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Question: Looking for a "time travel" movie in which the two main characters, a man and woman, communicate across time. He lives in "Aniston", while she lives in "Anne's Town." She can see the future through his eyes, but not vice versa. She is shocked/awed by seeing an airplane. Most likely a TV Movie and from the late 70s to early 80s. Thanks.

Answer: The Twilight Zone. The episode was called "A message from Charity".

Question: I am looking for a movie from late 80s or 90s. America. There is a girl and two brothers (maybe step-brothers). The girl is in relationship with one of the brothers. Girl lives in big house (kinda wealthy). She cheats on her boyfriend with her boyfriend's brother. I can remember some scenes: girl is dancing sensually in bar; one of the brothers goes in jail and when the girl visits him, she says "I want you inside me right now"; hotel scene at the end where the boyfriend finds out that the girl is cheating on him with his brother - there is also shooting in this scene. There are very many sex scenes in this movie. In the storyline there was some issue with the girl's family and at the end it's revealed that the girl had a plan and she played a game, and the brothers were somehow part of it. I hope somebody recognizes the movie and knows the name. Thanks.

Answer: That's "Feeling Minnesota" (1996), with Cameron Diaz, Keanu Reeves, and Vincent D'Onofrio. Diaz plays a beautiful ex-stripper who is reluctantly marrying one brother in order to pay off a mob debt, but she instantly falls in love with the other brother and runs off with him for a whirlwind affair, with the angry brother and mobsters in pursuit. The film becomes a sort of love-triangle/double-cross/crime-caper. Yes, a bundle of money is heisted, Diaz is shot and assumed dead, D'Onofrio and others are killed; but it turns out Diaz was running a double-cross, and she ends up reunited with Reeves. One of her most memorable lines in the movie was, "You wanna be inside me again, Jjaks?" https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feeling_Minnesota.

Question: Movie about a psychiatrist that works for the police and has a patient that is crazy. His wife sleeps with one of his patients in a hotel? The patient becomes obsessed and the psychiatrist ends up killing his patient at their vacation home at the end of the movie. It's not Asylum, thanks for the help.

Question: There was a movie I saw one time. The movie was about a woman whose car had broken down. She is taken in by an old woman and her family. At first, everyone is nice to but when she joins the family for dinner, they don't approve of her dress as they deem it to provocative and ask her to remove her lipstick. Eventually, she realizes that the old woman's family intend to hold her hostage for the rest of her life. She tries to have one of the woman's relatives mail a letter for her but instead, he shows it to the old woman and she reacts by locking the woman in her room. The movie ends with her husband coming to the farm and rescuing her.

Answer: I think the movie you're describing is "Fanatic (1965)". It's also known as "Die! Die! My Darling!" Young Pat Carroll (Stefanie Powers) goes to the home of her dead fiancé to meet his beloved mother, Mrs. Trefoile (Tallulah Bankhead). There, she discovers that Mrs. Trefoile is not the loving mother she had anticipated, but rather a grieving psychopath who blames Pat for the death of her son. This movie is based on a novel by Anne Blaisdell and adapted by Richard Matheson. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059106/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanatic_ (film) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIbPwO6h9Xs.

Question: I am looking for the name of the movie about a lady who lives on a bus. As the bus makes its rounds, the people come out and take care of her.

Answer: The movie is Lady on the Bus. Based on a true story. Starring Maggie Smith. It has played in Art House theaters for the past few months.

Question: I doubt anyone will know, but here goes; I watched a movie years ago and all I can remember is that it was about two female friends, one of the friends is sort of jealous and even possibly in love with the other one, who works in some kind of performing arts (stage actress?). They briefly live together, but then have a falling out. All I can remember is the ending; one of the women is in a car with her male partner and drives by the other woman who is walking alone through town, then the screen goes black. I think it might have been foreign (French?) and probably mid to late 90's. That's all I can remember, please help! I think it's set in the 1940s.

Question: This is from an early to mid-1970's movie. A woman in a sheer dress is walking along a beach with a green-colored man with green curly hair on a leash. She stops, removes her necklace that has a large diamond on it and gives it to the green man, who then walks out to a rock outcropping and looks at the sun through the diamond. Anybody have an idea as to what was the name of this film?

Question: Many, many TV series have episodes in which a pregnant woman goes into labor at an awkward time, and a main character(s) must deliver the baby. Is there some reason why?

Answer: This unusually common, perhaps overused convention can be used for a variety of reasons. It can create dramatic tension for a drama, when babies are delivered amidst a crisis (example: "E.R." - "Love's Labor Lost," 1995). It can create an opportunity for comedy, usually resulting from some comedic mishap (example: "All in the Family" - Elevator Story," 1972 - Archie Bunker doesn't actually deliver the baby, but is stuck in the elevator while the delivery is taking place). It can add humanity to a gruff or seemingly emotionless character who must exhibit some tenderness and support during the delivery (example, Worf delivering Keiko's baby in "Star Trek: TNG" - "Disaster," 1991). It can also bring about some macabre or supernatural result (example: "Resurrection" - "Loved in Return," 2015). There are probably other reasons or better examples that aren't coming to my mind.

Question: I watched a movie years ago about some young brothers playing (1800's) and they take a little wealthy girl for fun. They are afraid to return her so they raise her as their sister. Years later, after some of her brothers die, she's told the truth about who she is and returns home. She looks exactly like the portrait on the wall of her mother. I can't remember any more.

Answer: I believe the movie you're describing is Rose Hill, a Hallmark movie starring Jennifer Garner.

Question: Thought the actor was Anthony Hopkins but cannot locate the movie. Wife thinks she's dying of cancer. They agree to jump off a cliff. He gets a message from the doctor saying it was all a mistake and she's not dying, but he doesn't tell her. She jumps off the cliff and he inherits lots of money. Last scene he is in big city exhibiting his art.

Question: There was a movie that had a woman asleep in the back seat of a car while she was wearing earphones. A strange green fog goes into the car and begins to undress her. As she wakes up she realizes that she's being raped by some demonic creature.

Answer: Sounds like Trick or treat (1986).

Question: Looking for 90's or early 2000s movie with two brothers home for a wedding or maybe a funeral. The good brother's fiance ends up cheating with the criminal brother at a hotel.

Answer: "Feeling Minnesota" (1996) with Cameron Diaz, Keanu Reeves and Vincent D'Onofrio. A beautiful ex-stripper is reluctantly marrying one brother, but she's in love with the other brother, and she runs off with him on her wedding day. http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0116289/.

Question: I'm looking for a film about an unhappy wife who falls in love with her young son's female teacher. I think it's set in the 1940's/50's, British, possibly made for TV as that's the only place I've seen it but could have been general release. Thanks.

Question: There was a movie I saw maybe in the 80's. It was about a boy who ends up with some pirates that travel to different planets. During the movie the captain's crew is getting killed by several enemies. The captain is seriously injured so the boy takes some tools to save the captain's life. The movie ends with the captain living and either leaving the kid on another planet or returning him to his home planet.

Answer: It is a low budget B-Movie, Space Raiders (1983). Vince Edwards is the Captain of the pirates. A young boy accidentally stows away on his ship and becomes a pawn between several pirate factions.

Question: I am searching for the name of an old comedy, I believe, possibly black and white I saw as a child. Part of the story centers around a woman trying to lure a man to marry her. To do so she refuses to take off her white gloves until he becomes so obsessed with what is beneath them he marries her.

Answer: I think the movie you're describing is Homicidal (1961). A transvestite wears gloves to hid his manly hands. He needs a marriage license in a Hitchcockian plot to gain an inheritance from his sister. A low budget dark movie.

Question: I'm trying to identify a movie I saw in the 1960s or 70s. A girl's mother is trying to make her think she's crazy. There's a scene where she sees her dead father's body in her playhouse and she runs away through the woods. A hand reaches out from leaves on the path and grabs her ankle. Freaked me out as a child and I'd like to see it again.

Answer: It's "A Taste of Evil" (1971). It stars Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Parkins and Roddy McDowall. Barbara Parkins plays a young rape victim, recently released from a mental institution. She begins experiencing "flashbacks"; are these merely illusions, or is she being systematically tortured to drive her insane by a mystery villain? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067828.

Arris

Question: I am after the name of a movie where a woman goes through a day trying to escape people after her. In the end it turns out the whole town has been acting to scare her. In the end she is tied to a chair and we find out she murdered a child and as punishment she receives an injection at the end of each day and when she wakes up she has to relive the same traumatic day again. I have searched everywhere for this movie.

Answer: This is an episode of the TV show "Black Mirror", called "White Bear". It's season 2, episode 2.

Jon Sandys

Question: I'm looking for the title of a movie about a man who murdered his wife, and seemingly got away with it, but a woman is pretending to be his living wife and all of their friends and family say the the impostor really is his wife. Not sure if it was made for TV or not.

Answer: There are a couple of films that use this story. "One of My Wives is Missing" from 1976, starring Jack Klugman and Elizabeth Ashley could be it. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075015/) It was later remade in 1986 as "Vanishing Act, " starring Mike Farrell and Margot Kidder. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092148/).

Question: There was this film I watched a few years ago that isn't very well known. I do not know any of the actors in it, but it's about this new girl at this school who comes between two best friends. The new girl is obsessed with one of them, so she invites the other one to a fake party with them and when they get to a warehouse, she murders the girl so that her and the girl she's obsessed with can be best friends. Stabs her. The other girl who the killer is obsessed with wants to tell the dead girl's parents but she's being forced not to, so the dead girl's mother investigates and ins out herself. Does anyone know what this film is called?

Answer: Death clique. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3509114/

Question: Please help me remember the name of this movie. It is from the 1980s, possibly the early 1990s. A teenage girl, maybe college student, is following newspaper stories about a criminal and fantasizes about him. I am mostly sure that the girl is blonde. I remember a scene where she is in her house's kitchen. Her stepfather/mother's boyfriend makes romantic advances. There is an implication that he has sexually abused her, or that she willingly slept with him before, but regrets it.

Answer: Fatal Charm, 1990.

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