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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

Question: There was a cartoon, I don't remember what channel, that was on during the 90s (I think) about a detective or an inspector who's last name was Watermelon. I cannot for the life of me remember what the show was called. I've Googled every keyword I can think of but I can't find it.

Answer: Walter Melon was a 1998 animated TV show, adapted from the Franco-Belgian comic and television series Achille Talon. The show aired in the United States on the Fox Family Channel during 1998 and 1999. Walter Melon and his assistant Bitterbug run a company as "heroes for hire. Whenever superheroes get in trouble, get sick, or fall victim to their villains' latest scheme, Melon and Bitterbug (Lefuneste) take their places temporarily.

Question: 80's or 90's movie that starts with a girl crossing the street and there is a man in a car checking her out, her dress blows up and her underwear say something (i love you), he thinks she's beautiful. Later in the movie she changes her looks to a more crazy punk look and I think it's because she's hiding from someone. This guy ends up helping her somehow and falling for her. I remember they are climbing a ladder to get away from someone and he sees he underwear and realizes she's the girl he saw before and thought she was beautiful.

Answer: It was Breaking All The Rules, from 1985.

Question: I am trying to remember a film that I think takes place at a summer camp (or at least some place with lot of kids). In it there is a scene where several boys fake a groin injury so the attractive female nurse will touch them.

Answer: The scene you describe makes me think of the 1985 TV movie "Poison Ivy," starring Michael J. Fox. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089820/)

Question: Saw a movie in the late 90's or in the early 2000's. An adventure about an elder man and a kid (maybe two kids) that finds or are in possession of something - a book or medallion or something that made things from the past appear in their time. I remember lions and a hunter chasing them with bad intents. A lot of other things chased them as well, but I remembered those things specifically. I only remember one particular scene which involves the hunter entering a weapons shop trying to buy ammunition for his old rifle, and the clerk clarifies that the round the hunter displays has not been for sale in a long time.

Answer: Sounds like Jumanji, starring Robin Williams. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113497/)

Question: I am looking for the name of a movie about a grizzly bear trying to get honey for her cubs, and gets hit in the head by a rock and dies.

Answer: The Bear (1988) directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The mother bear is burrowing on a mountainside and is killed by a large falling rock from a rockslide.

Sierra1

Question: What was that movie that had a one word title starting with L. There is this teacher in it who looks quite young has dark hair, during night he goes to a bar to dance. Then there is a blonde short haired women who is his student and has got a crush on him. She sees him in the bar and starts to hit on him in class. He refuses. She goes in the bar too and he drops her home on his bike. That's all I remember. I had seen this movie on TV in between 2003-2006.

Answer: Lambada. http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0099969/

Question: What is the movie where the dance teacher dates one of his student's mom just so he can stalk the student himself? It's one of those scary movies.

Answer: The Obsession, starring Daphne Zuniga and Sebastian Spence. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0818124/.

Question: My question is about a television show my sister and I watched as kids (probably sometime between '94 and '97). It was a show about a man who had some type of conservatory/atrium-type thing behind his home where he kept zoo animals. I believe he had a gorilla and a lion. The animals could talk, but the protagonist was the only one they would talk to. He never told anyone that the animals could talk for fear that they would think he was crazy, and, if I remember correctly, he even believed himself that he may be crazy. I don't remember what channel it would have been on, but I'm pretty sure it aired during the day. It can't have been very popular because, even back then, no one else I knew watched it or had even heard of it.

Answer: This sounds like it could be the Hanna-Barbara cartoon Shirt Tales (1980) - it aired first on NBC then Cartoon Network.

Rydersriot87

Question: I am looking for the name of a movie circa 80s. I think that it might have been a hallmark movie because it was a bit schmaltzy. It is about a band with a highly talented guitarist who plays the guitar in a barn because he likes to play but doesn't like attention. His best friend, a keyboardist, is forming a American garage band and begs him to join and eventually the guitarist does. Once the guitarist joins, the keyboardist is no longer in the spot light as much because the guitarist is such a huge talent. So the keyboardist resorts to drugs to feel good. Predictably he dies from an overdose. This causes the band to breaks up just before a big competition and their producer tries to force the guitar player to join a rival band in an effort to create a better band. This band is an English heavy metal band. This mix doesn't make sense and everybody knows it but the producer. The guitarist chooses to drops out entirely and return home to his mid-western farm. The rest of the band shows up at the contest to perform one last time in memory of the dead keyboardist but the guitarist is prohibited from coming by the producer. A friend helps by providing him a wireless connection to the speakers and he starts playing just before the band starts to leave the stage. This was the first time I had ever seen a wireless connection like this. This is why I think it is an early 80's movie. It wasn't a huge movie but every time it came on, my wife and I would watch it. Any help here would be appreciated.

Answer: Thunder Alley (1985) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090168/.

Question: There's a scene I remember set in a glass walled office of a restaurant. Behind the main actors, through the glass windows, the chefs are busy prepping food, the scene goes on for a long time and I think may be a single take. Think it's a Hitchcock film - definitely that era - 50's I think. Any ideas??

Answer: This scene is in 'To Catch A Thief'. Definitely a Hitchcock film.

ChiChi

Question: I can't remember the name of a film I watched some years ago. It was on TV, very late at night, I think it started on a boat where the woman and man were having a nice time, they go to sleep and when the woman wakes up the man is gone. She looks around on the boat for him but can't find him, on the deck there are bloody footprint leading to the edge of the boat. She assumes he gone overboard. The police question her but believe she killed the man. I remember the man isn't actually dead and she tracks him down and finds him and I think they had a daughter that he took with him when he disappeared.

Answer: That's the movie "Double Jeopardy" starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I am looking for the name of a dubbed French or possibly Italian film that I viewed as a youngster in the 60s or early 70s. Concerned everyday life in a city neighbourhood, where a not too bright middle aged man manages to know all the right answers to quizzes. Eventually he becomes a minor celebrity and everybody from politicians to business leaders seeks his advice.

Answer: Sounds like "Being There," starring Peter Sellers. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078841/)

Question: There is a movie I can't remember much of, and it's driving me bonkers. I think it is a parody of superhero movies, but I'm not sure. I only remember two scenes: in one, a guy opens a 'tornado in a can.'I think the can was green with white letters. In another, a man literally gets fried on a chair by the villain. Can anyone help me remember the name of this movie?

Answer: "Mystery Men," starring Ben Stiller and Geoffrey Rush. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0132347/)

Question: I am looking for a movie (probably from the 80s) where a boy makes friends with a girl he believes is a witch. The girl has long brown hair and may live with her grandmother. The boy is stung by stinging nettles in the film and at the beginning has a plate of food sneaked up to him in his room. I am pretty sure I saw this on the Disney Channel growing up.

Answer: I think the movie is called The Witching of Ben Wagner.

Question: Saw this movie trailer about a year ago (2011): Foreign film about a man in prison (circa WWI or WW2?) who pays another prisoner so he may go free and assumes that other man's identity. The freed man then travels to the other mans estate where he assumes the other mans identity & position in the family. Some suspect; others don't. Possible British cast. What is the title of this movie? It was released in 2009-2011?

Answer: The movie you refer to I believe is "The Tenth Man" with Anthony Hopkins, was a TV movie from 1988. IMDB link here. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096243/.

Question: Does anyone know the film about two children, a boy and a girl, who go on an adventure with nanny/babysitter. I can remember the boy sings at the table, "What do we want? Breakfast! When do we want it? Now.

Answer: This sounds similar to "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987) starring Elizabeth Shue.

raywest

Question: I'm looking for the name of a 1980s animated movie which I saw on TV when I was little about a young dinosaur whose mother dies near the start of the movie. He goes on an adventure with other young dinosaurs. I think it might be a Disney movie, but I'm not sure. I can't remember the exact plot. I was wondering if anyone has any idea what this movie is.

Answer: The Land Before Time. (And there are several sequels, too.)

MovieFan612

Question: This has been driving me crazy! I want to watch a movie that I saw about 10 years ago, but don't remember the title or actors. Briefly, a man's wife and child have just been murdered, and the murderer commits suicide right after. During his grieving the man stumbles upon a home video of his child taping his wife driving. The man that murders his family is shown on tape jumping out in front of the car and saves them from an accident. Turns out that the man who killed his wife and child had gotten the ability to see when people were about to die, and they would be shown with a bright aura around them. However, anyone he saves from death becomes demonic and starts killing people. When the man realizes this he goes back and kills everyone he's saved, thus explaining why he murdered his wife and child. Sound familiar to anyone? I really hope so 'cause this has been driving me insane.

Answer: White Noise 2.

Grumpy Scot
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