Monday, October 24, 2016

Test Yourself: Some Mountain Movie Trivia

adksmarcyfromhaystack500wIn keeping with some old-fashioned parlor games and modern trivia fun, here are 15 questions incorporating the names of some of the 100 highest mountains in the Adirondacks. See how well you do answering them off the top of your head, or use a mountain list here or here to help figure out the correct responses. Subtle clues are built into each description. After the final question, you’ll find the list of answers … so don’t ruin the fun by peeking!

  1. A High Peak’s name fills the blank in a 1950 movie title, The _____ Trail. It’s the story of an American scout aiding the British during the French and Indian War. Assisting him is an Indian blood brother, Sagamore.

  1. This High Peak is the title of a 2013 Canadian movie set in a cabin in the woods, where a troubled schoolteacher helps his father write a book about an Ontario park.
  1. Which High Peak is the same name of the second main character in the 2002 horror film, Cabin Fever? If you don’t want a clue just yet, stop reading here. But if you do want help, the character is female.
  1. A High Peak has the same name as a one-word title of a 1956 movie depicting a Texas rancher’s life. The film won an Academy Award and was nominated for nine others, thanks to a cast that includes Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, and many other big-name stars.
  1. The name of this mountain (or sub-peak) in the High Peaks area appears in many movie titles, including 2002’s Building the Great ________.
  1. Matching one of the High Peak names is this one-word title of a 1995 movie about a radical group active in Oakland from 1966 through 1968. The cast includes Joe Don Baker and Chris Rock. Although the movie title is a single word, the radical group’s name had two words, one of which is a color. Additional clues: the same mountain name appears in a famous movie title from 1963, The _____ _____, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, and Robert Wagner. In 2006, Steve Martin and Kevin Kline starred in a remake. One of the words in the second movie title is also a color. Can you name the two movies?
  1. The first word in this High Peak’s name is the same as a hugely popular 1976 film, the first in a seven-movie series that has grossed more than $1 billion. Can you name the movie?
  1. This High Peak is also the last name of an actress whose first movie role was at age 13 in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001). She also played the lead in the remake of Footloose in 2011. Additional clues: she became a country singer, and was a two-time professional winner on Dancing with the Stars. Can you name the actress?
  1. This High Peak is the same name as the title of a soon-to-be-released film on the life of America’s first African-American Supreme Court justice, who served from 1967 to 1991. Among the movie’s cast members are Chadwick Boseman, Kate Hudson, Sophia Bush, James Cromwell, Josh Gad, and Jussie Smollett. Scenes were filmed in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Can you name the movie and the justice?
  1. This High Peak’s name matches the title of a 1999 made-for-TV movie of a Bible story featuring Louise Lombard in the lead as Queen _______. The cast includes F. Murray Abraham and Jurgen Prochnow.
  1. This Top 100 mountain name appears in The ________, a 1977 horror film set in a Brooklyn apartment building that is discovered to be a portal to hell. (The concept of a portal might be a clue.) The stellar cast includes many recognizable star names, including Chris Sarandon, Martin Balsam, John Carradine, Jose Ferrer, Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Sylvia Miles, Deborah Raffin, Christopher Walken, Jerry Orbach, and Beverly D’Angelo. The same movie title was used by a 2006 crime thriller about Secret Service agents guarding the president and his family. The cast includes Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sunderland, Eva Longoria, and Kim Basinger.
  1. This Top 100 mountain name appears in the title of a 2011 superhero movie starring Ryan Reynolds, a 1999 fantasy crime-drama starring Tom Hanks, and a 1973 science fiction film starring Charlton Heston. Can you name all three films?
  1. This Top 100 peak name appears in more than a half dozen disaster-film titles, including a 1978 movie starring Rock Hudson, Mia Farrow, and Robert Forster. The founder of the Raspberry Awards, John Wilson, listed the 1978 version among the “100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made.” Stop here if you don’t want a very helpful clue … which is that the movie promo included, “A winter wonderland becomes a nightmare of destruction!”
  1. This Top 100 peak name matches a 1979 one-word title of a disaster film set on the island of Samoa. Cast members include Jason Robards, Mia Farrow, Max von Sydow, and Timothy Bottoms.
  1. This Top 100 mountain is the first word of a two-word movie title from 1953, with Doris Day in the lead role as a legendary character from the Old West. The movie was nominated for four Academy Awards and captured one. What was the film’s title?


  1. Iroquois
  2. Algonquin
  3. Marcy
  4. Giant
  5. Pyramid
  6. Panther Mountain. The 1995 move was Panther (about the Black Panthers); the 1963 film, remade in 2006, was The Pink Panther.
  7. Rocky (from Rocky Peak Ridge)
  8. Julianne Hough (Hough Peak)
  9. Marshall, and Thurgood Marshall.
  10. Esther
  11. Sentinel
  12. Green Mountain. The movies are Green Lantern, The Green Mile, and Soylent Green.
  13. Avalanche
  14. Hurricane
  15. Calamity Jane (Calamity Mountain)

Photo: Mount Marcy from Haystack (by Daniel Tripp on Wikimedia Commons)

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Lawrence Gooley, of Clinton County, is an award-winning author who has hiked, bushwhacked, climbed, bicycled, explored, and canoed in the Adirondack Mountains for 45 years. With a lifetime love of research, writing, and history, he has authored 22 books and more than 200 articles on the region's past, and in 2009 organized the North Country Authors in the Plattsburgh area.

His book Oliver’s War: An Adirondack Rebel Battles the Rockefeller Fortune won the Adirondack Literary Award for Best Book of Nonfiction in 2008. Another title, Terror in the Adirondacks: The True Story of Serial Killer Robert F. Garrow, was a regional best-seller for four years running.

With his partner, Jill Jones, Gooley founded Bloated Toe Enterprises in 2004, which has published 83 titles to date. They also offer editing/proofreading services, web design, and a range of PowerPoint presentations based on Gooley's books.

Bloated Toe’s unusual business model was featured in Publishers Weekly in April 2011. The company also operates an online store to support the work of other regional folks. The North Country Store features more than 100 book titles and 60 CDs and DVDs, along with a variety of other area products.

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