The Movie Timeline - here's looking at movies, kid


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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...

1932: Wednesday 19th October: The Dowager Countess Madame Celine Villenueve Desgoffe und Taxis is also found dead in her boudoir. Monsieur Gustave H. and his ward Zero Moustafa travel to pay their respects. (Lutz, Zubrowka - The Grand Budapest Hotel)

1953: Monday 19th October: Sig Mickelson convinced to run a story opposing Senator McCarthy's condemnation of Milo Radulovich. (CBS Studios - Good Night, and Good Luck)

1957: Saturday 19th October: Michael Myers is born. (Haddonfield, Illinois - Halloween: Resurrection)

1980: Sunday 19th October: People write their names on a sign-in sheet at 444 Nahua. (Honolulu, Hawaii - The Killing of John Lennon)

1982: Tuesday 19th October: Harry Grimbridge attends a football game. (Northern California - Halloween III: Season of the Witch)

1986: Sunday 19th October: Michael Archer is born. (Los Angeles, California - Face/Off)

2009: Monday 19th October: A solar flare destroys the Earth. (Knowing)

2009: Monday 19th October: Everyone then on the planet dies. Other disasters predicted give a death count, this one simply says "EE", which the leads figure out means "everyone else", meaning everyone currently alive. (This does not turn out to be entirely accurate, since multiple pairs of children are rescued just before the solar flare that wipes out everyone remaining.) (worldwide - Knowing)

2010: Tuesday 19th October: Britt Reid takes the head off of a statue of his father and defeats criminals with the help of Kato. (Los Angeles, California - The Green Hornet)

2012: Friday 19th October: Congressman Cam Brady steals the car of the policeman that pulls him over for driving drunk. Brady then crashes the car into a cow. Political opponent Marty Huggins notified the police of Brady driving drunk after he finished drinking at his home. (Hammond, North Carolina - The Campaign)

Here are a few recent films we've put in their chronological place...

Bridesmaids
Tintin
Captain America
Hugo
Moneyball
The Woman In Black
Sherlock Holmes
The King's Speech
Friends With Benefits
...as well as many others.

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...

Some other sites you may like...

The Movie Timeline twitter feed. Do follow.

Movie Banter - our podcast 'n' blog

My site as a stand-up, with gig guides, cv, etc

My twitter feed. Do follow.

Ruined Endings (plots and endings of all the best films. And some bad ones.)

Movie Mistakes

And unaffiliated, but friendly sites...

Watchmovies.com - Watch Movies Online

Blinkbox.com - Watch Free Movies Online

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