Patriots and Loyalists on Film: Revolutionary War Movies Quiz


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How much do you know about the plots, actors and inspirations for the movies that depict America's War of Independence? Take our quiz to find out.

When did the American Revolutionary War begin?

On April 19, 1775, 77 armed minutemen exchanged fire with 700 British troops at the Battle of Lexington, launching the American Revolutionary War.

D.W. Griffith directed this 1909 silent short film about the American Revolution.

D.W. Griffith directed "The Hessian Renegades," a 1909 silent short film about the American Revolution.

Which Revolutionary War movie resulted in a 10-year prison sentence for the producer Robert Goldstein?

Robert Goldstein received a 10-year prison sentence for producing the Revolutionary War film "The Spirit of '76," which was released in 1917. Goldstein was convicted under the Espionage Act because the film depicts the British — our World War I allies at the time — unfavorably. Goldstein's sentence was later commuted to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

True or false: The 1922 Revolutionary War movie "Cardigan" stars the actor Buster Keaton.

The 1922 Revolutionary War film "Cardigan" stars William "Buster" Collier Jr. when he was at the height of his career.

The failure of which 1924 movie ended the reign of D.W. Griffith as Hollywood's preeminent director?

The box office failure of the 1924 film "America" is considered the end of D.W. Griffith's dominance as Hollywood's preeminent director.

Which Virginia statesman said, "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death"?

In a 1775 speech to the Virginia Congressional Convention, Virginia statesman Patrick Henry said this line. It was a line that would become oft-quoted in historical movies.

Which actor stars as the lead character Gil Martin in the Revolutionary War film "Drums Along the Mohawk"?

Actor Henry Fonda stars as the lead character Gil Martin in the Revolutionary War movie "Drums Along the Mohawk."

Which 1939 Revolutionary War short film features the biographical story of Haym Salomon?

The 1939 Revolutionary War short film "Sons of Liberty" features the biographical story of American patriot Haym Salomon. The film won an Oscar in 1940 for best short subject.

What was the release date of the Revolutionary War movie "The Howards of Virginia," which starred Cary Grant and Martha Scott?

"The Howards of Virginia" was released in the U.S. on Sept. 19, 1940.

Actor Cornel Wilde plays a Revolutionary War spy in which 1955 film?

Wilde plays Maj. John Boulton in "The Scarlet Coat."

Which actor stars as the fictional Virginia patriot John Fry in the orientation film "Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot"?

Actor Jack Lord stars in the Revolutionary era orientation film "Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot."

Which Revolutionary War movie served as the inspiration for Liberty Square at Walt Disney World?

The titular character in the Walt Disney movie "Johnny Tremain" is a patriot during the Revolutionary War.

Which 1959 Revolutionary War movie stars actor Robert Stack?

"John Paul Jones" stars actor Robert Stack as the film's titular character.

Which movie about the Revolutionary War stars Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier?

"The Devil's Disciple" was released in 1959.

Which film tells the true story of the French nobleman who provided aid to the Colonial army during the Revolutionary War?

The 1961 film "Lafayette" is about a French nobleman who provided money, weapons and soldiers to the Colonial army.

Which battle is considered the turning point of the Revolutionary War?

The Battles of Saratoga, two battles in 1777, are considered the turning point of the Revolutionary War. They led to the surrender of British Gen. John Burgoyne and the French government, as well as the recognition of American independence.

True or false: The movie "1776" is a film version of a Broadway musical comedy of the same name.

"1776," a film version of the eponymous Broadway musical, was nominated for the Oscar for best cinematography.

Which 1976 Revolutionary War short film was directed by John Huston?

The 30-minute film "Independence" revolves around the events that occurred in Philadelphia in the late 18th century.

This Revolutionary War television movie was inspired by a John Jakes novel.

The 1979 television movie "The Rebels" is based on a historical novel of the same name.

Which actor plays the leading character Tom Dobb in the movie "Revolution"?

Al Pacino plays Dobb, a trapper from New York who becomes involved in the Revolutionary War.

Actor Tommy Lee Jones stars in which 1988 Revolutionary War television movie?

"April Morning" is based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Howard Fast.

Which Revolutionary War movie was based on a George Bernard Shaw play of the same title.

In 1987, actor Patrick Stewart starred in the television movie "The Devil's Disciple."

Which actor plays the lead role of Benjamin Martin in the Revolutionary War film "The Patriot"?

Gibson plays Benjamin Martin, a farmer who fights in the Revolutionary War after his son is killed by a British officer.

Which Revolutionary War movie stars the actor Jeff Daniels as Gen. George Washington?

"The Crossing" depicts Washington and his forces crossing the Delaware River to Trenton, New Jersey.

Which Continental Navy commander said, "I have not yet begun to fight"?

During a September 1779 battle, John Paul Jones responded to British demands that he surrender by saying this.

In the 2003 television movie "Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor," which actor plays the title character?

Quinn plays Arnold, a general during the Revolutionary War who defected to the British army.

The Revolutionary War television series "TURN: Washington's Spies" is based loosely on which real-life ring of spies?

The Culper spy ring was established by head of the Continental Army's secret service, Benjamin Tallmadge.

True or false: Filming of the Revolutionary War television miniseries "Sons of Liberty" was done outside the United States.

Filming took place exclusively in Romania.

Which 2015 Revolutionary War movie tells the story of a former British East India Co. mercenary?

In "Beyond the Mask," the mercenary changes sides and fights for the Colonies.

Which treaty officially ended the American Revolutionary War?

The Treaty of Paris was signed on Sept. 3, 1783.

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