POP QUIZ: UNINTENTIONAL DOUBLE FEATURE (answers)

Proving that she spends way too much time watching movies, Dee Dee takes top honours this week with a perfect 10/10. That’s a much better rating than a lot of these films got. Nice work, Dee Dee!

Given the year and a brief description of each film, name BOTH “Twin Films” (in order!).

1) 1964 – Henry Fonda plays the President of the USA, dealing with cold-war tension and an accidental nuclear first-strike – AND – Peter Sellers plays the President of the USA, dealing with cold-war tension and an accidental nuclear first-strike.
2) 1973 – Victor Garber plays Jesus in a film adaptation of a Broadway musical – AND – Ted Neeley plays Jesus in a film adaptation of a Broadway musical.
3) 1979 – Klaus Kinski plays a vampire who seduces and feeds off the love-interest of his real estate agent – AND – Frank Lengella plays a vampire who seduces and feeds off the love-interest of his real estate agent.
4) 1986 – Tom Cruise plays a young, rebellious fighter-pilot – AND – Jason Gedrick plays a young, rebellious fighter-pilot.
5) 1986 – Telly Savalas is the voice of the villain in a cartoon about robots, based on a TV cartoon, itself based on a line of toys – AND – Leonard Nimoy is the voice of the villain in a cartoon about robots, based on a TV cartoon, itself based on a line of toys.
6) 1989 – Tom Hanks plays a California police detective assigned a dog as a partner – AND – Jim Belushi plays a California police detective assigned a dog as a partner.
7) 1991 – Patrick Bergan plays a nobleman-turned-outlaw who takes up arms against Norman nobility in post-Crusades England – AND – Kevin Costner plays a nobleman-turned-outlaw who takes up arms against Norman nobility in post-Crusades England (full titles, please)
8) 1992 – GĂ©rard Depardieu plays a 15th century explorer who entirely fails to find a western passage to Asia – AND – Georges Corraface plays a 15th century explorer who entirely fails to find a western passage to Asia
9) 1995 – Non-Scottish Mel Gibson plays a Scottish hero who fights the English – AND – Non-Scottish Liam Neeson plays a Scottish hero who fights the English
10) 2010 – Will Farrell voices an animated bad-guy who turns out to be not so bad – AND – Steve Carrell voices an animated bad-guy who turns out to be not so bad.

1) FAIL-SAFE and DR STRANGELOVE
2) GODSPELL and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
3) NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE and DRACULA
4) TOP GUN and IRON EAGLE
5) GOBOTS: BATTLE OF THE ROCK LORDS (accept: GOBOTS) and TRANSFORMERS THE MOVIE
6) TURNER & HOOCH and K-9
7) ROBIN HOOD and ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES
8) 1492 CONQUEST OF PARADISE and CHISTOPHER COLUMBUS THE DISCOVERY
9) BRAVEHEART and ROB ROY
10) MEGA MIND and DESPICABLE ME

The Wiki entry on Twin Films (from which all of the above were taken) lists 54 such pairs, with side notes indicating that some of the pairs are actually trios, quartets, or in one case sextuplets. “DeepStar Six”, “Leviathan”, “The Abyss”, “The Evil Below”, “Lords Of The Deep” and “The Rift” all came out in 1989 and are all about new life forms discovered by deep-ocean explorers. Spoiler: The new life forms are often unfriendly.

Comparing “twin films” to each other is a favourite internet passtime. A google search for the phrase “Dante’s Peak vs Volcano” (both volcano disaster movies released in 1997) yielded 137,000 results. The general consensus? Both are pretty terrible.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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