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The Ultimate Martin Scorsese Quiz
by Staff
Martin Scorsese is undoubtedly one of the greatest American film directors of his generation. This quiz will challenge your knowledge of his entire filmography, the actors he's worked with and the methods he uses to create his films.

What was Scorsese's first feature film?

  • "Who's That Knocking at My Door"
  • "Mean Streets"
  • "Taxi Driver"

What was the title of the documentary Scorsese filmed depicting the farewell performance of The Band?

  • "Shine a Light"
  • "Moondog Matinee"
  • "The Last Waltz"

What actor did Scorsese work with eight times on films like "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "Casino"?

  • Harvey Keitel
  • Robert De Niro
  • Leonardo DiCaprio

"Mean Streets" was the first Scorsese movie to deal with a theme he'd turn to several more times. What is the theme?

  • life in and around Mafia crime families
  • sex workers encountering obstacles as they try to break away from their past lives
  • the allure and danger of street racing

In "Taxi Driver," when De Niro says the famous "you talkin' to me?" line, who is he talking to?

  • himself, in the mirror
  • the secret service agent trying to apprehend him at the rally
  • Sport, Iris' pimp

What two television series did Scorsese direct the pilot episodes of?

  • "Breaking Bad" and "Penny Dreadful"
  • "Boardwalk Empire" and "Vinyl"
  • "Oz" and "The Sopranos"

What is the name of the corrupt investment firm in "The Wolf of Wall Street"?

  • Stratton Oakmont
  • Bentley Finnegan
  • Stuart, McElroy & Garner

Scorsese was offered a chance to direct "Boxcar Bertha" by what legendary low-budget director/producer?

  • Russ Meyer
  • Ed Wood
  • Roger Corman

The novel "The Executioners" was adapted into what Scorsese movie (the second time it was adapted)?

  • "Casino"
  • "Cape Fear"
  • "Shutter Island"

What is protagonist Sam Rothstein's occupation at the beginning and end of "Casino"?

  • sports handicapper
  • casino bouncer
  • used car salesman

What Scorsese movie stars Nicolas Cage and Ving Rhames as paramedics dealing with a drug epidemic in New York?

  • "Street Scenes"
  • "The Departed"
  • "Bringing Out the Dead"

"Raging Bull" is a fictionalized account of what boxer's life?

  • Joe Frazier
  • Jake LaMotta
  • Primo Carnera

How did Scorsese emphasize the feelings of exhaustion, isolation and despair in the fights where LaMotta wasn't doing well?

  • He filmed the fights using extremely distant camera angles.
  • He filmed the fights in a dark, empty studio.
  • He filmed the fights in a boxing ring of exaggerated size.

What is notable about the scene in "Goodfellas" in which Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco walk into the Copacabana restaurant and nightclub?

  • It's a single unedited tracking shot that's more than three minutes long.
  • Actual New York mobsters were in the club at the time the scene was shot.
  • Much of the background of the scene was computer generated, the first time such technology had been used in a major film.

What movie won Scorsese his only Oscar for best director?

  • "Goodfellas"
  • "The Departed"
  • "Raging Bull"

What Scorsese movie was shot in 3-D?

  • "The Aviator"
  • "Shutter Island"
  • "Hugo"

What movie was the first collaboration between Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio?

  • "The Age of Innocence"
  • "Gangs of New York"
  • "The Aviator"

What is the name of the book "Goodfellas" is adapted from?

  • "In No Uncertain Terms"
  • "The Family"
  • "Wiseguy"

What Scorsese film was heavily protested and remains banned in some countries even today?

  • "The Last Temptation of Christ"
  • "Goodfellas"
  • "The Departed"

In what movie does Joe Pesci deliver his "funny how? Like funny like I'm a clown? How am I funny?" line?

  • "Goodfellas"
  • "Casino"
  • "Mean Streets"

"The King of Comedy" stars what famous comedian from the 1950s, '60s and '70s?

  • Lenny Bruce
  • Jerry Lewis
  • Mel Brooks

"New York, New York" stands out from the rest of Scorsese's filmography for what reason?

  • It's the only Scorsese movie to lose money at the box office.
  • It's a musical.
  • It's a stage play that was shot live in front of an audience.

What is "The Color of Money" about?

  • a young man rising through the ranks of the Mafia
  • pool hustlers
  • corrupt Wall Street investors

The setting of "Shutter Island" is …

  • an abandoned orphanage
  • a World War II munitions bunker
  • a mental hospital

In "The Aviator," Leonardo DiCaprio portrays what wealthy inventor, filmmaker and businessman?

  • Howard Hughes
  • Nelson Rockefeller
  • Vincent Astor

Ellen Burstyn won the best actress Oscar for her role in what Scorsese movie?

  • "The Departed"
  • "After Hours"
  • "Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore"

What Scorsese movie was John Hinckley Jr. obsessed with, inspiring his attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan?

  • "Taxi Driver"
  • "Mean Streets"
  • "Goodfellas"

What rock star was cast as Pontius Pilate in "The Last Temptation of Christ"?

  • David Bowie
  • Mick Jagger
  • Peter Gabriel

"No Direction Home" is a documentary about the early career of what iconic musician and songwriter?

  • Joni Mitchell
  • Bob Dylan
  • Warren Zevon

Speaking of Rolling Stones, what is the title of the 2008 concert film Scorsese made featuring that band?

  • "Shine a Light"
  • "Exile on Main St."
  • "Low-Down Blues"