Movies from the ’80s was the trivia subject for a small group of us Wednesday night – a couple of players from the ‘Pods – and a couple of players from Sparty On – and a couple of family members from “Up North” – specifically that place known to Michiganders as “The U.P.” A couple of pets also made cameo appearances – a quickly growing Great Pyrenees/lab mix pup – and an orange polydactyl kitty.
Our performance perfectly mirrored our performance in a 1980s music trivia game Monday – with us missing only ONE question – and missing it for six points! We still had a pretty good time, apparently my impression of Annie Potts in Ghostbusters provided a bit of amusement (when she was making her little “astral projections” speech from the first movie).
Here are the questions as presented to us:
1. Title Characters – Lucky, Dusty and Ned are the main characters in what 1986 comedy film? Mike chimed in with the right answer here…
2. Lectures – In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ben Stein plays a teacher of what subject? Close but no cigar, miss for 6.
3. Employees – What is the first name of the Ghostbusters’ secretary, played by Annie Potts in two films?
4. Travel – What U.S. city is the final destination for the main characters in their various travels in the 1987 film Planes, Trains and Automobiles?
5. Horror – Released in 1982, Season of the Witch is the subtitle to the third installment in what horror film series?
6. Quotes – What 1987 film includes the quote, “The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good?”
7. Biographical Films – Sid and Nancy is a 1986 biographical film about a member of what British band?
8. Firsts – In 1984, who became the first person to play the title character in a film directed by James Cameron? We joked about the alien in Aliens being the answer, but put down the right answer…
9. Olympians – What 1981 film focuses on British track athletes Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams and their performance at the 1924 Summer Olympic Games in Paris? Nerd point, who composed the score? Got both.
10. The End – What 1980s film ends with a still image of a character walking across a football field with his right fist thrust into the air?
Mystery – Directors
Name the winner of the Academy Award for Best Director based on the film and year.
M1 – Out of Africa, 1985
M2 – Reds, 1981
M3 – Born on the Fourth of July, 1989
M4 – Ordinary People, 1980
Final Category – Sports Movies
In a 1988 film, what fictional baseball player sets a record by hitting his 247th home run?
Took a minute, but got this…so did all six or so teams ahead of us.
This concludes our trivial pursuits for the week, as always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Principal Ed Rooney!