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Question: I'm trying to find the name of a movie that I saw on HBO in either 1992 or 1993. These military type people were in a jungle try to capture a creature that was eventually killing the group off. I have no idea who was in it or what the creatures looked like. I think they might have been invisible?

Answer: The 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Predator" would seem to be an obvious candidate.

Tailkinker

Question: I am looking for the title of a movie that I think was an NBC "Movie of the Week" sometime between 1989 and 1990. I think it starred Meredith Baxter Birney who worked as a nurse. Her daughter had been raped. The mother becomes obsessed with bringing this rapist to justice. The police had no clues. The mother hangs out on the same street corner of the same bus stop where her daughter was abducted and raped for a year with her husband in a car nearby. The same guy who tried to rape her daughter tried to rape the mother. She was able to fight him off and get the police involved. Then a bunch of other women came forward saying he had done the same thing. It was based on a true story. I want this movie on a DVD. Does anyone know the name of this movie?

Answer: I believe the movie you're looking for is Darkness Before Dawn.

Question: I'm asking about a movie I saw when I was very small - this would have been in the late 60s or very early 70s (no later). I remember a man getting shoved in front of what was either a subway car or a regular train engine, and he gets run over. You can see his legs under the wheels. If I'm not mistaken, there's a scene afterward where a photographer had taken a picture just before the event, and you can see someone's hands shoving the man onto the tracks, so the authorities knew he'd been murdered and hadn't simply fallen by accident. Unfortunately, these few details are all I can remember. I'd love to know the name of this movie and see it again, as an adult, and be able to understand what was happening and process the "scary feelings" I had from watching it back then.

Question: I saw this African American film some years ago when I was young on Starz. I think the setting is in Brooklyn or New York and I remember the father worked at a gas station pumping. He was angry at the son for some reason, can't remember. The dad dies later on in the film. I believe he had on suspenders and a white shirt. It's a late 80's early 90's movie, I think.

Question: There's an animated movie with a girl turning into a bird. There are two scenes I remember from this movie. One is the girl being chased by a cook in a kitchen and the other is when she is with a boy in a swamp. Not sure if she has a blond or red hair. The last time I watched the movie on TV in 2006. I assume it was made a few years before 2006. It isn't The Swan Princess. Any ideas?

Question: I have been looking for the title of a very old black & white movie I saw back in the 60s. In the movie, a child is playing around a tall plant and then the plant eats the child. I think it was set in Africa. I was really horrified and have always wanted to see it again.

Question: I stumbled on this site when I was just about to give up. I am really hoping someone here can help. My sister and I are trying to remember the name of a movie we watched in the mid-to-late 90s. All we can remember is a young girl with an egg carton collecting pretty magical orbs. We think she lived on an island, over a temple and that her parents were scientists. She also may have rescued an eagle or hawk from poachers at some point during the movie. Please please help us.

Answer: Sounds very similar to the Last Mimzy. Check it out and see if it fits: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0768212/.

Question: This is for the Bond films as a whole. Bit of a stupid question, but in Licence to Kill, Della tries to give Bond her garter and he refuses because he doesn't want to marry again. And then Felix explains that Bond was married before a long time ago. My question is, in all the films, we see him getting off with various women, and since he was married a long time ago, shouldn't he have moved on by now? Or was Tracey the only woman he wanted to marry?

Answer: James Bond is not the kind of man who would be interested in marrying and settling down with someone. Any woman that he that he would have married would be exceptional, and it is highly unlikely then that he would find another such person or consider taking any other woman as his wife.

raywest

Question: I am looking for the title of a movie. I do not know around when it was made, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't foreign. I remember there being a (possibly albino?) teenager that had some sort of power; able to bend/move things with his mind, etc. I remember that he was very angry, didn't enjoy being different, possibly violent towards other teens. Anyone know what this is?

Answer: Sounds like the movie Powder. Starring Mary Steenburgen and Sean Patrick Flannery. It was released in 1995.

scaryterri

Question: There is a movie from the late 80s or early 90s. All I remember from it is that there was a father and daughter, the daughter got a part on a TV show and she had to cry and say the line, "I love the African Americans." She was supposed to hug the lady in front of her, but she ran off set to hug her dad instead. That's all I've got. I remember seeing an interview with the female director (casting director maybe?) of the movie who said that when the little girl came in to audition, she cried but had just gotten new glasses, so instead of rubbing her eyes to wipe away the tears, she rubbed her glasses.

Answer: It is "I'll Do Anything" with Nick Nolte and the little girl is Whittni Wright.

Question: I watched a movie when I was a child, which would have come out in the late 1970's-early 1980's. The only scene I remember, which was near the start I believe, was a young knight, in full armour possibly, and he was walking along the castle walls pretending to fight someone with his sword. That's as much as I remember unfortunately but I did watch it over and over again. I remember watching the Muppets take Manhattan around the same time as this movie. Help on this would be greatly appreciated.

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
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