Kieran Somers

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Christmas Movie and TV Quiz

  1. What was the name of the main character in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas?
  2. In which movie did Bing Crosby first croon White Christmas?
  3. Which Scottish actor played Ebenezer Scrooge in a 1950s version of the Dickens classic and later voiced the same character in a 1970s animated version of the tale?
  4. What was the name of George Bailey’s home town in It’s a Wonderful Life?
  5. Alan Rickman declared that Christmas was to be cancelled in which 1990s film? (not a Christmas movie by the way).
  6. The first instalment of this popular franchise had Mel Gibson playing a cop on the edge at Christmas time.  The movie?
  7. On what street in New York did the miracle take place according to the 1940s movie and its 1990s remake?
  8. Homer Simpson mistakenly refers to one of Santa’s reindeers as a former president of the USA in Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.  Which president?
  9. Alexander and Ilya Salkind brought us Santa Claus the Movie, but which famous superhero did they first bring to the screen?
  10. Bill Murray played a Scrooge like character in the 1980s movie Scrooged, but which TV actor featured early in the movie playing himself as he rescued Santa from international terrorists? (Santa tells him he’s been a real good boy this year).
  11. Dudley Moore played one in the 1980s as did Will Ferrell more recently.  What type of helpful character am I thinking of?
  12. The 1984 movie Gremlins sees those not so cuddly creatures plaguing unsuspecting townspeople at Christmas time, but what popular Disney film do the Gremlins themselves watch in the movie theatre towards the end?
  13. Kermit played Bob Cratchitt, Miss Piggy played Mrs Cratchitt and The Great Gonzo played Charles Dickens, but which two-time Oscar winner played Ebenezer Scrooge in the Muppets take on the Dickens classic?
  14. Which prominent English actor made a significant role change when he swopped his starship command to become the misanthropic Ebenezer Scrooge?
  15. ”˜6.30….dinner with me….I can’t cancel that again.’  In which Christmas movie did Jim Carrey make such a solemn declaration?
  16. In which movie set in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve does Bruce Willis inform the terrorists of the following: ”˜Now I have a gun….ho ho ho’?
  17. In which 1940s film did Judy Garland carol Have yourself a merry little Christmas?
  18. Which English thespian actually won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing a character named Kris Kringle?
  19. In the Fr Ted Christmas Special what was the name of the charlatan priest who attempts to steal Ted’s golden cleric award?
  20. Which Harry Potter regular played the spirit of Christmas in Blackadder’s Christmas Carol?
  21. Which World War II POW movie has the inmates suspecting that one of them is an informant during the holiday season? (the German commandant incidentally wishes them a merry Christmas at the beginning of the movie, ”˜just like the ones you used to know’).
  22. Which prominent Irish actress played the bird lady opposite Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York?
  23. Bruce Willis reprised his role as the tough cop John McLane thwarting terrorists at a Los Angeles airport on Christmas Eve, but which one-time presidential candidate/actor (he ran as a Republican) appears in the movie?
  24. In Cast Away Tom Hanks’s plane crashes on Christmas night stranding him on an uninhabited island for four years.  What company does he work for?
  25. Who played the Scrooge-like character Henry F. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life?
  26. What gift does the boy receive from Santa in The Polar Express?
  27. The aunt of a very well-known Hollywood actor – one of Ocean’s Eleven in fact – plays one of the lead roles in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.  Name her and her more famous nephew.
  28. Which famous Oscar-winning Billy Wilder comedy is set during the holiday season? (hint: I’m thinking of a kind of housing unit here).
  29. Name the Dan Aykroyd/Eddie Murphy comedy set at Christmas time which is essentially a re-working of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper?
  30. The 2005 French film Joyeux Noà«l is based around what historic truce?

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