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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

Question: Looking for a movie where the Dad is away (I think at war), and the Mum gets sick and dies. 3 boys are put in different homes and Dad comes home and is looking for them. He finds 2 of them and at last finds no. 3, who is crippled from abuse. I think the title has the word "home" in it.

Answer: Sounds like "After the promise" starring Mark Harmon, made in 1987.

Question: I can remember a film with two detectives searching for a killer, one is an older man with a daughter who is a student nurse, she lives in a shared house with other nurses. The other detective is younger, and very good looking, he begins a relationship with the daughter. It turns out that the younger detective is the killer. I remember him breaking into the shared house, killing several young women, wearing nothing but some very small underpants! And then chasing the other detective's daughter down the street, again, wearing nothing but underpants. I think its an 80s film, or possibly early 90s?

Answer: 10 to Midnight, starring Charles Bronson. At the end of the movie, the psychotic killer told him that he would only spend a few years in jail, because he was sick. He then said "I'll be back." Charles Bronson said "No you won't" and shot him.

rossfromhibbing

Question: Looking for the name of a movie I saw in the early 90's, I think it was a made for TV movie. A boy is wrongfully convicted of killing a girl that he liked in a pool house or garage. There is one scene that sticks with me. After he is convicted it shows them burning a box of evidence which has a bandanna in it, which was worn by another character.

Question: I'm looking for a made for TV, possibly in the 1980's. It was a midday movie in Australia. From what I remember, there is a man driving his car up a road, and there are fields and trees on either side. All of a sudden, a women comes out from the side, covered in blood. The man stops, and the woman says to him that there is a killer after her (and I think that her husband has been killed). The guy in the car goes looking for the killer, but you never actually see him - a little bit like Duel. They are going in and out of old derelict barns. I think that the main guy was dark haired, one of the top TV stars of the 70's, 80's. It was not a horror movie, but a thriller. For some reason, I remember that it was filmed in Canada.

Question: There was a movie about a small boy and a girl who had evil powers. What really made them terrifying is that they had black fingernails and whenever they touched somebody, that person would be burned alive. This is not Children of the Damned or the sequel, and it is not Children of the Corn.

Answer: This is a 1980 Troma horror movie called "The Children" or "The Children of Ravensback".

Sierra1

Question: Trying to find the name of a horror movie maybe from the late 80's early 90's. All I remember is that a young man inherits a cabin (or something). He takes a group of friends there. When he gets there, he walks to the side of the place only to find it as a skeletal structure with just the front standing. However the front showed a full cabin and they were able to go inside, which showed a full house. It had something to do with demons or something that killed off his friends 1 by 1 and possessing them. The only other scene I remember is towards the end of the movie, he wakes up to find all his "dead" friends helping him up. They said as soon as he stepped through the doorway he passed out. He began telling him about his "dream" when one of his friends throws up blood (or something) and says "oops." When the guy looked around him it showed his friends all in demon-like form (them waking him up was just a trick) and the chase resumed. Sorry but that is all I can remember.

Question: I'd like to find the title of a made-for-TV movie from, I think, the early 80s. A group of high school buddies has gathered at a remote cabin, possibly to celebrate graduation, when a girl who has been date-raped and escaped from her rapist, comes to them for help. One or more of them rapes her, too. Years later, one of them has a successful career and plans to run for public office, so he doesn't want his past to come to light. Another one is in prison, and one day he is drawing a picture of himself on his cell wall. For some reason, maybe fire or something in his eyes, his cellmate throws a bucket of water which causes the picture to look like Jesus. He "gets religion" and becomes a jailhouse preacher. Their youthful misdeeds come to light somehow, and they have to deal with it. The girl becomes a follower of the jailhouse "preacher" who has formed a cult, without realizing who he is.

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