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Test your Spielberg IQ!

July 01, 2005 14:28 IST
Steven Spielberg is the most successful director of all time.

From friendly aliens to hat-loving adventurers, time travel to sharks, dinosaurs to conmen, Spielberg's covered them all, and hit more blockbusters than most in Hollywood history.

As his latest film, War Of The Worlds, hits theatres globally, it's a good time to sharpen up your Spielberg knowledge.

1. What was Steven's first full-length film as director?
a. Amblin'
b. Duel
c. Firelight

2. Which Spielberg-Lucas creation had a cameo in the first Indiana Jones adventure, Raiders Of The Lost Ark?
a. George McFly
b. R2-D2
c. Jaws

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong!
The correct answer is B.
Did you know? At the end of the film, when Indiana Jones is tied to the pole as the Nazis and Belloq open the Ark, the dome-topped head of R2-D2 is resting on the top of the pole that they are tied to.

The giant boulder that chases after Indiana Jones at the start of the film was made of fiberglass. The sound they used for it was of a Honda Civic rolling downhill.

Correct!
Did you know? At the end of the film, when Indiana Jones is tied to the pole as the Nazis and Belloq open the Ark, the dome-topped head of R2-D2 is resting on the top of the pole that they are tied to.

The giant boulder that chases after Indiana Jones at the start of the film was made of fiberglass. The sound they used for it was of a Honda Civic rolling downhill.

3. Which Spielberg favourite actor acted, but was cut from ET: The Extra Terrestrial?
a. Michael J Fox
b. Richard Dreyfus
c. Harrison Ford

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong! The correct answer is C.
Did you know? Harrison Ford played the school principal, but his only scene was cut as Spielberg considered his presence would be too distracting. Ford's wife Melissa Mathison wrote the screenplay.

In the Halloween scene, a child dressed as Yoda from The Empire Strikes Back walks by and catches ET's eye. A snatch of composer John Williams' Yoda theme is heard.

Correct!
Did you know? Harrison Ford played the school principal, but his only scene was cut as Spielberg considered his presence would be too distracting. Ford's wife Melissa Mathison wrote the screenplay.

In the Halloween scene, a child dressed as Yoda from The Empire Strikes Back walks by and catches ET's eye. A snatch of composer John Williams' Yoda theme is heard.

4. Which of these animated television shows did Spielberg not produce?
a. Animaniacs
b. Pinky & The Brain
c. Disney's Ducktales

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong! The correct answer is C.
Did you know?The opening scene in the lost South American temple in Raiders Of The Lost Ark is partly based on a classic Disney Ducks adventure helmed by the legendary artist, Carl Barks.

Exploring a lost temple, Donald Duck, his nephews, and Scrooge McDuck must evade a succession of booby traps, like flying darts, a decapitating blade, a huge boulder, a tunnel flooded with a torrent of gushing water, etc, in the story, The Prize of Pizarro (Uncle $crooge no 26, June-August 1959), which hit the newstands when Lucas and Spielberg were 15 and 12 years old respectively. Both men are avowed fans of the Barks comic books.

Correct!
Did you know?The opening scene in the lost South American temple in Raiders Of The Lost Ark is partly based on a classic Disney Ducks adventure helmed by the legendary artist, Carl Barks.

Exploring a lost temple, Donald Duck, his nephews, and Scrooge McDuck must evade a succession of booby traps, like flying darts, a decapitating blade, a huge boulder, a tunnel flooded with a torrent of gushing water, etc, in the story, The Prize of Pizarro (Uncle $crooge no 26, June-August 1959), which hit the newstands when Lucas and Spielberg were 15 and 12 years old respectively. Both men are avowed fans of the Barks comic books.

5. Which of these actors was not offered a leading role in Jurassic Park?
a. Nick Nolte
b. Juliette Binoche
c. Harrison Ford

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong! The correct answer is B.
Did you know? The glass of water sitting on the dash of the Ford Explorer was made to ripple using a guitar string that was attached to the underside of the dash beneath the glass.

In The Hunt for Red October, Sam Neill's character's dying words are, 'I would like to have seen Montana.' He gets his wish during the opening scene in Jurassic Park when his character, Dr Grant, is working at a dig in Montana.

Correct!
Did you know? The glass of water sitting on the dash of the Ford Explorer was made to ripple using a guitar string that was attached to the underside of the dash beneath the glass.

In The Hunt for Red October, Sam Neill's character's dying words are, 'I would like to have seen Montana.' He gets his wish during the opening scene in Jurassic Park when his character, Dr Grant, is working at a dig in Montana.

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Compiled by Raja Sen
Image: Uday Kuckian