Steven Spielberg by Longford

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Spielberg is celebrating 50 years of filmmaking. Questions about his life and career.

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Questions:

While a teenager, Spielberg would often sneak onto this studio lot. He eventually got an unpaid internship before being offered a director's job at the television department at age 20. What was the studio?

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Universal

His first film was a short about 2 young people hitchhiking together. The title later became the name of his production company. What was this film?

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Amblin'

His first commercial movie was a TV movie about a motorist being terrorized by an unseen trucker. What was the title of this movie starring Dennis Weaver?

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Duel

His first theatrical release starred Goldie Hawn. It was based upon a true story of a couple heading to at town in Texas to retrieve their children. What was this film?

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The Sugarland Express

His next movie was the massive hit "Jaws". Who was the author of the book "Jaws" , who had a cameo in the movie?

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Peter Benchley

"Jaws" was riddled with production problems. Weather, and notoriously, a mechanical shark that would not work. What was the nickname of the shark, named after Spielberg's lawyer?

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Bruce

Spielberg worked with "Jaws" star Richard Dreyfuss again on "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". At what Wyoming landmark does the film's climax take place? Dreyfuss creates a model of it in his living room.

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Devil's Tower

"1941" was the first film by Spielberg that was not a huge commercial or critical success.The story of the West Coast immediately after Pearl Harbor, it stars 2 actors from Saturday Night Live. Name both actors.

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John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" was a huge hit and the start of a massive Indiana Jones franchise. Who played Marion Ravenwood, Indiana's love interest?

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Karen Allen

E.T. phone home. What actor played the mysterious nameless government agent, listed only as "Keys" in the credits, for the keys he carries on him?

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Peter Coyote

Spielberg was introduced to his first wife by Brian DePalma, who directed her in one of his biggest movies. Who was this actress?

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Amy Irving

Spielberg met his second wife while filming "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". Who is is second and current wife?

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Kate Capshaw

Spielberg was one of 4 directors to direct a segment in the movie "Twilight Zone". The movie is most famous for the death of what actor, along with 2 child actors during the filming of a helicopter stunt?

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Vic Morrow

"The Color Purple" was a change in style for Spielberg's and his first "serious" movie. Who wrote the book "The Color Purple"?

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Alice Walker

Spielberg has a stellar reputation for working with child actors. What child actor, now world famous, starred in "Empire of the Sun"?

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Christian Bale

"Always" starring Richard Dreyfuss again, was a remake of a World War II movie starring Spencer Tracy. What was the original movie titled?

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A Guy named Joe

"Saving Private Ryan" was a commercial and critical success. In one of the bigger Oscar snubs, it did not win Best Picture. What film did win?

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Shakespeare in Love

"Amistad" is based on a true story of slaves who take over the ship La Amistad. What historical figure (depicted by Anthony Hopkins) helped defend the abducted men?

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John Quincy Adams

Duh Duh. Duh Duh. What composer worked on numerous Spielberg movies and won Oscars for scores for 3 movies including "Jaws",

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John Williams

"Minority Report" stars Tom Cruise as a policeman who stops "pre-crimes". The movie is based upon what author's book?

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Philip K Dick