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Test Your Knowledge: Civil War Movies
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For more than a century and a half, the American Civil War has inspired countless works of art. How much do you know about Civil War movies?

"The Horse Soldiers" stars which actor?

  • Clint Eastwood
  • Clark Gable
  • John Wayne

Adjusted for inflation, it's box office numbers make which film the most successful in history?

  • "Gangs of New York"
  • "Gone with the Wind"
  • "Birth of a Nation"

Draft riots are a critical part of the story in which movie?

  • "Secret Service"
  • "Gangs of New York"
  • "Lincoln"

The screenplay for "Glory" was based on what?

  • Dozens of written accounts from soldiers on the field
  • Personal correspondence of a Union officer
  • The most prestigious historical compilation of the war

Stolen Confederate gold provides a major plot point for which movie?

  • "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly"
  • "They Died with their Boots On"
  • "Gods and Generals"

What role does George Peppard play in "How the West Was Won?"

  • An indifferent shopkeeper in Virginia
  • A Union private
  • A Confederate colonel

The film "Lincoln" was shot mostly in which state?

  • California
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina

What's special about the Army unit portrayed in "Glory?"

  • They were the first to deploy a rudimentary machine gun.
  • They wore gray uniforms to confuse Confederates.
  • It was an all-black unit.

Who does John Wayne play in "How the West Was Won?"

  • Stonewall Jackson
  • William Sherman
  • Robert E. Lee

Actors used live ammunition for battle scenes in which movie?

  • "Ride with the Devil"
  • "Gone with the Wind"
  • "The Shadow Riders"

How much did "The Red Badge of Courage" earn at the box office?

  • It lost money.
  • It made about $4 million.
  • It made about $8 million.

Anthony Perkins played a lead role in which film in 1956?

  • "Friendly Persuasion"
  • "The Littlest Rebel"
  • "Morgan's Last Raid"

"The Killer Angels," by Michael Shaara, was adapted into what film?

  • "Gettysburg"
  • "Glory"
  • "Lincoln"

Which Academy Award did "Gone with the Wind" NOT win?

  • Best Actor
  • Best Director
  • Best Actress

Ennio Morricone composed the score for which movie?

  • "The Red Badge of Courage"
  • "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly"
  • "The Horse Soldiers"

"Rocky Mountain" was originally slated to be called what?

  • Ghost Mountain
  • Bloody Mountain
  • Union Mountain

What's the running time of "Gettysburg?"

  • 2 hours and 56 minutes
  • 4 hours and 14 minutes
  • 3 hours and 48 minutes

How many times has "Little Women" been adapted for film?

  • Five times
  • Three times
  • Two times

Which director took the helm for "Lincoln" in 2012?

  • Terrence Malick
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Steven Spielberg

Elizabeth Taylor's co-star nearly killed himself due to substance abuse during filming of which production?

  • "Raintree County"
  • "Santa Fe Trail"
  • "Kansas Pacific"

In which film does documentary filmmaker Ken Burns make a cameo appearance?

  • "Lincoln"
  • "Ride with the Devil"
  • "Gettysburg"

Lauren Holly and Tom Skerritt star in "Field of Lost Shoes," which refers to which muddy battle?

  • Battle of New Market
  • The Battle of Rich Mountain
  • Battle of New Orleans

How many women auditioned for the part of Scarlett O'Hara's character in "Gone with the Wind?"

  • 1,400
  • 1,800
  • 2,800

Before appearing in "The Horse Soldiers," Althea Gibson was a star in which sport?

  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Baseball

A real-life WWII hero played the lead character in which movie?

  • "The Red Badge of Courage"
  • "The Horse Soldiers"
  • "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"

Which movie makes a hero out of George Armstrong Custer?

  • "They Died with their Boots On"
  • "The Horse Soldiers"
  • "The Red Badge of Courage"

In which movie does a rich landowner refuse to take sides in the war?

  • "Shenandoah"
  • "Ride with the Devil"
  • "They Died with their Boots On"

Which movie opens with the infamous "Battle of the Crater" incident?

  • "Friendly Persuasion"
  • "Cold Mountain"
  • "Gettysburg"

Her role in "Cold Mountain" netted Renee Zellweger which award?

  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Breakthrough

In what year was a sequel to "Gone with the Wind" released?

  • 1994
  • 1973
  • 1958