The Movie Timeline - it's like a timeline, but of movies


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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...

1778: 17th September: Mohawk Indian chief and British Loyalist leader Joseph Brant leads a force of 150 Iroquois Indians and 300 British Loyalists under the command of Captain William Caldwell in a surprise attack on the area of German Flats, New York. (Herkimer, New York - Divided Loyalties)

1862: 17th September: Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Union General George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac fight to a standstill along a creek on the bloodiest day in American history. (Antietam, Maryland - Glory)

1862: 17th September: Battle of Antietam: Union officer Capt. Gideon loses both of his sons on this day. Legend says Gideon killed over 100 men himself. (nr Sharpsburg, Md - Seraphim Falls)

1897: 17th September: Van Helsing, Harker & co destroy Dracula's lair at Carfax Abbey, but the Count escapes to take Mina as his bride. (London - Dracula)

1916: Sunday 17th September: Manfred von Richthofen shoots down his first plane. (The Red Baron)

1930: Wednesday 17th September: Oscar Wallace arrives from the Washington Bureau; Malone changes his mind. He and Ness recruit George Stone from the police academy. (Chicago, Ill - The Untouchables)

1940: Tuesday 17th September: Signalman Andrew "Canada" Brown receives the Victoria Cross from King George VI for escaping from the German raider Essen and, armed with only a German Mauser, singlehandedly pinning it down in Resolution Inlet of the Galapagos Islands for eighteen hours until the British cruiser HMS Stratford could arrive to sink her. Admiral Richard Saville, captain of the Stratford receives a knighthood. What is unbeknownst to both Saville and Brown is that they are father and son. (Buckingham Palace, London, England - Single-Handed)

1944: Sunday 17th September: Operation Market-Garden begins, the Anglo-American operation to take Nijmeagan Bridge. (A Bridge Too Far)

1946: Tuesday 17th September: A child is born. (Gatlin, Nebraska - Children of the Corn)

1948: Friday 17th September: Melvin Downing is born. (Illinois - Source Code)

1965: Friday 17th September: A nineteen-year-old is sacrificed. (Gatlin, Nebraska - Children of the Corn)

1967: Sunday 17th September: Walter E. Kurtz gets photographed. (Apocalypse Now)

1967: Sunday 17th September: The Doors' live performance on The Ed Sullivan Show has no changes to the lyrics. (New York City - The Doors)

1973: Monday 17th September: Robert Michael Fischer born. (Sydney, Australia - Inception)

1998: Thursday 17th September: Chad, Matt, Tyler, and Paul have a barbecue. (V/H/S)

2005: Saturday 17th September: The Tottington Hall Vegetable Competition. (Tottington Hall - Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit)

2007: Monday 17th September: Melvin Downing's driver's license is issued. (Valleyfield, Illinois - Source Code)

2012: Monday 17th September: Melvin Downing's driver's license expires. (Illinois - Source Code)

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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