Now it’s time to wrap up the finale of my two part Top 10 Steven Spielberg series. There should be some very familiar ones along with some surprises.
Thank you to Google Images, You Tube, Wikipedia and IMDB for the assistance in putting this list together. The usual fun trivia is included.
Here is Part I if you want a refresher to see where the list started at.
10 The Terminal (2004)
Question – For all of the lady readers this one is specifically for you. When Amelia is doing her makeup at the table while sitting with Viktor what is the name of the compact she uses?
There were dual storylines that had me going from hope to cringing often within a few seconds of each other more than once. I so pulled for Viktor’s growing affection of Amelia being the hopeful romantic. Yet at the same time he was trapped in a horrid Rubik’s Cube of international red tape. Though his heart was broken on the former he finally saw his dream come true of fulfilling a wish for his father on the latter.
Answer – Elizabeth Arden of which Catherine Zeta-Jones is a spokesman for.
Tom Hanks – Viktor Navorski
Catherine Zeta-Jones – Amelia Warren
Stanley Tucci – Frank Dixon
Chi McBride – Joe Mulroy
Diego Luna – Enrique Cruz
Kumar Pallana – Gupta Rajan
Zoë Saldana – Dolores Torres
9 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Question – Barry, the little boy, was totally surprised by the extraterrestrials and had a bewildered look on his face that transitioned to a beaming smile. What really happened?
This movie was easily the first and best of the sc-fi genre in 25 years. There is a triangle of characters with the exuberance of a little boy who is captured. A horrified mother who must rescue him. And an unrelated, disenchanted father and husband who joins forces with them as he’s found a vision quest for the first time in his life. We all know it ends up being nothing short of spectacular in the climax.
Answer – Spielberg had two crew members hide in boxes off camera, one in a clown suit and one in a gorilla suit. One popped out, then the other as the cameras rolled, catching young Cary Guffey’s bewildered reaction. Spielberg then whispered to the gorilla to remove his mask, eliciting a smile from Guffey. Pretty cool, huh?
Richard Dreyfuss – Roy Neary
François Truffaut – Claude Lacombe
Melinda Dillon – Jillian Guiler
Cary Guffey – Barry Guiler
Teri Garr – Veronica “Ronnie” Neary
8 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Question – Ironically, I’ve read a couple of posts from my travel blogging friends recently on their trips to Tunisia. During filming there everyone in the cast and crew got sick, except for Spielberg. How did he avoid falling ill?
June of 1981 and I still remember walking out of the theater just like I did after Star Wars saying, “That was the most incredible movie ever!” My buddies and I turned right around and went back inside to watch the next showing of it 30 minutes later. Adventure, mystery, romance and what we all want in our lives: a hero to root for and live through vicariously.
Answer – He only ate one food which he intentionally brought with him to that location. That was cans and cans of nothing but Spaghetti-O’s.
Harrison Ford -Indiana Jones
Karen Allen -Marion Ravenwood
Paul Freeman -Dr René Belloq
John Rhys – Davies -Sallah
Denholm Elliott -Dr Marcus Brody
7 Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Question – The lead group of actors had to go through a lengthy, grueling army training program prior to filming except for Matt Damon. Why did he get a excusal note?
Studying World War II and specifically the European Theater has been a hobby most of my adult life so this was right in my wheelhouse of interest. It became painfully obvious in the storyline that the needs of the one outweighed the needs of the many. One of my favorite moments was when Captain Miller revealed he was a school teacher back home.
Answer – He was spared the training so that the other actors would resent him and it was excellently conveyed in their performances. For reals!
Tom Hanks – Captain John H. Miller
Matt Damon – Private First Class James Francis Ryan, paratrooper
Tom Sizemore – Technical Sergeant Mike Horvath
Edward Burns – Private First Class Richard Reiben, automatic rifleman
Vin Diesel – Private First Class Adrian Caparzo,rifleman
Giovanni Ribisi – Technician Fourth Grade Irwin Wade, medic
Jeremy Davies – Technician Fifth Grade Timothy E. Upham, cartographer
Harrison Young – James Francis Ryan, present day
Ted Danson – Captain Fred Hamill, pathfinder
6 Jaws (1975)
Question – This one is really good. Several decades later, Lee Fierro, who plays Mrs Kinter, walked into a seafood restaurant and noticed that the menu had an “Alex Kintner Sandwich”. What happened when the owner of the restaurant ran out to meet her?
What I will always remember first about Jaws is my buddy and I being dropped off late by my dad. We walked in from a bright June day to a dark theater where the previews had already started and our eyes had not adjusted. I sat down in an enormous lady’s lap, knocking over her popcorn and she mamma-slapped me upside the back of the head, “Son, you best move your hiney right this second!” My nerves were fried before the scary shark movie even started.
Answer – It was none other than Jeffrey Voorhees, who had played her son. They hadn’t seen or talked to each other since the original movie shoot.
Roy Scheider – Police Chief Martin Brody
Robert Shaw – Quint
Richard Dreyfuss – Matt Hooper
Peter Benchley – Reporter
5 Jurassic Park (1993)
Question – Due to rain the full-sized T-rex malfunctioned sometimes. How did Producer Kathleen Kennedy recall these events?
The above video is one my favorite movie teasers ever for music. It just builds and builds into a thunderous crescendo. The movie did the same thing and introduced us to the magical possibility of those majestic creatures in our history. Yet, as Ian presented so prophetically – be careful what you wish for.
Answer – She said, “The T-rex went into the heebie-jeebies sometimes. Scared the crap out of us. We’d be, like, eating lunch, and all of a sudden a T-rex would come alive. At first we didn’t know what was happening and you’ld hear people start screaming. Then we realized it was the rain.”
Sam Neill – Dr Alan Grant
Laura Dern – Dr Ellie Sattler
Jeff Goldblum – Dr Ian Malcolm
Richard Attenborough – John Hammond
Martin Ferrero – Donald Gennaro
Wayne Knight – Dennis Nedry
Samuel L Jackson – Ray Arnold
4 Always (1989)
Question – Pete nervously whistles the tune from which theme song of a doomed man?
In my many regards this could be my all time favorite Spielberg movie. It is a constant reminder of my Dad who had flying taken away from him far too early. My lifelong belief in angels. The difficulty of letting go. A constant hope for rapturous love that has evaded me with a girl. You are only limited by your imagination.
Answer – That an Irish jig titled “Garry Owen” which was the official song of the Seventh Cavalry of the U.S. Army. For anyone who took American History that military unit might ring a bell for you. The calvary under General Custer.
Richard Dreyfuss – Pete Sandich
Holly Hunter – Dorinda Durston
John Goodman – Al Yackey
Brad Johnson – Ted Baker
Audrey Hepburn – Hap
Keith David – Powerhouse
Marg Helgenberger – Rachel
3 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Question – For the entire shooting sequence on the Zepplin, Connery and Ford wore what?
Answer – It was actually what they didn’t wear as they had no trousers on the entire time in the very hot studio and Connery didn’t want to sweat too much.
Harrison Ford – Dr Indiana Jones
River Phoenix – Indiana Jones (aged 13)
Sean Connery – Professor Henry Jones
Alex Hyde-White – Young Henry
Denholm Elliott – Dr Marcus Brody
Alison Doody – Dr Elsa Schneider
Julian Glover – Walter Donovan
Robert Eddison – Frail Knight
Michael Sheard – Adolf Hitler (uncredited)
2 Schindler’s List
Question – Who places the flower on top the stones in the closing credits?
An added bit of trivia that added more venom on my part to the movie’s story and brilliant by Spielberg was this. He was not paid for this film. He refused to accept a salary, citing that it would be “blood money”. I loved hearing that part and it was undercurrent to the whole production of the message we saw on the screen. We all have our triggers in life that bring out the ire within and I have mine. One of them are any sort of holocausts. I’ve never seen a more brilliant yet emotionally draining film in my entire life to date.
Answer – It is Liam Neeson and not Steven Spielberg, as some people think.
Liam Neeson – Oskar Schindler
Ben Kingsley – Itzhak Stern
Ralph Fiennes – Amon Goeth
Caroline Goodall – Emilie Schindler
1 War Horse
Question – What was Spielberg most proud about with this film?
Ironically, Finder (the horse playing Joey) was the same horse the played Seabiscuit which is also a huge favorite movie of mine. This movie struck a deep chord within my animal lover heart of a horse showing such devotion and loyalty. A display of hope and determination of the highest bravery with impossible odds and a horse persevered and lastly was reunited. I was absolutely bawling.
Answer – There were only a total of 9 seconds (read that again) of digital effects used to ensure the safety of Joey. He said, “Everything you see on-screen really happened.”
Jeremy Irvine – Albert Narracott
Emily Watson – Rose Narracott
Peter Mullan – Ted Narracott
Niels Arestrup – Grandfather
Tom Hiddleston – Captain James Nicholls
Benedict Cumberbatch – Major Jamie Stewart
What was your favorite movie of the group or did I accidentally omit your choice in either Part 1 or Part 2?
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