Pop Culture Quiz: What the Hell Happened Quiz: 1985 Edition *Results*
For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been flashing back 30 years in 1985. With the winner of the bracket game announced, all that’s left to do is to review the results of our 1985 Pop Culture Quiz.
I thought this quiz was tougher than usual. But the scores were pretty consistent with previous quizzes. Once again, no one scored 100%. The average score was 45.6% which was actually higher than the average for the Christmas edition. So good job everyone!
Most of you knew Linda Hamilton played a Russian prostitute, but you were split on who her costar was. 31% of respondents knew that Hamilton and Geena Davis played Russian prostitutes in the TV movie Secret Weapons. The same percentage thought the correct answer was Linda Hamilton and Kim Basinger.
More than half of you knew that Linda Fiorentino played the older woman who rents a room from Matthew Modine’s family and ends up falling for him even though he’s still in high school. Rebecca De Mornay was a popular choice which makes sense given her role as a prostitute in Risky Buisness in 1983.
I worried that this question might not be specific enough. But almost have of you knew Tom Berenger played a singing cowboy in the Western satire, Rustler’s Raphsody. I tried tricking you guys with Kevin Costner who played a cowboy of the non-singing variety in Silverado in 1985. But only one of you fell for it. Tombstone stars Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer were more popular choices.
This one was pretty obscure. But 38% of you knew that Rebecca DeMornay played a singer who fell for a baseball player (Michael O’Keefe of Caddyshack fame) in Neil Simon’s The Slugger’s Wife. The movie “won” a Golden Raspberry for Worst Song which was sung by DeMornay. The other three choices are all actresses from that time period who are capable of carrying a tune.
42% of you knew that Matt Dillon teamed with Gene Hackman for the action movie Target in 1985. 35% of you went with Matthew Broderick who believe it or not has never appeared on screen with Hackman.
This was the only question on the quiz where the most popular answer was not the right answer. Only 31% of you knew that Kurt Russell played a reporter in contact with a serial killer in The Mean Season. A whopping 58% of respondents went with Tom Berenger! More people thought he played the reporter than correctly identified him as the singing cowboy from question 3.
This question probably wasn’t fair. But I thought it was funny so I included it anyway. The answers were pretty evenly distributed which suggests to me that a lot of guessing was involved. Honestly, I’d have had to guess too. And I probably would have gone with Elisabeth Shue given the number of commercials she appeared in. But the correct answer was Kirsten Dunst.
I thought this one was a gimme. It was intended to make up for the mashed potatoes question. Just over half of you knew that Jim Carrey played a high school student bitten by a vampire in the 1985 comedy Once Bitten. Nicholas Cage actually played a guy who *thinks* he has been bitten by a vampire in the 1988 movie, Vampire’s Kiss.
This was another bunny question intended to make up for some of the more challenging ones. 84% of you correctly recognized that Chevy Chase was a busy guy in 1985.
He played a reporter in Fletch, a family man in European Vacation and a spy in Spies Like Us. I didn’t trick a single person with Kurt Russell as an option there even though he did play a reporter in 1985. Drat.
Finally, half of you knew that Nicolas Cage auditioned for the role of Bender in The Breakfast Club. At one point, John Hughes cast John Cusack in the part. But at the last minute, he decided Cusack wasn’t threatening enough and replaced him with Judd Nelson. Matt Dillon seems like the obvious choice, but he was busy hanging out with Gene Hackman in Target. Not the store although that would be pretty funny if you ran into Matt Dillon and Gene Hackman just chilling at Target.
So, that’s it for our look back at 1985. It’s been so much fun that we’re going to come back next week with a look at 1995. There will be a new bracket game and a new quiz as well as a few other odds and ends. Until then, you might want to brush up on your 90s trivia.