Daily Trivia – 10/26/11

Question: Whose long-dead corpse, stabbed repeatedly by a fencepost, is reanimated by a lucky lightening bolt, in a 1986 movie?

Last Question: What Matthew Broderick movie starred chimp actors named Willie, Okko and Lulu?

Answer: Project X

Project X was a 1987 movie that put Matthew Broderick in his “War Games” comedy-sci-fi-thriller mode. The movie also starred a pre-Mad About You Helen Hunt.

Helen Hunt played grad student Teri MacDonald, who was teaching a chimpanzee named Virgil to use American Sign Language. Her research grant was not renewed, and Virgil was taken away. Teri was told that Virgil was being sent to a zoo. Instead, he was taken to an Air Force base to be used in a top-secret research project involving platforms designed to simulate the operation of aircraft.

Matthew Broderick’s Airman Jimmy Garrett got in trouble for “having relations” in an aircraft cockpit, and was sent to the same chimp project to which Virgil was sent. Jimmy and Virgil bonded, and Jimmy found out that Virgil has been taught sign language.

What Jimmy and Virgil didn’t know was that the chimps trained on the flight simulators will be killed by radiation poisoning. Once they reach a certain level in operating the flight simulator, the chimps will be exposed to a lethal pulse of radiation in the simulator chamber, to determine how long a pilot may survive after a nuclear exchange known as the second-strike scenario.

Virgil found out what had happened, and screeched to the other caged chimps, letting them know what happened. Then Jimmy found out what was going on, and got Teri to join him at the base.

Jimmy and Teri rescued Virgil when he was about to be put in the flight simulator. Jimmy punched holes in the theories about the project to the assembled military guests, and assorted politicians, much to the chagrin of Dr. Carroll (William Sadler), who was running the project. In the meantime all the other chimps were staging an escape.

Jimmy and Teri steal a military plane to help the chimps escape, but they are stopped by military police. While the police held Jimmy and Teri at gunpoint, Virgil piloted the plane, and flew the chimps away. They eventually crash landed in the nearby Everglades and evaded a search. Just as the search was being abandoned, Jimmy and Teri saw Virgil hiding in the bush with his chimpanzee girlfriend. Teri signs to Virgil that he and the others are now “free”. The chimps disappeared into the Everglades.

Here is the movie trailer:

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