Tuesday, June 10, 2008
A new movie quote game. UPDATED.
A while back, there were people searching my blog trying to find the answer to a trivia question about a pig, a rock band and the cartoon shows Invader Zim and The Simpsons. I published the answer and the people running the online trivia game got miffed at me. I got rid of the direct answer and left a hint instead.
This got me to thinking about trivia quizzes online. How can you Google-proof one of these things? It seems like all information everywhere is in the World Wide Web somewhere, it's just a matter of asking the right question to the right search engine.
Here's my idea. Take a well-known movie with a lot of great lines. Take several of those lines and ask the folks who want to play to identify who said the lines (either by the actor's name or the character's name) and to put the lines in chronological order from first to last in the film.
The movie I've chosen to do this with first is The Princess Bride. With this movie, one of the greatest lines is unavailable for use, because Mandy Patinkin says "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." several times in the film, so putting it in chronological order becomes difficult.
Of course, if you've never seen this film you are totally hosed, but every trivia contest has that problem to some extent. Here are the lines. Good luck.
We have a winner! Please no more calls.
My niece Holly, who watched the video of The Princess Bride a jillion times when she was a kid, nailed the whole thing. Trinket999, one of My People, was very close but missed one actor and the order on two quotes. Here are the complete answers.
b] “Farm boy… fetch me that pitcher.” Robin Wright as Buttercup
g] “Is this a kissing book?” Fred Savage as The Boy
a] “Do you want me to leave you where I found you? Unemployed… in Greenland?” Wallace Shawn as Vezzini
f] “I want to say that she doesn’t die here. The eels don’t kill her. I say this because you look worried.” Peter Falk as The Grandfather
j] “Unless your opponent has studied his Agrippa. Which I have.” Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya
h] “Life is pain, Princess. Anyone who says different is selling something.” Cary Elwes as Westley/The Dread Pirate Roberts
c] “Hmmm, look who knows so much!” Billy Crystal as Miracle Max
i] “Mawwiage…” Peter Cook as The Impressive Clergyman
d] “I could be bluffing. Pig.” Cary Elwes as Westley
e] “I found these four white horses just in case you found the lady. Hello, lady!” Andre the Giant as Fezzik
My apologies to Chris Sarandon and my adopted actor Christopher Guest for not including any of their quotes.
When next my niece Holly and I see a movie at the Parkway, the first drink is my treat.