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I remember seeing a "Star Wars" knockoff on TV years ago. I believe it was from the late 70's or early 80's. I don't remember much about it other than a scene that was copying the Death Star trench-run scene, where a couple spaceships were flying down this sort-of mechanical tunnel with really iffy special effects. I seem to remember the scene being overly red/orange tinted. I also think this may have been a foreign film (like Japanese), but I'm not 100% sure. Ring anyone's bell?


Answer: There is a Japanese one called Message from Space.

I looked it up on YouTube. This is the closest answer at this point because there is a somewhat similar scene, but I'm still pretty sure that's not it... it doesn't really match up perfectly with what I remember.


Answer: OP here. Another detail of the scene that I remember is that the scene looked kinda like it was done with cut-outs. Like pictures of the spaceships instead of models, if that makes any sense. Like the ships all looked "flat." And most of the camera angles seemed to be either POV's of the "hero" ship, or shots from behind. If memory serves, there were also some enemy ships. The tunnel was more of a cylinder than a trench. Like it went completely around all the ships. And like I said, the entire scene had kind of a red/orange tint.


Answer: If it was blue light instead of red/orange, you may be thinking of Starcrash. Although I would think you would have remembered Caroline Munro wearing what the Mystery Science Theater crew described as "vampire lingerie."

I don't believe it was "Star Crash." I scanned through a couple movies looking for the scene in question before posting this and couldn't find it in that movie.


Answer: There is a, I believe, Turkish version out there as well.


Definitely not "Turkish Star Wars." I've seen a fair bit of that movie.


Answer: This could be "Spaceballs," the 1987 Mel Brooks film that parodies "Star Wars."

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Definitely not "Spaceballs." This movie was probably made before it and wasn't a parody from what I can remember.


There was a music video that had scenes from the movie Silent Fall, but I no longer remember the song or performer, and have had trouble finding either on Google - can anybody help?

Answer: "Healing" sung by Wynonna and Michael English.

What is the name of that made-for-TV movie in which there is a scene where a woman is whipping children out in the rain before she is pulled apart from them?

Answer: The Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood.

Looking for the title of a movie where Olivia D'Abo played a figure skater - she had Keanu Reeves for a co-star.

Answer: You're probably thinking of "Ice Castles," starring Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson. The look alikes to Olivia and Keanu. There is a remake but don't know who is in the cast.

Answer: This could be Flying (, a movie from 1986 that starred both Keanu Reeves and Olivia D'Abo. However, Olivia D'Abo in this movie is a gymnast, not a figure skater.

Casual Person

I am looking for the name of a black and white film about a married man who is trying to help a woman in a town run by a crime boss, escape the abusive relationship. His wife misunderstands the relationship and calls the crime boss to ask him to keep his wife away from her husband which may have gotten the woman killed.

Answer: It might be "Toys in the Attic" (1963) Starring Dean Martin. A long lost brother returns home to his two spinster sisters with a young bride on tow. He throws money around like water. Later it's revealed he made a shady real estate deal with a woman in exchange for helping her escape an abusive relationship. It also has the scene you described.

There was a TV movie that I believe had Clancy Brown in it. In the movie, Clancy is married to a woman and has a teenage daughter. Eventually, Clancy cheats on his wife with her sister. Eventually, he gets his daughter and the sister that his wife is trying to kill him and that they should kill her first. They eventually succeed but, Clancy is eventually found out and is put on trial.

Answer: It sounds like the TV miniseries "Love, Lies, and Murder" (1991) based on the true story of David Brown. Brown's teenage daughter confesses to killing her step-mother (Brown's wife) and Brown was having an affair with his teenage sister-in-law (his wife's sister). Brown was eventually convicted of murdering his wife.


The name of a movie about a French girl who runs away from home after she just got out of prison, gets tricked into getting robbed by the guy who drove her to Paris and falls in love with an American soldier? It's set close to WW2.


Answer: If you're looking for a 50's movie, maybe "Act of Love" (1953) with Kirk Douglas and Dany Robin? A French woman (Robin) starts to fall in love with an American soldier (Douglas), who loves her in return. She does go to prison, bust she's an orphan so I don't think she runs away from home when she gets out. He gets transferred out of Paris and ends up missing the chance to marry the woman.


Answer: Possibly "Suite Française" (2015). Sounds pretty close to the description.

It was made somewhere between the 50's and 70's, and was in color (true color, not colorized).

Looking for a movie title (most likely made after 2000) where a zombie/robot takes in a lost little red-headed girl. The girl then leaves to kill the man who killed her mother. In the end, flies away with a man in a homemade red airplane. It's a futuristic movie and in one scene the girl and the man eat Twinkies that expired 1,000 years before. England is a moving tank on wheels. Title anyone?

Looking for the title of a movie somewhere between the 90's and now. It involved a musical group (maybe a rock band) hiding out in an older royal English couple's manor/castle for peace and quiet and to record an album there (possibly). Anyone familiar with this movie title?

I remember a comedy Western about a bandit leader who is tempted into going straight by a rich blond heiress, she gets him caught, he tries to go straight but reverts. There is an attempt to catch him by a retired sheriff who sets letters to catch him on fire, at one point he says "I learned never trust a beautiful woman or a lonely midget'. He finally escapes by wearing the heiress' petticoats?


Answer: That's the TV Movie Evil Roy Slade (1972).

I saw a movie years and years ago. I think it was a kids or family movie from the early/mid-90's. I just remember either the opening scene or the second scene introducing the hero (who was like a teen or pre-teen boy) playing Nintendo... and he was using his index fingers on the controller instead of his thumbs. I could swear the main character was played by Tobey Maguire, but I can't seem to find the scene anywhere, so it was probably someone else. (Maybe he was in the movie but didn't play the main character?) Does this ring anyone's bell?


Answer: As has happened a few times now, I stumbled onto the answer between submitting the question and it actually being posted, haha. It was evidently "Revenge of the Red Baron" that I was remembering. I was going through Maguire's filmography trying to find the answer and found that someone had gone ahead and posted the whole movie on YouTube. Watched a few minutes and the scene I remember was there. (I thought it might have been "The Wizard" too at first).


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.

Answer: The movie, "Tell It to the Bees," has a similar plot, but it's the town's female doctor, with a son, who has the affair with one of her patients.

Korean (Asian) Romance/Drama movie (adult themes) I saw this a LONG while back and haven't been able to find it since. It's about a wife who gets bored at home because her husband is always out. She somehow meets a woman who encourages her to join the world of prostitution, which she slowly does. She gains confidence the more she takes part in it with that woman (who is probably a bit out of her mind) pushing her along the way. I think at one point she sleeps with a guy in a store? I also remember the "pimp" wore very pimpish clothes. Huge hat, cane, cape, all that. The ending is what I remember the most. The wife gets caught by her husband/she catches her husband at the brothel, whereupon we learn the woman who was encouraging the wife to work at the brothel had actually been sleeping with the husband, as he is a regular. This conversation happens while the husband at that woman are having sex and she is choking him. There's also I believe a scene where she gets kicked out and begins to bang on the door hysterically, angrily demanding the money she is owed from the husband. I hope that's enough to help. I've searched a lot and can't find it.


Answer: It is similar to the (1967) Belle de Jour. Catherine Deneuve plays a bored housewife who becomes a high class escort.

I'm looking for the title of a movie that I've seen in the 80's. A young brainwashed adult woman leave her parents' house to go live in a sect with her boyfriend. At the end of the movie, her father is finally able to take her back home by using force (a kind of kidnapping). Another clue, somewhere during the movie everyone holds each other's hand and sing He's got the whole world in his hands. Thanks for your help.

Answer: Ticket to Heaven (1981).

I want to find title of a black and white British movie with the following plot: upper class Englishman visits a farm and meets a beautiful farm girl. Falls in love but then leaves and marries an upper class English woman but no children ensue. Later the Englishman returns to the village farm to see what happened to his earlier love, and finds that the girl has died but left a son. He meets the son but does not reveal that his is the father. This film was probably made in the 50s.

Answer: It's taken me this long, I hope somebody reads this, but I found the answer to your question. It's "A Summer Story," (1988) and set in 1904 and 1922. It's in color, I couldn't find a B and W version. Maybe it was a British TV version, but it has the exact plot you described. I saw the movie myself many years ago on a local station and have been racking my brains ever since I saw your question.

I am looking for 90s or 2000 American TV series about spies or secret agent family. The main characters were the father, mother, two daughters and a son. I remember that the younger daughter's name could be Ruby - she had long dark hair with a fringe, and on that fringe she had a a bold blonde highlight. They all knew martial arts. If anybody remembers that series please help me.

Anna Kostyła

Answer: There was a 1990s TV movie, which later became a series, titled "Undercover." It was about two parents trying to raise a family while being secret agents.

Looking for three short films I saw once. One was about a homeless man who wanted to get arrested, so he can go to an island for six months where he would be warm and kept well-fed. At first, he refuses to pay at a restaurant and is thrown out. Then he tries to steal someone's umbrella but gets away with it. The end of the skit has him being arrested when he tells a cop that questions him about what he's doing, and he responds that he's not doing anything. The second is about an elderly man who invited some of his elderly colleagues to his house and says that he found the fountain of youth. To prove it, he takes a dead flower and puts it in a pitcher of water and it becomes a fresh flower again. The man also warns about what would happen if they drank the water. The third is about a woman who works with scientists who create a time machine and bring a cro-magnon boy into the future that the woman cares for. At the end, the woman decides to go back to the past with the boy she took care of.

Answer: You're right about the third story, "The Ugly Little Boy." The first story is O. Henry's "The Cop and the Anthem," and the third is Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment." The last story was part of a segment of 1963 movie, "Twice Told Tales." Starring Vincent Price, a variation of the original story. Also a variation of O. Henry story was made into a 1978 cartoon, "A Pink Christmas." Starring the Pink Panther.

"The Cop and the Anthem" is part of the anthology movie O. Henry's Full House.

Answer: The last one is probably The Ugly Little Boy (1977), based on a story by Isaac Asimov.

All answers are correct. Thanks.

I am trying to remember a specific movie that I had seen on Youtube that I can't remember the name of now. It is an Asian action B film from the early 2000s or late 90s that involves 5 men that have dealings with the mafia. The opening scene is a title for the movie on a black screen with gun shots that go off in the background while you can hear someone running away I believe that you can see a Raiders football poster in the opening scene when one of the characters decides to hide behind a wall. At the ending of the movie the 5 men meet up in a restaurant to conclude their dealings with one another and head off on their own ways. Two leave in cars and the other walks down the back alley of the restaurant while the opening song playing in the background as he walks off into the night. The film received some awards or at least was nominated for them. I know it's not much to go off but I would really appreciate it if someone could find out what the name of the film I am remembering is.

Cameron James Topping

There was a movie with Nicholas Cage in it. In the movie, his mom is lying in the hospital and is about to die. Just before she dies, she wants Nick to promise her that he'll never get married. When he refuses, she tells him why she doesn't want him to get married. When Nick's mom finally dies, he screams at the top of his voice that he promises to never marry.

Answer: Honeymoon in Vegas. Sarah Jessica Parker plays his girlfriend, who pushes him to get married. He gives in and they head to Vegas, but still has that fear of breaking his promise to his mom. When he loses a fortune in poker, a mobster offers to forget the money if he lets Sarah go on a date with him. Nicholas then realises how much he loves her and the chase is on to get her back. A romantic comedy. In most of the scenes there is a reference to Elvis Presley.

I remember a cartoon we used to have on VHS back when I was a kid. So the cartoon would have been from sometime in the 80's or at very latest the early 90's. I think it might have been Japanese, but I'm not sure. I just remember there was either a light pink or baby-blue creature that I wanna say was a dragon (I can't remember what color it was)... but it would float on the water. The only comparison I can make is that it kind of looked like a "Lapras" from "Pokemon." I wanna say it was a movie, but it honestly could have just been a few back-to-back episodes of a series on the tape we had. Does this ring anyone's bell? I've been curious about it for years, because I have memories of watching it, but can't remember what it's called.


Answer: Just a suggestion for you to review. "Serendipity the Pink Dragon." It's a Japanese anime show from 1983 and only lasted 1 season. An English dubbed version was released on VHS in 1989. Here's the intro scene.


Yeah, I stumbled onto a rip of the movie on YouTube not long after I submitted the question. I also looked at the cover art online, and it seemed a little familiar. I'm a solid 75% sure that's it.


Answer: Just an update: While visiting my mother, I was able to confirm 100% that it was "Serendipity: The Pink Dragon." Showed her a picture of the cover and she said she definitely remembered us having it based on the cover image.


Answer: I'm about 75% sure it was "Serendipity: The Pink Dragon." But there's a small chance it could be something else, so if there's any other answers that fit the bill, please let me know.


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