Think You Know Dazed and Confused?

By: John Payne
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Test your knowledge of the 1993 cult hit Dazed and Confused!

Dazed and Confused takes place on the last day of school in what year?

The summer of 1976 was also America's bicentennial, which is mentioned several times in the film.

What is Randall Floyd’s nickname?

He gets his nickname from the band Pink Floyd, well known for their 1973 album, Dark Side of the Moon.

The film was the first big break for many up and coming actors. What soon to be star appeared in an uncredited role?

Zellweger would become a major star in 1996 when Jerry Maguire had her at "hello."

What is written on O’Bannion’s paddle?

All the actors crafted and personalized the paddles used by their characters!

A great deal of the film’s budget was spent on licensing rights for the soundtrack. What band refused to license their song “Dazed and Confused” for the movie?

Led Zeppelin is notoriously reluctant to license their music for films. For years, the only director who successfully secured the rights to their music was Cameron Crowe, who used to cover the band as a journalist for Rolling Stone.

In one of his first feature film appearances, Matthew McConaughey plays what older friend?

McConaughey said that he based the character on how he viewed his older brother when Matthew was an adolescent.

Wiley Wiggins stars as Mitch Kramer. He later worked again with director Richard Linklater in which film?

The 2001 film explored philosophical views on life, death, and dreams and won the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Animated Film.

What is the name of the pool hall in the movie?

The Emporium is a real restaurant in Austin, but in reality it is known as Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew.

What type of truck did the football coach’s mother reportedly drive?

This exceptional woman is also purported to run a 40 in 10.2!

At the beginning of the movie, Tony admits to having an erotic dream with a beautiful woman who has the head of what former president?

This confession leads Mike to tell Tony that he needs to get out and interact with real women, who do not have the head of our sixteenth president.

What does Mitch throw out of Pickford’s car, smashing the back window of a parked car?

The scene is also the first time Mitch smokes pot in the film, although Linklater insists that none of the pot used on set was real marijuana.

Whose party is canceled when the kegs are delivered early, alerting his parents?

Pickford's party was supposed to be a huge kickoff to the summer, but the mishap forces everyone to regroup at the Emporium.

This Pulp Fiction director included Dazed and Confused in his top twelve movies.

Other selections in Tarantino's list include Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, and The Bad News Bears, which was later remade by Dazed and Confused director Richard Linklater!

What scientist does Clint mockingly call Mike after Mike “makes an observation” about Clint smoking weed?

Newton is famous for discovering his three laws of motion, including gravity and inertia, as well as pioneering the use of calculus.

At the end of the movie, Pink and his friends are driving to purchase tickets for which band’s concert?

The prominent role played by Aerosmith and their song "Sweet Emotion" in the movie are credited with helping the band revive their career in the mid-90's.

Which Dazed and Confused actor won an Academy Award for screenwriting in 1997?

McConaughey and Zellweger would also go on to win Academy Awards, but Affleck was the first Dazed and Confused alum to take home an Oscar.

What is Wooderson’s signature phrase?

McConaughey took the phrase from something Jim Morrison said between songs on a live Doors album.

Which First Lady does Slater refer to as a “hip, hip lady”?

According to Slater, Martha was hip because she always had a bowl waiting for George when he got home.

What does Pink refuse to sign throughout the film?

The pledge required players not to "indulge in any alcohol, drugs, or engage in any other activity that may in any way in jeopardize" the team's season.

The redheaded Cynthia is played by what half of a famous set of Hollywood twins?

Her twin brother Giovanni has played in films such as Saving Private Ryan and Avatar.

Which character’s mother pulls a shotgun on O’Bannion?

This saves Carl from being paddled by O'Bannion, but O'Bannion catches up with Carl and Hirschfelder later in the movie.

Anthony Rapp, who plays Tony, later played a leading role in what film based on a Broadway hit?

The musical was loosely based on the Puccini opera La Boheme.

Near the end of the film, where do Pink and his friends decide to smoke a joint?

Many believe this football field is at McCallum High School, where Wiley Wiggins attended high school.

What 2016 Richard Linklater film has been called “a spiritual successor to Dazed and Confused?”

The film follows a college freshman, who plays baseball at a fictional Texas university in 1980.

Milla Jovovich’s character Michelle steals two statues and paints them to resemble members of what band?

KISS front man Gene Simmons later purchased the statues for his collection.

Which character flunked his senior year and must repeat it?

Some of the incoming freshmen characters accuse O'Bannion of flunking simply so he can torment freshmen two years in a row.

What is the name of Mitch, Tommy, Hirschfelder, and Carl’s junior high teacher?

When the boys ask if they can leave early to avoid the seniors, Mr. Payne relates it to something his sergeant told him in Vietnam: "Fifty of you are leaving on a mission. Twenty-five of you ain't coming back."

Rory Cochrane portrayed Slater in Dazed and Confused and later went on to star in what other ‘90s cult hit?

In Empire Records, Cochrane's character gambles away money meant for the store's payroll in an attempt to save it from being bought out.

Like many Richard Linklater films, Dazed and Confused is set in what state?

Other Linklater films set in Texas include Slacker, Bernie, Boyhood, and Everybody Wants Some!

Which Dazed and Confused star was arrested in 2013 for suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct in Scottsdale, Arizona?

Despite his legal troubles, London has appeared in numerous films and shows since Dazed and Confused, including Out Cold, Grey's Anatomy, and NCIS.

What Bob Dylan song plays as Pink, Wooderson, and Mitch walk into The Emporium?

The song was written about middleweight boxing champion Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and is widely credited with helping to win his release from prison.

What does Mitch do 42 times over the course of the film?

Mitch grabs his nose constantly throughout the film, but the word "man" comes up even more often for a total of 203 utterances.

Which character’s long hair was, in fact, a wig?

Rory Cochrane, who played Slater, would wear another 70's era wig in Argo, which was directed by fellow Dazed and Confused alum, Ben Affleck.

The role of Benny was originally going to be played by what actor, who was later made famous by Swingers?

Linklater later said Vaughn was ultimately rejected because he too closely resembled Ben Affleck.

Which Dazed and Confused actor named his production company JKL -- short for “Just Keep Livin’” -- based upon a quote from the movie?

McConaughey adopted the phrase as a motto after his father died during the filming of Dazed and Confused.

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