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Question: There was a movie I saw in the '80s but never found out the title. The only scene I remember was two girls who are best friends sitting at the table of an old woman who gives big slices of cake to both of them. However, one girl believes the woman is trying to poison them both and convinces her friend to dump the cake down their shirts when the lady's back is turned. They both do and when the old woman turns around she asks if they'd like another slice but they both decline.

Question: What songs have been the theme song for more than one movie? ie. September was the lead song for both Last Vegas and Night at the Museum.

Question: I'm looking for a movie, or short film about WWI. I remember a scene were they were in the trenches, a gas attack hits them, and one of the soldiers (a rather chubby one) couldn't find his gas mask. After panicking and trying to grab others masks he chokes. I think the movie starts with an old man grabbing a young guy at a store by the collar and starts talking about WWI, it also ends with the same man and boy again where the old man says "That, was my war." That's all I remember. It might be British made and from the 80's or 90's. I hope someone can help.

Question: There was a movie I believe that was set sometime in the mid to late 80's. A man and a woman are going on a cross-country trip. While traveling down a highway, they come across a young boy and his sister who are selling what they claim are real dinosaur eggs. The couple aren't interested and begin to drive off before stopping and deciding to take the kids with them.

New this month Answer: I am pretty sure this is "Help Wanted: Kids". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091194/.

Question: I once saw this old movie where a man (a photographer) was having an inappropriate affair with a young girl. They ended up having a child together - at the end of the movie they break up and she walks away with the young baby with a yellow or blue dress. The movie was old, like 1940-1960. Please help me. Thanks.

Question: There was a movie in the early 70's that included a young doctor trying to hook up with a young woman, whose mother kept trying to keep them apart. At one point, he was racing to her rescue while hollering Medical Emergency to get people out of the way. There was a scene with them in a hot tub at which point her mother pulled her out while covering her with a towel.

Question: What is the name of the movie when the girl kills people every time she sees spots and she doesn't realize it? It takes place on the beach.

Answer: Psycho Beach party - it's a playback to the movie Gidget.

Question: What is the movie when there is a white woman and a black man who own a very superpower hotel and have a child. They get a babysitter - the wife traps her in the hotel and has her set up to be killed, then they kill her friend instead, so the lady tries to kill her. In the end the babysitter ends up with the man.

Question: It was a strange movie I saw on TV where a boy was in his school during a shooting and he was looking for his friend to get him out of the school. He kept going around to people and asking them if they had seen his friend, and they kept responding in strange ways and just generally acting weird. In the end he found out his friend was the sniper on the roof and his friend told him how his family had all been snipers in wars in the past and that is why he was doing it. I would really appreciate any help finding out what this movie is.

Question: I remember this quote from a movie or TV I once saw, but I can't remember the name of it. It went something like this: One or two men (I forget how many), possibly spies, try to escape from the villain(s) by jumping through a window. But the glass doesn't smash. One of them comments on how strong the glass is and asks if it's an American invention. A woman (possibly the villain) then says "Actually we stole it off the Russians."

Question: I saw a film not long ago but can't remember the title. It features a bumbling spy, and in one scene when he is trying to break into a place, he pulls out a credit card, types some numbers on the side and it emits a laser beam. When he is finished, he can't turn the laser off properly and it burns a hole in his pants. Does anyone know this film?

Answer: Sounds like Get Smart to me.

Phixius

Question: Hi everyone! I need to find the movie from this picture. My friend has this photo on his mobile phone and doesn't remember where it comes from. Please, if someone recognizes it, I'll appreciate it. https://31.media.tumblr.com/1591397126afff96159b91587f8cfb71/tumblr_n6ecvjbKiZ1qmn5lfo1_500.jpg.

Question: What is the movie? Set in the late 19th century, man whose wife is in a coma, hires a woman to bear his child. She bears a daughter, leaves and returns when the daughter is an adolescent, still in love with the child's father.

Answer: Firelight.

Question: I am trying to figure out the title of a movie about two friends in prison... I know one was an African American but not sure of the other. The movie starts out with them in the prison yard and then starts showing flashbacks of how they got there. The movie switches back and forth between scenes of them in their youth and then of them older and their trials of dealing with prison life.

Answer: Sounds like "Life" (1999), starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.

Sierra1

Question: I saw a trailer a few years ago for a movie that looked interesting but I've forgotten the title. All I remember is that it was vaguely steampunky and/or futuristic and a sniper seemed to play an important part (who maybe wore a mask/goggles?). Fairly sure it was live action - sorry it's so vague, but maybe it'll ring a bell for someone.

Answer: Probably "Franklyn" from 2008 - Ryan Philippe plays Preest, a masked detective with a steampunk-style sniper rifle.

Sierra1

Question: I need help finding a movie that I saw about 15 years ago. It was I believe set in Japan, with a group of fighters (maybe samurai) battling it out in a windmill or something of the sort. One of the fighters, a white man, is injured, then is taken care of a man and his daughter. The man is eventually nursed back to life, and there is a scene where she daughter just lies with the injured fighter. Then he's healthy again and I don't remember the rest. Does anyone know this movie?

Answer: May be The Last Samurai (2003), starring Tom Cruise.

Question: 15 years ago I watched a movie. It was funny and little bit of a survival movie. I don't know the name but some scenes I remember. A man and woman go for a journey somewhere in a private airplane. Their airplane got stuck in the trees. When the fuelling of the plane was finished then the man used his wine as the fuel. When the man was hungry, he stole an ostrich's egg and the ostrich ran toward him. A Mongoose bit the wheel of the airplane and punctured it.

Answer: Definitely "The Gods Must Be Crazy II" (1980).

Sierra1

Question: Looking for the name of a war movie, prior to 1975. The conclusion takes place on a Naval ship. A German spy is discovered because he mispronounces a racial slur that every "American" knows how to pronounce.

Question: I'm trying to figure out the title of a movie. It starts out with this guy who spots a naked woman in the woods. The man later decides to kidnap this woman and ties her up in his basement or woodshed. He also tries to conceal the fact from his family that he did this. His son, later, tries to fool around with her for a bit by breaking into the basement which his dad has locked, but doesn't fool around that much. It's a fairly recent movie but nobody knows what I'm talking about.

Answer: The name of the movie is "The Woman," which was made in 2011.

Question: There is a movie about a boy who is a part of his school's swim team. He eventually discovers that he's a merman. To make things problematic, he is stalked by a man who, during a swim competition, notices fins start to appear on the kid's legs.

Answer: You're thinking of the 1999 Disney movie "The Thirteenth Year." A teen-aged boy learns his mother is a mermaid.

raywest
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