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...

1885: 1st September: Doc Brown hides the Delorean in Delgado mine and writes to Marty in the future. (Back to the Future Part III)

1902: Monday 1st September: Le Voyage dans la lune (translated into English as A Trip to the Moon), a film made by Georges Melies and starring his future wife Jeanne d'Alcy, premiers. (Hugo)

1939: Friday 1st September: Germans bomb Warsaw. (Warsaw, Poland - Foreign Correspondent)

1946: Sunday 1st September: Robert is born. (New York City, New York - Kick-Ass 2)

1980: Monday 1st September: Elwood Blues is caught hitch-hiking. (Interstate Highway - Blues Brothers 2000)

1980: Monday 1st September: J-21, RT-42 and Single-0 arrive at the New York State Marriange Tribunal with a captive Martian as proof that they have been to Mars. (New York, NY - Just Imagine)

1980: Monday 1st September: The New York State Marriage Tribunal decides in favor of J-21's intentiona of marriage to LN-18 over that of MT-3. (New York, NY - Just Imagine)

1980: Monday 1st September: Single-0 reunites with his son. (New York, NY - Just Imagine)

1991: Sunday 1st September: Harry Potter starts his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

1991: Sunday 1st September: Harry Potter begins his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (Scotland - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

1992: Tuesday 1st September: Harry Potter starts second year at Hogwarts. (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

2001: Saturday 1st September: 1 and 2 September 2001, as England beat Germany 5 - 1 on the night of the 1st. Match held in Munich ,Germany. (Isolated Farmhouse Somewhere in Scotland. - Dog Soldiers)

2001: Saturday 1st September: Dre Parker's height is measured on the day he starts kindergarten. (The Karate Kid)

2004: Wednesday 1st September: Martin Harris' passport is issued. (Unknown)

2005: Thursday 1st September: Dre Parker's height is measured. (Detroit, MI - The Karate Kid)

2008: Monday 1st September: A date on U.S. Market Averages graph. (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps)

2009: Tuesday 1st September: Guitar Hero 5 is released. (North America - Couples Retreat)

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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