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...

1872: 3rd July: Phileas Fogg and his servant Passepartout leave London for a tour of the world, intending to return in 80 days. (London, England - Around the World in 80 Days)

1872: 3rd July: The Bank of London is robbed of (London, England - Around the World in 80 Days)

1897: 3rd July: Count Dracula arrives in London; all hands aboard the Demeter are missing. (London, England - Dracula)

1971: Saturday 3rd July: Jim Morrison dies of heart failure, likely caused by a drug overdose. (Paris, France - The Doors)

1971: Saturday 3rd July: Jim Morrison dies. (Paris, France - Rock 'n' Roll Frankenstein)

1975: Thursday 3rd July: Mayor Vaughn refuses to close the beach. (Amity Island - Jaws)

1984: Tuesday 3rd July: A chemical spill at Uneeda Medical Supply results in the re-animation of corpses into flesh-eating zombies. (The Return of the Living Dead)

1986: Thursday 3rd July: Rudy Vallee dies. (Hollywood, California - Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees)

1991: Wednesday 3rd July: Terminator 2: Judgement Day is released and becomes a big hit. (USA - American Pie 2)

1998: Friday 3rd July: Julie and Helen visit Missy Egan. (Southport, North Carolina - I Know What You Did Last Summer)

1999: Saturday 3rd July: Ben Willis commits more murders but is defeated once again. (Bahamas - I Still Know What You Did Last Summer)

2007: Tuesday 3rd July: Willie Bank's Bank Hotel has its 'soft' opening, and is ruined thanks to the antics of Danny Ocean and friends. (Las Vegas - Ocean's Thirteen)

2009: Friday 3rd July: The Arizona Today Sports headline: "Kenton Makes Tandy Sweat." (Arizona - Real Steel)

2011: Sunday 3rd July: The families go to a waterpark. (New England - Grown Ups)

2011: Sunday 3rd July: Kevin almost has sex with Stacey and gets knocked out by Lorenzo, who steals his lottery ticket. (Lottery Ticket)

2012: Tuesday 3rd July: Amy writes about her pregnancy. (Missouri - Gone Girl)

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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