The Movie Timeline - be obsessive, be very obsessive


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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...

32: 6th July: The Feeding of the 5000. (at the foot of Mt Tamor near Lake Galilee - King of Kings)

1535: 6th July: Sir Thomas More executed for refusing to accept Henry VIII as leader of the Church of England. (London, England - A Man For All Seasons)

1864: 6th July: Confederate General Jubal Early's troops cross the Potomac River and capture Hagerstown, Maryland. (Hagerstown, Maryland - Gettysburg)

1934: Friday 6th July: The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) appoints Joseph Breen head of the Production Code Administration. (The Aviator)

1935: Saturday 6th July: 14th Dalai Lama, leader of Tibet and bestselling author, is born. (Takster Tibet - Kundun)

1947: Sunday 6th July: John Rambo is born. (Phoenix, Arizona - Rambo: First Blood Part II)

1957: Saturday 6th July: John Lennon meets Paul McCartney and asks him to join The Quarrymen. (Liverpool, England - In His Life: The John Lennon Story)

1957: Saturday 6th July: John Lennon meets Paul McCartney. (Liverpool, England - Nowhere Boy)

1964: Monday 6th July: Martin John Harris is born. (Weare, New Hampshire - Unknown)

1975: Sunday 6th July: The search for the shark continues. (Near Amity Island - Jaws)

2000: Thursday 6th July: Political Application. (New Orleans, Louisianna - Runaway Jury)

2006: Thursday 6th July: Alex Dimitrios leaves his Aston Martin and sends a text message to a bomb-maker with the code 'Ellipsis'. (Ocean Club, The Bahamas - Casino Royale)

2008: Sunday 6th July: The last 105 cars at Selleck Motors are sold. Don Ready sells a Trans Am to Paxton Harding. (Temecula, California - The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard)

2010: Tuesday 6th July: Rachel tells Ethan about what she did with Dex and his parents. (New York City - Something Borrowed)

2011: Wednesday 6th July: It rains, and the weather reporter on TV mistakenly says that it is July 6, 2010. (Los Angeles, California - We Bought a Zoo)

2012: Friday 6th July: Nick Dunne holds a press conference concerning the disappearance of his wife Anne. (Gone Girl)

2068: 6th July: Weyland builds and successfully deploys thousands of Seventh Generation Davids into workplaces across the universe. Human acceptance of David 7 reaches an all-time high thanks to Weyland (Prometheus)

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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