There will never be a general consensus on what the greatest year in the history of movies is. There are just too many options and too many different perspectives. That being said, most people seem to coalesce around the same handful of choices, one of which is 1994. And why not? 1994 was objectively an incredible year for the motion picture industry. Between The Lion King, Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, Quiz Show, Dumb And Dumber, Interview With The Vampire, Forrest Gump and about a dozen more gems, it offered theatergoers a murderer’s row of greatness to choose between on an almost weekly basis.
In the years since, some of these lesser movies have faded from popular memory, but that doesn’t mean they’re gone. In fact, somewhere in the dank, poorly lit corners of your brain, the names of these films still exist. Your brain has probably been wondering why it’s bothered to hold on for twenty years, but this quiz is the answer to that question. You’ve retained the knowledge so you can crush Cinema Blend’s latest installment of We Bet You Won’t Recognize That Movie.
Here’s a reminder of the rules. We’ll give you a still image, a release date, a cast list, a box office gross, a plot description and since Cinema Blend didn’t exist, an excerpt from a movie review. Figure out the name of said movie in your brain and click over to the next page to see if you’re right. As per usual, there will be fifteen total movies. Keep track of your score and let us know how you did in the poll at the end.
Are you ready? Then without further ado, let’s cruise past 2004, 2008 and 2009 in order to guess that movie, 1994 edition.
Round #1Release Date: February 11, 1994
Worldwide Box Office: $30,577,969
Stars: Brian Bonsall, Karen Duffy, Miguel Ferrer, James Rebhorn, Tone Loc
Plot: Following a bicycle accident, a young boy with a cheapskate father cons a local bank and a criminal into paying him one million dollars. He uses the money to buy an elaborate castle and throws himself a lavish party, all while masquerading as a shady, unseen business tycoon named Macintosh. Eventually, his little ruse is discovered and a Home Alone like game of cat and mouse commences.
Excerpt From Variety’s Review: "_________ wallows in the exuberance of excess so enthusiastically, for so long, that even naive youngsters may have trouble buying pic’s ultimate "money can’t buy happiness" message."
As you can see, the castle house in this movie has a slide going from one of the upstairs rooms all the way down into the pool, which is like 90% as cool as a Clue-style secret passageway.