Wolverine, Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, New Moon, Public Enemies…This summer is shaping up to be a box office blast. These movies are all expected to gross nine figures, but the question remains: Will they make their way into the public consciousness, the cinematic zeitgeist? Take the quiz below and see how much you know about some movies that definitely have.

A. In Caddyshack, what does the Dalai Lama give Bill Murray’s character, Karl, in lieu of a tip?

B. Which of the following actors does not appear in The Godfather?

A. Al Pacino

B. Robert DeNiro

C. Robert Duvall

D. James Caan

C. In Dirty Harry, when Callahan stops the criminal and delivers his famous, “Did I shoot five shots or six?” speech, he tells the perp to ask himself one question. What is the question?

D. What do the letters M.A.S.H. stand for?

E. Robin Williams plays a doctor in five movies—not including his Oscar-winning role as the therapist in Good Will Hunting—name two.

F. In 1987’s Dirty Dancing, what is the name of the lodge visited by Baby and her family? For extra credit, what college anthem is the lodge’s theme song played to?

G. What was the name of the fictional town where Jaws is set? Where was Jaws actually filmed?

H. Where is the Griswold family headed in National Lampoon’s Vacation?

I. According to Animal House’s Bluto, who bombed Pearl Harbor? Just before the credits roll at the end of the movie, the future of each major character is revealed. What becomes of Bluto?

J. In Forrest Gump, in what company does Captain Dan invest Forrest’s money?

K. Who famously speaks in Silent Movie?


A. On his deathbed he will receive total consciousness.

B. DeNiro, who plays the young Don Corleone in The Godfather, Part 2.

C. Do I feel lucky?

D. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital

E. Awakenings, Dead Again, What Dreams May Come, Nine Months, Patch Adams

F. Kellerman’s, Cornell University

G. Amity Island, Martha’s Vineyard

H. Walley World

I. The Germans. He becomes a U.S. Senator.

J. Apple Computer

K. Marcel Marceau

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