The Presidential Movies Quiz

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Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Josh Brolin
George W. Bush
Brolin played George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's "W."
George H.W. Bush
Bill Clinton

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Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Jeff Daniels
George Washington
Jeff Daniels played the first president in "The Crossing."
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson

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Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Daniel Day-Lewis
Abraham Lincoln
Day-Lewis won the best actor Oscar in 2012 for playing Lincoln in "Lincoln."
Richard Nixon
James Madison

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Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Nick Nolte
Woodrow Wilson
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Thomas Jefferson
Nolte played the third president in "Jefferson in Paris."

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Match the actor to the real-life president he has portrayed: Gary Sinise
Andrew Johnson
Harry Truman
Sinise was the star of "Truman" in 1995.
Jimmy Carter

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This president has been portrayed by Randy Quaid, Liev Schreiber, Tom Wilkinson and Bryan Cranston.
Lyndon B. Johnson
All these actors have played LBJ.
William McKinley
John F. Kennedy

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This president has been portrayed by Anthony Hopkins, Dan Hedaya, Frank Langella, John Cusack and Kevin Spacey.
Gerald Ford
George H.W. Bush
Richard Nixon
All of them have been Richard Nixon at some point in time.

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This president has been portrayed by Brendan Fraser, Kevin Sorbo, Will Forte and Gilbert Gottfried.
Grover Cleveland
Teddy Roosevelt
Abraham Lincoln
Beyond Daniel Day-Lewis, you get a rather motley collection of actors playing Abraham Lincoln.

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Robin Williams has played these two presidents on the big screen.
Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower
Williams was T.R. in the three "Night at the Museum" movies and Eisenhower in 2013's "The Butler."
James Garfield and Herbert Hoover
Bill Clinton and Lyndon B. Johnson

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The titular president of this movie is not a character in the film.
"Nixon"
"W."
"JFK"
"JFK" is about the aftermath of the assassination, so JFK doesn't appear in the film.

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Henry Fonda starred in two presidential movies in 1964. In "Fail Safe" he plays the president. What's his role in "The Best Man"?
an assassin
the president's speechwriter
a presidential candidate
Fonda plays presidential hopeful William Russell in "The Best Man."

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Fonda also portrayed this real-life president in 1939.
Abraham Lincoln
Fonda played Abe in "Young Mr. Lincoln."
James Monroe
William Henry Harrison

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President Jack Stanton in "Primary Colors" is based on this real-life president.
Jimmy Carter
Bill Clinton
Stanton is a very thinly disguised Bill Clinton.
George W. Bush

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Who plays Jack Stanton in "Primary Colors"?
John Travolta
Travolta put on his best Arkansas accent for the 1996 film.
Bill Pullman
Bill Paxton

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This president has been portrayed by only one actor, in two films 15 years apart.
Benjamin Harrison
Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter has somehow missed big-screen treatment. An actor named Ed Beheler played him in 1978's "Sextette" and also in "Hot Shots! Part Deux" (1993).
James Buchanan

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Which president did Charlton Heston play twice?
James Polk
Andrew Jackson
Heston portrayed Andrew Jackson in 1953's "The President's Lady" and again in 1958's "Buccaneer."
Ulysses S. Grant

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Anthony Hopkins played Nixon in 1995. What other real-life president has he portrayed?
John Quincy Adams
Hopkins was John Quincy Adams in "Amistad."
George Washington
Ulysses S. Grant

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There were two Abraham Lincoln movies in 2012. "Lincoln" racked up Oscar nominations, and the other depicted our 16th president as a …
racist
mad scientist
vampire hunter
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" stars Benjamin Walker.

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Kevin Kline played fictional president "Dave" in 1993. Which real president did he portray in 1999's "Wild Wild West"?
Ulysses S. Grant
Kline had two roles in the 1999 Will Smith vehicle: protagonist Artemus Gordon and Ulysses S. Grant.
Bill Clinton
Rutherford B. Hayes

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Presidential movie "Thirteen Days" (2000) is about what real-life event?
Pearl Harbor
the Cuban missile crisis
"Thirteen Days" follows JFK and his cabinet as they deal with the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.
Lincoln's assassination

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In "The Contender" (2000), who plays the potential first female president?
Meryl Streep
Sigourney Weaver
Joan Allen
Joan Allen plays Laine Hanson, a senator who is tapped for vice president.

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Name the enemy/disaster in the presidential movie: "2012"
a supertornado
a deep freeze
Earth's core melts
It's possible that a supertornado and a deep freeze could've happened in "2012," but the precipitating event is the melting of Earth's core.

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Who plays the president in "2012"?
Martin Sheen
Michael Douglas
Danny Glover
Danny Glover is President Thomas Wilson, who's desperately trying to hold it all together.

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Name the enemy/disaster in the presidential movie: "Deep Impact"
a comet
A massive comet is hurtling toward Earth in 1998's "Deep Impact."
aliens
tsunami

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Who plays the president in "Deep Impact"?
Harrison Ford
Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman's President Beck must declare martial law in the face of the impending comet.
Jack Nicholson

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Name the enemy/disaster in the presidential movie: "Independence Day"
hackers
terrorists
aliens
Evil aliens arrive in a gigantic mothership in "Independence Day."

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Who plays the president in "Independence Day"?
Bill Paxton
Bill Pullman
Bill Pullman saves the day as President Thomas Whitmore.
Bill Murray

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Who plays the president in 2016's "Independence Day: Resurgence"?
Sela Ward
Sela Ward is Elizabeth Lanford, the first female president.
Rita Wilson
Helen Hunt

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Name the enemy/disaster in the presidential movie: "Air Force One"
Russian terrorists
The nuke-wielding Russians are determined to start a war, but President James Marshall is determined to stop them.
Islamic terrorists
Chinese terrorists

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Who plays the president in "Air Force One"?
Tommy Lee Jones
Harrison Ford
Ford's President Marshall actually engages in hand-to-hand combat with the bad guys.
Gary Oldman

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