The '80s Science Fiction Movies Quiz

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The '80s Science Fiction Movies Quiz
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The 1980s was a heady time for film. "Star Wars"! "Star Trek"! Those alone would make the 80s a fantastic time to grow up a sci fi lover, but there are tons more science fiction movies out there featuring aliens, things, predators and cyborgs.
What sci-fi(ish) film was the top-grossing film of the 1980s?
"E.T."
Technically "E.T.: The Extraterrestrial," for those who care about such things.
"Return of the Jedi"
"Back to the Future"

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Another touching tale of a human and alien becoming pals is the 1985 film:
"D.A.R.Y.L"
"Enemy Mine"
Dennis Quad and Louis Gossett Jr. star in the film.
"Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome"

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Which is a real name of a British 80s sci fi film?
"Galactic Geeks Get the Girls"
"Morons From Outer Space"
The sci-fi spoof didn't do so hot at the box office, but probably deserves a lot of awards.
"It Never Rains On Uranus"

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"RoboCop" stars:
Emilio Estevez
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Peter Weller
Peter Weller is also an art historian and academic. Just so you know.

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But wasn't Emilio Estevez in another '80s sci fi "classic?"
"RoboCop 2"
"Repo Man"
"Repo Man" was the comic film about a guy who takes possession of a carful of aliens.
nope

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What is Khan's full name in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan?"
Jerald Khan
Khan D. Perfunct
Khan Noonien Singh
Khan sounds scarier.

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Which Mad Max film came out in 1981?
"Mad Max"
"The Road Warrior"
The second Mad Max film was the first Mad Max film of the '80s.
"Beyond Thunderdome"

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What is Kevin Flynn's (Jeff Bridges) job in "Tron"?
software engineer
That old trope of a dashingly heroic . . .software developer.
computer salesman
artist

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Who is "The Terminator" sent to kill?
John Connor
his (human) self, from the past
Sarah Connor
Sarah Connor is John Connor's future mother.

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What day does Marty travel to in "Back To the Future?"
July 4, 1955
October 31, 2015
November 5, 1955
Great scott.

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What high-brow writer penned the critical and box-office bomb "Saturn 3?"
Salman Rushdie
Martin Amis
It was Amis' first and only screenplay.
Christopher Hitchens

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What kind of (modified) transportation did Banzai drive in "The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension?"
a Corvette
a hoverboard
a truck
Although it was called a Jet Car in the film.

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Who wrote the screenplay for "Ghostbusters?"
Bill Murray and Harold Ramis
Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
You can thank Aykroyd and Ramis for "Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!"
Ivan Reitman

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In the 1984 film "Gremlins," what are the mogwai rules that mustn't be broken?
don't let the mogwai see bright light, don't let it get wet and don't feed it after midnight
Ignore the rules and you might find yourself with a Gremlin.
don't eat it and don't wear it as a hat
don't pet it or name it

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1988's "My Stepmother Is An Alien" features what actress, now widely known for TV work?
Rachel Bilson
Kristen Bell
Alyson Hannigan
The 14-year old Hannigan played the suspicious stepdaughter.

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The sequel to "Alien" was called:
"Alien II"
"Aliens"
It's kind of stupid question, but it's also kind of a stupid sequel name.
"The Alien"

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What is NOT a name of a character in "The Fly?"
Doran Martell
To be fair, they all sound like characters in "Game of Thrones."
Stathis Borans
Veronica Quaife

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What famous director was in front of the camera for his '80s sci-fi feature film debut?
Peter Jackson
"Bad Taste" was Jackson's first film, and he played a couple roles.
David Cronenberg
Steven Soderbergh

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"Predator" takes place:
on a distant, unnamed planet
in the Great Lakes region
in a jungle
The setting, of course, needed to accommodate the sleeveless tees worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Where did Bill and Ted call home in "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure?"
Pasadena, California
San Diego, California
San Dimas, California
San Dimas High School football rules.

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In Wes Craven's 1982 film, how is the "Swamp Thing" created?
A scientist is mutated.
Don't go messing around in chemical-laden swamps.
A scientist creates the Swamp Thing.
The Swamp Thing is made when a Sasquatch breeds with an alligator.

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How many characters does Lily Tomlin play in "The Incredible Shrinking Woman?"
one
two
four
Joel Schumacher took advantage of having a talented sketch actress in his film and gave her multiple characters.

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What is the test used in "Blade Runner" to determine if someone is human or replicant?
Kobayashi Maru
Voight-Kampff
The test uses the Voight-Kampff machine.
the SATTT

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Who directed "The Empire Strikes Back?"
George Lucas
Irvin Kershner
Lucas didn't direct the second Stars Wars film.
Richard Marquand

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Who directed "Return of the Jedi?"
Richard Marquand
Or the third one.
Irvin Kershner
George Lucas

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1980's "Superman II" was directed by:
Richard Donner
Richard Lester
both
Donner was originally the director but was uncredited after he was replaced by Lester in a controversial move.

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Who directed 1983's "Superman III?"
Richard Donner
Richard Lester
After "Superman III" wasn't as big of a hit as the first two, Furie took the helm for "Superman IV."
Sidney J. Furie

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Who directed "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home?"
George Takei
William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
Nimoy also directed "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock."

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What does "The Thing" do in John Carpenter's 1982 film?
It eats brains.
It invades your mind and makes you crave human flesh.
It shape-shifts and "assimilates" other species.
Nobody even knows what "The Thing" originally was, or looked like.

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Terry Gilliam's 1985 film "Brazil" is set in:
Brazil
somewhere in the future
The film is named after a song that's played several times in the film.
somewhere in the future in Brazil

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