Swept Away: A Quiz Deck of Romantic Movies

Swept Away: A Quiz Deck of Romantic Movies
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Swept Away: A Quiz Deck of Romantic Movies
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With 48 fact-filled cards per package, Knowledge Cards are a great source of condensed information—all in a deck the size of a pack of playing cards. Size: 3¼ x 4".

By Don Root.

ISBN 9780764963049

Product Description

If you love romance up on the silver screen, this quiz deck’s got a date with you! From City Lights to Casablanca, from Gone With the Wind to Ghost—Swept Away tests your knowledge of romantic movies in a Q&A format enriched by informed, engaging prose. The 48 cards pose questions about plots, actors, directors, screenwriters, and more: Which fairytale romance launched Audrey Hepburn into stardom? What glamorous Hollywood icon graced the 1939 comedy Ninotchka? How many of Bill Murray’s romantic roles can you name? The card backs have the answers, along with entertaining background notes. Surveying eight decades of romance films, Swept Away is equally enjoyable as a solo read or lively multiplayer trivia game. Pass the popcorn, please!


Sample Question

A modern variation on the Pygmalion theme, the hit romance Pretty Woman (1990) made Julia Roberts a superstar for her performance as Vivian Ward, a crass-into-class call girl. What kind of car did Richard Gere drive, badly, in the film?
(a) Ferrari Mondial
(b) Lamborghini Countach
(c) Lotus Esprit
(d) Porsche Carrera


Answer Gere’s character, business mogul Edward Lewis, is accustomed to being chauffeured about in a limo, but one night at a party he borrows the Lotus Esprit of his associate Philip Stuckey (Jason Alexander) to get back to his hotel. He’s shown grinding the gears of the sleek sports car as it lurches through the streets of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. The film’s original script, by J. F. Lawton, was titled “Three Thousand” (the amount of money Edward offers Vivian to be his escort for the week) and took a grittier, darker look at Vivian’s life as a prostitute. But director Garry Marshall opted instead for a more commercially accessible fairy-tale romance. Several experienced actresses were considered for the role of Vivian but turned it down; Daryl Hannah called the role “degrading for the whole of womankind.” Finally Marshall cast a relative newcomer, the 21-year-old Roberts, whose performance earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.