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Question: There's a movie that was most likely released in the later 90's about a woman whose daughter dies by falling out of the car. Later in the movie the woman sees a drawing at a school that looks just like her daughter's old drawings. Then, when she sees the girl who did the drawing, the girl looks just like her daughter. She follows the girl home and then finds that the girl's mother is her doppelganger or twin sister, I can't remember which. I do remember a man in the movie warning the woman never to come face to face with her doppelganger after explaining to her what a doppelganger was.

Answer: This movie was called "The Lookalike" (TV 1990). She was rescued from a river after falling from a car on a bridge. Later as an adult she sees a child that resembles her deseased daughter. Turns out to be the daughter of her twin sister that is passing through town.

Boobra

Question: Trying to think of a movie (possibly mid-80s) that was about a winter. And this pregnant lady wanted a particular kind of food and it only grew in someone else's garden. He was trapped. Sorry, that's all I have.

Answer: Sounds like an episode of the Showtime series "Faerie Tale Theatre" titled "Rapunzel". It aired in February of 1983. Starred Sherry Duval and Jeff Bridges.

Phixius

Question: I was wondering if anyone knows the name of a movie about two people who fall in love in heaven before being born. Then the woman is chosen to be born and the man asks to be born too, to try to find her on earth. They keep almost meeting throughout the movie before finally finding each other.

Answer: You're thinking of the 1987 film, "Made in Heaven," starring Kelly McGillis and Timothy Hutton.

raywest

Question: I remember seeing a movie a long time ago about a woman who sleeps with a country singer at a concert and ends up pregnant with his baby. She chases him down to tell him and I vaguely remember a scene in a diner where the pregnant woman is eating a lot of food and the waitress says something about being careful to always feed a pregnant woman to the country singer guy who was across from the pregnant woman. I really want to know what movie this is from because I liked it a lot. Does anyone know?

Answer: Love Notes - 2007.

Question: What is the name of a movie in which the plot is basically about a young girl who lives by a river. A boy her age is a little chubby but really likes her and tries to become friends with her, but she rejects him. He ends up drowning in the river toward the end. The girl also tries to go swimming in the same river afterwards during a storm and almost drowns. She then ends up seeing the boy's face in the moon or something along that line. I believe this movie is somewhere around the 80's or 90's?

Answer: The Bridge to Tarabithia.

Question: I saw a movie in the late 1970's (prior to 1982 anyway) about two boys who were best friends. I think it was set in Africa, possibly South Africa, since the movie focused a lot on the difficulties of their inter-racial friendship. One memorable scene is the two of them rolling down a hill in large tires. I believe one of the boys ends up in an American city (New York?) looking for someone (his friend?), but he can't speak English, which is a problem until he encounters another person from his country. Any ideas? I can't place a date on it, except probably produced sometime between 1960 to 1980. I think it was in colour.

Answer: I believe the movie is E-Lollipop. The movie was made in 1976 and 22 years later a reunion was planned. Muntu Ndebele (the black kid) had descended into a life of crime and drug abuse but with the help of his crew and co-stars he turned his life around.

Question: I'm looking for a movie that might have been made in the 80's. All i remember is a family with kids, the oldest son i remember is hauling a fridge up many flights of stairs with one or two other people and there was dramatic opera-type music while doing this. I also remember the family going on a road trip and finding this place that had hundred of yard decorations (wind chimes and sun-catchers and statues). And I think at the end of their trip was a cabin in the woods. It's all I remember, though I watched it many times when I was very young. Any ideas?

Answer: I believe the movie you are thinking about is called Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss. Here's a link to a synopsis so you can see if it sounds like the movie you remember: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ollie_Hopnoodle%27s_Haven_of_Bliss.

Question: I would be incredibly grateful to anyone who finds what I'm looking for. There was this movie trailer or TV show premiere, probably a few years back but released after 2000. I vaguely remember it starting up with a person saying something about a woman was found dead with her face sliced with a knife from ear to ear. Then they flash for a short time the woman, lying on the pavement, who was killed and it looks like there is a neat accurately curved slash from one ear to the other, in between her lips. Does anyone know the name of this movie/ TV show?

Answer: The Black Dahlia (2006) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387877/combined

Grumpy Scot

Question: I remember a movie from the 80's where a redheaded girl had pigtails that spun around and her father was a pilot. What was the name of that movie?

Answer: I believe you are thinking of the 1988 film, "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking." It is based on the classic children's book, "Pippi Longstocking," by Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren.

raywest

Question: I'm trying to find the name of a movie I saw a long time ago but can't remember the name of. It's a black and white film, and I think Mickey Rooney was in it but I'm not sure. It's about a guy who grows up to be a gangster and all these kids in an orphanage home who idolize him. The priest (or the person who runs it) visits him in jail and asks him to put up a big stink and go out a coward on his way to get executed. At first he refuses but as the time comes he does chicken out and make a scene about not wanting to die. The kids read about it the papers and agree he was no good. Any ideas on what movie this is? It's driving me crazy trying to figure it out.

Answer: It's Angels With Dirty Faces, a 1938 classic starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien and Humphrey Bogart. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029870/

Jean G

Question: I watched this horror movie in the 70's I think. It was about this group of college age kids at this house where they get locked in by something supernatural. In one scene, someone gets electrocuted in a window? Anyway, it turns out that in the basement is an entrance to hell, and somehow it got opened. The devil got out and he looked like Col Sanders, an old fat guy in an all white suit. I though it had "House" in the title but I'm not sure. I know it's not "House" with William Katt.

Answer: The movie you're after is "The Evil", starring Richard Crenna. Its American title is "The Evil Below" I think.

Question: So I've been trying to find this movie. It is a cartoon movie and I don't really remember much from it. I remember something about a girl getting lost and I remember a scene where she is at some ladies house and the lady was giving her milk and she noticed the girls face on the milk carton. It's not Face On A Milk Carton. Then I think her dad might have flown planes or something, I'm not really sure.

Answer: Sounds like Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992). The cat and mouse duo befriend a young girl who's always trying to run away from her guardian (her father's plane is believed to have crashed somewhere in the Himalayas), who wants her inheritance. When she runs away again, they try to find her by getting her picture on milk cartons and putting up a huge sum of money for a reward. She is later taken in by a man until he sees her face on a milk carton, and turns her in. Of course being a Tom and Jerry cartoon this ends happily.

Question: Looking for film where a young man (boy) is normal, but the government wants to give him a lobotomy to make him in line with society. One scene, goes to a house to read books, meets a girl, goes to play chess and gets arrested. All sports are for the handicapped, etc. In the end government asks him to help run things. Anyone know the title or the main actor?

Answer: "Harrison Bergeron," based on the story by Kurt Vonnegut. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113264/)

Question: I'm looking for the name of a movie that, forgive me it's all I can remember, a horse being divided by several sheets of glass which spread apart and the horse is still alive. Does anyone have any ideas?

Answer: The Cell, starring Jennifer Lopez and Vincent d'Onofrio. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0209958/.

Sereenie

Question: I want to know a movie that has two people in it, a man and a woman who falls for him. The woman settles moves in with him, only to find out he is a conman. This movie was made in '09 or '10, but I'm not sure. Any help?

Answer: There are several movies that this could be. Try Killers & repost if not that. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1103153/

shortdanzr

Question: Okay it is a 70's-80's movie where this one area has been contaminated with something and the animals that are there get really mutated. The only things I remember was a mutated bear was attacking some peoples tents, and that a woman became contaminated because she ate a fish.

Answer: Prophecy (1979) directed by John Frankenheimer - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079758

Sierra1

Question: Whenever there's a scene in a movie where a character is looking in a mirror, how do they make sure that the camera isn't seen in the mirror?

Answer: Nowadays, CGI can achieve this, but also placing the camera at certain angles so it is unseen or building a special piece of scenery to hide all but the camera's lens (which is, of course, disguised).

raywest

Question: Looking for a movie that has a cartoon within it. It's a 1960's movie with real actors doing a scene which is then reproduced in animation in front of us, the audience. The production of the comic strip is part of the story line. It may be a made-for-TV movie rather than a Hollywood film. The only other thing I remember is that the cameras that the audience can see (that are used to film it for the animation) are mounted on gunstocks which are aimed at the actors. Anyone know what the name is?

Answer: Sounds like "The Three Stooges in Orbit".

CCARNI

Question: Okay so I would like help finding out the name of this movie. I think it was made in the 80's maybe the early 90's. The only thing i remember is it was about a girl who is rich and I think she complains about her life, and so she switches lives with a poor person. I also only remember that there is a scene where a girl skinny dips.

Answer: The name of the movie you are looking for is probably 'The Parent Trap' with Lindsay Lohan as the two girls. In the movie, they find out they are twins and have been living either with their mother or father (the mother is rich & posh, the father is a farmer guy). The girls hate each other at first, have bets, and yes, one skinny dips, then they have a plan to switch.

Question: There won't be a specific answer to this question, but I would like to hear thoughts/comments. Why is it that the Twilight series has inspired so many vampire-themed movies, shows, and books (True Blood, Moonlight, The Vampire Diaries, etc.)? The Harry Potter series is also hugely popular, but hasn't led to as many "copycats".

Answer: Most likely because, in most of the cases that you cite as copycat books, they were originally published prior to Twilight. The first Twilight book came out in 2005, but The Vampire Diaries first appeared on the shelves in 1991, while The Southern Vampire Mysteries (televised as the rather more succinct "True Blood") has been around since 2001. As such, when Twilight began to hit the heights of its popularity, both book series were already in existence to be swiftly adapted as TV shows, whilst being relatively immune from accusations of simply being copycats by virtue of pre-dating Twilight by some years. Likewise, while premiering after the first book was written, the TV series Moonlight predates the Twilight film series by a year or so and thus it's difficult to level too many accusations there either - supernatural TV shows existed long before Twilight, and Moonlight is better seen as a successor to those than as a cynical attempt to jump onto the Twilight bandwagon. With Harry Potter, the situation is somewhat different, in that relatively few similar literary series existed prior to the Potter series becoming highly popular. As such, any similar show that was produced would likely have to be based on material published after Potter, and thus would be widely seen as simply being a rip-off. As such, TV and film executives are probably more wary of getting involved in such ventures.

Tailkinker
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