski?
Which of the following films did Robert De Niro NOT appear in?
Robert De Niro, who is still very much active in films to this day, was one of the more prominent actors from the '90s. In that decade, he appeared in 25 films and was nominated for two Oscars. At the young age of sixteen, De Niro was fully convinced that acting was his calling, and he dropped out of high school to pursue his passion. His big break came in 1973 when he played the role of an MLB player in the movie Bang the Drum Slowly (Wikipedia). Which of the following films from the '90s did Robert De Niro NOT appear in?
What is the name of Samuel L. Jackson's character in Pulp Fiction?
Released in 1994, Pulp Fiction seems to be the movie that truly jumpstarted Quentin Tarantino's success in the field of directing. The movie starred John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman, among others. Pulp Fiction began its run by winning the Palme d'Or at the 1994 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, and when it was released for general distribution, it managed to rake in $213.9 million at the box office. Furthermore, the movie received seven Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture, and it won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, which was written by Tarantino (Wikipedia). What is the name of Samuel L. Jackson's character in Pulp Fiction?