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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 Man with the Golden Arm
The Lady from Shanghai
Citizen Kane
Rio Bravo

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
An Execution
The People vs. Paul Crump

Question 3:

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

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 Me Nobody Knows
The Boys in the Band
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.

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?
Jackie Gleason
Steve McQueen
Lee Marvin
Paul Newman

Question 7:

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

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?
Fired a gun without warning
Slapped him in the face
Spun him around 20 times
Informed him that his dog had just passed away

Question 9:

In what year was The Exorcist released?

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.
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?
Baltimore, MD
Pittsburgh, PA
New York City, NY
Boston, MA

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?
Al Pacino
Robert DeNiro
Dustin Hoffman
Richard Gere

Question 13:

In 1983 William Friedkin released this movie that was presented as "a latter-day Dr. Strangelove" and was blasted by critics.
Deal of the Century
Once Upon A Time In America
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
Michael Douglas
John Turturro
Christopher Walken

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

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?
Jack Nicholson and Kevin Bacon
Denzel Washington and Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins and Meg Ryan
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.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Law and Order: Criminal Intent
Law and Order
Without a Trace

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?
Naomi Watts
Ashley Judd
Liv Tyler
Nicole Kidman


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