Do You Know Around Which Holiday These Movies Are Set?

J. Reinoehl

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About This Quiz

Christmas isn’t the only holiday that gets movie treatments. Some movies, like "Halloween," are easy to guess, but others, like "Little Women" (1994), which is set around Christmas, just have the holiday playing in the background. Do you know when all of these movies take place? Find out by taking this quiz.

Around which holiday is "Home Alone" set?

“How can you give Kris Kringle a parking ticket on Christmas Eve? What’s next? Rabies shots for the Easter Bunny?”

"The Wicker Man" is set around which holiday?

Although the film is set in the spring, financial difficulties forced the studio to rush production. Most of the film was shot in Scotland in the fall.

Around which holiday is "Scary Movie" set?

“Go ahead. Call the cops. But you might want to check the back door first—you forgot to lock it.” –The Killer, "Scary Movie"

Which of the following movies is set around the Fourth of July?

When the film crew was testing the helicopter that was rigged as the “Welcome Wagon” in the movie, more than 150 California residents called the police. They believed it was a real UFO.

"Free Birds" is set around which holiday?

"Well, we can save the day with pizza." "Yes! That looks way better than corn." Television Announcer and Reggie, "Free Birds"

"When Harry Met Sally" is set around which holiday?

Throughout the movie are “How We Met” interludes. These stories are real (based on Rob Reiner interviewing actual couples), but actors retold them.

Around which holiday is "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" set?

“You’ve heard of the fury of a woman scorned, haven’t you? …Well, that’s nothing compared to the fury of a woman who has been cheated out of trick-or-treats.” Linus, "It’s the Great Pumpkin," Charlie Brown

Around which holiday is "Die Hard" set?

Three of the "Die Hard" movies are set around a holiday: "Die Hard" and "Die Hard II" are set at Christmas, and "Live Free or Die Hard" is set during the Fourth of July.

Which of the following movies is set around Thanksgiving?

“Group W is where they put ya if you may not be moral enough to join the army after committin' your special crime. There was all kinds of mean, nasty ugly-lookin' people on the bench there. There was mother rapers... father stabbers... father rapers... Father rapers! Sittin' right there on the bench next to me!” Arlo Guthrie, "Alice’s Restaurant"

"Jaws" is set around which holiday?

"Jaws" was based, in part, on two real-life incidents. In Matawan, New Jersey in 1916, a shark attacked five people in 12 days. Prior to this event, scientists believed sharks would not attack humans. The second event happened in 1964 when Frank Mundus harpooned a 4,500-pound shark that was 17-1/2 feet long.

"The Poseidon Adventure" (1971) is set around which holiday?

“They’re suppositories, Mr. Rogo. You don’t swallow them.” “Then what… do you do with them?” –Nurse Gina Rowe and Mike Rogo, "The Poseidon Adventure"

Around which holiday is "Steel Magnolias" set?

"Steel Magnolias" was one of the top-grossing films of 1989. It was based on a play by Robert Harling. Harling based the play on his sister’s life.

Around which holiday is "The Ref" set?

“What is the matter with you? I thought mothers were sweet and nice and patient. I know loan sharks who are more forgiving than you.”

Around which holiday is "Trading Places" set?

The idea for millionaires Randolph and Mortimer Duke was based on two doctors the screenwriter knew. They were brothers who constantly had a sibling rivalry going when they played tennis.

"Grumpy Old Men" is set around which holiday?

“Do me a favor. Put your lip over your head and swallow.” Max Goldman, "Grumpy Old Men"

"Earnest Scared Stupid" is set around which holiday?

Jim Varney created the character of Ernest for more than 6,000 commercials before he released "Ernest Goes to Camp" in 1987. "Ernest Scared Stupid" (1991) was the last box-office release in the series to do well (it ranked #4 in sales on its opening weekend).

Which of the following movies is set around Halloween?

"No license, no registration, no plates, no headlights, no taillights, no WHEELS, and I caught you going 3,000 miles per hour. That’s… 2,945 miles per hour in excess of the posted limit.” “Great. There goes my insurance.” –Deputy Pillsbury and Blaznee, "Spaced Invaders"

Which of the following movies is set around Easter?

There have been four movies adapted from the 1880 best-selling book by Lew Wallace. The first was a 15-minute production in 1907 and the most loved is the 1959 version with Charlton Heston.

"Son-In-Law" is set around which holiday?

"Let’s just get the rules straight here. There’ll be absolutely no partying in this hall between the hours of five and six in the morning without my express written permission. Okay? Cool. Carry on.” Crawl, "Son-In-Law"

Around which holiday is "Sleepless in Seattle" set?

Initially, Tom Hanks turned down "Sleepless in Seattle." But after Nora Ephron rewrote the script, he accepted.

Around which holiday is "I Know What You Did Last Summer" set?

“Oh, you got a letter? I got run over! Helen gets her hair chopped off! Julie gets a body in her trunk, and you get a letter? That’s balanced!”

Around which holiday is "E. T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" set?

In part, "E. T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" is based on Steven Spielberg’s childhood. He initially wanted to make a film called "Growing Up" that dealt with his parents' divorce and how he felt alienated growing up Jewish in a Gentile neighborhood.

"The Music Man" is set around which holiday?

“Join us at the picnic! You can eat your fill of all the food you bring yourself.” –from the song “Iowa Stubborn” in "The Music Man"

"The Crow" is set near which holiday?

Brandon Lee was killed in one of many accidents that occurred on the set just days before the film was finished. As a result, it was dropped by Paramount and almost never finished.

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop" is set around which holiday?

“This lemonade is insane!” “That’s because it’s a margarita, Paul.” –Paul Blart and Vijay, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

Around which holiday is "Gremlins" set?

"Gremlins" was a spec script written as a writing sample. It found its way into Steven Spielberg’s hands and he was impressed with how original the idea was.

Which of the following movies is set around the Christmas?

“For some time now, every time I pass the cemetery, I feel as though I’m apartment hunting.” –Professor Wutheridge, "The Bishop’s Wife" (1947)

Around which holiday is "The Fugitive" set?

"The Fugitive" earned Tommy Lee Jones his first (and currently only) Oscar. It earned $183 million domestically and a little more in foreign markets, ranking #1 in ticket sales its opening weekend.

"Grown Ups" is set around which holiday?

“…Your dad has won over 50 games with that shot.” “Really? Because that shot doesn’t work on the Wii.” –Eric Lamonsoff and Greg Fender, "Grown Ups"

Around which holiday is "It’s a Wonderful Life" set?

Donna Reed’s daughter, Mary Owen, devoted her life to preserving the history behind the film. She frequently introduces the annual screening of the film at New York’s IFC Center.

Which of the following movies is set around the Thanksgiving?

“I don’t care for caviar. I made it a policy never to eat something a fish deposits in a riverbed.” –Dutch, "Dutch"

Around which holiday is "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" set?

John Hughes entered the film world through National Lampoon and was responsible for the "National Lampoon’s Vacation" movie. He spent much of the '80s writing Brat Pack movies like "Sixteen Candles," but began to branch out with movies like "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles."

"End of Days" is set around which holiday?

“I’ve seen a lot, but nothing would ever make me cut out my tongue.” “Wait a few days.” –Jericho Cane and Father Kovak, "The End of Days"

"My Girl" is set around which holiday?

The screenwriter, Laurice Elehwany, knew a girl growing up who lived in a funeral parlor. Elehwany decided to write about what it would be like coming home to corpses as part of a final for film school.

Which of the following movies is set around Halloween?

“It’s a full moon tonight. That’s when all the weirdoes are out.” -Dani, "Hocus Pocus"

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