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Steven Spielberg Quiz

Steven Spielberg has arguably had more effect on the motion picture industry than any other filmmaker in modern times.  IMDb lists 50 titles for him as director and 130 as producer.  He has mentored up-and-coming filmmakers, shattered box office records, and created some of the most iconic cinematic images over the last 5 decades.  He founded Amblin Entertainment, Dreamworks SKG, and the Shoah Foundation Institute.  In this past year, he had two movies he directed released within a week of each other (The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse) and countless others that he produced.  He bounces back and forth between blockbuster entertainment and artistic achievements–for example, Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List were shot back-to-back and both released in 1993, and his next films he has scheduled to direct are Lincoln and Robopocalypse.  How much do you know about him as a filmmaker?  Click the button below and take the Steven Spielberg quiz:

After taking the quiz, scroll down to see more information about the questions (or cheat and skip the quiz altogether):

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The first professional directing job that Steven Spielberg had was for Rod Serling’s The Night Gallery in 1969.  He directed one segment of the pilot called “Eyes” starring Joan Crawford.

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The first movie that Steven Spielberg was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director was Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1978).

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Spielberg been nominated for the Best Director Oscars 6 times:

  1. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1978)
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1982)
  3. E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1983)
  4. Schindler’s List (1994) – won
  5. Saving Private Ryan (1999) – won
  6. Munich (2006)

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Spielberg’s The Color Purple was nominated for 11 Oscars (except for Best Director), but did not win any.

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Spielberg directed these three movies and also took a writing credit:

  1. The Sugarland Express
  2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  3. A.I. Artificial Intelligence

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Spielberg took a writing credit for these two movies that he produced but did not direct: Poltergeist and The Goonies.

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The only remake that Spielberg directed, Always, was based on the classic film A Guy Named Joe from 1943.

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The Spielberg film made the most money at the box office (U.S. only) was E.T. the Extraterrestrial, which to date has made $435,110,554.

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Spielberg has produced movies for Michael Bay, Peter Jackson, and Clint Eastwood, but has never produced one for James Cameron.

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14 films that Spielberg directed that were based on books:

  1. Jaws  (1975)
  2. The Color Purple (1985)
  3. Empire of the Sun (1987)
  4. Hook (1991)
  5. Jurassic Park (1993)
  6. Schindler’s List (1993)
  7. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
  8. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  9. Minority Report (2002)
  10. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  11. War of the Worlds (2005)
  12. Munich (2005)
  13. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
  14. War Horse (2011)

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7 comments on “Steven Spielberg Quiz

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  2. I think the best ‘double’ years for Spielberg were Jurassic Park & Schindler’s List in ’93 and Minority Report & Catch Me If You Can in ’02. The films of 2011 were just in the okay category by me. We’ll see about the two for ’12. Fun quiz, Jamie.

    • As of yet, I haven’t seen “Tintin” or “War Horse,” so I can’t comment on them. I think it’s hilarious that he’s going from a biopic of our most-revered president to a giant fighting robot flick. What I find amazing is that he constantly re-invents himself as a filmmaker. Who’d have ever thought that the director of the most grueling depictions of the Holocaust would also make a 3D CGI kids adventure movie?

  3. Very cool quiz. I only got 60%, and most of that was from guessing!

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