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Question: I watched a Lifetime movie a few years ago, I don't know what it's called, but this is how it goes. There was a couple who were married and had a baby only I think it died, no clue why, anyways I believe they move to a new house. Only weird things start happening, like things moving on their own, baby cries stuff like that, only it was only apparent to the woman. She ends up contacting a seer, who tells the family that it indeed is a baby ghost, who has latched onto the woman thinking she is his mom. The woman ends up setting fire to the house after the guy left, and died to be the baby's mom. Does anyone know the name of this movie? Thanks.

Answer: Its called The Crying Child.

Question: My wife is looking for the title of a film involving a deranged old man and a little girl going on different adventures, on of which involving a giant floating head. The old man also has a horse and gives the little girl a rose. It looks as if they're journeying through different dimensions or time periods. Any thoughts?

Answer: This is Terry Gilliam's 1988 film, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, starring John Neville as the titular Baron and Sarah Polley as his young companion Sally. The supporting cast includes an uncredited Robin Williams, as the King of the Moon (the giant floating head that your wife remembers), Oliver Reed and a pre-fame Uma Thurman. More information can be found here.


Question: I am looking for the title of a movie I watched back in the late 70's/ early 80's. It centered around an old man who told his life story (in a flashback) to a young kid. In the end, the man showed a white feather from a box on his mantle. There had been two white feathers and they were used in a race. The one who survived the race with the white feather was the winner. But, the boy was very surprised that the old man had the feather. It seemed to have a western flair. (Very Disney-esque like "Hot Lead, Cold Feet") Any ideas?

New this week Answer: It was The Incredible Rocky Mountain Race. Made for TV (1977). An old Mark Twain tells a young boy the story about he and the town braggart raced across the Rocky Mountains, collecting items along the way. One of which is an eagle feather.

Question: Okay it is a 70's-80's movie. I don't now how it starts, but the story leads to two girls kidnapping a older guy and holding him hostage in a house and making him their "sex slave". If I remember correctly, one of them says something like this "I want to check, it is possible f*ck a men to a death?" I also recall him speaking at the end - something like "more, more". IT WASN'T A PORN MOVIE. I watched it on normal TV. Anybody know the title?

Answer: The Beguiled, or maybe "Three in the Attic," with Christopher Jones (Jesse James and Ryan's Daughter) and Yvette Mimeux.

Gavin Jackson

Question: Need help remembering the title of this film. An American film, possibly late 80's early 90's, in which a grandmother passes away but she is a main character in the film as a ghost, and she guides her grandchildren into burying her body where she wanted to be buried, not wanted to be buried where she died.

Answer: Could be Bury Me in Niagara, a 1993 Canadian film released in the US under the title Ghost Mom. Starred Jean Stapleton and Geraint Wyn Davies. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107008/

Jean G

Question: What is the recent movie(2007-2010) where a guy is at a wedding and has to sit at the kid's table because he has no date?

Answer: Grandma's Boy.

Question: I watched this movie when i was small (in the 90's),wherein the lead actor or the villain (I'm not sure)has a severely burnt face and wears a mask always.towards the end there is a scene showing him without his mask, his lips have been burnt off and you can only see the teeth. The last scene shows him walking away as the woman he rescued (not sure) stares at his retreating figure. I really have to know the name of this movie. I know it's not adequate,but this is all i can remember. Hopefully you can help. Thank you.

Answer: That sounds a lot like Sam Raimi's "Darkman": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099365/.


Question: Looking for movie title or actors: a comedy duo, one short and fat, one tall and thin, in Europe. Once at the Vatican dressed as monks, once in a Ferrari driving at 200 mph, and once they were asked to take a picture and ran away with the camera.

Answer: I believe you are referring to "Nuns on the Run" with Eric Idle (Monty Python fame) & Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid from Harry Potter).


Question: I remember watching a black and white movie when I was a kid that popped into my head recently, here's what I remember from the plot. I think the woman is dying but she's still fairly young, she looks for men to live or stay with her for I think 30 days; I believe the goal was to do activities and have fun together but I think he's not supposed to fall in love with her. We come into the movie at the beginning of the 30 days and follow the couple together until the end of the time period during which time the guy has fallen in love with her, but he has to come to terms with losing her as she starts another 30 days with another man I think. Can anyone help me out, it's really starting to bug me now, thanks.

Answer: It sounds a lot like "Sweet November" from 1968, which was remade in 2001 with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron.

Cubs Fan

Question: Around 1970-2010, I am searching for a movie I watched in the late 1990's, but it may have came out earlier, (not the movie Gorillas in the Mist) about a women raising a gorilla in her huge beautiful mansion, she raised him from a monkey in a crib with a bottle, she raised him along with other animals. the Family was sitting at dinner when the gorilla got out of hand, slammed his hand on the table and stormed out like a child. I remember the house was huge, beautiful stairs as soon as you walk in, full of animals she was raising. the main plot of the story is her raising the gorilla who was sick,and close to death when it was young, she saved its life but was too much to handle.

Answer: Sony Pictures' 1997 film "Buddy" starring Rene Russo. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118787/


Question: I watched a movie (in the nineties, maybe late eighties) and I could have sworn a character was played by Kevin Bacon, but I have checked his films. The movie was based on a young woman who moved or arrived back into a town and she keeps on seeing a ghost of a little girl. There was also maybe an apparent murder or mystery in that town and Kevin Bacon was a young local who worked in a car workshop. From my memory she was warned off him, he was somewhat frowned upon, maybe from locals? She eventually got into a relationship with him and as I recall they had a love scene in a lighthouse? I just cannot remember the name of the movie or any actors.

Answer: This movie is called "Stir of Echoes"

Question: There's some movie (or it could be a TV episode, but I really can't remember) where two army recruits who aren't very good are dropped in the middle of the desert with a missile being sent at them. It is a test of a missile sent by the army they are training with. Somehow one or both of them manage to escape alive. Does anyone know what this scene is from?

Answer: This was an episode of the Showtime series Weeds.

Question: The main character is an elderly man who can't speak. He has some kind of device which makes it possible for him to speak and eat through his neck. He lives alone in what I remember as being a big old house. His wife is dead and he somehow keeps her body in her tomb in his house. The tomb is very beautiful. It's a very special tomb because it keeps her body fresh. It is build down in the floor and he can somehow open it and look at her. It sounds very freaky, weird and perverse but this is not the mood at all. You really feel sorry for this man. He still loves her very much and in a scene he watches a kind of slideshow with pictures of her. I think she was a horseback rider and this is the cause of her death but I'm not sure. A young woman visits him. I don't remember why or what their connection is but I think it is a friendly relationship. They have dinner together. In the end he lies down next to his dead wife and dies beside her. I don't know what year the movie was released but it was in color and was shown on Danish television some time between the years 1995-2000. I was very young at the time and didn't understand English very well so I don't remember any quotes, but I don't think there was a lot of talking. I really hope you can help me - thank you.

Answer: I think you are referring to "The Abominable Dr Phibes" starring Vincent Price.

Question: I've been trying to find the title to this film for ages. It has a huge structure that rises from a dirty lake when a young boy visits the lake and then sinks back under the water when he goes. I was only young when I watched it so not sure if it was classed as a horror. Can you help me?

Answer: The Quest (1986) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091810/combined

Grumpy Scot

Question: This is a pretty old movie. I have part of a movie stuck in my head and it is about a boy who goes in a white room. There are people with big vertical tubes over each of them and they appear to be asleep. Eventually the boy plays music and the tubes rise up and the people are free. Does anyone know which movie this is?

Answer: This is the 1953 film, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T" starring Hans Conreid and Tommy Rettig. The screenplay was written by Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss). This was the only film ever written by Geisel, who was do disappointed by the film's box office failure that he never even mentioned writing it in any of his biographical material.


Question: I saw this film about twenty years ago and was wondering if anyone else has any idea of information on it. It was black and white about a fort set in old west and it was a comedy. It had a song saying something like "if you could only hear the hoofbeats on the ground" which was accompanied with footage of a horse running. Anything that comes to mind would be greatly appreciated. I saw it one time with my mom and the ten year anniversary of her death is coming up, and I would like to watch it again. Thanks.

Answer: I saw it over fifty years ago on TV. I think the film was called, "The Slaughter Trail". It was an strange western with almost wall-to-wall singing in place of narration or dialogue. The main chorus went something like, "You could only hear the sound of the hoofbeats on the ground as the horses went down the Slaughter Trail". The tune of that line burned itself into my memory, but I remember nothing else about the movie.

Question: What is the name of an old movie where either an escaped convict or asylum patient kidnaps a boy who turns out to really be a girl, the girl falls in love with him. He gets caught when he goes to town to buy her special curtains?

Answer: You may be thinking of "Sweet Hostage" starring Martin Sheen and Linda Blair?

Question: I saw this film 15-20 years ago. There were giant ants in the Amazon jungles. I think the forest is eaten. Then the ants came to the city and I think the ants were eating humans. Finally they died by fire or being drowned under water (maybe dam water). Does anybody have any idea?

Answer: There is a movie from 1954 by Gordon Douglas called "Them". It's about giant ants that invade the city and eat humans but as far as I know, that's about it. Can't remember any jungle or dam water so it's quite possible it's not the one you're after. Or there is a movie called The Naked Jungle. It doesn't have giant ants, but it does have an army of ants. They cut a swath through the amazon jungle, consuming everything and everyone in their path. A plantation owner tries to destroy them by blowing up a dam.

Question: Is there an alien that looks like a praying mantis in any of the Alien movies? I used to have a toy of it.

Answer: I don't think so, but I do remember the toy line. They made several "species" of alien that weren't featured in the films.


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.

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