Brain Teaser – Famous Movie Quotes


This brainteaser is about famous things that were said in films. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online.

1. Which British spy favoured his martini to be “shaken, not stirred” in a long-running series of stunt-filled films?

2. Which actor said he “could’ve been a contender” in the 1954 film “On the Waterfront”?

3. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine!” Humphrey Bogart said this in which 1942 film?

4. Which Swedish-born film star said “I want to be alone” in the 1932 film “Grand Hotel”?

5. Joe E. Brown said “Nobody’s perfect!” in which 1959 film?

6. Which American actress is credited with a host of comic one-liners full of sexual innuendo, such as “It’s not the men in my life that counts – it’s the life in my men”?

7. In the first talking motion picture “The Jazz Singer”, who said “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet”?

8. Complete this line from the 1939 film “Gone With the Wind”, uttered by Clark Gable: “Frankly, my dear,…”

9. Who wrote the line “May the Force be with you” for the 1977 film “Star Wars”?

10. In the 1951 film “A Streetcar Named Desire”, which actress said “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”?

How did you do?0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

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Brain Teaser – Oscars


This brainteaser is about Oscars, which can mean people called Oscar, or the annual awards made by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Need help? Try using Credo Reference to find the answers.

1. Name the Irish writer whose first name was Oscar and who wrote “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “The Importance of Being Earnest”.

2. Which American actor won an Oscar for the film “On the Waterfront” but refused the award for “The Godfather” in protest at the film industry’s treatment of American Indians?

3. The Academy Award’s statuette reportedly got its name of “Oscar” because a librarian said it reminded her of a relative called Oscar. Was this relative her father, son or uncle?

4. Which US film actress won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in “Erin Brockovich” (2000)?

5. In 2008, which film directed by Danny Boyle won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director?

6. Which actor was the first black actor to win an Academy Award for a leading role, in “Lilies of the Field” (1963)?

7. Who won an Academy Award for best screenplay for his adaptation of his own “Pygmalion” (1938)?

8. Give the full name of the man called Oscar who teamed up with Richard Rodgers to write the musicals “Oklahoma!”, “Carousel” and “The Sound of Music”.

9. Which film director won two Oscars for “The Lost Weekend” and three for “The Apartment”?

10. In 1987, which country’s President was Oscar Arias Sanchez, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prze for his efforts to end the civil wars in Central America?

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

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Movies Resource


“I’m looking for what a woman wants”
(The patron was looking for the movie, “What Women Want,” starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.)

Marilyn Swan
Effingham Public Library
Effingham, NH

The Virtual Library has just added the newest edition of VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever which contains the most extensive listing of movies available on video and DVD – more than 23,000 in all – and a multitude of cross-referencing within its 10 primary indexes. Each new edition includes 1,000 new movies, expanded indexing, a fresh new introduction and more of the beloved categories including this romantic comedy from 2000 in which Mel Gibson’s performance “…especially when he’s doing his neo Rat Pack act, makes up for the overindulgences.”

Finding a Movie


“Can you recommend a DVD drama that will make me laugh – one that my wife hasn’t seen?”

VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever contains the most extensive listing of movies available on video and DVD – more than 23,000 in all – and a multitude of cross-referencing within its 10 primary indexes. Each new edition includes 1,000 new movies, expanded indexing, a fresh new introduction and more of the beloved categories.

You can find this resource on Databases A-Z letters T-Z or On Search by Topic under Arts & Entertainment.

Eat, Pray, Love


Yesterday, (Friday)  the movie adaption of  Eat, Pray, Love, a memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, took  Julia Roberts on an incredible journey of self-discovery.

Gilbert’s illustration of scenic Italy and Bali is what I hope to see displayed as beautiful landscapes in the film. Gilbert’s dedication to modern India is intricately descriptive and I’m anxious to see if these small details (architecture, food, etc) will shine through on the screen. And of course, I’m dying to see Javier Bardem in his role as the Italian love interest. Will it be as hot and steamy as it is in the book?

Eat, Pray, Love is one of many books in the OverDrive catalog that are now finding their way into the wonderful world of movies. 

What are your thoughts about adapting books into movies? Does the movie ever live up to the book?