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...

1891: 27th October: Holmes and Watson meet Sigmund Freud. (Vienna, Austria - The Seven-Per-Cent Solution)

1932: Thursday 27th October: Monsieur Gustave H. and his cellmates escape prison. Monsieur Gustave calls upon the special services of, and is rescued by, the Society of the Crossed Keys and Monsieur Ivan. (Checkpoint 19 Criminal Internment Camp - The Grand Budapest Hotel)

1932: Thursday 27th October: Sylvia Plath is born. (Boston, Massachusetts - Sylvia)

1940: Sunday 27th October: John J. Gotti Jr is born. (Brooklyn, New York - Gotti)

1975: Monday 27th October: Aron Ralston is born. (Indianapolis, Indiana - 127 Hours)

1982: Wednesday 27th October: Admiral Jim Sandecker helped CIA agent Carl in an unknown event. He would remind Carl of this when Sandecker asks Carl for a favor in helping get Dirk and Al out of Mali. (Sahara)

1985: Sunday 27th October: 11am (Back to the Future)

1992: Tuesday 27th October: Godefroy "the Hardy" de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail, a medieval knight to Louis VI le Gros, and his squire, Jacquouille la Fripouille, are mistakenly transported from the 11th century to modern day France via an incantation and a wizard's poorly blended potion. Upon their arrival, they attack and destroy a taxi, steal a horse, bathe in Chanel No. 5 and are mistaken for crazy relatives by Countess B (France - Les Visiteurs)

2004: Wednesday 27th October: Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years. (Boston, MA - Fever Pitch)

2006: Friday 27th October: Bartleby gives an inspirational speech at a hearing. The State Board of Accreditation grants SHIT a one-year probationary period in which to continue their experimental programs. (Harmon, Ohio - Accepted)

2007: Saturday 27th October: SHIT's probationary period ends. (Harmon, Ohio - Accepted)

2012: Saturday 27th October: Marty Huggins offers to be a father figure to Cam Brady's son. This is filmed for a campaign ad. (Pine Crest, North Carolina - The Campaign)

Here are a few recent films we've put in their chronological place...

Captain America
The Woman In Black
Sherlock Holmes
The King's Speech
Friends With Benefits 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... - Watch Movies Online - Watch Free Movies Online

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