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William Friedkin

written by: tojoyamoto
 
How much do you know about this director, producer and screenwriter?

Question 1:


William Friedkin was born in Chicago. Illinois in 1935. He became fascinated with movies after watching this film as a boy.
The Lady from Shanghai
The Man with the Golden Arm
Rio Bravo
Citizen Kane

Question 2:


William Friedkin began his directorial career doing documentaries and live TV shows. He won several awards for this documentary about a death-row inmate.
A Measured Life
Retribution
The People vs. Paul Crump
An Execution

Question 3:


William Friedkin moved to Hollywood in 1965. In 1967 he released his first feature, Good Times, starring this famous duo.
Elvis Presley and Nancy Sinatra
Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye
Sonny and Cher
The Captain and Tennille

Question 4:


William Friedkin directed several "art" films after Good Times, including the Golden Globe-nominated film version of this off-Broadway play written by Mart Crowley.
The Boys in the Band
The Me Nobody Knows
Rizzo
Cry for Us All

Question 5:


1971's The French Connection was the first R-rated movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture since the introduction of the MPAA film rating system.
False
True

Question 6:


William Friedkin vehemently opposed the casting of Gene Hackman in The French Connection. Which of these actors were NOT considered to play Popeye Doyle?
Paul Newman
Lee Marvin
Jackie Gleason
Steve McQueen

Question 7:


Warner Brothers approached many directors before signing William Friedkin to direct The Exorcist. Which of these directors was NOT approached?
Stanley Kubrick
Mike Nichols
John Schlesinger
Peter Bogdanovich

Question 8:


During filming of The Exorcist, William Friedkin employed many D.W. Griffith-esque manipulations to get desired performances. What did Friedkin do to Reverend William O'Malley before the take of him reading last rites to Father Karras?
Slapped him in the face
Fired a gun without warning
Informed him that his dog had just passed away
Spun him around 20 times

Question 9:


In what year was The Exorcist released?
1970
1971
1973
1972

Question 10:


In 1977 William Friedkin released this remake of the 1953 French film Le Salaire de la Peur. Steve McQueen was the director's first choice for the film.
Cruising
Network
Sorcerer
All the President's Men

Question 11:


In 1978 William Friedkin directed The Brink's Job. The movie was based on the 1950 armed robbery of the Brinks Building in which almost $3 million was stolen. Where did the robbery take place?
Boston, MA
Baltimore, MD
New York City, NY
Pittsburgh, PA

Question 12:


In 1980 William Friedkin released Cruising, a controversial movie about a serial killer who targets gay men during the 1970s. What actor starred as Officer Steve Burns in this movie?
Richard Gere
Robert DeNiro
Al Pacino
Dustin Hoffman

Question 13:


In 1983 William Friedkin released this movie that was presented as "a latter-day Dr. Strangelove" and was blasted by critics.
Once Upon A Time In America
Deal of the Century
Finders Keepers
Cannonball Run

Question 14:


In 1985 William Friedkin directed To Live and Die in L.A. It was based on the novel written by former Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich, who co-wrote the screenplay with Friedkin. Who plays master counterfeiter Rick Masters in this movie?
Willem Dafoe
Christopher Walken
John Turturro
Michael Douglas

Question 15:


After fairly positive reviews and minor financial success with 1987's Rampage and 1990's The Guardian, in 1994 William Friedkin released this movie starring David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, and Chazz Palminteri.
Kiss of Death
The Last Seduction
Unforgettable
Jade

Question 16:


In 2000 William Friedkin directed the movie Rules of Engagement, about a marine colonel who is brought to court-martial after he orders his troops to fire into a crowd in Yemen. Which two actors starred in this movie?
Denzel Washington and Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins and Meg Ryan
Jack Nicholson and Kevin Bacon
Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones

Question 17:


William Friedkin directed a 2007 episode of this TV drama in which he again worked with To Live and Die in L.A.'s star William Petersen.
Law and Order
Without a Trace
Law and Order: Criminal Intent
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Question 18:


In 2007, William Friedkin directed Bug, a film based on the play by Tracy Letts. The Boston Herald's Stephen Schaefer called the movie "One of the most disturbing horror movies imaginable." What actress starred in this movie?
Liv Tyler
Ashley Judd
Naomi Watts
Nicole Kidman

 


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