Eternally Risky: Tom Cruise Movies

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Eternally Risky: Tom Cruise Movies
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More than three decades after his Hollywood career turned on the afterburners, Tom Cruise is still one of the world's leading actors. His boyish charm and handsome features make him stand out in just about any film. How much do you know about Tom Cruise's movies?
In what year did Tom Cruise make his feature film debut?
1978
1981
1984
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Cruise launched his film career with a minor role in 1981's "Endless Love," a movie that portrayed a troubled relationship between Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt.

In how many films did Cruise star alongside his one-time wife, Nicole Kidman?
two
three
five
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Cruise and Kidman starred in three films together. They were "Days of Thunder," "Far and Away" and "Eyes Wide Shut."

For which film did Cruise receive his first credit as writer?
"Rain Man"
"Days of Thunder"
"The Firm"
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Cruise received partial writing credit for the car racing film "Days of Thunder." Robert Towne shared writing credit.

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Which film gave Cruise his big Hollywood breakthrough role?
"Risky Business"
"Top Gun"
"Cocktail"
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In 1983, Cruise landed the lead role in "Risky Business," a romantic comedy that also starred Rebecca De Mornay. The movie was lauded by critics and made tens of millions of dollars for its investors.

What role did Cruise have in the making of "Ask The Dust," which was filmed mostly in South Africa?
lead actor
supporting actor
producer
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Cruise shared production credit with three other people on "Ask The Dust." The film starred Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek and Donald Sutherland.

For which movie did Cruise receive his first credit as producer?
"The Others"
"A Few Good Men"
"Mission: Impossible"
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Cruise was credited as producer (along with Paula Wagner) for 1996's "Mission: Impossible." The movie was an incredible hit, grossing more than $450 million at the box office.

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The "Risky Business" soundtrack did NOT feature songs by which artist?
Journey
Phil Collins
Elvis Presley
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There were no Elvis songs on the "Risky Business" soundtrack. The album did feature Prince, Jeff Beck, Bob Seger and Muddy Waters.

Cruise received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor -- Motion Picture Drama for his work in which film?
"Vanilla Sky"
"The Last Samurai"
"Minority Report"
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Cruise received rave reviews for his performance as an embittered army officer in "The Last Samurai," which was directed by Edward Zwick. The very long (154 minutes) movie was released in 2003.

In how many "Mission: Impossible" films has Cruise starred?
three
four
five
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Cruise has taken up the role of hero Ethan Hunt five times, most recently in 2015's "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation." His first "Mission" movie was made in 1996.

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In "Far and Away," Cruise and Nicole Kidman play young people who've immigrated to America from which country?
Australia
Ireland
France
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Cruise and Kidman played Irish immigrants looking to make a new life in America at the end of the 1800s. The 1992 film was directed by Ron Howard.

In "Rain Man," Cruise starred along with what other famous actor?
Robert DeNiro
Dustin Hoffman
Gene Hackman
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In "Rain Man," Dustin Hoffman plays an autistic savant who inherits millions of dollars. Cruise plays a selfish young man who was completely unaware of his disabled brother's existence.

How many Academy Award nominations did "Rain Man" receive?
five
eight
12
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"Rain Man" was (and still is) one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the 80s. It received eight Academy Award nominations.

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Cruise won an Oscar for his role in "Rain Man."
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false
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Cruise received applause for his fine acting, but the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role went to Dustin Hoffman. The film also won three other Oscars.

Cruise landed the lead role in "Vanilla Sky," which was released in 2001. Who directed this film?
Cruise
Cameron Crowe
Steven Spielberg
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Cameron Crowe directed this off-kilter sci-fi film, which also starred Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee and Kurt Russell. It got very mixed reviews but still triumphed at the box office.

In "Losin' It," a group of teenagers set off for which destination?
California
Mexico
Nevada
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A group of teenagers, led by Cruise, hits the road in hopes of reaching Tijuana, Mexico. The 1983 film also starred Shelley Long and Jackie Earle Haley.

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"Losing It" was Cruise's fourth feature film. What was the movie's budget?
$700,000
$1.5 million
$7 million
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In 1983, $7 million was a fairly large chunk of change for a movie about a teenage road trip. It got horrible reviews and made less than $2 million in theaters.

Cruise starred in 2002's "Minority Report," which derived much of its plot from a book written by which author?
Ray Bradbury
Stephen King
Philip K. Dick
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Philip K. Dick wrote a sci-fi short story called "Minority Report" in 1956. The movie of the same name is set in 2054, where cops try to catch criminals before they commit crimes.

Which actor did NOT star alongside Cruise in "Minority Report"?
Max von Sydow
Dustin Hoffman
Colin Farrell
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Dustin Hoffman did not appear in "Minority Report." The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and had just one Academy Award nomination in spite of its very positive reviews.

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In which movie did Cruise star opposite actress Kelly McGillis?
"Cocktails"
"A Few Good Men"
"Top Gun"
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McGillis played the role of Charlie Blackwood in "Top Gun." She also starred in "Witness" with Harrison Ford and "The Accused" with Jodie Foster.

In "Edge of Tomorrow," Cruise plays a soldier who encounters what phenomenon?
ghosts
cyclical death
a black hole
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In this sci-fi action flick, Cruise is a soldier who dies over and over again due to a time loop. He must team up with another soldier (Emily Blunt) to solve the loop and defeat an alien invasion.

Which actress plays Cruise's love interest in "Cocktail"?
Jodie Foster
Elisabeth Shue
Emmanuelle BĂ©art
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In "Cocktail," Cruise is a bartender who falls for Elisabeth Shue. The $20 million movie received terrible reviews from critics but overachieved at the box office, raking in more than $170 million.

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In what year did Cruise star as a bloodsucking monster in "Interview with the Vampire"?
1994
1999
2000
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The 1994 movie was based on a 1976 novel written by Anne Rice. Cruise turns a little girl named Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) into a vampire so that he can show her the ropes of the bloody vampire trade.

In 2004's "Collateral," Cruise plays a man who has what occupation?
dentist
hitman
oil tycoon
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Cruise plays a hitman in "Collateral." The movie was unique in the sense that it cast Cruise as a villian instead of hero.

As of 2016, how many Oscars has Tom Cruise won?
zero
one
two
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Cruise is one of the most famous actors on Earth, but he's never won an Oscar. He's been nominated three times.

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For which film was Cruise nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role?
"Magnolia"
"Top Gun"
"Jerry Maguire"
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In 1997, Cruise was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in "Jerry Maguire." He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 2000's "Magnolia."

In which movie does Cruise play a character by the name of Les Grossman?
"Shattered Glass"
"Collateral"
"Tropic Thunder"
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"Tropic Thunder" was the farcical comedy written, directed and starring Ben Stiller. In this movie, Cruise is Les Grossnman, the Hollywood executive in charge of the faux film's production.

In "Lions for Lambs," what job does Cruise's character perform?
lawyer
politician
TV evangelist
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In "Lions for Lambs," Cruise is a senator named Jasper Irving who wants to enact a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan. The 2007 film was directed by Robert Redford.

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In "War of the Worlds," Cruise plays a character who goes by what name?
Ray
Jack
Thomas
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In 2005's "War of the Worlds," Cruise is Ray Ferrier, who struggles to survive an alien invasion. The movie also starred Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins and Miranda Otto.

How many movies has Cruise directed?
zero
three
six
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Cruise has worked as a producer numerous times in his career, but he's never taken up directing.

"War of the Worlds" had a huge budget of about $130 million. It then flopped at the box office.
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false
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Driven by Cruise's star power and Steven Spielberg's expert direction, the really expensive movie still managed to make money. It grossed nearly $600 million at the box office.

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