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Question: I watched this movie on cable around 1996-97. The only scenes and characters I remember were that there were two young males and a female around their late teens. The girl was attractive and blonde-haired. One guy was a studly looking bloke whereas the other guy was your typical nerd type, like Stewart from revenge of the nerds. Both of the boys daydream and have sexual fantasies about the blonde. The nerd fantasizes about having sex with her in a bed in the middle of the desert, she is on top, whereas the stud imagines making out with her on the hood of a car. The only other scene I remember is that as they think they may die from starvation, because they are in the middle of nowhere in one of the hotter American states like Arizona maybe, so they take photos on a disposable camera. Anyone know a movie like this?

Question: I watched this European movie in during the early to mid 1990's, and there were subtitles. It could have been a Russian film maybe - the main character was either a doctor or psychiatrist, and the only two other characters I remember was a young boy who was maybe 9 or 10 years old, and his main patient was a 15 or 16 year old girl. She was really attracted to him but she was mentally unstable. He finds that she has hung herself in her room. Later on, some of the other room mates play a prank on the doctor and hang a pretend doll that resembles the young boy. The main character is also dating a beautiful brunette woman, but that's as much as I remember from this film.

Question: I was wondering if anyone could back me up on this. When the James Bond films were in limbo between 1989 and 1995 and two studios were fighting over rights issues, I am sure I read articles which claimed that producer Joel silver was desperately trying to obtain the franchise with the full intent of casting Mel Gibson as Bond (despite Gibson repeatedly saying that he wasn't interested). I have found nothing anywhere online to back this up so I was wondering if anyone else had read this. Or it is simply my imagination?

Answer: There were many actors who were considered for the role of James Bond during this period, including Mel Gibson in 1987. MGM suggested casting him, but producer Albert Broccoli rejected him because he was not British.

raywest

Question: Looking for a 1980's movie about a young farm boy (late teens) who wants to become a singer. I remember at the end he was in a barn singing a song he wrote. I believe his girlfriend was present and it was either his parents' farm or his girlfriend's parents' farm. The name of the song I believe was "Heart to Heart".

Answer: I believe the film was Thunder Alley (1985).

Question: I once watched a film and the only scene I can remember was an actor making homemade pipe bombs and then setting them up around a house.

Answer: I believe it might be the movie Tremors (1990).

Rydersriot87

Question: Please help me find the name of this movie. I means a lot to me: it's my love story.The film is about a woman (blonde actress) that works in a place where the employer only allows married people to work in his agency. She was brilliant at work but single. Her close friend convinces her to lie at the employer and say that she got engaged to a photographer (he is also a blonde actor). She begs the photographer to help her in the plan and she will pay him in return. He agrees and then she uses him to make the man she loves jealous. That man (with soft black hair) that she loves is a bad guy, with multiple relations and he sees her as not suitable for him (as she's always been straight and serious). In time she gains the attention of her man and makes love with him, but discovers he is not the one for her, and at the same time, the blond one falls in love with her and shows her care and kindness. But she is tough with him, and forces him to pretend being bad and a cheater in front of her employer, to make it a reason for breaking up with him without being fired. But after she hurts the blond kind man, and forces him to do what exactly she planned for, she feels like losing him, and confesses everything in front of everyone at work, and the employer forgives her, and the black haired man asks her back, but she rejects his love. She finally goes to the blond kind photographer while he's taking photos of a bride and a groom in a church, asking him for another chance, and he agrees. Does anyone remember the name of the movie, please?

Answer: This sounds like a 1997 movie with Jennifer Aniston called "Picture Perfect".

ChiChi

Question: Old classical movie: what's the name of the movie where a teen girl goes rich, is taken to buy new clothes, etc? When I was a kid I watched this movie sometimes, but now can't remember the name or the exact plot. It was a young girl or teenager who finds out she inherits a lot of money, or is the daughter of a rich man, something in those lines. She is taken to go shopping by a zealous woman who takes care of her. They go to a store and she tries out new clothes while the older woman tells her what to do, how to act, etc. This movie might be black & white, I can't remember. I used to watch many Julie Andrews movies, so I searched for Julie Andrews but couldn't find anything linked to her. What's the name of the movie?

Answer: It sounds like you're describing The Princess Diaries," which starred Julie Andrews as a royal dowager who is teaching her teen=aged granddaughter, who was raised as a commoner and did not know she was a princess, how to be and act like royalty. Anne Hathaway played the granddaughter.

raywest

Question: Late 80s movie. Fantasy genre? Cigar-smoking men in suits seem to need them to survive. At some point, one of them is "executed". He climbs onto some place, for his trial or something. His cigar is removed from him, and then he looks down. The floor is full of cigar butts. He starts to disappear when the cigar is removed from him. It seems that these pale men in suits were after children, specifically a girl and a couple of friends. I recall a trunk popping open with toys in it. There is some "amphitheater" in the movie (that's where I learned the word). Probably the children were running away and going to hide in it. It's not "Bugsy" or "City of Lost Children" Could be some obscure B movie? European? I did watch it in a normal theater, for what it's worth.

Answer: That just might be "Momo", a film of a book by Michael Ende (Neverending Story). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091537/

Ioreth

Question: I am looking for a movie title I saw in the late 1980s. It is about a man who has escaped from an insane asylum. He is accused of being a pathological liar, but it turns out everything he has said is true. I think it ends showing him leaving town on a bus, and I think it might start with him arriving in town on a bus. Can anyone help me with the title to this film?

Answer: This sounds similar to the 1984 film, "Choose Me" starring Keith Carradine and Genevieve Bujold. It was directed by Alan Rudolf.

raywest

Question: I cannot remember much of this movie but I loved it as a kid. It might have been a 90s movie. I don't think it had any popular actors in it either. It's about a young girl who was kept in a shed by her dad for most of her life. I believe she was mute because of it. Some kids found the girl and sneaked her out with them a few times. The girl and her mother were abused. That is all I know. I hope someone can help. This has been bugging me for months. :) Thank you.

Answer: Sounds like it could be Wildflower, a 1991 made for TV movie.

kristenlouise3

Question: I'm looking for a title of a TV movie from the 70s or early 80s where a young lady is kidnapped and held hostage at a cabin in the woods. She falls in love with her kidnapper and I believe at the end he gets shot and dies.

Answer: From your description it sounds like a 1975 made to TV movie titled "Sweet Hostage," starring Martin Sheen and Linda Blair.

Question: Trying to remember the film name. I remember a film where a woman is in an abusive relationship and at one point she's taken out on a fishing boat and she's chucked into the river with her feet in a bucket of cement (or it may be chains). She's saved by the police, I think. (They may have been bad?) Also, she looked to her male neighbor for help, who also turned out to be bad, I think! I remember the scene where it's a field near the water, and there's a dock. Sorry, it's all I remember.

Answer: That sounds like Head Above Water with Cameron Diaz.

Question: I watched half of a movie; it was kind of a dark comedy. It had an English setting and characters, about a house that hired an English nanny or maid, and she had this large old luggage trunk. The movie constantly implied that she had a body hidden in it, but since I never saw the end, I never got to find out!

Answer: "Keeping Mum" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0444653/

Ioreth

Question: Hi, I'm looking for a foreign film (I think) about two teenage girls who become friends. One is rich and promiscuous and the other is poor. The poor girl sleeps with an older man, and her brother (or dad, I don't remember well) is a drunk, but he turns religious and says he's saved. The rich and the poor girl become involved romantically but the rich one is only playing with her while the poor one I think does fall for her. At the beginning, the poor girl uses this beat up motorized scooter and that's how she gets around the desolated city. The father of the rich girl cheats on her mom and they follow him one time to where he's sleeping with the mistress. It might be French; not sure.

Answer: It's actually British: My Summer of Love http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0382189/

Ioreth

Question: I saw a movie quite a few years ago now, I think it was a TV movie. It was about a girl who was raped on her way home from work (waitressing, I think) and became pregnant, I think her father didn't believe it and thought she was just a slut. A guy who she liked started seeing her, feeling pity for her and they married. I believe they went on to have another child. After tests to find a donor match when one of the kids falls sick, it transpires that her husband is the person who raped her years earlier. I'm sure she has a children's book published near the end of the movie, something along the lines of 'the magic quilt'. Can anyone help with a title?

Answer: I think the movie is called Sin & Redemption. It was a Lifetime TV movie starring Richard Greico and Cynthia Gibb.

af4dable

Question: I am trying to remember the name of a movie released in the 80's and maybe early 90's where the main actor wakes up in the morning and does not recall what happened the night. The setting was in Los Angeles (the Valley maybe). Anyone can help?

Answer: It could be Clean Slate (1994) with Dana Carvey.

Gavin Jackson

Question: I am trying to find a name of a movie in the late 80's possibly early 90's with a little girl who doesn't talk to anyone and isn't allowed to have toys. She has a nanny, the nanny makes her a doll with button eyes and the little girl then only talk to the nanny and the doll. The nanny has a boyfriend who wants to marry her. In the end the nanny steals the girl.

Answer: That movie is called "Zelley and Me."

Question: I am looking for the title of a movie. I watched it on Lifetime and I remember some of the details. There are 2 girls. One of them becomes friends with the other. One of them had a sister, who had a disease that lead to mental illness. The sister was killing people so the dad had to kill her with a rock in a shed. The one who had the sister is now being possessed by the sister and doing the same things as her. She tries to take peoples things and if they say no she harms and kills them. The other girl finds a victim tied up in the shed which is covered with oil. She helps her and they try to escape but the door is jammed. It starts to catch on fire when the dad saves them. I think it was from around 2009 or 2010 but I'm not sure.

Answer: I love this movie! It''s called "Within" with Sammi Hanratty and Mia Ford.

Question: A clothed man is running on a beach being chased by huge balls. They seem to be giant inflatable balls, all yellow, with evil purpose. He is older and not athletic and I have the image of Peter Davison which makes me think its from a Doctor Who episode. I've searched every Doctor Who episode though and cannot find the scene. Does anyone know what episode or movie this is from?

Answer: If the ball is white rather than yellow, it could be "The Prisoner," starring Patrick McGoohan. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061287/)

Question: Maybe a TV movie from the 70s about 2 cops that walk a beat in a bad neighborhood and try to clean it up. End up getting shot in the back. I think the title is both of their last names?

Answer: It might be the 1975 made-for-TV movie Foster and Laurie.

Chanteuse66
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