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The Perrys 2016 Christmas Quiz

This autumn, a film was released at the cinema, which must have had the most unusual titles ever for a thriller; "The Accountant".
"Why would anyone go to see a film about an accountant dad?" said my eldest son.  "I bet it's really boring!"  "Fair point!" I conceded " But it does star Ben Affleck and his previous role was Batman as he took on Superman and involves guns and car chases, so it might be good".
Anyway, we didn't go and see it, partly as it's a 15 certificate and my boys are not yet 15 and partly, as my youngest desperately wanted to go and see Trolls, a film "starring" those funny plastic toys with spikey hair, popular in the 1970s!
But it did get me thinking...how many other films have an occupation in the title.  See if you can identify some (without googling!) from the clues below:


  1. 1976 classic starring Robert De Niro.
  2. There are four occupations in the title of this 2011 thriller.
  3. Rob Reiner directed this 1995 film starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening (particularly topical in 2016?)
  4. There are four films in this series, the first released in 1984 and the last in 2016.
  5. In 2002, this film starred James Spader as Mr Grey and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Lee.
  6. This film directed by, and starring, Kevin Costner received a rating score of 9% from Rotten Tomatoes.  (Not exactly a "Dances with Wolves" Kevin).
  7. Conversely, this 1980's release starring Cissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones received a review score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
  8. This 2002 musical biopic was directed by Roman Polanski.
  9. Pierce Brosnan carried out his occupation in this Central American country in 2001.
  10. This 1996 film had the same lead actor as in number 4.  More academic than law enforcement!
  11. This 2005 adaptation of a John le Carre novel stars the actor who also played Lord Voldemort  in the Harry Potter films.
  12. A romantic comedy about a man who has taught his animals how to win the heart of his ex-girlfriend.  Really?
  13. Now I would be far too tight to employ this person but some would think it was a necessity.  2001 film starring Jennifer Lopez.
  14. 1-2, 1-2 is the only clue you are going to get for this film starring Meatloaf.
  15. 1999 sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron.
  16. Film adaptation of the James M. Cain novel was made in 1946 and again in 1981, the latter film starring Jack Nicholson.
  17. I'm not sure if this is strictly an occupation but this 2006 film starred Helen Mirren in the title role.
  18. This 1976 sequel to the 1975 film, All Creatures Great and Small, starred John Alderton as James Herriott. 
  19. And last but not least, at this time of year, this 1985 film starred English actor Dudley Moore, not in the title role but as an "eager-to-please" elf.
I hope that you have enjoyed this and if you want to know the answers, please email me at hale@perry-company.co.uk.
Now I'm off to see when The Accountant is released on DVD.  I can't wait!
Quiz compiled by Steve Hale

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