The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive
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Welcome. Yes, the coding is gleefully retro here - who knew that websites could look "so 1998". But here we focus our geekery elsewhere: on movies, and more specifically, on the chronology of all movies, pasted together in a big list. Keep your submissions coming in! You make this. The list runs on one simple premise: that everything you see in the movies is true - the real mixes with the fictitious, so long as it's reported in a movie somewhere. So do join in - the above left links should help you Submit the event from the film you'd like, although do a Search first - we may well have it already!
NEWS! We have a Twitter account. Follow @MovieTimeline. You'll then be treated to one 'event' a day from the world of movie history - some'll be real world stuff, some'll be the world of fiction.
I recently blogged about my personally handpicked journey through history in 100 movies. Do click and read. It's in 3 parts, so click on the links at the bottom after part 1.
Today in movie history...
1588: 8th August: Spanish Armada. (English Channel - Billy Madison)
1922: Tuesday 8th August: Alberto Granado, future friend to Che Guevara, is born. (The Motorcycle Diaries)
1939: Tuesday 8th August: Nazis sink a troop ship. (Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror)
1944: Tuesday 8th August: Erwin von Witzleben executed for his part in the assassination attempt on Hitler. (Germany - Valkyrie)
1946: Thursday 8th August: A child is born. (Gatlin, Nebraska - Children of the Corn)
1952: Friday 8th August: Alberto Granado's actual 30th birthday. (The Motorcycle Diaries)
1965: Sunday 8th August: A nineteen-year-old is sacrificed. (Gatlin, Nebraska - Children of the Corn)
1974: Thursday 8th August: Brad Majors' car breaks down and he and Janet Weiss encounter alien beings in a large mansion. (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
1979: Wednesday 8th August: The Blues Brothers have a gig at the Palace Hotel Ballroom. (Joliet, IL - The Blues Brothers)
1995: Tuesday 8th August: A documentary featuring former boxer Dicky Eklund and his crack cocaine addiction airs on HBO. (The Fighter)
2004: Sunday 8th August: Bethany Hamilton wins Teen Choice "Courage Award." (Soul Surfer)
Here are a few recent films we've put in their chronological place...
You can explore the dates on the left-hand bar to see discover...
When Harry Met Sally - that'll be 1977.
The Day The Bubble Burst - it was a Tuesday.
The Day The Earth Stood Still - that was a Wednesday.
Employee of the Month - that month was November 2006.
Hogwarts was founded just 61 years after King Arthur sought the Holy Grail by storming a castle with a large wooden rabbit.
Plus the coincidences, for instance...
- Gangs of New York's Amsterdam Vallon was killing Butcher Bill, down the road Abraham Lincoln was being kidnapped by Bill & Ted...
- Lucky Al Capone - he was sent to Alcatraz by Eliot Ness just in time to miss King Kong rampaging around New York...
- Andy Dufresne was wrongly sentenced to Shawshank a few short months before someone else was framed - Roger Rabbit...
Submit your own historical event from a movie (not TV - yet) by clicking here. It can be a real event (eg. the sinking of the Titanic) or a far-from-real event (eg. Marty McFly attending his parents' school dance) - so long as it's found in a film. It must be a verifiable date - whether a year subtitled at the start ("1941, France..."), a visible clue in the film (character picks up a newspaper), or some historical backdrop (From Hell's Jack The Ripper). If you know what year a movie is set in, let me know.
Thanks for linking to us and please continue to plug us on your journeys round the net. For now please ignore the crappy straightforward appearance - explore the information and trivia, have some fun with it - it really is a very simple idea. But it needs your help!
In the beginning... God created the heavens and the earth (The Bible)
Shortly after the beginning... God subcontracts the fjords to Slartibartfast, a planetary construction engineer from Magrathea (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy)
26,000,000,000BC Los Angeles (and everywhere else) - The Earth's crust begins to harden (Adaptation)
A long time ago... Luke Skywalker and Han Solo lead a rebellion against the evil empire(Star Wars)
1 zillion BC October 9: Cavemen discover fire, and the joys of eating dinosaur egg (Caveman, 1981)
From this point on the dates get more sensible - begin the timeline...
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