The Movie Timeline - of all the movie timelines on all the net, you walked into this one
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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...
1861: 8th December: Future illusionist and filmmaker Georges-Jean Meiles is born. (Paris, France - Hugo)
1943: Wednesday 8th December: Jim Morrison, future lead singer and lyricist of The Doors, is born. (Melbourne, Florida - The Doors)
1943: Wednesday 8th December: Jim Morrison is born. (Melbourne, Florida - Rock 'n' Roll Frankenstein)
1958: Monday 8th December: Tris Speaker dies. (Lake Whitney, Texas - The Babe)
1969: Monday 8th December: Richard Nixon says that the Vietnam War is coming to a "conclusion as a result of the plan that we have instituted." (Nixon)
1970: Tuesday 8th December: Jim Morrison's reading of "The Movie" during a poetry session is recorded on his 27th birthday. (The Doors)
1980: Monday 8th December: John Lennon is murdered by Mark David Chapman outside of his home. (New York, New York - Chapter 27)
1980: Monday 8th December: Mark David Chapman meets a photographer, gets John Lennon to sign Double Fantasy, kills John Lennon, and gets arrested. (New York City, New York - The Killing of John Lennon)
1980: Monday 8th December: John Lennon is shot to death by Mark David Chapman. (New York City, New York - We Bought a Zoo)
1987: Tuesday 8th December: Martin Asher kills someone. (Taking Lives)
1989: Friday 8th December: Toulon's puppets kill people. (Bodega Bay, California - Puppet Master)
1996: Sunday 8th December: Mikey meets Nikki in a bar, and leaves countless messages on her answerphone. (Los Angeles - Swingers)
2008: Monday 8th December: Mr. Fox and Kylie break into Bunce's refrigerated smokehouse. (Fantastic Mr. Fox)
2009: Tuesday 8th December: Tony returns the book. (East Great Falls, Michigan - American Pie Presents: The Book of Love)
2010: Wednesday 8th December: Jack yells at Jill when she talks on her cell phone during a movie. (Los Angeles, California - Jack and Jill)
2012: Saturday 8th December: Pete yells at Joseph's mother Catherine. Debbie finds out that Jodi had been stealing from the store. Pete, Debbie, and Catherine meet with Jill, the principal. (Los Angeles, California - This Is 40)
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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