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...

1907: Thursday 28th November: Louis B. Mayer opens a small movie theater. (Haverhill, Massachusetts - The Aviator)

1920: Sunday 28th November: The Mask of Zorro opens, starring Douglas Fairbanks. (Chaplin)

1950: Tuesday 28th November: The newspaper Daily Fact runs the headline "Pact with Commissar" with the sub-headline "Comrade Zero M." (Zubrowka - The Grand Budapest Hotel)

1954: Sunday 28th November: Enrice Fermi dies. (Chicago, Illinois - Fat Man and Little Boy)

1968: Thursday 28th November: Thanksgiving: Young Eddie Murphy stuns his gathered family with a joke about a monkey that tells a lion he can change the weather. (Eddie Murphy Raw)

1979: Wednesday 28th November: Carson Wells sees Anton Chigurh. (No Country For Old Men)

1994: Monday 28th November: Jeffrey Dahmer is beaten to death by a fellow inmate while performing cleaning duty in a bathroom. (Portage, Wisconsin - Dahmer)

1997: Friday 28th November: Carter sees Luke on Thanksgiving. (Los Angeles, CA - Rush Hour)

1997: Friday 28th November: Carter sees Luke on Thanksgiving. (Los Angeles, CA - Rush Hour)

2003: Friday 28th November: Leigh Anne Tuohy takes Michael shopping. (Memphis, Tennessee - The Blind Side)

2008: Friday 28th November: Black Friday: The most afeared shopping day at malls, and also the day Paul Blart's mall is taken over by bank robbers. Also it's Amy's birthday. (Paul Blart: Mall Cop)

2008: Friday 28th November: Delaney works at the coffee shop for Black Friday. (Monroeville, Pennsylvania - Zack & Miri Make a Porno)

2012: Wednesday 28th November: Graham Parker is interviewed by the Jewish Journal. (Los Angeles, California - This Is 40)

2013: Thursday 28th November: Ann Dover and Joy Birch go missing. (Conyer, Pennsylvania - Prisoners)

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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