The Ultimate Steven Spielberg Quiz

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He is the most commercially-successful director ever in movie making. How much do you know about Steven Spielberg?

What was the name of Spielberg's first romantic film?

It starred Richard Dreyfuss but was only an average success, particularly by Spielberg's standards.

For how many Academy Awards was "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" nominated?

One of the nominations was for Best Director.

In what city was Spielberg born?

He grew up in New Jersey and California.

Which Spielberg film starred Dan Akroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi and other big name actors?

The movie was a comedy that's set in the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Why did Spielberg decide against shooting scenes for "Schindler's List" in the Auschwitz concentration camp?

He actually did get permission but opted not to take his crew to the camp.

Spielberg got writing credit for which creepy movie?

He also contributed writing to the second and third installments in the series.

Which actress appeared in his first major film?

"The Sugarland Express" helped give him huge credibility in Hollywood.

The set of which Spielberg project resulted in a helicopter crash that claimed two lives?

Two (illegally hired) child actors died, but no one was held criminally responsible.

Why was he rejected for admission into the University of Southern California's film program?

After a while he finally made it into California State University.

How many extras did Spielberg need for the scenes of Omaha Beach in "Saving Private Ryan?"

The single scene cost approximately $12 million.

Spielberg was afflicted by which learning disability?

He succeeded in spite of the odds against him.

How long did Spielberg take to shoot the D-Day scenes for "Saving Private Ryan?"

He blew millions of dollars on these scenes and created powerful depictions of war.

Executives repeatedly turned him down for a directing gig on which franchise?

He had a passion for Bond movies but nobody wanted him to direct one.

What role did Spielberg play during the creation of "Flags of Our Fathers?"

He worked as a producer on the project, which was directed by Clint Eastwood.

How many Academy Awards has Spielberg won?

He also won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

The movie "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" was passed to Spielberg by what other director?

Kubrick could never quite bring the film together; Spielberg managed to pull it off using advanced special effects and a solid cast.

Spielberg met his wife on the set of which movie?

Kate Capshaw played the main female role opposite Harrison Ford.

What was the name of the TV movie that helped Spielberg land his first film directing gigs?

The story follows a motorist being terrorized by a truck driver on a lonely stretch of highway.

Which composer has worked on many of Spielberg's films?

The work of Williams has been featured in his films for decades.

What was the name of Spielberg's very first completed film?

He made the movie with a budget of just a few hundred dollars.

"Firelight" formed a foundation for which future film?

They both had alien life forms driving the plots.

Which of his film's starred both Dakota Fanning and Tom Cruise?

The 2005 film was a huge box-office success.

Why did Spielberg's grandparents flee Russia for the United States?

His family was also greatly affected by the Holocaust.

For how many Academy Awards was "Lincoln" nominated?

It wound up winning two, adding to Spielberg's acclaimed career.

What role did Spielberg play for 2015's "Jurassic World?"

In the same year, he released a film that he directed, "Bridge of Spies."

What is Spielberg's approximate net worth?

He has more successful movies than any other director.

Which Spielberg film is based on novel written by J.G. Ballard?

It's about a spoiled British boy who winds up in a prison camp.

After getting permission to make the movie, why did Spielberg wait a decade to create "Schindler's List?"

He thought he needed time to mature before he addressed such an important story.

With which director did Spielberg work to create "Raiders of the Lost Ark?"

The two teamed up to make the film, which is one of the most famous of the 1980s.

Which Spielberg film was released in 2004?

It's all about a character (played by Tom Hanks) who gets stranded in a New York City airport.

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