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...

1430: 23rd May: Jeanne d'Arc decides to attack the fort of Margny with her small remaining band of loyalists. They are met by superior Bourguignon forces in an open field and Jeanne is quickly pulled from her mount. Lieutenant Jean de Luxmbourg, The Bastard of Wandonne requests she surrender, offering to "take [her] faith", which she gives resignedly. (Compiegne, France - Joan the Maid: The Prisons)

1701: 23rd May: British privateer William Kidd, popularly known as Captain Kidd, is hanged for piracy and murder . (London, England - Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl)

1933: Tuesday 23rd May: Joan Collins is born. (London, England - Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure)

1934: Wednesday 23rd May: Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are gunned down. (Texas - Bonnie and Clyde)

1940: Thursday 23rd May: Frank Sinatra records "I'll Never Smile Again". (Sinatra)

1941: Friday 23rd May: Lord Mountbatten, cousin to a king, sunk by German dive-bombers. (Mediterranean Sea - Dieppe)

1960: Monday 23rd May: Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion announces to the world that Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann has been captured and will stand trial in Israel. (The Man Who Captured Eichmann)

1964: Saturday 23rd May: Walter E. Kurtz's transfer application is denied. (Apocalypse Now)

1966: Monday 23rd May: Sakichi Sugita, associate of the powerful Tensei Coalition, is murdered in the streets of the Takeya District by two armed recruits under orders from yakuza family head Terukichi Ichioka. (Hiroshima, Japan - The Yakuza Papers 5: Final Episode)

1996: Thursday 23rd May: Jenny escapes from the Sawyer family. (Texas - The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

2000: Tuesday 23rd May: Social deviants and captured political dissidents for experiments to create a virus to pose as a bio-terrorist attack. (Larkhill Detention Centre - V for Vendetta)

2002: Thursday 23rd May: Oakland has won 20 games and lost 26 games by this time in American League West. (Moneyball)

2003: Friday 23rd May: Dre Parker's height is measured. (Detroit, MI - The Karate Kid)

2006: Tuesday 23rd May: Bartleby is accepted by South Harmon Institute of Technology. (Ohio - Accepted)

2007: Wednesday 23rd May: Day 500: Tom is over Summer, and moves onto Autumn. (500 Days of Summer)

2008: Friday 23rd May: A monster invades New York, removes The Statue of Liberty's head, and throwing it into the street outside Rob Hawkins' leaving party. (New York - Cloverfield)

2012: Wednesday 23rd May: Charlie Sheen's corpse stops partying. (Scary Movie 5)

2013: Thursday 23rd May: Turbo is video-recorded as he races in front of people. (San Fernando Valley, California - Turbo)

2018: Wednesday 23rd May: Kyle and Star are taken by a Harvester. Marcus meets Blair Williams. (Los Angeles Basin - Terminator Salvation)

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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