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50th Episode Extravaganza

It’s hard to believe this is the 50th episode of Trivia Rewind. I thought it would be fun for the 50th episode to do something special.  So, I’m going to give you 50, yes 50 trivia questions from the past 50 episodes.  Because there are 50 trivia questions, I’m going to omit the fun facts. But the cool part is, if you want to hear fun facts about the question, all you have to do is go back and listen to the episode the question came from. Below, you will find the transcript to the show. At the end of each question and answer section, I will post which episode you can find the question on.

This is the last episode in Season 1 of Trivia Rewind.  I will be taking a several week hiatus and then I’ll be back with Season 2 of Trivia Rewind where I’ll bring you more television and film trivia and facts. If there’s a topic you’d like to see on Trivia Rewind, email me at triviarewind@gmail.com.   Don’t forget you can find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Thanks again for listening!


TRANSCRIPT: Trivia Rewind Episode 50 – 50th Episode Extravaganza

[00:00:00] Hi, welcome to the 50th episode of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. First off, I need to say thank you to each and every listener. Because of you, I keep writing these episodes each week. I thought it would be fun for the 50th episode to do something special. So I’m going to give you 50, yes 50 trivia questions from the past 50 episodes. 

[00:00:40] Because there are 50 trivia questions, I’m going to omit the fun facts. But the cool part is if you want to hear fun facts about the question, all you have to do is go back and listen to the episode that the question came from. If you visit triviarewind.com, I will post all the questions [00:01:00] and let you know which episode the question came from.

[00:01:03] So here’s how this episode will work. I will read each question one time, pause a few seconds, and then give you the answer. Stick around to the very end and find out about season two of Trivia Rewind. So if you’re ready, let’s get started with question one. In Beverly Hills Cop, what is the name of Eddie Murphy’s character? The answer is Axel Foley.  EPISODE: MOVIE THEMED TRIVIA

[00:01:36] Question two. In 2019, which series, an adaptation of the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series? The answer is Game of Thrones. EPISODE: EMMY AWARD WINNING TV SHOWS

[00:01:55] Question three. In the 1975 movie Jaws, [00:02:00] what was the name of the resort town where the story took place? The answer is Amity Island. EPISODE: STEVEN SPIELBERG MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:02:09] Question four. In the 1995 movie Toy Story, what is the name of the restaurant that Andy and his family go to and which toy does Andy take with him? Well, the name of the restaurant was Pizza Planet and the toy Andy takes with him is Woody.  EPISODE: PIXAR ANIMATION MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:02:30] Question five. In the 2008 movie Iron Man, what is the name of Tony Stark’s AI system and for a bonus challenge, what is it an acronym for? The AI system is named Jarvis and it’s an acronym for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System.  EPISODE: MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:02:54] Question six. What movie is this quote from? “I [00:03:00] feel the need, the need for speed.” That quote comes from Tom Cruise’s character Maverick in the hit movie Top Gun.  EPISODE: HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM

[00:03:11] Question seven. What 1982 series featured an artificially intelligent black car named KITT and what was KITT an acronym for? The show was Knight Rider and KITT stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand.  EPISODE: 1980’s TV SHOW TRIVIA

[00:03:33] Question eight. What movie is this quote from? “You gonna eat your tots?” This quote is said by Napoleon in the movie Napoleon Dynamite.  EPISODE: ROADS, WHERE WE’RE GOING WE DON’T NEED ROADS

[00:03:46] Question nine. At the Cobra Kai Dojo in the Karate Kid Film, sensei John Kreese reminds the students they study the Way of the Fist. What is the Way of the [00:04:00] Fist, a phrase the students repeat? That phrase was Strike First. Strike Hard. No Mercy.  EPISODE: THE KARATE KID MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:04:10] Question 10. The TV show All in the Family discussed many controversial topics and the character Archie Bunker was always at odds with his son-in-law nicknamed what? His nickname was Meathead.  EPISODE: 1970’s TV SHOW TRIVIA

[00:04:27] Question 11. What TV show is this quote from? “Friends don’t lie.” That quote is said by the character Eleven on the show Stranger Things. EPISODE: ROADS, WHERE WE’RE GOING WE DON’T NEED ROADS

[00:04:41] Question 12 .In what 1992 movie does character Jimmy Dougan say “There’s no crying in baseball.” Well, that movie was A League of Their Own.  EPISODE: SPORTS MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:04:56] Question 13. What [00:05:00] TV series is this quote from? “The truth is out there.” This quote comes from the show, The X-Files.  EPISODE: THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID

[00:05:10] Question 14. Which Peanuts character was the only one to actually believe in the Great Pumpkin? That was Linus.  EPISODE: IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN Charlie Brown

[00:05:23] Question 15. What movie is this quote from? “Would it be indecent to ask the grandparents to stay at a hotel?” That was said by Audrey Griswold in the 1989 movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  EPISODE: CHRISTMAS TV SPECIALS + CHRISTMAS MOVIE QUOTES

[00:05:42] Question 16. In the 1980s psychological horror film, The Shining, Wendy finds a huge stack of paper where Jack has typed one phrase over and over. What was that phrase? That [00:06:00] phrase was “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  EPISODE: HORROR MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:06:06] Question 17. What movie is this quote from? “Remember who you are.” This quote is from the movie The Lion King.  EPISODE: REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

[00:06:20] Question 18. What is the name of the 1983 movie that features a super computer known as WOPR that types out the words, “Shall we play a game?” That movie was War Games and WOPR stands for War Operation Plan Response.  EPISODE: 1980’s BRAT PACK MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:06:45] Question 19. Which product used the slogan “Mikey likes it,” when advertising on TV? That slogan goes with Life Cereal.  EPISODE: TV COMMERCIAL TRIVIA

[00:07:00] [00:07:00] Question 20. Which film character said this line? “Don’t everybody thank me at once.” The person that said that was Han Solo.  EPISODE: USE THE FORCE, LUKE

[00:07:13] Question 21. In the 1999 film Big Daddy, Adam Sandler’s character Sonny Kofax works one day a week doing what? He is a toll booth attendant.  EPISODE: ADAM SANDLER MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:07:29] Question 22. In the 1966 animated TV special Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, what is the name of the Grinch’s dog? Well, his dog’s name was Max.  EPISODE: CHRISTMAS TV SPECIALS + CHRISTMAS MOVIE QUOTES

[00:07:45] Question 23. In the film Elf, what is the name of the department store where Buddy gets a job? That department store was Gimbels. EPISODE: ELF MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:08:00] [00:07:59] Question 24. In the film It’s a Wonderful Life, what is the name of the town where the story takes place? It takes place in Bedford Falls, New York.  EPISODE: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

[00:08:14] Question 25. In Die Hard, what does John McClain write on his arm? He writes the names of the terrorists. EPISODE: IS DIE HARD A CHRISTMAS MOVIE?

[00:08:26] Question 26. “My neighbors are mad at me because I won’t put the plastic Frosty on our roof. My wife feels like she has to hide in our house because the neighbors won’t leave us alone about it. Why am I being so stubborn about this neighborhood tradition? What movie am I in? Well, that movie was Christmas With the Kranks.  EPISODE: NAME THE CHRISTMAS MOVIE

[00:08:51] Question 27. In Back to the Future, what is the name of the town where Marty McFly lives? [00:09:00] Well, the town he lives in is called Hill Valley.  EPISODE: BACK TO THE FUTURE

[00:09:05] Question 28. In E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, what is the name of Elliott’s sister? Her name is Gertie. EPISODE: E.T.: THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL

[00:09:20] Question 29. In the 2013 film Monsters University, what is the name of the fraternity that Mike and Sully reluctantly join? That fraternity was Oozma Kappa.  EPISODE: DISNEY PIXAR ANIMATION MOVIE TRIVIA PART 2

[00:09:37] Question 30. What is the name of the dog on the classic TV series, The Brady bunch? His name was Tiger.  EPISODE: FAMOUS TV PETS

[00:09:48] Question 31. In the 2010 post-apocalyptic western film The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington’s character is in possession of what [00:10:00] book? He is carrying the last remaining copy of the Bible.  EPISODE: DENZEL WASHINGTON MOVIES

[00:10:06] Question 32. In the series, the Mandalorian, what is the birth name of the character known as the Mandalorian? His name is Din Djarin.  EPISODE: THE MANDALORIAN – Star Wars AND BABY YODA

[00:10:21] Question 33. Which product uses the slogan “Can you hear me now,” when advertising on television? That line comes from a 2001 Verizon advertising campaign. EPISODE: SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS AND ADVERTISING SLOGANS

[00:10:37] Question 34. In the eighties cartoon Inspector Gadget, who leads the criminal organization that Inspector Gadget tries to stop? Well, that bad guy’s name is Dr. Claw.  EPISODE: CARTOONS OF THE 1980’s

[00:10:54] Question 35. On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, what was [00:11:00] the name of Betty White’s character? Her character was Sue Ann Nivens, the Happy Homemaker.  EPISODE: BETTY WHITE

[00:11:10] Question 36. In what 2008 film does Jeremy Renner play Sergeant first-class William James, the new team leader for a U.S. Army explosive ordinance disposal unit in the Iraq war? That film was The Hurt Locker.  EPISODE: BEST PICTURE OSCAR WINNERS 1990’s – 2010’s

[00:11:31] Question 37. In season three of The Brady Bunch, Marsha is the president of her school’s fan club for which musician? That was for Davy Jones.  EPISODE: THE BRADY BUNCH

[00:11:47] Question 38. On The Love Boat, a series that started in the 1970s, what was the name of the ship’s bartender? That popular [00:12:00] bartender was Isaac Washington. EPISODE: TV RERUNS – SHOWS FROM THE 50’s – 90’s

[00:12:03] Question 39. In The Sound of Music, when Nazi troops catch the Von Trapps pushing their car away from the house in the dark of night, where does Captain Von Trapp say they are going? He said they’re on their way to perform in the Salzburg Festival.  EPISODE: THE SOUND OF MUSIC

[00:12:24] Question 40. What is the name of the police show from the 1970s that focused on two detectives that had a bright red Ford Gran Torino with two white vector stripes on the sides? The name of that series was Starsky and Hutch.  EPISODE: TV COP SHOWS

[00:12:44] Question 41. In what 1988 film would you find the character Raymond Babbitt? That film was Rain Man.  EPISODE: OSCAR WORTHY FILM CHARACTERS

[00:12:58] Question [00:13:00] 42. On the TV series Little House on the Prairie, what is the name of the man that Laura married? His name was Almonzo Wilder.  EPISODE: LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE

[00:13:12] Question 43. I’m on a show that premiered in 2016 and the show is still on the air. I’m the mom to three kids referred to as the big three. I am Rebecca Pearson from This Is Us.  EPISODE: TV MOMS

[00:13:31] Question 44. On the TV series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, what was the name of the framed device that Mister Rogers could project videos or slides through when he wanted to show us a video or film about how things were made? That was called Picture Picture.  EPISODE: MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD

[00:13:52] Question 45. Not only is this actor well known, so is his father. This actor has [00:14:00] appeared in a lot of movies, one of which was Major League. On TV he appeared on a sitcom that aired for 12 seasons where he starred alongside Jon Cryer. What is the actor’s name? The actor is Charlie Sheen. EPISODE: ATHLETES TURNED ACTOR

[00:14:18] Question 46. In the movie Psycho, what is the name of the motel that Janet Leigh’s character arrives at to stay the night? That was the Bates Motel.  EPISODE: MOVIE THEMED TRIVIA

[00:14:33] Question 47. What is the name of Steven Spielberg’s production company, the same name of the 1968 movie that he wrote and directed. The name of his company is Amblin Entertainment and the name of the 1968 movie was Amblin.  EPISODE: STEVEN SPIELBERG MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:14:54] Question 48. In the 2003 movie Finding [00:15:00] Nemo, what is the name of Nemo’s over-protective father? His father’s name was Marlin.  EPISODE: PIXAR ANIMATION MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:15:09] Question 49. In the Marvel film Thor, thanks to a worm-hole in what U S state does Thor find himself? That was in New Mexico.  EPISODE: MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE MOVIE TRIVIA

[00:15:25] And question 50. In the series Family Ties, what is the name of the character played by Michael J. Fox? That character was Alex P. Keaton.  EPISODE: TV SHOWS FROM THE 1980’s

[00:15:41] Well, you made it through all 50 questions. Each of those questions came from a previous episode of Trivia Rewind. If you haven’t listened to all 50 episodes, I hope you’ll go take a look at our list of episodes and catch up on some of the ones you may have missed.

[00:15:58] This is the last [00:16:00] episode in Season One of Trivia Rewind. I’m going to be taking a several week hiatus and then I’ll be back with Season Two of Trivia Rewind where I will bring you more television and film trivia and fun facts. If there’s a topic you’d like to see on Trivia Rewind, just email me at triviarewind@gmail.com. Don’t forget that you can find Trivia Rewind on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and at triviarewind.com. Don’t forget that on TriviaRewind.com. I will post a list of the questions from this episode so that you know which episodes you can go back and visit if you want to hear fun facts from that question.

[00:16:44] Thank you again for listening and for supporting Trivia Rewind for these past 50 episodes. Have a great week. [00:17:00] 

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Denzel Washington Movies

On this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, the topic is Denzel Washington and ten of his movies. Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He was named after his father, Denzel Hayes Washington and his father was named after the doctor that delivered him, Dr. Denzel. 

Growing up, Denzel Washington has said that as a child, he was not allowed to watch movies. In a Hollywood Reporter article, he says “My father was a minister in the Church of God and Christ,” said Washington. “My mother was a singer in church, so we weren’t allowed to watch movies.” The actor was only allowed to watch certain Christian films. “King of Kings, Ten Commandments and that’s about it,” Washington added. “I never went to the movies as a child, ever.“

In a GQ article from 2012 Denzel says that his first job was as a paper boy around the age of 9 years old. When he was 11, he started working in a barbershop.  In the article he says, “Working in that barbershop, learning how to tell stories…I learned how to act.”   

There was another time in Denzel’s life that he will always remember and look back on. In a Parade Magazine article from 1999, Denzel Washington is quoted as saying “I’ve felt the hand of God on my life, no doubt about it. I remember sitting in my mother’s beauty parlor in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on March 27, 1975, and in the mirror I kept seeing this woman looking at me.” Washington was then 20, a student at Fordham University in the Bronx. “I was doing so bad in school, and this woman said, ‘Somebody give me a piece of stationery! I’m having a prophecy!’ I still have that piece of paper. ‘You’re going to speak to millions of people,’ she said to me. ‘You’re going to do great things!’ And I thought, ‘Yeah, right. When’s that going to start? On Monday? I’m flunking out of school. Later on, I asked my mother, ‘Who was that woman?’ She said, ‘It’s Ruth Green, one of the elder sisters in the church, who’s been known to have the gift of prophecy.’” He paused, then added, “That fall I started acting.”

Washington graduated from Fordham University in 1977 where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in drama and journalism. While in his junior year at Fordham, he played the leads in a few university productions. It was there that he developed a love for acting.  His first professional on-screen acting job was in 1977 when he starred in a TV movie called The Wilma Rudolph Story.  It was during the filming of this movie that he met his future wife, actress Pauletta Pearson. 

After graduating from Fordham University, he spent a year training at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California.  After that, he moved to New York City and worked off-Broadway. In 1982, he was part of the cast to win a Distinguished Ensemble Performance Obie Award for his role in A Soldier’s Play. Then he headed back to California and had his breakout role as Dr. Phillip Chandler on the hit television series St. Elsewhere. That role lasted for 6 years.  His career only went up from there. 

In the Parade Magazine article, Denzel says “I’ve been fortunate as an actor,” he said. “I’ve made some interesting films, and I think some of the work I’ve done has touched people. Maybe it sounds corny, but I try to do things for goodness’ sake—to send a good message. I think we did that with Glory, with Philadelphia, and we do that with The Hurricane, a movie which says it sometimes takes suffering—unfortunately, even prison—for some people to realize that hate, hatred for yourself, for other people, will confine you, but love can set you free.”

In 1991, Denzel Washington was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from his alma mater, Fordham University. In 2007, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Morehouse College. And In 2011 he received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2016, the Golden Globe Awards honored him with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”

In November of 2020, Denzel Washington ranked number one on The New York Times’ prestigious “25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century” list.  A touching moment can be seen in an Access Hollywood interview when Denzel is told what his son said about his father being named the number one actor on that New York Times list.  Denzel’s son said “”It’s about time….I think he is one of the greatest to ever do it, so it was a very proud moment for our entire family.”  When told this, Denzel teared up and said he was speechless. You can tell how important family is in the Washington household. 

What’s up next for Denzel? Recently, I was at the movie theater and saw a preview for his upcoming film called The Little Things where he stars alongside Oscar winners Rami Malek and Jared Leto. The movie will be released on January 29, 2021 in theaters and will temporarily stream on HBO Max.  And let me tell you, if you haven’t been to the movie theatre since the Covid-19 Pandemic hit, I can tell you that it was so great being back in a real theater seeing a movie. There’s nothing like movie theater surround sound. I look forward to  seeing Denzel’s new movie IN the theater. 

Now that I’ve given you a little background on this amazing actor, head on over to your favorite place to listen to podcasts where I’ll give you ten trivia questions about some of Denzel Washington’s movie roles?  After I give you the ten questions,  I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie.  

On this episode, you’ll hear me mention a link to a few videos. Here’s the link where Oprah talks with Denzel and his wife Pauletta. I also mention a link where you can watch Denzel on Jimmy Kimmel where he talks about Pauletta and their first date.

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind! 

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Trivia Rewind Episode 33 Denzel Washington

[00:00:00] Hey Trivia Rewind listeners. This is Debi Jenkins and I’m back with another new episode. This week, our topic is Denzel Washington. I’ll be talking about 10 of his movies. But first let’s talk a little bit about Denzel.  Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born on December 28th, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York.

[00:00:36] He was named after his father, Denzel Hayes Washington and his father was named after the doctor that delivered him. Dr. Denzel.  Growing up, Denzel Washington has said that as a child, he was not allowed to watch movies. In a Hollywood Reporter article he says, “My father was a minister in the Church of God in Christ” said [00:01:00] Washington. “My mother was a singer in the church, so we weren’t allowed to watch movies.” The actor was only allowed to watch certain Christian films:  King of Kings,  Ten Commandments and that’s about it, Washington added. I never went to the movies as a child.”

[00:01:17] In a GQ article from 2012, Denzel says that his first job was as a paper boy around the age of nine years old. When he was 11, he started working in a barber shop. In the article he says, “Working in that barber shop, learning how to tell stories…I learned how to act.” There was another time in Denzel’s life that he will always remember and look back on.

[00:01:44] In a Parade Magazine article from 1999, Denzel Washington is quoted as saying,  “I’ve felt the hand of God on my life, no doubt about it. I remember sitting in my mother’s beauty parlor in Mount Vernon, New York on [00:02:00] March 27th, 1975 and in the mirror, I kept seeing this woman looking at me.” Washington was then 20, a student at Fordham University in the Bronx. “I was doing so bad in school  and this woman said, somebody give me a piece of stationary, I’m having a prophecy. I still have that piece of paper. You are going to speak to millions of people, she said to me, you are going to do great things. And I thought, yeah, right. When’s that going to start, on Monday? I’m flunking out of school. Later on, I asked my mother, who was that woman? She said it’s Ruth Green, one of the elder sisters in the church who’s been known to have the gift of prophecy.” He paused then added, “That fall. I started acting.”

[00:02:49] Denzel Washington graduated from Fordham University in 1977, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in drama and journalism. [00:03:00] While in his junior year at Fordham, he played the leads in a few university productions. It was there that he developed a love for acting. His first professional on-screen acting job was in 1977 when he starred in a TV movie called The Wilma Rudolph Story. It was during the filming of this movie that he met his future wife, actress Pauletta Pearson.

[00:03:26] After graduating from Fordham University, he spent a year training at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California. After that he moved to New York City and worked off-Broadway.  In 1982 he was part of the cast to win a Distinguished Ensemble Performance Obie Award for his role in A Soldier’s Play. Well, then he headed back to California and had his breakout role as Dr. Phillip Chandler on the hit television series St.  [00:04:00] Elsewhere. That role lasted for six years. His career only went up from there.

[00:04:08] In the Parade Magazine article, Denzel says, “I’ve been fortunate as an actor.” He said “I’ve made some interesting films and I think some of the work I’ve done has touched people. Maybe it sounds corny, but I try to do things for goodness’ sake, to send a good message.  I think we did that with Glory, with Philadelphia and we do that with The Hurricane, a movie, which says it sometimes take suffering, unfortunately, even prison for some people to realize that hate, hatred for yourself, for other people will confine you, but love can set you free.”

[00:04:46] In 1991, Denzel Washington was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater Fordham University.  In 2007, he received an honorary doctorate of humanities from Morehouse [00:05:00] College. And in 2011, he received an honorary doctor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, the Golden Globe Awards honored him with the Cecil B DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

[00:05:25] This past November of 2020 Denzel Washington ranked number one on the New York Times, prestigious “25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century” list. A touching moment can be seen in an Access Hollywood interview when Denzel is told what his son said about his father being named the number one actor on that list. Denzel’s son said, “It’s about time. I think he is one of the greatest to ever do it. So it was a very proud moment for our entire family.” When told this, [00:06:00] Denzel teared up and said he was speechless. You can tell how important family is in the Washington household.

[00:06:07] So what’s up next for Denzel? Well, just a few nights ago, I was at the movie theater and saw a preview for his upcoming film called, The Little Things, where he stars alongside Oscar winners, Rami Malek and Jared Leto.  The movie will be released on January 29th in theaters and will temporarily stream on HBO Max as well. And let me tell you, if you haven’t been to the movie theater since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I can tell you that it was so great being back in a real theater seeing a movie. There’s nothing like movie theater surround sound.  I look forward to seeing Denzel’s new movie in the theater.

[00:06:50] Now that I’ve given you a little background on this amazing actor are you ready to get into the 10 trivia questions about some of his movie roles? [00:07:00] After I give you the 10 questions, I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie. So are you ready?

[00:07:10] Here’s question one. In what 1995 film does Denzel Washington star alongside Gene Hackman as Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter, Executive Officer of the USS Alabama?

[00:07:28] Question two. In the 1993 film The Pelican Brief, Denzel Washington’s character Gray Grantham does what for a living?

[00:07:42] Question three. In the 2014 film The Equalizer, what condition does Denzel Washington’s character suffer from?

[00:07:54] Question four. In the 2010 post-apocalyptic [00:08:00] western film, The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington’s character is in possession of what book?

[00:08:08] Question five. In the 2001 crime thriller Training Day, who kills Denzel Washington’s character Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris?

[00:08:21] Question six. In what 2000 film does Denzel Washington play a high school football coach at a newly integrated high school?

[00:08:34] Question seven. In what 1987 film does Denzel Washington’s character play black activist Steve Biko?

[00:08:46] Question eight. In the 2016 film Fences, Denzel Washington’s character Troy Maxson is promoted in his job and gets to do what? In doing this job he becomes the [00:09:00] first African-American to do this in Pittsburgh.

[00:09:04] Question nine. In the 1989 film Glory starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington, what reason does Denzel Washington’s character Private Trip give for going AWOL?

[00:09:21] And question 10. In what 1999 film does Denzel Washington play a former middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted for a triple murder?

[00:09:35] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back, get the answers and fun facts.

[00:09:41] Question one. In what 1995 film does Denzel Washington star alongside Gene Hackman as Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter, Executive Officer of the USS Alabama?  That movie was Crimson Tide. This film reunites the [00:10:00] production team from Top Gun. It was produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and it was directed by Tony Scott. This film was produced without the assistance of the U.S. Navy. The production team was hoping for their involvement, but there were a few reasons the Navy didn’t want to be a part of it. One was that the Navy didn’t like that in the story, there was mutiny on the ship. They also didn’t want it suggested that the Navy could ever make a mistake about firing a nuclear weapon.

[00:10:31] So director Tony Scott had to get creative when shooting one particular scene for the movie. In order to get one of the shots he wanted for the film, Tony Scott and his crew waited at Pearl Harbor for a submarine to go out to sea. When one left port, they basically chased it with boats and helicopters to get the footage they needed for the film. Since they were in open water, there was no law against what they were doing. This shot was the only shot in the movie that [00:11:00] featured a real submarine. This scene is at the beginning of the film when you see the USS Alabama submerging.

[00:11:08] While the Navy wouldn’t help, Retired Navy Captain Skip Beard, former Commanding Officer of the Alabama Blue Crew was a technical advisor. In a Deseret News article from 1995 it says “Beard spent five months teaching Hackman, Washington, and the rest of the actors to salute, operate technical controls, and generally look like submariners.” He did admit that his Navy buddies would probably spot errors because if you were to make a real movie about submarining, people would walk out of the theater. A lot of liberties were taken with Navy regulations and realities. Another technical advisor was Captain Mal Wright, Retired Former Commanding Officer of the Alabama Gold Crew  and he worked with the screenwriter.

[00:11:58] The article also pointed out [00:12:00] that Tony Scott, the director of the film was surprised at the Navy’s lack of cooperation. His movie Top Gun was such a hit with the Navy that he thought he had his foot in the door, but I guess not. The ship in the movie, the USS Alabama was created on two Hollywood sound stages at Culver studios in Los Angeles.

[00:12:21] In a Morning Call article, Denzel Washington said that after doing the movie, he had a new found respect for America’s military. They quote him as saying, “One thing I learned from this film is that this is not a country to be messin’ with. We have the hardware. That’s why nobody, with the exception of terrorists, does.”

[00:12:42] Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer composed the score for the film. In 1996 it won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards.

[00:13:00] [00:13:00] Question two. In the 1993 film The Pelican Brief, Denzel  Washington’s character Gray Grantham does what for a living? He is a reporter with the Washington Herald. The film was based on a 1992 novel by author John Grisham. Denzel Washington plays reporter Gray Grantham and Julia Roberts plays young law student Darby Shaw. Supposedly when John Grisham was writing the novel, he wrote the part of Darby Shaw with Julia Roberts in mind.

[00:13:36] They filmed some of this at George Washington’s Mount Vernon home, on the east lawn; they used it as a backdrop for one of the film scenes. According to Mountvernon.org, the producers made a sizable contribution to Mount Vernon for the privilege of filming on the estate.

[00:13:53] There have been some questions about why Denzel Washington didn’t kiss Julia Roberts in the movie. [00:14:00] This is addressed in a cheatsheet.com article. The issue was the interracial kiss. The article says, “Apparently Washington was worried about the way an interracial kiss would be received by movie goers. He had previously received criticism from black women during a test screening of 1989’s The Mighty Quinn – which included a love scene between him and Mimi Rogers  – and decided not to play into Hollywood’s beauty ideals, per Newsweek. Black women are not often seen as objects of desire on film” he said.  “They have always been my core audience.” Being that that quote was from so many years ago, I wonder how Denzel Washington would feel about it today? If he would say the same thing?

[00:14:46] Question three. In the 2014 film The Equalizer, what condition does Denzel Washington’s character suffer from?  His character Robert McCall suffers [00:15:00] from OCD, also known as obsessive compulsive disorder. This film was based on the 1980s television series The Equalizer. At one point, Russell Crowe was going to be part of the film and have the role of Robert McCall, but Denzel Washington ended up replacing him. According to Internet Movie Database, Denzel Washington’s earring holes were digitally edited out for close-ups. However, near the end of the movie, you can see the earring hole in his left ear lobe. If you watch the film, see if you can find that. Did you know that in The Equalizer, Denzel Washington’s character Robert McCall never carries a gun of his ow?. He may take guns from people in the movie, but he never carries his own.  In 2018, a sequel to The Equalizer came out. Equalizer 2 was the first sequel in Denzel Washington’s career.

[00:16:00] [00:16:00] Question four. In the 2010 post-apocalyptic western film The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington’s character is in possession of what book? He is carrying the last remaining copy of the Bible. The Book of Eli, directed by the Hughes brothers, is set in a post-apocalyptic America and was shot in New Mexico. In a collider.com  article Denzel Washington is asked about what it was like filming in New Mexico. And he is quoted as saying, “Well, I definitely know what a tumbleweed is now and I know what a windstorm is. But it was the right place I think for this film and the people there have been very nice to us.”  Denzel Washington performed all of his own stunts in this action packed film.

[00:16:51] We can thank his son for encouraging him to be in this movie. In a PalmBeachpost.com article it mentions that his son [00:17:00] John David Washington pushed for his dad to be in this movie. The film was written by screenwriter Gary Whitta. In a CBR.com article they discussed the religious undertones of the film.  The article says, “Unfortunately for Whitta, the studio continuously asked him to tone down the religious aspects of his script, to the point that he no longer felt comfortable with the film he was making and was ultimately replaced with a different writer. Thankfully, Denzel Washington, who was attracted to the project for those very elements, came to Whitta’s rescue and demanded that he be brought back aboard, allowing him to see the script through to the very final stage.”

[00:17:44] The article quotes Whitta as saying, “A lot of people, particularly people of faith contacted me and I got so many touching messages. Some people said I haven’t picked up my Bible in 10 years and this movie made me want to do that. Not to [00:18:00] sound grandiose, but I felt like if I never wrote anything else, I will have left behind something that people really really like and that means the world to me.”

[00:18:10] Denzel’s son, John David Washington was an Associate Producer for The Book of Eli and how he got the job is a pretty interesting story. An Esquire article says, “In between seasons, Washington accompanied his father to a meeting for the 2010 film The Book of Eli. Co-director Alan Hughes was struck by the young football player’s input and asked his father if he would mind if Washington joined the project. Denzel said he didn’t mind and Washington gave it a shot. It was a chance to get back onto a movie set and to remain safely behind the camera. While being the child of a star has its drawbacks an undeniable advantage is access. Getting onto that set was a first step into the business that most people could only dream of. But once he was there, he had to prove his worth.”

[00:19:00] [00:19:00] In addition to John David, Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta have three other children. At the NAACP image awards, Denzel Washington won an Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture award for his role in The Book of Eli.

[00:19:17] Question five. In the 2001 crime thriller Training Day, who kills Denzel Washington’s character, Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris?  Well, the Russians kill him. The director of Training Day was Antoine Fuqua. He insisted on shooting the movie on location as much as possible and in some of Los Angeles’s most dangerous neighborhoods. A Kingroom.com article says,” At first, the filmmakers were told they could not shoot in Imperial Court for safety reasons but the response from the community was so great, permission was granted. The people living there really wanted this, notes Joel Silver. [00:20:00] They told us, we need the attention and we need the work. We hired a lot of them and it was a great experience. Here we were in a place where you would normally be scared just to drive down the street and we were sitting around drinking coffee and feeling totally comfortable.

[00:20:15] The article went on to say Fuqua also cast  bit parts and extras right out of the neighborhoods where they were shooting. They quote, Fuqua as saying, “I met with gangs and cops and even went into crack houses and said, I want to shoot here. I wanted people who had real scars, real bullet holes who deal with the cops every day.”

[00:20:37] Denzel Washington won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in this film. At the NAACP Image Awards, he won for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

[00:20:48] Question six. In what 2000 film does Denzel Washington play a high school football coach at a newly integrated high school? That movie was [00:21:00] Remember the Titans. Remember the Titans is loosely based on a true story and is often ranked as one of the top football movies of all time. Supposedly Denzel Washington was a little hesitant to take the role, but thanks to his wife Pauletta he ended up taking it. A Washington post article also quotes director Boaz Yakin as saying, “Denzel walked onto that set and I was like, Oh, right. That’s what a movie star is. You literally feel the air bending around him. It’s really quite something to see.”

[00:21:33] There were a lot of people that thought that because Disney produced the movie, the racial relations aspect was way too toned down and not as true to life as it should be depicted.  A New York Magazine article said “The story is based on real incidents but the uplifting tone is laid on so thick that it’s difficult to believe a minute of it.” At the 2001 NAACP Image Awards Denzel Washington took home the [00:22:00] award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and the film won the award for Outstanding Motion Picture.

[00:22:07] Question seven. In what 1987 film does Denzel Washington play black activist Steve Biko? Well, that movie is Cry Freedom. Cry Freedom was set in late 1970s South Africa. When Cry Freedom was being filmed, there was so much political turmoil in South Africa that they had to film parts of it in Zimbabwe instead. Kenya was another location they used to shoot the film. Some people called Cry Freedom a “white savior” movie. A Salon.com article from 2013 titled, “Oscar Loves a White Savior” lists 10 white savior films that have received major Hollywood award nominations and Cry Freedom was on the list.

[00:22:54] The article quotes movie critic Roger Ebert as saying, “The problem with this movie is similar [00:23:00] to the dilemma in South Africa: whites occupy the foreground and establish the terms of the discussion, while the 80% non-white majority remains a shadowy, half-seen presence in the background.”

[00:23:13] Denzel Washington earned his first ever Oscar nomination for this movie. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the film. This movie earned him his first Golden Globe nomination as well. He won an NAACP Image Award in the category of  Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. The National Board of Review listed Cry Freedom as one of the top 10 films of 1987.  It came in sixth out of 10 in their rankings. While speaking of South Africa, in 1995 Denzel and his wife Pauletta renewed their wedding vows in South Africa where Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiated. They once even had the late president of South [00:24:00] Africa, Nelson Mandela over to their house for dinner.

[00:24:03] Watch a clip of Oprah talking with Denzel and Pauletta. They talk about their trip to Africa and their wedding vow renewal. I’ll post the link on triviarewind.com. In the clip, Oprah jokes that she’d one day like to play Denzel’s wife in a movie. I will also post a clip of Denzel talking with Jimmy Kimmel about his and Pauletta’s very first date.

[00:24:28] Question eight.  In the 2016 film Fences, Denzel Washington’s character Troy Maxson is promoted in his job and gets to do what? In doing this job he becomes the first African-American to do this in Pittsburgh. He was the first to drive a garbage truck. Not only did Denzel Washington star in this film, he produced it and directed it.

[00:24:52] The movie is based on August Wilson’s book titled Fences. In a 2010 Broadway revival of this [00:25:00] play, Denzel Washington had the lead role in starred alongside Viola Davis. They both won Tony Awards for their work in the play. How fitting that both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reprised their roles for this film. 

[00:25:14] In 1987, Paramount Pictures purchased the rights to turn Wilson’s book into a film. Wilson had one request, that Paramount hire a black director. In an Indywire.com article, Wilson talks about one point when a white director really wanted to direct the film. But he wasn’t black. The article quotes Wilson as saying, “I accept that he is a very fine film director, but he is not black. He is not a product of black America culture – a culture that was honed out of the black experience and fired in the kiln of slavery and survival and he does not share the sensibilities of black Americans.”  The film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar as [00:26:00] well as Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay. Viola Davis was the only one to go home with an Oscar. The film and actors were nominated for numerous other awards as well.

[00:26:16] Question nine. In the 1989 film Glory starring Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington, what reason does Denzel Washington’s character Private Trip give for going AWOL? Well, Trip left to find shoes because his men were being denied basic supplies like that. In the film Washington’s character is flogged for going AWOL. When his shirt is off and he’s being flogged, you can see that his back is covered in scars from his time as a slave.

[00:26:50] This scene inspired another actor, Michael B. Jordan for his Black Panther role. In an Entertainment Weekly article it mentions that Michael B. [00:27:00] Jordan was speaking at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Gala in honor of Denzel Washington and is quoted as saying, “I remember hearing stories about you and I heard stories that when you were huddled around the campfire in that film, you weren’t supposed to be shirtless, but you still had the scars put on your back so you could feel it, so you can know what your character’s been through” said Jordan. “I tell you right now tonight, brother, that’s the only reason why Killmonger, when I played that role, I had those scars, even when I wasn’t shirtless because of you. So I want to say thank you for that.”

[00:27:39] It’s been reported that Denzel did receive some real lashings to his back in the movie. Internet movie database says “Edward Zwick, the director of the film said that for the flogging scene, Denzel Washington was lashed at full contact with a special whip that would not cut his back, but still stung.” Denzel [00:28:00] Washington won a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for his role in this movie. He also won a Golden Globe for his role, as well as an NAACP Image Award.

[00:28:11] And question 10. In what 1999, filmed does Denzel Washington play a former middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted for a triple murder? The name of this film was The Hurricane and Denzel plays the character, Reuben “The Hurricane” Carter. The film was based on a true story. In order to play the role Denzel lost 60 pounds and trained for over a year with a boxing coach. When Variety interviewed the real life Ruben “The Hurricane” Carter and they asked him what he thought about Denzel Washington portraying him they quote him as saying, “I didn’t know I was that good looking.”

[00:28:52] After the movie was released, many criticized it for its inaccuracies. Universal Pictures was one of the companies that was [00:29:00] sued over this. Joey Giardello, the real life opponent of Reuben “The Hurricane” Carter sued them for defamation of character because of the way that he was portrayed in the film. Denzel Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, and he won a Golden Globe award in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama category and an NAACP award.

[00:29:24] Denzel Washington has such an amazing career and continues to inspire people on and off the screen. Not only is he an award-winning actor, he’s a man of faith. In a 2015 commencement speech at Dillard University in Louisiana, he told the audience,  “Put God first. Put God first in everything you do. Everything that you think you see in me, everything that I’ve accomplished, everything that you think I have, and I have a few things, everything that I have is by the grace of God. Understand that. [00:30:00] It’s a gift.”

[00:30:01] Denzel Washington also has close ties with the Boys and Girls Club of America where at one time he was the spokesman for the organization, a group that he grew up with while living in Mount Vernon.

[00:30:14] The entertainment business has become a family affair so keep your eyes open for what his four children are up to. They are making names for themselves in the industry as well. You can tell how proud their dad is when you watch him in interviews and the topic of his kids come up. They have a great role model to look up to.

[00:30:34] While I’ve only talked about 10 of Denzel’s movies in this episode, he has many more that have touched people worldwide. Movies like Malcolm X, Philadelphia, and American Gangster to name a few. He’s had quite the career. Do you have a favorite Denzel Washington movie? Come share about it on our Instagram page. You can also find Trivia Rewind on Twitter and Facebook.

[00:30:58] All the links can be found [00:31:00] triviarewind.com. Don’t forget to watch Denzel’s new movie in theaters or on HBO. Thanks for taking time to listen this week. I’ll be back next week with another new episode of Trivia Rewind. .

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Guess the Christmas Movie

It’s almost Christmas and time to wrap up our month of  special Christmas episodes. This week, I have something new for you.  This episode will be a little different than what you’re used to.   In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m going to describe 30 Christmas movies or TV specials and you have to guess what movie or TV special the clue is based on.  There will be no fun facts on this episode, just 30 straight clues.  Here’s an example of what you’ll find.

My neighbors are mad at me because I won’t put the plastic Frosty on our roof.  My wife feels like she has to hide in our own house because the neighbors won’t leave us alone about it!  Why am I being so stubborn about this neighborhood tradition?  What movie am I in?

Here’s how it will work. I will read you the question and then I’ll wait a few seconds before giving you the answer.  So, if you’re playing this with friends or family, you can pause after each question if you want to have more time to guess the answer before I reveal it.  This will be fun! 

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind! 

The background Christmas Music heard on the episode is by JuliusH from Pixabay

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Trivia Rewind Episode 28 – Guess the Christmas Movie

[00:00:00] Trivia Rewind

[00:00:05] Debi Jenkins : [00:00:05] Merry Christmas, I’m Debi Jenkins, your host for Trivia Rewind. It’s almost Christmas and time to wrap up our month of special Christmas episodes. This week, I have something new for you. This episode will be a little different than what you’re used to. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, I’m going to describe 30 Christmas movies or TV specials, and you have to guess which movie or TV special the clue is based on. There will be no fun facts on this episode, just 30 straight clues. It should be a lot of fun.

[00:00:38] Here’s how it’ll work. I’m going to read you the question and then I’ll wait a few seconds before giving you the answer. So if you’re playing this with friends or family, you can pause after each question if you want to have more time to guess the answer before I reveal it. So are you ready? Let’s play.

[00:00:57] Here are the questions. Question [00:01:00] one. My name is Kate and I work as an elf at a Christmas shop in London. Several years ago I had a heart transplant. What movie am I in?  The answer is Last Christmas.

[00:01:20] Question two. I’m a Netflix original and the two kids in my movie set up a trip wire and a hidden camera to try and catch Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. What movie am I?  The answer is The Christmas Chronicles.

[00:01:39] Question three. On Christmas morning, I opened my presents and the one thing I wanted most wasn’t under the tree. Yes. I’m a little disappointed, but my dad secretly hid one last present and when I opened it, there it was, the exact thing I wanted. [00:02:00] What movie am I in? The answer is A Christmas Story.

[00:02:08] Question four. My neighbors are mad at me because I won’t put the plastic Frosty on our roof. My wife feels like she has to hide in our own home because the neighbors won’t leave us alone about it. Why am I so stubborn about this neighborhood tradition? What movie am I in? The answer is Christmas with the Kranks.

[00:02:35] Question five. My wife died and all I want for Christmas is for my grown kids to come home for the holidays and get along. What movie am I in? The answer is Almost Christmas.

[00:02:52] Question six. I did a house swap over Christmas. Someone used my house in Los Angeles and I [00:03:00] used their house in London. Both of our lives changed for the better that Christmas. What movie am I in? The answer is The Holiday.

[00:03:13] Question seven. My brother dreamed of leaving town and one day going to college and traveling the world. However, he gave me the money that was supposed to be for him to go to college. I went instead and I even fought in World War II where I earned the Medal of Honor. But in the end I call my brother the real hero. What movie am I in? The answer is It’s a Wonderful Life.

[00:03:43] Question eight. I discover a reindeer in the woods and hide him in the shed to protect him. What movie am I in? The answer is Prancer .

[00:03:58] Question nine. [00:04:00] Santa gave me a bell, but when I first got it, I couldn’t hear it ring when I shook it. Eventually I did here it ring. Santa, let me keep it so I put it in the pocket of my robe to take home. What movie am I in? The answer is The Polar Express.

[00:04:21] Question 10. I am a department store Santa and I tell someone that they can get the item they want at a competitor’s department store. People don’t think I’m really Santa and they try to have me committed. What movie am I in? The answer is Miracle on 34th street.

[00:04:45] Question 11. In my movie, I feature love stories about couples five weeks before Christmas. What movie am I? The answer is Love [00:05:00] Actually.

[00:05:02] Question 12. All I wanted was to reconcile with my wife and I ended up taking down a bunch of bad guys on Christmas Eve. What movie am I? The answer is Die hard.

[00:05:20] Question 13. I really hate Christmas and I can’t stand all the singing. I have reached my breaking point and I’m going to try and stop Christmas. What movie am I in? The answer is How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

[00:05:40] Question 14. I heard a noise during the night and went outside to investigate. Santa fell off my roof. That was the end of him. Why did I put on the Santa suit? What movie am I in? The answer is The [00:06:00] Santa Clause.

[00:06:02] Question 15. I thought I’d go to Chinatown and buy my son a Christmas present. What a mistake that was! Worst gift ever. What movie am I in? The answer is Gremlins.

[00:06:22] Question 16. My dad can’t handle the Santa’s duties any longer. One child’s toy has been lost. That’s unacceptable. My brother wants the job. Even though I’m kind of clumsy my dad ends up giving me the job instead of my brother, because my dad sees that I really do care about others. What movie am I in? The answer is Arthur Christmas.

[00:06:52] Question 17. My boss fired me on Christmas Eve and with the little bit of money he paid me, [00:07:00] I bought Christmas dinner for my family. My boss has a big change of heart that night and the next day he re-hires me and even buys my family a Turkey. What movie am I in? The answer is A Christmas Carol.

[00:07:19] Question 18. I really messed up and want to buy my son a Turbo Man toy for Christmas. I never should have waited until the last minute. What movie am I in? The answer is Jingle All the Way.

[00:07:38] Question 19. My family accidentally locked me in the attic on their way to the mall. I pass the time by watching old family movies. I even shed a tear or two. What movie am I in? The answer is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

[00:08:00] [00:08:00] Question 20. I thought I picked out a good Christmas tree, but my friends sure didn’t think so. I’m not going to let commercialism ruin my Christmas. What Christmas show am I in? The answer is A Charlie Brown Christmas.

[00:08:20] Question 21. I don’t want to be an elf and make toys and Santa’s workshop. I want to be a dentist. I’m outta here. What show am I in? The answer is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

[00:08:39] Question 22. An angel is sent to help me at my church. Through the whole ordeal, I realize that my family really is the most important thing in my life. When the angel leaves, he gives my family a decorated Christmas tree. What movie am I in? The answer is [00:09:00] The Preacher’s Wife.

[00:09:03] Question 23. You would think that there would be snow in Vermont at Christmas time. Well, there was no snow when we arrived here to put on a show. We’re going to do something special for our former General, General Waverley. What a surprise it will be. Oh, and can you believe it finally snowed? What movie am I in? The answer is White Christmas.

[00:09:31] Question 24. Thank goodness my family keeps a lot of junk in the basement. All that stuff really helped me fool some bad guys. What movie am I in? The answer is Home Alone.

[00:09:47] Question 25. The shower at my apartment wasn’t working so I decided to shower at work. I’m singing a classic Christmas tune and the next thing I know, I hear some guy singing along with [00:10:00] me. What movie am I in? The answer is Elf.

[00:10:06] Question 26. My TV station has a live production of A Christmas Carol to shoot on Christmas Eve. I’m making everyone work. Who cares that it’s Christmas Eve. What movie am I in? The answer is Scrooged.

[00:10:25] Question 27. I give my son a harmonica and jokingly tell him it’s magical. After I die in a car accident, you won’t believe what happens when my son builds a snowman and plays that harmonica. What movie am I in? The answer is Jack Frost.

[00:10:48] Question 28. You know, I was known as the Christmas guy in town before that new guy with his trophy wife moved in. Now he’s trying to take over my title. [00:11:00] By the end of this movie, our wives have had it with us. What movie are we in? The answer is Deck the Halls.

[00:11:11] Question 29. I have a lot going on in my life. First, my son is on the naughty list for vandalizing the school with spray paint. His principal is not happy. And to make matters worse, I need to get married before Christmas Eve or my life will change as I know it. What movie am I in? The answer is the Santa Clause 2.

[00:11:37] And question 30. I got myself into a lot of trouble in the big city. Thanks to a pigeon lady who I become friends with, she helps me out of the mess. At the end of the movie, I give her a ceramic turtledove as a token of our friendship. What movie am I in? The answer [00:12:00] is Home Alone 2:  Lost in New York.

[00:12:05] Well, that was our last question. I hope you enjoyed this special edition of Trivia Rewind. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Don’t forget that there are a lot of Trivia Rewind episodes that you can go back and listen to over the holidays. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram. All the links can be found triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind. .

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Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

You may or may not be aware that every Christmas season, a big debate rages on about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. I’ve seen so much about this topic lately. Just last week I saw a clip on the Today Show where they replayed a segment of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.  Jimmy Fallon asked Former President Obama if he thought Die Hard was a Christmas movie and here’s what he said. “No. It’s a Wonderful Life is a Christmas movie. Charlie Brown Christmas is a Christmas movie. Die Hard is an action flick that happens to involve tangentially Christmas.” All through the clip, Jimmy Fallon was agreeing with him.  

In a December 3, 2020 Tweet from Natalie Andrews, a congress reporter for the Wall Street Journal, she said that House Democrats voted on their favorite Christmas movie, as a practice vote before virtual leadership elections.  The choices laid out before them were: Love Actually, Polar Express, Home Alone, Die Hard, and Miracle on 34th Street  The Winner of the vote was: Miracle on 34th Street.  A Cinemablend article alludes to the fact that by the very inclusion of Die Hard in their choices, they are saying it is a Christmas movie.

The debate rages on each year. In 2020 when we need a little break from all the seriousness of what’s going on, the Die Hard question definitely lightens the mood.  

To help me answer the question, I first watched the movie and then I turned to Movie Talk, a Facebook group that I’m part of and I asked them the question.  Over 400 people replied to the post and the majority of the replies said that it is indeed a Christmas movie.  Here’s a few of the comments that people left.  One person said “If a film is set at Christmas time then it’s a Christmas movie in my book.”  Someone else said “This is the post that never ends on Facebook. The answer is yes for all time.”  One person said, “Absolutely. Home Alone is a heist movie that takes place at Christmas time and people call it a Christmas classic. Die Hard is a heist movie that takes place at Christmas time, it is also a Christmas classic.”  That’s a well thought out defense!   Then there was someone that said “That’s a big fat no!”  And “No. Anyone who thinks so is wrong.”  So what do you think? Is Die Hard a movie you turn to during the Christmas season?

In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I dive into the movie and the big question.  I will ask you ten trivia questions about Die Hard and then I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts about the movie, its stars and what people say about Die Hard being a Christmas movie.

In the episode, I mention a website I recently came across with the best data regarding the Die Hard vs. Christmas controversy. Stephen Follows, an established data researcher in the film industry did a whole write up titled Using data to determine if Die Hard is a Christmas movie. All his stats will blow your mind.  After going through his fact based research, you may need to re-evaluate your opinion on whether or not you think Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind! 

The background Christmas Music heard on the episode is by JuliusH from Pixabay

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.

Trivia Rewind Episode 27 – Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

[00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:04] Debi Jenkins : [00:00:04] Hey there, movie fans, I’m Debi Jenkins, host of Trivia Rewind. You may or may not be aware that every Christmas season a big debate rages on about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. I’ve seen so much about this topic lately. Just today, I saw a clip on The Today Show where they replayed a segment of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy Fallon asked president Obama if he thought Die Hard was a Christmas movie and here’s what he said. “No. It’s a Wonderful Life is a Christmas movie. Charlie Brown Christmas is a Christmas movie. Die Hard is an action flick that happens to involve tangentially Christmas.” All through the clip, Jimmy Fallon is agreeing with him. In a December 3rd, 2020 tweet from Natalie Andrews, a congress reporter for the Wall Street Journal, she said that house Democrats voted on their favorite Christmas movie as a [00:01:00] practice vote before virtual leadership elections. The choices laid out before them were Love Actually,  Polar Express,  Home Alone, Die Hard and Miracle on 34th Street. The winner of the vote was Miracle on 34th Street. A Cinemablend article alludes to the fact that by their very inclusion of Die Hard in their choices, they are saying it’s a Christmas movie. The debate rages on each year. In 2020, when we need a little break from all the seriousness of what’s going on, the Die Hard question definitely lightens the mood.

[00:01:34] To help me answer the question, I first watched the movie and then I turned to Movie Talk, a Facebook group that I’m part of and I asked them the very question. Over 400 people replied to the post and the majority of the replies said that yes, it is indeed a Christmas movie.

[00:01:53] Here’s a few of the comments that people left. One person said, “If a film is set at Christmas [00:02:00] time, then it’s a Christmas movie in my book.” Someone else said, “This is the post that never ends on Facebook. The answer is yes for all time.” One person said, “Absolutely. Home Alone is a heist movie that takes place at Christmas time and people call it a Christmas classic. Die Hard is a heist movie that takes place at Christmas time. It is also a Christmas classic.” That’s a well thought out defense. Then there was someone that said, “That’s a big fat no” and “No. Anyone who thinks so is wrong.” So what do you think? Is Die Hard a Christmas movie that you turn to during the Christmas season?

[00:02:42] In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind we’re going to dive into the movie and the big question. I’m going to ask you ten trivia questions about Die Hard and then I’ll give you the answers and some fun facts about the movie, its stars and what people say about Die [00:03:00] Hard being a Christmas movie. So are you ready?

[00:03:03] Here’s question one. When John McClain arrives at the airport on Christmas Eve, what is the name of the man that picks him up in the limousine?

[00:03:15] Question two. What Christmas gift does John bring on the airplane with him?

[00:03:23] Question three. What does John McClain write on his arm?

[00:03:30] Question four. What is the name of the building where the hostage situation takes place?

[00:03:38] Question five. What does police officer Sergeant Al Powell buy at the convenience store?

[00:03:47] Question six. What message does John write in blood on the dead terrorists shirt?

[00:03:57] Question seven. On what [00:04:00] floor of the skyscraper is the Christmas party taking place?

[00:04:05] Question eight. What is the name of the head terrorist played by actor Alan Rickman?

[00:04:14] Question nine. What kind of shoes does John wear for most of the movie?

[00:04:21] And question 10. What Christmas song is playing as Argyle, John and Holly drive off in the limo at the end of the movie?

[00:04:33] Well, those are our 10 questions, let’s go back and get the answers and fun facts. Question one. When John McClain arrives at the airport on Christmas Eve, what is the name of the man that picks him up in the limousine? Well, that limo driver’s name is Argyle. Bruce Willis is the star of the movie and plays character John McClain, an NYPD detective [00:05:00] that travels to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve to see his family and hopefully reconcile with his wife. The character Argyle is played by actor De’voreaux White. The movie is based on a 1979 crime novel titled, “Nothing Lasts Forever” by Roderick Thorp.

[00:05:18] In a Nobelmania.com article De’voreaux White was asked how he got the role. He says, “Places in the Heart with Danny Glover and Sally Fields, which I was featured in had received huge accolades for Oscars the year before. My agent pitched me to Joel Silver and Bruce Willis. They agreed to take on a meeting and a reading with me. By the time I got home that day, they called and offered me the role.”  A lot of big stars were considered for the role of John McClain. Some names like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Robert DeNiro turned down the role. At the time, Bruce Willis was known for his comedic role on the [00:06:00] television series Moonlighting. The filmmakers of Die Hard had to do some work-arounds with his Moonlighting schedule. He’d often work on the Moonlighting set during the day and then he’d head over to the Die Hard set at night. Bruce Willis was paid $5 million for his role in Die Hard. At the time, this was considered huge.

[00:06:20] So does Bruce Willis think Die Hard is a Christmas movie? Well at a Comedy Central roast in 2018, Bruce Willis is quoted as saying,  “Die Hard is not a Christmas movie.” People heard that line and you’ll see people quoting it all over the internet. Oh, but wait. Some of the news media as usual, didn’t include the entire quote.  Bruce Willis finishes his statement that night by saying that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie because it’s a Bruce Willis movie. That last line is pretty important when answering the big question [00:07:00] about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. In December of 2019, the Hollywood Reporter took a poll and here’s their results: 61% said that no, Die Hard was not a Christmas movie while 39% said yes. Around 12,000 people voted in the poll. Last time I looked you can still vote so the numbers can definitely change over time. Visit triviarewind.com where I’ll post a link to the article that includes the poll so that you can go and vote. So for the people in the no camp, there’s some evidence for your side.

[00:07:40] Question two. What Christmas gift does John bring on the airplane with him? He brings a big teddy bear. John was heading to Los Angeles to visit his estranged wife Holly. Actress Bonnie Bedelia plays the role of Holly. She was born with the name, Bonnie [00:08:00] Bedelia Culkin. Her brother is Kit Culkin, the father of actor Macaulay Culkin, who played Kevin in the Christmas movie Home Alone. Hmm. Do Christmas movies run in the family? You know, Home Alone was about a heist on Christmas Eve, too. Just something to think about. In a November, 2020 Entertainment, Weekly article titled “Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie, the Ultimate EW Investigation,” the article says,  “Within Die Hard’s first ten minutes, the Christmas Eve setting is established and John McClain is jamming to Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” on the way to a holiday party. The article does however mention that both Bonnie Bedelia and Reginald VelJohnson said when they were filming the movie, they never viewed it as a Christmas movie during the production.

[00:08:52] They asked Bonnie Bedelia what her opinion on the matter is. She is quoted as saying, “It’s quite wonderful that this is [00:09:00] still being debated 30 years on” she remarks, “But the people have spoken and it’s their movie now.”

[00:09:08] Question three. What does John McClain write on his arm? He writes the names of the terrorists. Speaking of writing Steven E. de Souza, one of the  screenwriters for Die Hard, he shares his take on whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas  movie. A 2017 Vulture article says, “The movie is set at Christmas but it was released in July like a proper blockbuster. So does it get to live in the holiday cannon alongside White Christmas, Scrooged and Elf? According to Die Hard  screenwriter Steven E. de Souza, yes, it definitely does.” The article even shared screenshots of tweets between de Souza and CNN anchor Jake Tapper, where de Souza stands firm on his position that Die Hard is indeed a Christmas [00:10:00] movie.

[00:10:01] Question four. What is the name of the building where the hostage situation takes place? That building was the Nakatomi Tower. The filming took place at Fox Plaza in Century City, California. This is the corporate headquarters of 20th Century Fox. This was the perfect place to film the movie because the building was still under construction therefore they wouldn’t have a lot of people they had to deal with. In a Slashfilm.com article the cinematographer of Die Hard, Jan de Bont says that they really did use explosives and even blew out the windows of one of the floors of the buildings. When asked if the explosions were real or shot on miniature models, the article quotes him as saying, “The only one that’s shot on a miniature is the very top of the building. Obviously we couldn’t blow up the top of the building, but many other explosions in the building are actually real [00:11:00] explosions.” Due to some of the loud explosions and what Bruce Willis calls an accident on set, he has partial hearing loss in his left ear.

[00:11:11] Question five. What does police officer Sergeant Al Powell buy at the convenience store? He buys several Twinkies for his pregnant wife. Sergeant Al Powell is played by actor Reginald, VelJohnson. This wasn’t the only time VelJohnson would play a police officer. He played one in the television sitcom Family Matters. His role as Sergeant Al Powell in Die Hard was his first major film role. In a Forbes magazine article, the interviewer asks him what his go-to Christmas movie is. VelJohnson replies, “Die Hard. We didn’t realize it was a Christmas movie until we’d made it and people started demanding that it was a Christmas movie. It was only [00:12:00] really then that I realized that it was a Christmas movie because it has the snow, the Christmas songs, it’s set at Christmas at a Christmas party and then there are other things. If they showed it every Christmas, that would be fine by me.” Well, there you go. Reginald VelJohnson does see Die Hard as a Christmas movie. Add that one to the yes column.

[00:12:25] Question six. What message does John write in blood on the dead terrorists shirt? That message was “Now I have a machine gun. Ho, ho, ho.” So for the people that don’t think Die Hard is a Christmas movie, this scene is an exhibit to prove the side for those that believe it’s a Christmas movie. The dead terrorist is wearing a Santa hat and the words ho, ho, ho are written in blood on his shirt. The ho ho, ho, and the Santa hat further solidify [00:13:00] that it’s a Christmas themed movie. You can even buy Christmas sweaters with these very words on them.

[00:13:06] Question seven. On what floor of the skyscraper is the Christmas party taking place? The party was taking place on the 30th floor. So how does a Die Hard themed Christmas party sound to you? Thanks to Pinterest and Etsy you can plan that very event. I’m not sure what your boss would say, but it would definitely be an unforgettable party that’s for sure.

[00:13:36] Question eight. What is the name of the head terrorist played by actor Alan Rickman? Well, that villain was named Hans Gruber. This was Alan Rickman’s first role in a film.  Prior to Die Hard he was a stage actor in London. In The American Film Institute’s 100 Years, 100 Heroes and Villains [00:14:00] list, Rickman’s character Hans Gruber is listed as the 46th best villain in film history. Another villain he’s notable for playing as the character Snape in the Harry Potter films. In 2016, cancer took the life of 69 year old Alan Rickman.

[00:14:20] Question nine. What kind of shoes does John wear for most of the movie? Well, that’s a trick question. He doesn’t wear any shoes for most of the movie. According to Internet Movie database, “When John McClain runs through the glass shards in his bare feet, Bruce Willis is wearing special rubber shoes designed to look like his own bare feet. One can see this if looking closely, as his feet appear quite unnaturally large in some of these crucial barefoot scenes.”

[00:14:54] There definitely weren’t a lot of costume changes for Bruce Willis in this film. Willis wore [00:15:00] a white undershirt tank top for most of the film. The costume department had 17 undershirts that they used. Obviously they had to rank them in order from white at the beginning of the movie to dirty and bloody by the end of the movie.

[00:15:15] And question 10. What Christmas song is playing as Argyle, John and Holly drive off in the limo at the end of the movie? Well that song was “Let it Snow.” In addition to the Christmas song, “Let it Snow,” another song in the movie had a defining moment. Run-D.M.C.’s single “Christmas in Hollis” was played in the movie. This song was included on two of Run-D.M.C.’s Christmas albums. In a Billboard.com article, Billboard talks with the group and says, “The other thing that definitely keeps “Christmas in Hollis” such an enduring holiday classic as that it’s featured in Die Hard, which has become this [00:16:00] unofficial Christmas tradition for action film fans. What was your reaction to hearing Argyle cranking up the song in the limo for John McClain?” Run-D.M.C replies, “Man, I had no idea back then because I hadn’t seen the movie when it first came out in theaters. But I remember that opening weekend. Remember pagers? Well, my pager was blowing up with people ringing it off the hook and when I finally got to a payphone to find out what was going on, someone told me, yo, your records in Die Hard. A lot of people were introduced to the record because of that movie.” Well, there’s one more piece of evidence for fans that say this is a Christmas movie.

[00:16:42] If you really want to take a deep dive into the data behind this big question, I found the perfect place for you. Stephen Follows an established data researcher in the film industry, he did a whole write-up titled “Using Data to Determine if Die Hard is a Christmas Movie.” [00:17:00] All his stats will blow your mind. After going through his fact-based research, you may need to reevaluate your opinion on whether or not you think Die Hard is a Christmas movie. I’m going to post a link to his website on triviarewind.com.

[00:17:17] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. I’m not sure if you changed your mind one way or the other about this yearly Christmas movie question. Come share your thoughts on our Instagram or Twitter pages. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. All the links mentioned in this episode can be found at triviarewind.com. Thank you for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind. [00:18:00] .

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It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life warms the heart of movie watchers each winter. As a child, my family watched this film every Christmas. We always thought my grandfather resembled Jimmy Stewart and maybe that’s why it made the movie even more special. Over the years I have grown to appreciate the film even more. Yes, it’s a long movie. Yes, it can be pretty depressing. No, my kids don’t beg to watch it. I mean come on, how can it compete with Elf (as I put words in the mouth’s of my kids)? Regardless, this movie has become a Christmas staple.  

The movie was produced and directed by Frank Capra and released in 1946. Frank Capra’s production company Liberty Films produced the film.  The film is based on a short story titled, “The Greatest Gift” written in 1939 by Philip Van Doren Stern. Philip Van Doren Stern sent out this short story as his Christmas card in 1943. It’s a Wonderful Life didn’t do so well at the box office.  It fell $525,000 short of breaking even. Frank Capra’s reputation took a hit and his production company went bankrupt.  

So how did It’s a Wonderful Life become the Christmas classic it is known as today?  Well, you can thank Republic Pictures, the motion picture production-distribution corporation for failing to renew the copyright in 1974.  That allowed the movie to become part of the public domain and television studios had the opportunity to pick it up which they did and it started airing yearly on television. That yearly airing drew television audiences in and made the movie a Christmas classic.

According to the website Slate.com, “Republic regained control of the lucrative property in 1993 by flexing a new Supreme Court ruling that determined that the holder of a copyright to a story from which a movie was made had certain property rights over the movie itself.”  According to the American Film Institute, “Unauthorized video copies of the film were destroyed, and the NBC network acquired exclusive television rights.”   In a Medium.com article it quotes the Duke Law School’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain as saying, “Ironically, a film that only became a success because of its public domain status was pulled back into copyright.”

Most people have no idea about this behind the scenes history of how It’s a Wonderful Life went from box office flop to Christmas classic. 

In this week’s episode, I will give you ten trivia questions about It’s a Wonderful Life.  After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some fun facts.  Find out about Jimmy Stewart’s impressive military career and which scene of It’s a Wonderful Life made him nervous to shoot. Find out why Jimmy Stewart is seen sweating in the movie, in the middle of a snowstorm! Those are just a few of the fun facts I’ll discuss in this episode of Trivia Rewind.

As you’ll hear me mention in the episode, fans of It’s a Wonderful Life will be excited about an event taking place this week! On Sunday, December 13, 2020 Actor Ed Asner is hosting a star studded virtual gala and table read of It’s a Wonderful Life. Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson will read the role of George Bailey.  Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Ed Asner Family Center, which is dedicated to promoting mental health and enrichment programs for special needs children and their families.  The virtual event is taking place on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 5 p.m. PST and 8 p.m. EST. Visit the Ed Asner Family Center Website to order tickets and see what other actors are taking part in the table read. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

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Trivia Rewind Episode 26 – It’s a Wonderful Life

[00:00:00] Trivia Rewind.

[00:00:05] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:05] Welcome to this episode of Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins. In this episode, I’m taking you back to the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. The movie was produced and directed by Frank Capra and released in 1946. Frank Capra’s production company, Liberty Films produced the film. The film is based on a short story titled, The Greatest Gift, written in 1939 by Philip Van Doren Stern. Philip Van Doren Stern sent out this short story as his Christmas card in 1943.

[00:00:43] It’s a Wonderful Life didn’t do so well at the box office.  It fell $525,000 short of breaking even. Frank Capra’s reputation took a hit and his production company went bankrupt. So how did It’s a Wonderful Life become the [00:01:00] Christmas classic it is known as today? Well, you can thank Republic Pictures, the motion picture production and distribution corporation for failing to renew the copyright in 1974. That allowed the movie to become part of the public domain and television studios had the opportunity to pick it up, which they did and started airing it yearly on television. That yearly airing drew television audiences in and made the movie the Christmas classic that it is today. According to the website Slate.com, Republic regained control of the lucrative property in 1993, by flexing a new Supreme court ruling that determined that the holder of a copyright to a story from which a movie was made had certain property rights over the movie itself.

[00:01:53] According to the American Film Institute, unauthorized video copies of the film were destroyed and the [00:02:00] NBC network acquired exclusive television rights. In a medium.com article it quotes the Duke Law School’s Center for the Study of Public Domain as saying, “ironically, a film that only became a success because of its public domain status was pulled back into copyright.”

[00:02:20] Most people have no idea about the behind the scenes history of how It’s a Wonderful Life went from box office flop to Christmas classic. In this week’s episode, I will give you 10 trivia questions about It’s a Wonderful Life. After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers and some fun facts.

[00:02:43] Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.

[00:02:46] Question one. What is the name of the character that actor Jimmy Stewart plays in the film?

[00:02:56] Question two. What is the [00:03:00] name of the town where the story takes place?

[00:03:05] Question three.  When George was a child what happened that caused him to be deaf in one ear?

[00:03:16] Question four.  During World War II why was George Bailey ineligible to serve?

[00:03:24] Question five? What is the name of the angel that was assigned to Jimmy Stewart’s character?

[00:03:33] Question six. Which character misplaces $8,000 before he is able to deposit it at the bank?

[00:03:44] Question seven. What is the name of the cantankerous character that makes life hard for Jimmy Stewart’s character?

[00:03:56] Question eight. Who threw a rock at the [00:04:00] old Granville house and broke a window?

[00:04:04] Question nine. What does George say he’s going to lasso for Mary?

[00:04:12] And question ten. What gift does Clarence leave for George at the end of the film?

[00:04:21] Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back, review, get the answers and fun facts.

[00:04:27] Question one. What is the name of the character that actor Jimmy Stewart plays in the film? Jimmy Stewart plays the main character George Bailey. Instead of Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant almost played George Bailey. On the American Film Institute’s 2003 list of The 50 Greatest Screen Heroes, George Bailey ranked ninth. Jimmy Stewart’s role as George Bailey earned him an Oscar nomination.

[00:04:59] This was the [00:05:00] third time in his acting career that he had been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category. Growing up, Jimmy Stewart was a shy child who loved working on model airplanes and dreamed of one day being an aviator. He attended Princeton University and it was there that he started acting.  Stewart’s major burst of stardom came out when he took the lead role in Frank Capra’s  You Can’t Take it With You, a film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

[00:05:35] Question two. What is the name of the town where the story takes place? Well, It’s a Wonderful Life takes place in the fictional town of Bedford Falls, New York. Seneca Falls, New York claims that Bedford Falls was modeled after their town.

[00:05:54] Seneca Falls has embraced It’s a Wonderful Life and even has a museum [00:06:00] dedicated to the film. In 2021, the city will hold its 75th anniversary “It’s a Wonderful Life Festival” celebration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 events will be held virtually. I will post a link to information about these events on triviarewind.com. It’s a Wonderful Life was filmed both on the RKO Radio Picture Studios lot and the RKO Movie Ranch in Encino, California. One of the largest sets in Hollywood history was built for this movie. The crew made use of sets from the 1931 movie Cimarron when building Bedford Falls. The entire set took up four acres and included 75 stores and buildings. They even transplanted 20 full grown oak trees. Those were just a few of the things that made up this magnificent set. Would you believe that [00:07:00] this Christmas movie full of snowy cold scenes was actually filmed in the middle of a July, 1946, California heat wave. When watching the movie, it’s hard to even comprehend that.

[00:07:13] Some people have said that you can see sweat on Jimmy Stewart’s head during the scene on the bridge, near the end of the film. Supposedly there were times during the filming of the movie that Frank Capra would have to shut down filming just so that they could get out of the heat. So how did they make the snow look so real in the middle of a heat wave?

[00:07:34] Russell Shearman the films special effects artist came up with a new way of making snow for movie sets. He used was called Foamite and mixed it with soap and water and some have said sugar. Then they’d put that mixture in front of really big fans which made it look like falling snow. Shearman and the RKO Radio Studio special effects  department won a Technical [00:08:00] Achievement Award at the 19th Academy Awards for the development of a new method of simulating falling snow on motion picture sets. That’s a big step up from the painting cornflakes white, something they had done to create snow on movie sets before. Imagine stepping on crunchy cornflakes. That’s definitely louder than the sound of walking on crunchy snow.

[00:08:24] Question three. When George was a child, what happened that caused him to be deaf in one ear? In 1919 George and his friends, as well as his brother Harry were sledding on a frozen lake and the ice broke. Harry fell in and George went into the icy water to save his brother. After being in the frozen water George developed an ear infection, which caused him to go deaf in that ear. The child that played the role of George Bailey was Bobby Anderson.  Remember the [00:09:00] scene when the pharmacist Mr. Gower slaps young George in his ear causing it to bleed?  In a Los Angeles Times article, Bobby Anderson said his ear actually did bleed. H.B. Warner, the actor that played Mr. Gower really did hit him in the ear. The article quotes Anderson as saying, “We rehearsed and as the day progressed, the louder and more demanding H.B. got. We’d rest for a little while.  I’d go back to school. They’d bring me back out and we’d spar a little more.” However Bobby Anderson did have fond memories of working with H.B. Warner. He said,  “I was a baby, he says. At the end, when it was all over, he was very lovable. He grabbed me and hugged me and he meant it.” When you start watching It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Gower’s voice is the first voice you will hear in the film. He says the words “I owe everything to George [00:10:00] Bailey. Help him, dear father. “

[00:10:03] Question four. During World War II why was George Bailey ineligible to serve? Well, the answer is he was ineligible to serve because he was deaf in one ear. Jimmy Stewart’s character George Bailey may have been ineligible to serve in World War II, but in real life, Stuart had quite the military career. This was his first film after returning from serving four years in World War II. According to military.com “When the U.S. entered World War II, Stuart was drafted into the Army, but was rejected because he was underweight for his height.

[00:10:43] He worked with colleagues to put on the necessary pounds and successfully enlisted with the Air Corps. According to the National Museum of the United States Air Force,  “he began flying combat missions and on March 31st, 1944 [00:11:00] was appointed operations officer of the 453rd bomb group, and subsequently chief of staff of the 2nd combat wing, 2nd air division of the 8th Air Force. Stewart ended the war with 20 combat missions. He remained in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and was promoted to brigadier general on July 23rd, 1959. He retired on May 31st, 1968.”

[00:11:30] Question five. What is the name of the angel that was assigned to Jimmy Stewart’s character? The name of the angel was Clarence and he was played by English actor, Henry Travers. In the movie his angel rank was angel second class. He hadn’t earned his wings yet. Did you know that the character Clarence was only visible on screen for 15 minutes of the entire movie? [00:12:00] Before his role in It’s a Wonderful Life, Henry Travers was nominated for a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for the movie Mrs. Miniver. Seven of the movies he appeared in were nominated for Best Picture Oscars. Travers died in 1965 and would never know that his role as Clarence would become his most memorable role or that It’s a Wonderful Life would become the Christmas classic it is today.

[00:12:29] Question six. Which character misplaces $8,000 before he is able to deposit it at the bank? That unfortunate character was uncle Billy. That Christmas Eve scene is really hard to watch. Here’s an extra trivia question about uncle Billy. Do you remember what his phone number was? It was Bedford 247.  Actor Thomas Mitchell had the role of uncle Billy.  In [00:13:00] his acting career, Thomas Mitchell was the first actor to win what’s called The Triple Crown of Acting. He won an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony award. He had an extensive career in both film and television. He has not one but two stars on the Hollywood walk of fame; one for his work in television and one for his work in films.

[00:13:26] Question seven. What is the name of the cantankerous character that makes life hard for Jimmy Stewart’s character? Well, that grumpy guy’s name was Mr. Potter. Actor Lionel Barrymore played Mr. Potter and I can’t think of one nice thing to say about this character. Supposedly the Mr. Potter character was based on the Ebeneezer Scrooge character from A Christmas Carol. The Mr. Potter character was so unlikable that on the 2003 American Film Institute’s list of the 50 Greatest Villains [00:14:00] in American Film History, he ranked number six. Actor Lionel Barrymore comes from a long line of actors. He is the great uncle of actress Drew Barrymore. In the movie, Mr. Potter is in a wheelchair due to polio.  In real life Lionel Barrymore was in a wheelchair due to severe arthritis.

[00:14:22] Question eight. Who threw a rock at the old Granville house and broke a window? That character was Mary, played by actress Donna Reed. While she already had quite the career this was Donna Reed’s first starring role in a film. The old Granville house is where Mary and George spent the first night of their honeymoon and then fixed it up to live in. This is the house that George later refers to as a drafty old house. He says, “gosh, it’s this old house. I don’t know why we don’t all have pneumonia. This drafty old barn. Might as well be [00:15:00] living in a refrigerator. Why did we have to live here in the first place and stay around this measly crummy old town?”  Here’s an extra trivia question about this house. Do you remember the house’s address? It was 310 Sycamore Street.

[00:15:18] Question nine. What does George say he’s going to lasso for Mary? He says that he’s going to lasso the moon. He says, “what is it you want Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.”  Remember the scene when George and Mary both have their ear up to the telephone and then they kiss? Supposedly Jimmy Stewart was very nervous about this scene. This was his first on-screen kiss since he returned to Hollywood after serving in World War II. The scene was done in one take. A 2014 Huffington Post article lists this [00:16:00] kiss as one of the Top 11 Classic Hollywood Kisses that Will Send Shivers Down your Spine.

[00:16:06] And question ten. What gift does Clarence leave for George at the end of the film? Clarence leaves George a copy of the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Inside the book is a note that says, “Dear George, remember, no man is a failure who has friends? Thank you for the wings. Love, Clarence.” Then we all know what happens in one of the movie’s most famous scenes. A bell on George and Mary’s Christmas tree rings and what does their daughter Zuzu say? “Look, daddy, teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”  It’s a Wonderful Life was nominated for five Oscars and Frank Capra won the Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture Director. In [00:17:00] 1947, the movie was listed as one of the top 10 films by the National Board of Review. In 2006, It’s a Wonderful Life topped the list of  AFI’s 100 Most Inspiring Films of all Time. Watching George Bailey give up all his big dreams for the betterment of Bedford Falls is definitely inspirational.

[00:17:23] And here’s something fans of the movie will be excited about. Actor Ed Asner is hosting a star studded virtual gala and table read of It’s a Wonderful Life. Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson will read the role of George Bailey. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Ed Asner Family Center which is dedicated to promoting mental health and enrichment programs for special needs children and their families. The virtual event is taking place on Sunday, December 13th, 2020 at 5:00 PM pacific time and 8:00 PM eastern time. Visit [00:18:00] triviarewind.com for a link to tickets and see what other actors are taking part in the reading.

[00:18:07] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. Make sure before 2020 is over you take the time to watch this holiday classic and end your year with a little inspiration. Please subscribe to Trivia Rewind and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. You can visit us on Twitter and Instagram. All the links mentioned in this episode can be found at triviarewind.com. Thank you for listening and I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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Adam Sandler Movie Trivia

In this episode of Trivia Rewind it’s all about the movies of Adam Sandler.  While movie goers world wild love his films, critics don’t always agree. Buy hey, what do critics know! With one of his latest films, Uncut Gems, the critics finally changed their tune and some called that movie one of the best of his career.  This week I will be talking about 10 of Adam Sandler’s most loved films.

In our fun facts segment, you’ll find out what item Adam Sandler bought his four co-stars in Grown Ups after the movie cleaned up at the box office. You’ll even find out on which movie set he met his wife.  What fast food did his kids love for him to bring them to school?   You’ll get all those answers in our fun facts!

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Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind!

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Trivia Rewind Episode – Adam Sandler Trivia

Debi Jenkins  0:04  
Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, it’s all about the movies of Adam Sandler. While movie goers worldwide love his films, critics don’t always agree. But hey, what do critics know? With one of his latest films, Uncut Gems, the critics finally changed their tune and some called that movie one of the best of his career. This week, I’ll be talking about ten of Adam Sandler’s films. In our Fun Facts segment, you’ll want to find out what item Adam Sandler bought his four co-stars in Grown Ups after the movie cleaned it up at the box office. You’ll even find out on which movie set he met his wife. What fast food did his kids love for him to bring them at school? Stick around and find out all those answers. Before we get to the questions, I’ll review how this works. First, I’ll ask you ten questions. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie. Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind. 

Debi Jenkins  1:22  
Question one. In the film Happy Gilmore, which TV personality does Adam Sandler’s character get into a fist fight with? 

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Question two. In the 2010 movie Grown Ups, what is the game that Adam Sandler’s character and his friends play that end up causing Rob’s foot to get impaled? 

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Question three. In what bowl game does Bobby Boucher win the MVP award in the movie The Waterboy? 

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Question four. In the movie The Wedding Singer, Adam Sandler’s character Robbie Hart gets left at the altar. Why did his fiance tell him she called it off? 

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Question five. In the 2019 movie Uncut Gems, what is Adam Sandler’s character Howard Ratner addicted to?

Debi Jenkins  2:32  
Question six.  In the movie Billy Madison, how long does Billy have to complete grades one through twelve after making a deal with his father? 

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Question seven.  In the 2005 movie The Longest Yard, what is the name of the football team that Adam Sandler’s character Paul Crewe puts together in the prison? 

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Question eight.  In the 1999 film Big Daddy, Adam Sandler’s character Sonny Koufax works one day a week doing what? 

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Question nine. In the 2019 Netflix movie, Murder Mystery, which actress plays Adam Sandler’s character’s wife? 

Debi Jenkins  3:22  
And question 10.  In the 2002 film Mr. Deeds, after inheriting one billion dollars, what does Adam Sandler’s character Longfellow Deeds buy everyone in his town, Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire?

Debi Jenkins  3:41  
Well, those were the ten questions. Let’s go back and I’ll give you the answers and the fun facts. Question one. In the film Happy Gilmore, which TV personality does Adam Sandler’s character get into a fistfight with?  That TV personality was Bob Barker host of The Price Is Right game show. He played himself in Happy Gilmore. Bob Barker did all of his own stunts in the movie. Would you believe that The Price Is Right host trained with Chuck Norris for eight years and is an expert in karate? All those years of holding a microphone sure had us fooled. In 1996 this fight between Adam Sandler and Bob Barker won the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight. This was the first movie fight to be given this award. And after Happy Gilmore, The Price Is Right ratings went up. 

Debi Jenkins  4:40  
Question two. In the 2010 movie Grown Ups, what is the game that Adam Sandler’s character and his friends play that end up causing Rob’s foot to get impaled? That game was arrow roulette. That was one crazy game. Adam Sandler was one of the writers of this classic comedy. The movie did so well at the box office Adam Sandler bought each of his four co-stars a Maserati.  At the time, Grown Ups was Sandler’s highest grossing film worldwide.  At the age of 17, before he was all grown up, Adam Sandler’s brother convinced him to do stand up comedy. Dennis Miller saw one of his acts and recommended him to the people at Saturday Night Live. 

Debi Jenkins  5:29  
Question three. In what bowl game does Bobby Boucher win the MVP award in the movie The Waterboy? Well, that would be the Bourbon Bowl. This was another movie that Adam Sandler helped write. In a CNN article, Adam Sandler said that the idea for his Waterboy character came from one of his Saturday Night Live characters Canteen Boy. In the movie, the award winning actress Kathy Bates plays the role of Bobby’s mother. She says that she threw the script away after first reading it. Her niece encouraged her to re-think that move. The production staff couldn’t believe she agreed to be in the movie. We’re all glad she did because she did a great job playing his mother. 

Debi Jenkins  6:17  
Question four. In the movie The Wedding Singer, Adam Sandler’s character Robbie Hart gets left at the altar. Why does his fiance tell him she called it off? Well, his fiance says she initially fell in love with him because of his ambitions of one day being a rock star. Well now he’s only a Wedding Singer. I guess that wasn’t good enough for her. I’m guessing the character name Robbie Hart has something to do with a robbed heart. When Adam Sandler was just 11 years old, his mom forced him to sing in his sister’s wedding. The two songs he sang were Ringo Starr’s You’re 16 and Paul McCartney’s Yesterday. The weekend The Wedding Singer opened it came in second place right behind Titanic. 

Debi Jenkins  7:12  
Question five. In the 2019 movie Uncut Gems, what is Adam Sandler’s character Howard Ratner addicted to? Well, he is addicted to gambling. Adam Sandler’s wife is the one that encouraged him to do the film. When this movie came out there was a lot of buzz about the awards that Adam Sandler might win for this role. Surprisingly to a lot of people, he wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar. He even joked that he was snubbed by the Academy when he was giving an acceptance speech at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards, where he won for Best Male Lead. 

Debi Jenkins  7:53  
Question six. In the movie Billy Madison, how long does Billy have to complete grades one through twelve after making a deal with his father? Well, he gets two weeks for each grade. Billy Madison was one of the first big movies that Sandler headlined. In 1999, Adam Sandler formed his own production company which is named Happy Madison Productions. The “Happy” is taken from the title of his movie Happy Gilmore and the “Madison” is taken from this movie, Billy Madison. You may remember the dodgeball scene in this movie. Sandler made one of the child actors cry after he hit him too hard with a dodgeball.  On the show Conan he talked about how some of the parents were upset and reminded him that they were only little kids. Critics didn’t seem to like this movie, but the box office didn’t show that.  It debuted at number one. 

Debi Jenkins  8:54  
Question seven. In the 2005 movie The Longest Yard, what is the name of the football team that Adam Sandler’s character Paul Crewe puts together in the prison? Their team was named the Mean Machines. This film was a remake of the 1974 film starring Burt Reynolds. In the 2005 film, Burt Reynolds appears as coach Nate Scarborough and wears number 22, the same number he wore in the 1974 film when he played Paul Crewe. 

Debi Jenkins  9:30  
Question eight.  In the 1999 film Big Daddy, Adam Sandler’s character Sonny Koufax works one day a week doing what?  He is a tollbooth attendant. Sonny has his law degree but is too lazy to take the Bar Exam. Adam Sandler met his wife Jackie on the set of this movie. She had a role as a waitress. They were married in 2003 and have two daughters. Jackie and their children often make appearances in his movies. Adam Sandler is known to be a great father. In a 2014 Huffington Post article, he talked about eating lunch with his kids at their elementary school on a regular basis, and how In n Out Burger was a hit with his kids. 

Debi Jenkins  10:18  
Question nine. In the 2019 Netflix movie Murder Mystery, which actress plays Adam Sandler’s character’s wife? That actress was Jennifer Aniston. This wasn’t the first film that Sandler and Aniston have done together. In 2011 they starred together in Just Go With It. Adam Sandler’s wife Jackie appeared in this movie and was credited as The Great Looking Flight Attendant.  Murder Mystery was released digitally on Netflix, and at the time had their record for having the biggest opening weekend for a film in the history of Netflix. 

Debi Jenkins  10:59  
Question 10.  In the 2002 film Mr. Deeds, after inheriting one billion dollars, what does Adams Sandler’s character Longfellow Deeds buy everyone in his town Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire? Well, he bought everybody red Corvettes. This film was a remake of Frank Capra’s 1936 film Mr. Dees Goes to Town. Critics once again didn’t have great reviews for this Sandler movie. In fact, in a San Francisco Gate article, the critic called the movie a stink bomb. However, audiences loved it, and it was a huge box office success. 

Debi Jenkins  11:41  
Well, that’s it for this week’s episode centered around the great movies of Adam Sandler. I hope you learned something new today. Go impress your friends with one of the fun facts and then send them to listen to Trivia Rewind. You won’t want to miss an episode, so please subscribe, and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. You can join Trivia Rewind on Twitter and Instagram. All the links can be found at triviarewind.com. Thank you so much for listening. And I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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1980s Brat Pack Movies

Who doesn’t love those 1980s coming-of-age movies starring members of the so called Hollywood Brat Pack? Many of these Brat Pack actors appeared in movies together throughout the 80s and John Hughes directed or wrote several of the movies that made them household names. Movies like Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club are a few of his hits. Stars like Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, and Emilio Estevez are a few of the actors that made those movies what they are.

The name Brat Pack is a spin-off from the 1950’s and 60’s group known as the Rat Pack. Singers and actors like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. helped make up that pack. The term Brat Pack was actually coined by David Blum, a New York Magazine journalist in 1985. Not everyone can agree on which actors qualify to fall under the Brat Pack category. However, a special group of actors in the 80s made some movies that will never be forgotten. This week’s episode features ten of those movies.

In our fun facts segment, find out which popular Brat Pack actor had to wear a wig in one scene after his head was shaved for a role. Find out which movie the military operation to capture Saddam Hussein was named after. Plus you’ll hear what movie The National Coalition on Television Violence called the most violent movie ever made and gave it an X rating. All this and more in this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. 

Below, you will find the transcript for this episode. You can listen to Trivia Rewind on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Please tell a friend, leave a positive review and 5 star rating if you like Trivia Rewind. Thank you for listening and supporting Trivia Rewind!

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Unless you’ve already listened to the episode, don’t look below because you’ll find the answers.

Debi Jenkins 0:04
Hey, welcome to Trivia Rewind. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. In this week’s episode, it’s all about those 1980s coming-of-age films, some of which starred members of the Hollywood Brat Pack. Many of these so-called Brat Pack actors appeared in movies together throughout the 80s and director John Hughes directed or wrote several of the movies that made them household names. In our fun facts segment f ind out which popular Brat Pack actor had to wear a wig in one scene after his head was shaved for a role. Find out which movie the military operation to capture Saddam Hussein was named after. Plus, you’ll hear what movie The National Coalition on Television Violence, called the most violent movie ever made and gave it an X rating. All this and more in this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind. After this episode is over visit triviarewind.com for more information about all these great movies.

Debi Jenkins 1:10
Before we get to the questions, let’s review how Trivia Rewind works. First, I’ll ask you 10 questions. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus the fun facts. Are you ready? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.

Debi Jenkins 1:29
Question one. In the 1986 movie Pretty in Pink, what is the nickname of Andie’s best friend Phil Dale?

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Question two. In the 1983 movie, The Outsiders, before Johnny dies, what phrase does he say to Ponyboy, a reference to a Robert Frost poem?

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Question three. In the 1984 movie Sixteen Candles, what is the reason Sam’s family forgets her 16th birthday?

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Question four. In the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, what kind of car does Ferris borrow from his friend Cameron ‘s father.

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Question five. What is the name of the 1983 movie that features a supercomputer known as WOPR that types out the words “Shall we play a game?”

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Question six. In the 1985 movie St. Elmo Fire, from what university were the characters recent graduates of?

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Question seven. In the 1987 film Mannequin, where are Jonathan and Emmy married at the end of the movie?

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Question eight. In the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club, which actor plays the character known as the athlete?

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Question nine. In the 1984 movie Red Dawn, a group of high school students use guerrilla warfare to fight back when the Soviets and Cubans invade their Colorado town. What do they call their group, the same name is their high school mascot?

Debi Jenkins 3:28
And question 10. In the 1985 movie Weird Science, what movie inspires Gary to create a virtual woman?

Debi Jenkins 3:40
Those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and review and I’ll give you the answers and fun facts. Question one. In the 1986 movie Pretty in Pink, what is the nickname of Andie’s best friend Phil Dale? His nickname is Ducky. The character Andie was played by Molly Ringwald and Ducky was played by Jon Cryer. Did you know that Pretty in Pink was originally supposed to end with Andie falling for Ducky but when the movie was test screened, viewers did not like that ending. So they re-shot it to have her end up with her love interest Blaine. Watch the movie and look closely and you’ll notice Blaine is wearing a wig. After they shot the first ending, Andrew McCarthy, the actor that played Blaine, he happened to be starring in a play and had a shaved head for that role. So when they re-shot the Pretty in Pink ending, they had to put a wig on him. I’ll have to go back and check out that ending. The title Pretty in Pink comes from a song by the same name from the group The Psychedelic Furs. The movie was named for that song. In a 2013 Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top Twenty-Five Soundtracks list, the soundtrack for Pretty in Pink comes in at number 11. The soundtrack was primarily made up of new wave music from groups like Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, The Smiths and New Order. John Hughes wrote the screenplay for Pretty in Pink.

Debi Jenkins 5:20
Question two. In the 1983 movie The Outsiders, before Johnny dies, what phrase does he say to Ponyboy, a reference to a Robert Frost poem? Johnny tells Ponyboy to stay gold. In the film, Johnny is played by actor Ralph Macchio, and Ponyboy is played by C. Thomas Howell. How’s this for nerve wracking? Director Francis Ford Coppola had all of the actors try out in one room so they could watch each other. Actor Ralph Macchio was chosen to play Johnny, the role he desperately wanted. To help him understand his character’s life, Coppola gave him $5 to live off of for a day. Macchio even spent the night in a park using newspapers as blankets. Macchio called it a terrific acting exercise. The Outsiders was nominated for four Young Artist Awards.

Debi Jenkins 6:18
Question three. In the 1984 movie Sixteen Candles, what is the reason Sam’s family forgets her 16th birthday. Well, her sister was getting married the next day and I guess it slipped their mind. Actress Molly Ringwald plays Sam. She was 16 years old while filming this movie. She won a Young Artist Award for Best Actress for her role in Sixteen Candles. When younger she was discovered by a casting director while playing one of the orphans in a stage production of the musical Annie. John Hughes was the director and screenwriter for Sixteen Candles. This was John Hughes’s directorial debut. John Hughes has quite the list of loved movies behind his name. Sixteen Candles was a starting point for his other great 80s coming-of-age films. His movies are a huge part of pop culture.

Debi Jenkins 7:15
Question four. In the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, what kind of car does Ferris borrow from his friend Cameron’s father? He borrows a red 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder. Matthew Broderick plays Ferris Bueller and Alan Ruck plays Cameron Frye. In the film reproductions of the Ferrari were used for wide shots. Since only 100 of those cars existed it would be too costly to damage one of the originals, so only one original was used in the studio for shooting what are called insert shots. So have you heard of the fourth wall? Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a prime example of a movie breaking the fourth wall. What that means is the character looks directly at the camera and explains what’s going on or shares his thoughts with the movie viewer. John Hughes, the screenwriter and director wrote the screenplay in just one week. He said that he had Matthew Broderick in mind when writing the script and called him clever and charming. Broderick was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role in this film. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was one of the highest grossing films of 1986.

Debi Jenkins 8:39
Question five. What is the name of the 1983 movie that features a supercomputer known as WOPR that types out the words “Shall we play a game?” That movie was War Games? WOPR stands for war operation plan response. A box interprets signals from the computer and speaks what the computer is saying. If you’re an 80s kid I bet you can remember exactly how the “Shall we play a game” phrase sounded coming out of that computer. The movie came out in the height of the Cold War. A 21 year old Matthew Broderick played David Lightman, the teenage computer hacker at the center of this film who nearly starts World War III with the computer in a game called Global Thermonuclear War. In order to practice for his role, arcade games were delivered to Matthew Broderick’s home. They also wanted him to learn to type. If he was going to portray a computer hacker he had to show it. Before filming War Games, Broderick didn’t know much about computers. Did you know that the movie War Games was the first movie to reference a firewall? War Games was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Debi Jenkins 10:01
Question six. In the 1985 movie St. Elmo’s Fire, from what university were the characters recent graduates of? They were recent graduates of Georgetown University. After reading the script and finding some of it objectionable, Georgetown University wouldn’t let the movie be filmed on campus. So the university campus you see in the movie is actually the University of Maryland College Park campus. This film starred many of the so called Brat Pack actors and is considered one of the prominent films for the Brat Pack genre. One of the actresses in this movie was Demi Moore. After showing up to the set under the influence, the director required her to go to rehab for a drug and alcohol problem. After rehab, she had to return and play her character who had a drug addiction. St. Elmo’s Fir not the most liked movie by the critics and they found many of the characters unlikable. In 1985, actor Rob Lowe won the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor. However, the movie was pretty successful at the box office.

Debi Jenkins 11:16
Question seven. In the 1987 film Mannequin, where are Jonathan and Emmy married at the end of the movie? They are married in the store window of Prince and Company. Twenty four year old actor Andrew McCarthy played the role of Jonathan. He was fresh off of his Pretty in Pink role which helped him win the role for this movie. Andrew McCarthy was ranked number 40 on the list of VH1s 100 Greatest Teen Stars of All Time. McCarthy attended NYU’s undergraduate drama program for two years, but was kicked out for not going to class. It didn’t take him long to find a movie role and then NYU offered for him to return. He declined. This was not the most popular movie and didn’t receive great reviews. Critic Roger Ebert gave it a half a star if that tells you anything. One critic went so far as to say it was made by, for and about dummies. However, one of the songs was a hit. At the 60th Academy Awards, Starship’s song Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. I’ve Had the Time Of My Life from Dirty Dancing ended up taking home the Oscar.

Debi Jenkins 12:37
Question eight. In the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club, which actor plays the character known as the athlete? That actor was Emilio Estevez. Emilio Estevez comes from quite the acting family. Did you know that Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen are brothers, the sons of actor Martin Sheen. Emilio Estevez is the only one of the three that uses his given name as his professional name. While known as Martin Sheen professionally, dad’s name is actually Ramon Gerard Antonio Estevez. Brother Charlie Sheen’s given name is Carlos Irwin Estevez. Emilio Estevez has been called the leader of the 80s Brat Pack. In 2019 Emilio Estevez became a grandfather. Does the high school in The Breakfast Club look familiar? If so, that’s because the director and writer John Hughes used the same high school when filming Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Breakfast Club wasn’t always the title for this film. The working title for the film was The Lunch Bunch. Some consider The Breakfast Club to be one of the best films of the decade. Entertainment Weekly ranked it as number one on their list of Best High School Movies, calling it the best high school movie of all time.

Debi Jenkins 14:05
Question nine. In the 1984 movie Red Dawn, a group of high school students use guerrilla warfare to fight back when the Soviets and Cubans invade their Colorado town. What do they call their group, the same name as their high school mascot? They were the Wolverines. This movie starred a few of the Brat Pack members, one of which was C. Thomas Howell, who played the character Robert Morris. He was Ponyboy in the 1983 movie The Outsiders. This movie got a lot of attention for its violence. At the time, The National Coalition on Television Violence called this the most violent movie ever made. Red Dawn was the first film to be released in theaters with a PG 13 rating. The National Coalition of Television Violence had its own rating system and radio This movie an X. The U.S. military used the name Red Dawn for one of their military operations. On December 13, 2003, the operation to capture Saddam Hussein was named operation Red Dawn, named after the movie. The codename for the sites that they were searching were Wolverine one and Wolverine two. Most recently, according to the New York Times, a group of infectious disease doctors and medical experts in the federal government and academic institutions around the nation, called their email chain, the Red Dawn emails when discussing the COVID-19 response. The Red Dawn nickname was a nod to the film.

Debi Jenkins 15:49
And question ten. In the 1985 movie Weird Science, what movie inspires Gary to create a virtual woman? The movie is the 1931 Frankenstein movie. Gary was played by Anthony Michael Hall, a member of the Brat Pack. He was actually given the name Michael Anthony Hall at birth, but when joining the Screen Actors Guild, someone already had that name, so he just switched his name around. As a child. He was the Honeycombs cereal kid in the television commercials. He turned down a few roles to avoid being typecast. One of those roles was an offer to play the character Ducky in Pretty in Pink. He also turned down playing Ferris Bueller’s friend Cameron in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In 2006 Anthony Michael Hall was ranked number four in VH1’s list of The Hundred Greatest Teen Stars.

Debi Jenkins 16:53
Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. I hope you enjoyed a look back at these 80s coming-of-age movies and the Brat Pack stars. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram. All the links can be found at triviarewind.com. Thanks for listening. Looking forward to having you back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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“You’re Killin’ Me Smalls!”

Do you know what movie the line “You’re killin’ me Smalls” is from? That’s just one of the quotes found in this episode of Midweek Movie Quotes. I’ll give you five popular quotes from movies and you’ll guess which movie each line is from. After the answers, I’ll give you some fun facts.  On this episode, it’s all about ad-libbed lines, disappearing fish and inside jokes on the movie set.  All of this in five minutes! Challenge your friends and see who can guess first. After listening, please leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks!

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Here is the transcript. Spoiler alert! Don’t look below unless you’ve already listened to the episode because you’ll find the answers below.


Trivia Rewind – Midweek Movie Quotes – You’re Killin’ Me Smalls

Debi Jenkins  0:04  
Hello there Trivia Rewind listeners. This is Debi Jenkins your host. It’s time for another bonus episode of Midweek Movie Quotes. Here’s how it works. I’ll read you five quotes from movies. Then I’ll go back and give you the answers and a few quick facts about each of those movies. Are you ready to play? 

Debi Jenkins  0:27  
Here’s quote one. “That’ll do pig that’ll do.”

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 Quote two. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

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Quote three. “You’re killin’ me, Smalls.” 

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Quote four. “Just keep swimming.”

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Quote five. “Hasta la vista, baby.” 

Debi Jenkins  0:52  
All right, those were our five quotes. Let’s go back and see how you did. 

Debi Jenkins  0:58  
The first quote was, “that’ll do pig, that’ll do.” That is from the movie Babe. Farmer Hoggett says this line to Babe the pig in the 1990 film Babe. Farmer Hoggett is played by actor James Cromwell. James Cromwell received an Oscar nomination for his role as farmer Hoggett. Because of the movie, he even became a vegetarian. In an article from the Vegetarian Times, he’s quoted as saying, “I decided that to be able to talk about this [movie] with conviction, I needed to become a vegetarian.” This film was nominated for seven Academy Awards. 

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Quote, two. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” That line came from Steven Spielberg’s hit Jaws. In the movie, Sheriff Brody says this line to the character Quint. Roy Scheider played the role of Sheriff Brody. According to Scheider’s obituary, he ad-libbed the line. Supposedly, the line was kind of an inside joke among the cast and crew. A large barge was used to house all of the equipment for the movie and only a small boat was used to support it. People would tell their producers, “you’re gonna need a bigger boat” and whenever any problems would arise on set, that line would be used as a joke. So when Roy Scheider ad-libbed that line for the movie, imagine the laughs that must have produced among the rest of the cast and crew.

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Quote three. “You’re killin’ me Smalls.” Well, that line came from the 1993 coming of age sports comedy The Sandlot. Actor Patrick Renna plays the character Ham Porter in the movie, and he says this line to the character Scotty Smalls. This line was actually not in the script. It was improvised by Patrick Renna. In a Hollywood Reporter article, the director said that when the line is translated in Japanese, it’s equivalent to “Hurry up. My clothes are going out of style.” I guess you could say that line was lost in translation. Patrick Renna has his own YouTube variety show called You’re Killing me with Patrick Renna. He often features his co-stars from the movie.

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Quote four. “Just keep swimming.” This quote comes from Dory on the animated hit Finding Nemo. Dory uses this line with Marlin, Nemo’s father. The director of Finding Nemo, Andrew Stanton, well he also wrote the story. He even provided the voice for one of the characters in the movie. He was the voice of the turtle named Crush. After the movie, I’m sure you can guess what type of fish children became obsessed with? Yep, Clownfish. So much so that there was a 75% drop in the population of Clownfish in natural habitats, such as the ocean around the country Vanuatu.

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Quote five. “Hasta la vista baby.” This line comes from the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. This phrase was made popular by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character known as the Terminator. It’s a Spanish phrase that means “until the next sighting.” Or in more general terms, “see you later.” When the movie was released, it was the highest grossing rated R movie of all time. It was also the most expensive movie ever made at the time of its release. 

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And with that, we close out this Midweek Movie Quotes bonus episode of Trivia Rewind. I hope you had fun and learned something new. Please subscribe and leave a positive review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen and visit us online at triviarewind.com, where you’ll find links to our Instagram and Twitter pages. Thanks for listening and I’ll be back next time with more Trivia Rewind.

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Sports Movie Trivia

In this episode of Trivia Rewind you better be on your A-Game because we are talking about ten sports movies. It was hard to pick just ten considering how many great sports movies are out there. If your favorite isn’t on the list, let me know and maybe I’ll cover it in a future episode!

In our fun facts segment, you’ll find out which actor admitted to using steroids so he could bulk up for his role. 

Before we get to the questions, here’s the pre-game warmup where I’ll review how this works.  First, I’ll ask you ten questions, then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie.  

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Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins your host, or this week, your coach. In this episode of Trivia Rewind, you better be on your a-game, because we’re talking about 10 sports movies. In our fun facts segment, you’ll find out which actor admitted to using steroids so he could bulk up for his role. Before we get to the questions, here’s the pregame warmup where I’ll review how this works. First, I’ll ask you 10 questions. Then I’ll go back and review the questions and give you the answers plus some fun facts about each movie. Are you ready to hit the field? Let’s play Trivia Rewind.

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Here’s question one. In the 1976 film Rocky, what was the name of Rocky’s trainer and what was this trainers nickname?

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Question two. In the 2013 biographical sports film 42, actor Chadwick Boseman played which Major League Baseball player?

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Question three. In the 1986 movie Hoosiers, after Cletus Summers has a heart attack, Coach Norman Dale asks Wilbur “Shooter” Flatch to help as assistant coach on the team. What is the one major requirement the coach asks of Shooter?

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Question four. In the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, what is the phrase that Kevin Costner’s character first hears one night when walking through his cornfield, and in a vision, which early 1900s baseball player does he see?

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Question five. In the 1993 movie Rudy, at what university does Rudy dream of one day being on the football team?

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Questions six. In the 1989 movie Major League, to what city does the Cleveland Indians baseball owner want to relocate her team?

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Question seven. In which movie from the year 2000 does Denzel Washington play football coach Herman Boone?

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Question eight. In what 1992 movie does character Jimmy Dugan say, “there’s no crying in baseball?”

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Question nine. In the 1993 cult classic The Sandlot, the character Scotty secretly borrows a baseball from his stepfather that was autographed by which baseball player?

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And question 10. In the 1988 film Bull Durham, what nickname does Crash Davis call Nuke LaLoosh, which causes friction early on?

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Well, those were our 10 questions. Let’s go back and find out the answers.

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Question one. In the 1976 film Rocky, what was the name of Rocky’s trainer and what was this trainers nickname? Well, Rocky’s trainer was named Mickey Goldmill. His nickname was Mighty Mick. The role of Mickey was played by actor Burgess Meredith. Here’s some fun facts. The character Mickey was created by Sylvester Stallone. Did you know that Sylvester Stallone actually wrote the Rocky script, and he did it in just three days. When producers first saw the script, they wanted to buy it, but did not want him to play the role of Rocky. Stallone was basically poor at the time. He even had to sell his dog just to pay the bills. When they offered him money for the script, he could have made a big chunk of money and walked away, but he wasn’t going to let it go that easy. Thankfully, Stallone stood his ground and wouldn’t give up the script without getting to star in it. Eventually, the producers decided to give him the role, and one million dollars to make the movie. This was an extremely low budget for a film, but it was done. It was done so well that the film was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, and won 3, one of which was for Best Picture. And it was the highest grossing film in 1976. A true rags to riches story both on and off the screen.

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Question two. In the 2013 biographical sports film 42, actor Chadwick Boseman played which Major League Baseball player? The answer is Jackie Robinson. Many people consider Jackie Robinson to be the first black athlete to play in the major leagues. However, a few went before him decades earlier. Men such as Moses Fleetwood Walker and William Edward White. Therefore, Jackie Robinson is considered the first in the modern era. In 1997, Major League Baseball retired the number 42 across the sport of baseball. Here’s some fun facts. Actor Chadwick Boseman’s only baseball experience was as a child in little league. In a New York Times article from 2013, Boseman said his favorite sport was basketball. Boseman had weeks of training for his role as Jackie Robinson. He also had some help from a stunt man in some of the scenes. To help him prepare for the role he met with Hank Aaron and Jackie Robinson’s widow Rachel. Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played Jackie Robinson, died in August 2020 from complications related to colon cancer. Coincidentally, he died the same day that Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day. While Jackie Robinson Day is usually April 15, the Covid pandemic caused the date to be moved to August 28.

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Question three. In the 1986 movie Hoosiers, after Cletus Summers has a heart attack, coach Norman Dale asks Wilbur “Shooter” Flatch to help as assistant coach on the team. What is the one major requirement the coach asks of Shooter? Well, Shooter has to be sober around the team. The character Shooter was the alcoholic father of the player Everett. The actor that played Shooter was Dennis Hopper. He was nominated for an Oscar for his role. Here’s some fun facts. In the 1954 championship game scene, the actual announcer from the real game is the announcer in the movie scene. Did you know that in this two hour movie, if added up, there are only about six minutes of actual basketball played. Unfortunately for five college basketball players, the NCAA ordered a three game suspension for them because they were paid for their performance in the movie. Not only were they suspended, they were asked to return the money they made from doing the film. In some countries such as the United Kingdom, Hoosiers was released with the title “Best Shot.” Supposedly the worry was that people outside of the United States wouldn’t know what a Hoosier was.

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Question four. In the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, what is the phrase that Kevin Costner’s character first hears one night when walking through his cornfield, and in a vision what early 1900’s baseball player does he see? Well, he hears the phrase “If you build it, he will come” and he sees Shoeless Joe Jackson. No fans really know who voiced the line “If you build it, he will come.” The credits list “The Voice” as being played by “Himself.” It’s anyone’s guess. The year before Field of Dreams came out, Kevin Costner starred in another popular baseball movie Bull Durham. In a 2012 article, Ray Liotta the actor that played Shoeless Joe Jackson admitted that he never even watched the movie Field of Dreams. He told Mike Ryan, senior entertainment writer for The Huffington Post, that he hasn’t seen half the movies he’s been in. Well, I’d say he’s missing out.

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Question five. In the 1993 movie Rudy, at what university does Rudy dream of one day being on the football team? He wanted to be a member of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Actor Sean Astin plays the role of Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger. The real life Rudy has a cameo appearance in the film as a fan sitting in the stands. Did you know that football great Joe Montana was the backup quarterback on the 1975 team when Rudy was at Notre Dame? There is no mention of him in the movie. Actor Vince Vaughn had his first film role in the movie Hoosiers. He played the character Jamie O’Hara.

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Question six. In the 1989 movie Major League, to what city does the Cleveland Browns owner want to relocate her team? Well, she wanted to relocate them to Miami, Florida. Here’s some fun facts. In the film, actor Charlie Sheen plays baseball player Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn. In high school, Sheen actually played baseball, and he was good at it. So good he was offered a baseball scholarship at the University of Kansas. Unfortunately, he was expelled from high school a few weeks before graduation. Charlie Sheen literally bulked up for the film. He admitted to ESPN that he used steroids for six to eight weeks while filming Major League.

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Question seven. In which movie from the year 2000 does Denzel Washington play football coach Herman Boone? That movie was Remember the Titans. The movie is based on a true story. A lot of what they show you in the movie didn’t actually happen in real life. For example, in one scene, someone throws a brick through coach Boone’s window. In real life it was actually a toilet that was thrown through his window. Also TC Williams High School, the school the movie was based on was actually integrated several years earlier than the movie makes it look like. So when you see the words based on remember that it’s not a documentary it’s a fictional piece about a real event. At the end of the 1971 season, the Titans were ranked 13 and 0. Most games were actually complete blowouts and not close ones like the movie suggested.

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Question eight. In what 1992 movie does character Jimmy Dugan say “there’s no crying in baseball.” Well, that movie was A League of Their Own. Jimmy Dugan was played by actor Tom Hanks. That line was listed as one of the top 100 movie quotes of all time by the American Film Institute. The Rockford Peaches, the all female baseball team you see in the film was actually a real team that was part of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League during World War 2. Geena Davis plays the young Dottie Hinson. In part of the film, you’ll see an older Dottie. You may wonder if that’s Geena Davis made to look old. I mean, it is her voice that you hear. Well, actually, it’s another actress. Lynne Cartwright had the role of older Dottie. They just dubbed Geena Davis’s voice over hers. All along. I thought that older woman was Geena Davis with a really good makeup job or visual effects work.

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Question nine. In the 1993 cult classic The Sandlot, the character Scotty secretly borrows a baseball from his stepfather that was autographed by which baseball player? Well that ball was autographed by Babe Ruth. And I know when I watched it, I was thinking to myself, why in the world is he taking that baseball off of the shelf? Did you ever wonder if the Big Chief chewing tobacco the boys used was real. It was actually a mixture of beef jerky and licorice. The original film was co-written, narrated and directed by David Mickey Evans. Supposedly Disney Plus is developing a series based on the movie and has hired David Mickey Evans for this project as well. The film was set in 1962 and the new series is said to be set in 1984. In a Vanity article, it mentions that many of the members of the original cast will return. I know I’ll be waiting to hear more news about this one.

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And question 10. In the 1988 film Bull Durham, what nickname does Crash Davis call Nuke LaLoosh, which causes friction early on? Well, that nickname was “Meat.” Kevin Costner played Crash Davis and Tim Robbins played Nuke LaLoosh. Here’s some fun facts. Ron Shelton, the writer and director of Bulll Durham actually played minor league baseball. He was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Screenplay. Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins met while filming Bull Durham. While many think the couple was married, they were not. They were together for 23 years, until splitting up in 2009.

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Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. Ten questions aren’t enough to cover all the great sports movies ever made. I’ll do another episode on sports movies in the future. I hope you learned something new today. Please subscribe and leave a positive review wherever you listen to podcasts. Visit us on Twitter and Instagram. And all the links can be found at triviarewind.com. I really appreciate you listening. And I’ll be back next time for more Trivia Rewind.

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