The Ultimate Martin Scorsese Quiz


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Martin Scorsese is undoubtedly one of the greatest American film directors of his generation. This quiz will challenge your knowledge of his entire filmography, the actors he's worked with and the methods he uses to create his films.

What was Scorsese's first feature film?

"Who's That Knocking at My Door" was Scorsese's first feature, released in 1967.


What was the title of the documentary Scorsese filmed depicting the farewell performance of The Band?

"The Last Waltz" combined footage of the concert, interviews, Thanksgiving dinner for the audience and studio performances.


What actor did Scorsese work with eight times on films like "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "Casino"?

As of 2016, Scorsese has worked with Robert De Niro more times than any other actor.


"Mean Streets" was the first Scorsese movie to deal with a theme he'd turn to several more times. What is the theme?

Several of Scorsese's films depict criminals and cops with unclear morality, with a focus on Italian-Americans and the Mafia.


In "Taxi Driver," when De Niro says the famous "you talkin' to me?" line, who is he talking to?

He's talking to himself, practicing using his quick-draw sleeve gun in the mirror.


What two television series did Scorsese direct the pilot episodes of?

The first episode of "Boardwalk Empire," which Scorsese directed, cost $18 million. He also directed the first episode of "Vinyl."


What is the name of the corrupt investment firm in "The Wolf of Wall Street"?

The name Stratton Oakmont was created to make them sound like a venerable, distinguished firm when they were really scam artists.


Scorsese was offered a chance to direct "Boxcar Bertha" by what legendary low-budget director/producer?

Corman tapped Scorsese to direct the "woman gangster" exploitation movie.


The novel "The Executioners" was adapted into what Scorsese movie (the second time it was adapted)?

"Cape Fear," starring De Niro as a vengeful ex-con, is based on "The Executioners."


What is protagonist Sam Rothstein's occupation at the beginning and end of "Casino"?

Sam works in the illegal sports betting business, setting over-under and point spreads, known as handicapping.


What Scorsese movie stars Nicolas Cage and Ving Rhames as paramedics dealing with a drug epidemic in New York?

"Bringing Out the Dead" is a gloomy, intense movie that was a critical success and financial failure.


"Raging Bull" is a fictionalized account of what boxer's life?

"Raging Bull" is based on Jake LaMotta's autobiography.


How did Scorsese emphasize the feelings of exhaustion, isolation and despair in the fights where LaMotta wasn't doing well?

The extra-large boxing ring gives some of the fights a surreal quality.


What is notable about the scene in "Goodfellas" in which Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco walk into the Copacabana restaurant and nightclub?

The Copacabana scene is known for being a single tracking shot with no edits.


What movie won Scorsese his only Oscar for best director?

After five nominations, Scorsese finally won for "The Departed" in 2007.


What Scorsese movie was shot in 3-D?

"Hugo" is a drama with fantasy elements about a boy who lives in a train station.


What movie was the first collaboration between Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio?

DiCaprio first worked with Scorsese playing Amsterdam Vallon in "Gangs of New York."


What is the name of the book "Goodfellas" is adapted from?

Nicholas Pileggi's book is called "Wiseguy." He also co-wrote the screenplay.


What Scorsese film was heavily protested and remains banned in some countries even today?

Christian groups protested "The Last Temptation of Christ" because its depiction of Jesus Christ as a human man with doubts and failures conflicts with the Bible. A theater showing the film in Paris was firebombed.


In what movie does Joe Pesci deliver his "funny how? Like funny like I'm a clown? How am I funny?" line?

The line was improvised in rehearsals for "Goodfellas" and written into the script.


"The King of Comedy" stars what famous comedian from the 1950s, '60s and '70s?

Robert De Niro's character stalks Jerry Lewis, who plays a comedian and talk show host.


"New York, New York" stands out from the rest of Scorsese's filmography for what reason?

"New York, New York" did lose money, but it's not the only Scorsese movie to do so. It is, however, his only musical (not counting documentaries about musicians and concert films).


What is "The Color of Money" about?

"The Color of Money" stars Paul Newman and Tom Cruise as pool hustlers.


The setting of "Shutter Island" is …

The Ashecliffe Hospital, located on Shutter Island, is a place for the confinement and treatment of the criminally insane.


In "The Aviator," Leonardo DiCaprio portrays what wealthy inventor, filmmaker and businessman?

"The Aviator" is about Howard Hughes, who enjoyed tremendous success in the aviation industry but suffered from mental illness.


Ellen Burstyn won the best actress Oscar for her role in what Scorsese movie?

She took home the Oscar for "Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore," released in 1974.


What Scorsese movie was John Hinckley Jr. obsessed with, inspiring his attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan?

Hinckley thought assassinating the president would impress Jodie Foster, who portrayed a prostitute in "Taxi Driver."


What rock star was cast as Pontius Pilate in "The Last Temptation of Christ"?

Paramount abandoned "The Last Temptation of Christ" in 1983. By the time Scorsese managed to get the film underway again, many roles had to be recast, including the role of Pontius Pilate, which went to David Bowie.


"No Direction Home" is a documentary about the early career of what iconic musician and songwriter?

The title "No Direction Home" comes from Bob Dylan's song, "Like a Rolling Stone."


Speaking of Rolling Stones, what is the title of the 2008 concert film Scorsese made featuring that band?

The concert was filmed during the "Bigger Bang" tour, and the movie was called "Shine a Light."


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