World’s Hardest Movie Quiz 2004


Here, once again, the semi-annual Stuart Byron Movie Trivia Quiz attempts to confound the world’s cine-trivia cabalists, who today have 3 billion readily Googled websites at their research disposal. Prepare, then, for a death match. All answers pertain to theatrical features. The deadline: February 18, 2004. You can mail your entry to the Voice offices, or e-mail it to The prize: a $150 gift certificate at the bookshop or video store of your choice.


1. For which famous films were these the final uttered lines of dialogue or narration (translated into subtitles or not)?

A. “She wouldn’t even harm a fly.”

B. “The day I left, it was written in the almanac: ‘The Fire forces the Goldto move. Extremely favorable for going west.’ ”

C. “Don’t shoot—they’re in Switzerland.” “Good for them.”

D. “Its origin, and purpose, still a total mystery.”

E. “If not today, then tomorrow, I will have told someone. I can think about escaping after that.”

F. “He was a credit to the fight game, to the very end.”

G. “Yeah, maybe our fucking orders will come through.”

H. ” . . . Animal.”

I. “Won’t you leave me a souvenir. Only a small souvenir.”

2. What was the sanitized English-subtitle translation for the last line of Godard’s Breathless (1960) before the 2001 restoration, and what is it now?


3. What was the first Arab film, and in which country was it made?

4. What year saw the most working movie theaters in the U.S., and rounded off to the thousands, how many were there?

5. Appearing in three out of five Best Picture-nominated movies was a coup for John C. Reilly in 2002, an achievement attained by only one other performer after 1943. (Before that, 10 films were annually nominated, and triple threats were common.) Name the name and the year. (Stuntmen don’t count.)

6. All told, who appeared in the most Best Picture-nominated films?

7. In 1978, Take One magazine polled industry bigwigs about the best films of the 1970s (a span they judged ran from 1968 to 1977); what was François Truffaut’s choice as best American film from that period?

8. Considering the legacies of Venice, Berlin, Cannes, and Toronto film festivals in toto, what’s the most fest awards a single film has won?

9. Name three films that hit that number.


10. What do these well-known filmmakers have in common: Leo McCarey, Martin Scorsese, David Cronenberg, Mike Nichols, and Paul Verhoeven?

11. Who bought Sam Peckinpah a drink in the airport as he returned from marine service in 1946?

12. Name the film in which:

A. Howard Da Silva broke a lightbulb

B. Silvano Mangano has no eyebrows

C. Sarah Miles wipes her crotch-scented hand on a dead man’s face

D. Steve Martin confronts an ax slammed through a hotel door

E. Catherine Deneuve explores a cave in high heels

F. Lillian Gish eats leftover food off of plates she’s cleaning

G. Liam Neeson stares into the camera lens for nearly a full minute

13. What famous film directors attended these elementary schools?

A. École Internationale, Geneva

B. The Todd School

C. Collegio Nazareno

D. Dewson Street Public School

E. Lycée Janson de Sailly


14. What was the longest theatrically released documentary?

15. What two actresses had their films banned in Egypt after they converted to Judaism?

16. What nation once had a long-standing official policy of outlawing the exhibition of any movie for “lack of artistic merit”?

17. Name the movies in which these books prominently appeared:

A. The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler

B. The Basic Kafka

C. From Ritual to Romance, Jessie L. Weston

D. Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

E. All I Need Is Love, Klaus Kinski

F. Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller

18. Name as many movies as you can that are each the only feature film ever made entirely in its particular language. (Filmed opera performances don’t count.)