Saturday, September 29, 2007

Famous Last Words: The Rules

For my first competitive quiz, I've decided to keep things fairly simple. Here are the ground rules.

1. Every Sunday, I post a line or a short dialogue exchange from a movie. You, in turn, will e-Mail me your guesses as to what movie I took the dialogue from. Guesses must be submitted to me in e-Mail form, to the following e-Mail address:

2. All quotes will be the final spoken lines of the film, delivered by an onscreen character or narrator. Likewise, the words must be audible. In other words, no silent films, and no onscreen text that isn't read aloud.

3. All quotes will be the final lines of the film proper. Any lines spoken in "credit cookies" or post-credits scenes won't be used. For example, the final lines of Ferris Bueller's Day Off would be "Life goes by pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it," rather than "You're still here? It's over. Go home."

4. All of the quizzes will be taken from feature-length films of more than an hour in duration. As much as I'd love to slip a Don Hertzfeldt quote in there, it's just not happening.

5. The films selected may be in any language, but I will post the quotations translated into English whenever applicable.

6. Participants may only submit one guess per quiz. If more than one guess is submitted, no points will be given for the week whether the guess is correct or incorrect.

7. Submissions must be made to the e-Mail address I will be turning off comments to each week's quiz until the answer has been posted with the next week's quiz to avoid confusion.

8. Each correct submission will be worth one point, each incorrect submission worth zero points. At the end of ten weeks, the competitor with the most points will win a prize that will be announced at a later date. If there is a tie for first place, I will run tie-breaker rounds until there is a single winner.

9. Have fun!

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