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...

1913: Friday 19th September: Final two rounds of the 1913 U.S. Open, which ends with a three-way tie between Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray and American amateur Francis Ouimet. (Brookline, Massachusetts - The Greatest Game Ever Played)

1939: Tuesday 19th September: Sherlock Holmes has a meeting with the Intelligence Council concerning The Voice of Terror. (London, England - Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror)

1965: Sunday 19th September: James Bond recognises NATO pilot Francois Derval in a photograph. (Whitehall, London - Thunderball)

1976: Sunday 19th September: Veterans Stadium: Vince Papale shines in the home opener against New York, making the 1st tackle of the game & scoring the game-winning TD on a fumble he forced, as the Eagles defeat the Giants, 21-14. (Philadelphia, Pa. - Invincible)

1978: Tuesday 19th September: Capricorn One explodes on re-entry, meaning the astronauts pretending to be inside while actually in a studio several miles away suddenly become targets. (Capricorn One)

1979: Wednesday 19th September: Forrest Gump stops running after 3 years, 2 months, 14 days and 16 hours, and decides to go home. (Monument Valley, Utah - Forrest Gump)

1986: Friday 19th September: The Leeds family is found dead. News of this appears on TV. (Atlanta, Georgia - Manhunter)

1986: Friday 19th September: Blue Velvet is released. (United States - The Squid and the Whale)

1992: Saturday 19th September: Christopher Supertramp's ashes are carried in a rucksack by his sister from Alaska to his family home on the east coast. (Alaska - Into the Wild)

2006: Tuesday 19th September: Dr. Fredichs, a psychic medium, visits Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston to talk about unexplained events happening in their house. Dr. Fredichs explains they are dealing with a demon, not a ghost. (San Diego, CA USA - Paranormal Activity)

2006: Tuesday 19th September: Dr. Fredichs, a psychic medium, visits Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston to talk about unexplained events happening in their house. Dr. Fredichs explains they are dealing with a demon, not a ghost. (San Diego, CA USA - Paranormal Activity)

2010: Sunday 19th September: Macgruber has sex with Vicki and then with Casey's ghost. (MacGruber)

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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