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Can You Name the British Movie From One Screenshot?
By: Ian Fortey
7 Min Quiz
Image: Warner Bros. Pictures/ Heyday Films/ 1492 Pictures/ Warner Bros. Pictures
About This Quiz
When most people think of film, they immediately envision Hollywood, but that's not a fair picture of the cinematic world. Great movies come from all over the world, like Bong Joon Ho's work out of South Korea, Akira Kurosawa's amazing films from Japan, David Cronenberg in Canada, Lucio Fulci from Italy, Alfonso Cuaron from Mexico and so many more. Of course, the work of British filmmakers has been going strong for the better part of a century as well.
British films really take on a life of their own, separate from the Hollywood world. A British gangster film like "Snatch" or a fantasy film like "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" can bring to life a world in a way that few American films can. There's an aesthetic to Britsh films, a sense of what a British film truly is that you can see in something like "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" that you'll never see in an American movie. It's more than just the accents — it's a way of telling stories. Just look at the work of legendary British directors like Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick.
If you're a fan of cinema, then you must be a fan of British cinema as well; and if that's the case, then surely you can ID some of these movies!
Python (Monty) Pictures/ Michael White Productions/ National Film Trustee Company/ EMI Films
Do you know this hilarious film that features a murderous rabbit?
Few films are as beloved as "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," which has been selected more than once as one of the ten best comedies of all time. In 2011, an ABC special ranked it as the second-best, Total Film magazine readers ranked it fifth, and Channel 4 in the U.K. placed it sixth.
Celador Films/ Film4/ Fox Searchlight Pictures/ Warner Bros. Pictures/ Pathé / Fox Star Studios
Which of these films made $377 million on a $15 million budget?
"Slumdog Millionaire" was one of those sleeper hits that proved to be immensely popular back in 2008. Despite its popularity, the film was rather controversial as well, due to its portrayal of poverty in India and also concerns for the welfare of actors working on the film and how much money they were paid.
Columbia Pictures/ Eon Productions/ B23 Ltd./ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/ Sony Pictures Releasing
Do you know which of these movies was the 14th film to break the $1 billion barrier?
"Skyfall" came out in 2012, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise. It was the first James Bond movie to hit $1 billion at the box office. It also received a lot of critical praise and even pulled in two Academy Awards for Original Song and Sound Editing.
Warner Bros. Pictures/ Heyday Films/ 1492 Pictures/ Warner Bros. Pictures
Do you know which of these incredibly popular films had a different name in the United States than elsewhere in the world?
Everyone knows "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," but if you saw it outside of the United States, what you saw was "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." The name was changed due to concerns that American audiences wouldn't know what the Philosopher's Stone was and they'd be put off the movie, thinking it was about philosophy.
Granada Productions/ Pathé Renn Productions/ BIM Distribuzione/ France 3 Cinéma/ Pathé Distribution
Helen Mirren won an Oscar for Best Actress in which of these films?
Helen Mirren won numerous awards, including an Academy Award, for this role. Her portrayal of the queen went over so well that the actual queen invited her to Buckingham Palace to watch the film with her. Sadly, Mirren had to decline due to a prior commitment.
Columbia Pictures/ Eon Productions/ Babelsberg Film/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/ Sony Pictures Releasing
Which of these movies is a franchise reboot?
"Casino Royale" is a reboot of the James Bond franchise. After Pierce Brosnan's run as Bond, the franchise was left to cool for a few years before coming back with Daniel Craig on board as Bond. The series was presented in a much more serious and gritty light than the previous iterations.
UK Film Council/ Momentum Pictures/ Aegis Film Fund/ Molinare, London/ FilmNation Entertainment/ See-Saw Films/ Bedlam Productions/ Momentum Pictures/ The Weinstein Company
Stuttering plays a major part in which of these historical dramas?
"The King's Speech" managed to pull in 12 Oscar nominations in 2010, more than any other film that year. It won four of them, including Best Picture, and made about $400 million at the box office worldwide.
Stanley Kubrick Productions/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Stanley Kubrick directed which of these films?
Considered to be one of the greatest science fiction films of all time, "2001: A Space Odyssey" came out in 1968. In 2010, the Moving Arts Film Journal called it the greatest film of all time. That's quite an achievement. Kubrick was born in the U.S. but spent much of his adult life across the pond and made most of his movies in the U.K.
StudioCanal/ Karla Films/ Paradis Films/ Kinowelt Filmproduktion/ Working Title Films/ StudioCanal
Do you know which of these movies takes place during the Cold War?
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" was a pretty successful film overall, featuring a remarkable cast of actors who have been in comic book movies. Gary Oldman was in several Batman films; Tom Hardy was also in one Batman and "Venom"; Benedict Cumberbatch was in "Doctor Strange"; Mark Strong was in "Shazam."
Horizon Pictures/ Columbia Pictures
This famous war movie is based on a French novel. Do you know it?
"The Bridge on the River Kwai" was a massive critical success, earning seven Oscars, including Best Picture. The Brtish Film Institute also voted "The Bridge on the River Kwai" as the 11th greatest British film of the 20th century.
Little Bird/ StudioCanal/ Working Title Films/ United International Pictures/ Miramax Films
For which of these films was Renee Zellwegger nominated for an Academy Award?
The 2001 rom-com "Bridget Jones' Diary" proved to be a huge hit and raked in over $280 million at the box office. It spawned two sequels that also starred Renee Zellwegger, including "Bridget Jones's Baby," which came out 15 years after the original.
Romulus Films/ Columbia Pictures
This movie won five of the 11 Academy Awards it was nominated for. What is it?
Based on the Charles Dickens novel "Oliver Twist," "Oliver!" was made in 1968 and was a massive critical success. It took Best Picture and Best Director at the Academy Awards and even an honorary award for choreography.
Heyday Films/ StudioCanal UK/ TF1 Films Production/ StudioCanal
Colin Firth voluntarily quit this movie after realizing he wasn't suitable for his role. What is it?
Colin Firth was originally cast as the voice of Paddington Bear in the movie "Paddington," but over time it became apparent that he sounded too mature for such a young, fluffy bear. He stepped aside, and Ben Wishaw got the role instead.
Working Title Films/ Relativity Media/ Universal Pictures
Russel Crowe actually sings in which of these movies?
"Les Miserables" has been adapted to both stage and screen numerous times. The 2012 film version was a massive undertaking with an all-star cast, including Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Sacha Baron Cohen, among others. Its budget was $61 million, but it pulled in about $441 million worldwide.
Horizon Pictures/ Columbia Pictures
This movie won seven Oscars. What is it?
"Lawrence of Arabia" was nominated for a staggering 10 Academy Awards and claimed seven of them, including Best Picture and Best Director. Peter O'Toole was nominated for Best Actor and Omar Sharif for Best Supporting Actor.
StudioCanal/ Working Title Films/ Universal Pictures
Rowan Atkinson of "Mr. Bean" fame starred in which of these movies?
"Johnny English" is a parody of the James Bond films and the entire spy genre, featuring Atkinson in the lead role as a bumbling spy. There have been three Johnny English movies so far, which have pulled in over $400 million in total at the box office.
Hammer Film Productions/ Columbia-Warner Distributors/ Warner Bros. Pictures
Christopher Lee played the lead character from which movie in 10 different films?
"Dracula," from 1958, features Christopher Lee in the lead role. He played Dracula in 10 horror films over the years, but he also played Dr. Fu Manchu five times and Sherlock Holmes three times.
20th Century Fox/ 20th Century Fox
This film is considered an early noir masterpiece. Do you know it?
"Night and the City" debuted in 1950 and was groundbreaking, thanks to its portrayal of abhorrent characters. There was no clear cut protagonist in the film, which rankled critics at the time. In later years it gained praise for being a trendsetter in the noir genre, though.
Polaris Productions/ Hawk Films/ Warner Bros.
Do you know which of these movies features a mix of classical and synthesizer music throughout?
In 1972, Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" was met with a lot of backlash for its violent and sexual content. In fact, when the movie was first released in the United States, it was given an X rating, something usually reserved for pornography.
DNA Films/ UK Film Council/ Fox Searchlight Pictures
Which of these is a zombie movie, even if the monsters aren't technically zombies?
Cillian Murphy starred in "28 Days Later" as the survivor of a mysterious pandemic. It played out like a typical zombie movie, except the monsters in this film were victims of a virus that transformed them into homicidal maniacs almost instantly and gave rise to the popular trend of "fast zombies."
Eon Productions/ United Artists
This was the first James Bond movie. What is it?
In 1962, Sean Connery became James Bond in "Dr. No" and made movie history. The James Bond franchise is reportedly worth over $5 billion, and it's been estimated that 20% of the entire world's population has seen a James Bond movie.
Columbia Pictures/ Screen Gems/ SKA Films/ Matthew Vaughn Productions/ Sony Pictures Releasing
In which of these movies did Brad Pitt play an Irishman?
Guy Ritchie's "Snatch" is an action comedy heist movie that features an incredible ensemble cast and also a large dog that eats a diamond at some point in time. Brad Pitt's role required him to speak a nearly unintelligible dialect, referred to as "pikey."
British Lion Films/ British Lion Films
Which of these movies was remade in 2006 with Nic Cage?
"The Wicker Man" is a 1973 horror film that stars Edward Woodward. When it was remade in 2006, it featured Nic Cage in the lead role, in what is widely considered one of the worst films ever made.
HandMade Films/ SKA Films/ The Steve Tisch Company/ Summit Entertainment/ Columbia TriStar Pictures/ PolyGram Filmed Entertainment/ Gramercy Pictures / Sony Pictures Releasing
Guy Ritchie's first full-length feature film was which of these movies?
"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" came out in 1998. It was the feature film debut of future action star Jason Statham. In the movie, Statham plays a character named Bacon. Ritchie had met Statham when the actor was working as a model.
HandMade Films/ Python (Monty) Pictures/ Cinema International Corporation/ Warner Bros./ Orion Pictures
Do you know which of these is about the guy who was born next door to Jesus Christ?
"Monty Python's Life of Brian" almost didn't get made at all, since the studio cut funding only days before production was set to begin. Lucky for the Python crew, former Beatle George Harrison was a huge fan and actually arranged funding for the movie.
Universal Pictures/ StudioCanal/ Working Title Films/ Big Talk Productions/ WT² Productions/ United International Pictures/ Mars Distribution/ Rogue Pictures
This movie started a sort of unofficial trilogy. Can you tell us the title?
Edgar Wright's "Shaun of the Dead" is the first part of his Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, which also includes "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End." All three feature Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, although the stories and characters are totally unrelated. A cornetto, incidentally, is what in North America you'd called a drumstick. It's an ice cream cone.
StudioCanal Features/ Film4/ UK Film Council/ Big Talk Pictures/ Optimum Releasing
Local teens fight off ravenous aliens with no eyes in which of these movies?
"Attack the Block" is a 2011 sci-fi movie that introduced most of the world to future Stormtrooper John Boyega. Despite having a very limited theatrical run in the U.S., the movie did fairly well and was also critically acclaimed.
Cineguild/ General Film Distributors (GFD) Ltd./ Universal-International
Do you know which of these was called the fifth greatest British film of all time by the British Film Institute?
"Great Expectations," the novel by Charles Dickens, has been made into a film several times, but the 1946 version starring Alec Guinness is clearly the standout. It's not the full retelling of Dickens' story, but rather an abridged version.
Do you know which of these movies is about hitmen?
"In Bruges" features Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson. It was the debut film of director Martin McDonagh, who went on to direct the critically acclaimed "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."
BBC Films/ Astral Media/ Corus Entertainment/ Telefilm Canada/ Kudos Pictures/ Serendipity Point Films/ Scion Films/ Focus Features
Which of these movies was directed by Canadian horror icon David Cronenberg?
"Eastern Promises" was a particularly violent gangster film from 2007. Viggo Mortensen extensively studied Russian mafia tattoos, which his character was covered in, to prepare for the role. Word is that his tattoos were so accurate he once walked into a Russian restaurant and silenced all the customers because they thought he was a real gangster.
StudioCanal/ Working Title Films/ DNA Films/ Universal Pictures
This holiday rom-com is among many people's favorite Christmas movies. Can you name it?
Nine Christmases intersect in this epic 2003 romantic comedy. From sweet romances to utter heartbreak and everything in between, this holiday movie has something for everyone. And its all-star cast takes it to the next level — Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Keira Knightley, to name just a few.
MGM-British Studios/ MGM-EMI/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Michael Caine starred in which of these movies?
"Get Carter" is an adaptation of the novel "Jack's Return Home." It was remade in the year 2000, with Sylvester Stallone in the lead role. Michael Caine had a small role in the remake as well.
Strike Entertainment/ Hit and Run Productions/ Universal Studios
Do you know which film won the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction film, even though the filmmakers said it wasn't a science fiction film?
The movie "Children of Men" takes place in a dystopian society in which decades-long infertility has caused society to begin to collapse. In 2016, 117 film critics from around the world made a list of the 100 best films of the 21st century, and "Children of Men" ranked as No. 13.
Compton Films/ Tekli British Productions/ Compton Films
Which of these is a psychological horror film, starring Catherine Deneuve?
Roman Polanski's "Repulsion" was critically acclaimed and gained some notoriety for being a horror film with a female antagonist. It's the first part of what is known as the Apartment Trilogy, which also includes "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Tenant."
Martin Scorsese ranked this as the fifth scariest movie ever. What is it?
"Dead of Night" is an anthology horror film from 1945. It features five short stories of terror, the most well-remembered of which is called "The Ventriloquist's Dummy" — one of the earliest instances of a film about a creepy doll.
Film4 Productions/ Channel 4/ Northern Ireland Screen Broadcasting Commission of Ireland/ Wales Creative IP Fund/ Icon Film Distribution
Do you know this 2008 movie, directed by Steve McQueen?
"Hunger," starring Michael Fassbender and "Game of Thrones'" Liam Cunningham, is about the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike. The strike was the culmination of a five-year protest that saw the death of 10 prisoners from starvation.
British International Pictures/ Wardour Films/ Sono Art-World Wide Pictures
This 1929 film was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. What is it?
"Blackmail" was not just Alfred Hitchcock's first film to feature sound; it was the first British film to feature sound. The movie actually began production as a silent film but then was adapted midway through to embrace new technology.
General Film Distributors (GFD) Ltd.
Which of these movies was also released as "The Woman Alone"?
Alfred Hitchcock directed "Sabotage" back in 1936, based on a Joseph Conrad novel, "The Secret Agent." The movie is considered a classic of the spy thriller genre and holds a flawless 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
"PolyGram Filmed Entertainment/ Channel Four Films/ Working Title Films/ Rank Film Distributors"
In 1994, which of these became the highest-grossing British film ever made?
"Four Weddings and a Funeral" seemed to kick off the international fame of star Hugh Grant, who, for a time, was one of the most well-known actors in the world. The movie grossed $245.7 million at the box office, which is exceptional for a romantic comedy.
Tigon British Film Productions/ American International Pictures
Vincent Price starred in which historical horror film?
"Witchfinder General" is one of those rare horror films that is based in part on actual events. The intense level of violence in the movie was virtually unheard of in 1968 and caused a lot of controversy upon the film's release.
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