The Movie Timeline - it's like a timeline, but of movies


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Keep your submissions for the Timeline coming! Lots of new films out now to add, so please add some dates when you come back from your multiplex these coming months... If you're new to the site, The Movie Timeline is the history of everything, taken from 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...

NEWS! We have a Twitter account. Follow @MovieTimeline. You'll then be treated to at least one 'event' a day from the world of movie history - some'll be real world stuff, some'll be the world of fict.

MORE NEWS! We have a podcast - it's called Movie Banter and also encompasses our sister sites ruinedendings.com and moviemistakes.com. It's simply myself and Jon Sandys of moviemistakes.com reviewing, previewing and generally arguing about current film releases. Listen here. Or find us on itunes, where you can also review us. That'd be nice. Do recommend it to others - we're new and need the love.

So, this is a mammoth task only limited by the history of cinema, and so your help will be invaluable in making this probably quite pointless but joyously trivial timeline complete. You can reach me with comments by clicking Submit and leaving the film name and details blank - just put your message in the main submissions box.

Today in movie history...

1853: 25th July: California Rangers kill Joaquin Murrieta. (Joaquin Murrieta)

1872: 25th July: Phileas Fogg and Passepartout leave for Hong Kong on a steamer, now accompanied by the princess Aouda. (Calcutta, India - Around the World in 80 Days)

1897: 25th July: Jack London leaves for the Klondike to join the gold rush. (Jack London)

1917: Wednesday 25th July: Mata Hari sentenced to die. (France - Mata Hari)

1965: Sunday 25th July: Bob Dylan performs for the first time with electric instruments. (I'm Not There)

1986: Friday 25th July: UFO at Santa Carla Country Club. (Santa Carla, California - The Lost Boys)

2008: Friday 25th July: A dog named Chelsea is taken to the Hotel For Dogs. (Central City - Hotel for Dogs)

2009: Saturday 25th July: Justice Ball XIII Featuring DJ XM at 9:00 P.M. (Los Angeles, CA - Get Him to the Greek)

2009: Saturday 25th July: Padre is crucified. Mexican immigrants rise up against border vigilantes. McLaughlin is killed by the border when he is mistaken for an immigrant. (Mexico - Machete)

2010: Sunday 25th July: Captain Richard Phillips goes back to sea. (Captain Phillips)

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

Bridesmaids
Tintin
Captain America
Hugo
Moneyball
Red State
The Woman In Black
Sherlock Holmes
The Girl Who Played With Fire
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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