The Movie Timeline - here's looking at movies, kid


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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...

1882: 3rd September: Jolyen Forsyte throws a dance to announce the engagement of his granddaughter June to struggling architect, Philip Bosinney. Jolyen Forsyte II, June's father and a family outcast, spends the evening at a nearby corner pub. (London, England - The Forsyte Saga)

1897: 3rd September: Daniel Nicholson alleged to have died - later proved to be a lie. (Philadelphia, PA - The Village)

1939: Sunday 3rd September: Bob Matthews and Nan Harper call off their engagement when war is declared. Having been turned down by the armed services, Bob joins the Auxiliary Fire Services along. (London, England - The Bells Go Down)

1939: Sunday 3rd September: England declares war against Germany. (Foreign Correspondent)

1939: Sunday 3rd September: The United Kingdom declares war on Nazi Germany. (London, England - The King's Speech)

1958: Wednesday 3rd September: Alice is abducted from her home and chained up in a farmhouse. (The Ward)

1965: Friday 3rd September: Alex Furlong is born. (New York City - Freejack)

1965: Friday 3rd September: Sam Shakusky, recently escaped from his Khaki Scout troop, meets up with Suzy Bishop and her cat to run away together. (New Penzance Island - Moonrise Kingdom)

1969: Wednesday 3rd September: Walt Berkman is born. (Brooklyn, New York - The Squid and the Whale)

1971: Friday 3rd September: Life magazine headline: "AMERICAN OUTDOORS: THE ENDLESS WEEKEND." Bike riders are on the cover. (New York City, New York - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

1973: Monday 3rd September: Charles Gaines is killed in Vietnam. (Vietnam - The Butler)

2002: Tuesday 3rd September: Edward Weese finds out that he's HIV positive. (New Orleans, Louisianna - Runaway Jury)

2005: Saturday 3rd September: The back to school concert is held at East Great Falls High. (East Great Falls, Michigan - American Pie: Band Camp)

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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