Reel Corner - November 2014

How Well Do You Know Your Movie Politics?


There’s more to November than Thanksgiving and leaves changing. It is the month that also brings politics into the spotlight, culminating with the final word, Election Day. Politics, politicians and political personalities have long provided an interesting platform for the big screen. Following is a quiz to test your political film knowledge. From fun to fanatical, these movies spur emotion and get movie viewers thinking. Good luck!

In Night at the Museum, Teddy Roosevelt had a crush on which other historical figure?
a) Sacagawea     b) Joan of Arc     c) Florence Nightingale     d) Cleopatra

In Primary Colors, John Travolta’s character, Jack Stanton, was patterned after which real-life president?

a) George W. Bush     b) Bill Clinton     c) Jimmy Carter     d) Richard Nixon

When Dave Kovic is not masquerading as President Bill Mitchell in Dave, he operates this type of business?

a) Bakery     b) Employment Agency    c) Print Shop     d) Messenger Service

Which president hired James West and Artemus Gordon in the 1999 film Wild Wild West?

a) Abraham Lincoln    b) Grover Cleveland    c) Ulysses S. Grant    d) James K. Polk

Who played the lecherous U.S. President in Love Actually?

a) Billy Bob Thorton   b) Al Pacino   c) Andy Garcia   d) Donald Sutherland

In the movie In the Line Of Fire, Clint Eastwood’s character, Frank Horrigan, protected the largely unseen president. What was the code name he used for the president?
a) Eagle     b) Traveler     c) Iron Horse     d) Stallion

The classic movie quotation, “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room” was spoken what president in  Dr. Strangelove?
a) Stewart Q. Gimbleston           b) Markin Muffley
c) McKinnley Abraham Johnson    d) Roger S. Wimperson

Which of the following presidents did Forrest Gump not meet in this Oscar winning film?
a) John F. Kennedy           b) Dwight D. Eisenhower    
c) Richard Nixon               d) Lyndon B. Johnson

Andrew Shepherd, the title character in The American President played by Michael Douglas, was a widower. What was the name of his daughter?
a) Abigail     b) Theresa     c) Lucy     d) Amanda

Dastardly Elliott Carver plans to blackmail the President of the United States with a video of him cuddling with a cheerleader in a motel room in which James Bond film?
a) GoldenEye            b) Tomorrow Never Dies   
c) Casino Royale       d) Die Another Day

What actor played the President in White House Down?

a) Bruce Willis     b) Christian Bales     c) Jamie Foxx     d) Tom Cruise

A former Korean War POW is brainwashed by Communists to become a political assassin in what film?

a) The Conformist             b) Seven Days in May   
c) Black Hawk Down         d) The Manchurian Candidate

A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust. Name the movie.

a) Seven Days in May                  b) Three Days of the Condor   
c) The Hunt for Red October       d) World War Z

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn’t back down. Name the movie.
a) The Pentagon Papers                    b) All’s Fair in Love and War
c) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington       d) Being There

Zero Dark Thirty deals with:
a) Distributing global warming stations     b) The arrest of global human traffickers
c) The rescue of kidnapped reporters      d) The capture of Osama bin Laden

Source: and

1-A, 2-B, 3-B, 4-C, 5-A, 6-B, 7-B, 8-B, 9-C, 10-B, 11-C, 12-D, 13-B, 14-C, 15-D

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