Test Your Knowledge: Civil War Movies

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Test Your Knowledge: Civil War Movies
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For more than a century and a half, the American Civil War has inspired countless works of art. How much do you know about Civil War movies?
"The Horse Soldiers" stars which actor?
Clint Eastwood
Clark Gable
John Wayne
The story focuses on a weeks-long raid by Union forces.

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Adjusted for inflation, it's box office numbers make which film the most successful in history?
"Gangs of New York"
"Gone with the Wind"
Some estimates say that in today's dollars the film would've made more than $3.4 billion.
"Birth of a Nation"

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Draft riots are a critical part of the story in which movie?
"Secret Service"
"Gangs of New York"
Armed rioters caused incredible unrest, particularly in New York City.
"Lincoln"

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The screenplay for "Glory" was based on what?
Dozens of written accounts from soldiers on the field
Personal correspondence of a Union officer
Letters written by Col. Robert Gould Shaw were the basis for this film.
The most prestigious historical compilation of the war

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Stolen Confederate gold provides a major plot point for which movie?
"The Good, The Bad and the Ugly"
The film starts with war scenes that give way to a frontier setting.
"They Died with their Boots On"
"Gods and Generals"

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What role does George Peppard play in "How the West Was Won?"
An indifferent shopkeeper in Virginia
A Union private
Decades later he would tote guns again…in "The A-Team."
A Confederate colonel

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The film "Lincoln" was shot mostly in which state?
California
Virginia
Petersburg, in particular, was essential to many of the film's exterior scenes.
North Carolina

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What's special about the Army unit portrayed in "Glory?"
They were the first to deploy a rudimentary machine gun.
They wore gray uniforms to confuse Confederates.
It was an all-black unit.
The officers, though, were still white.

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Who does John Wayne play in "How the West Was Won?"
Stonewall Jackson
William Sherman
Gregory Peck and Henry Fonda also appeared.
Robert E. Lee

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Actors used live ammunition for battle scenes in which movie?
"Ride with the Devil"
They were also forced to endure boot camp to help them settle into their roles.
"Gone with the Wind"
"The Shadow Riders"

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How much did "The Red Badge of Courage" earn at the box office?
It lost money.
Meddling by the studio is sometimes blamed for an edited version that fared poorly.
It made about $4 million.
It made about $8 million.

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Anthony Perkins played a lead role in which film in 1956?
"Friendly Persuasion"
This film combined elements of drama with comedy.
"The Littlest Rebel"
"Morgan's Last Raid"

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"The Killer Angels," by Michael Shaara, was adapted into what film?
"Gettysburg"
It was originally supposed to a TV miniseries but wound up on the big screen instead.
"Glory"
"Lincoln"

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Which Academy Award did "Gone with the Wind" NOT win?
Best Actor
Instead, that award went to Robert Donat for "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"
Best Director
Best Actress

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Ennio Morricone composed the score for which movie?
"The Red Badge of Courage"
"The Good, The Bad and the Ugly"
The haunting theme song has influenced decades of movie making.
"The Horse Soldiers"

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"Rocky Mountain" was originally slated to be called what?
Ghost Mountain
The movie follows Southern soldiers that travel all the way to California.
Bloody Mountain
Union Mountain

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What's the running time of "Gettysburg?"
2 hours and 56 minutes
4 hours and 14 minutes
It's one of the longest films Hollywood has ever released.
3 hours and 48 minutes

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How many times has "Little Women" been adapted for film?
Five times
The latest version was released in 1994 and stars Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst and Claire Danes.
Three times
Two times

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Which director took the helm for "Lincoln" in 2012?
Terrence Malick
Francis Ford Coppola
Steven Spielberg
His solid work helped Daniel Day-Lewis win an Academy Award for Best Actor.

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Elizabeth Taylor's co-star nearly killed himself due to substance abuse during filming of which production?
"Raintree County"
Montgomery Clift's drinking and drugging led to a car accident; his injuries are evident in the second half of the film.
"Santa Fe Trail"
"Kansas Pacific"

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In which film does documentary filmmaker Ken Burns make a cameo appearance?
"Lincoln"
"Ride with the Devil"
"Gettysburg"
He wasn't the only one; Ted Turner dropped by for a scene, too.

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Lauren Holly and Tom Skerritt star in "Field of Lost Shoes," which refers to which muddy battle?
Battle of New Market
The muddy fields sucked the boots right off of the feet of many soldiers.
The Battle of Rich Mountain
Battle of New Orleans

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How many women auditioned for the part of Scarlett O'Hara's character in "Gone with the Wind?"
1,400
The producer was determined to find the perfect actress to play opposite of Clark Gable.
1,800
2,800

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Before appearing in "The Horse Soldiers," Althea Gibson was a star in which sport?
Tennis
She insisted on changing the script because the dialogue was offensive to her character.
Basketball
Baseball

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A real-life WWII hero played the lead character in which movie?
"The Red Badge of Courage"
Audie Murphy did more acting but died in a plane crash when he was only 45.
"The Horse Soldiers"
"The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"

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Which movie makes a hero out of George Armstrong Custer?
"They Died with their Boots On"
Errol Flynn plays the primary role, portraying Custer as a hero for the ages.
"The Horse Soldiers"
"The Red Badge of Courage"

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In which movie does a rich landowner refuse to take sides in the war?
"Shenandoah"
James Stewart plays a man pulled in all directions.
"Ride with the Devil"
"They Died with their Boots On"

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Which movie opens with the infamous "Battle of the Crater" incident?
"Friendly Persuasion"
"Cold Mountain"
Union troops detonated a mine under Confederate lines hoping to break a stalemate.
"Gettysburg"

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Her role in "Cold Mountain" netted Renee Zellweger which award?
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
The movie also starred Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman and other huge names.
Best Breakthrough

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In what year was a sequel to "Gone with the Wind" released?
1994
And it was a TV miniseries instead of a big-screen production.
1973
1958

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