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Question: A clothed man is running on a beach being chased by huge balls. They seem to be giant inflatable balls, all yellow, with evil purpose. He is older and not athletic and I have the image of Peter Davison which makes me think its from a Doctor Who episode. I've searched every Doctor Who episode though and cannot find the scene. Does anyone know what episode or movie this is from?

Chosen answer: If the ball is white rather than yellow, it could be "The Prisoner," starring Patrick McGoohan. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061287/)

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

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.

razoprill

Chosen 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: Does anyone know the film about two children, a boy and a girl, who go on an adventure with nanny/babysitter. I can remember the boy sings at the table, "What do we want? Breakfast! When do we want it? Now.

Chosen answer: This sounds similar to "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987) starring Elizabeth Shue.

raywest Premium member

Question: I'm looking for a movie about a boy who always dreamed of a circus in his backyard. As he gets older he becomes sick and is in a wheelchair. So his family gives him a present and surprises him with a circus in his backyard.

mpulse

Chosen answer: That sounds like "My Life" with Michael Keaton and Nicole Kidman. He's been diagnosed with cancer, she's pregnant, and he's not certain he'll live to see the birth of his child. Throughout the movie we get flashbacks to moments from his past as he deals with his condition and makes peace with the skeletons in his closet.

Garlonuss Premium member

Question: This has been driving me crazy! I want to watch a movie that I saw about 10 years ago, but don't remember the title or actors. Briefly, a man's wife and child have just been murdered, and the murderer commits suicide right after. During his grieving the man stumbles upon a home video of his child taping his wife driving. The man that murders his family is shown on tape jumping out in front of the car and saves them from an accident. Turns out that the man who killed his wife and child had gotten the ability to see when people were about to die, and they would be shown with a bright aura around them. However, anyone he saves from death becomes demonic and starts killing people. When the man realizes this he goes back and kills everyone he's saved, thus explaining why he murdered his wife and child. Sound familiar to anyone? I really hope so 'cause this has been driving me insane.

chinothe1285

Chosen answer: White Noise 2.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I'm looking for the name of a 1980s animated movie which I saw on TV when I was little about a young dinosaur whose mother dies near the start of the movie. He goes on an adventure with other young dinosaurs. I think it might be a Disney movie, but I'm not sure. I can't remember the exact plot. I was wondering if anyone has any idea what this movie is.

Chosen answer: The Land Before Time. (And there are several sequels, too.)

MovieFan612

Question: I am looking for a movie from the 80's. The movie begins with a family being chased in the woods. Each family member has a bracelet with multiple lights on it: one for each family member. When a member dies, the light goes out. I believe that both parents die. Any ideas?

Chosen answer: This sounds like the second of the made-for-TV Star Wars: Ewok Adventure movies - Battle for Endor. The bracelets appear in the first one and the kids use them to assure themselves that their parents are still alive, but at the beginning of the second one, the ewok village where they've been living is attacked and all but Cindel (the young girl) are killed and the lights go out.

Garlonuss Premium member

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?

drvampire

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

Gavin Jackson

Question: I am looking for an old black & white mystery movie about an old miserly woman whose family is fighting over money or a will or jewelry (pearls or something). She owns a house with a large walk in vault. There is a ventilation system inside the vault, but she has the vents closed up and the movie ends with her walking into the vault and the door accidentally closes behind her, trapping her, presumably suffocating her to death. Any idea the movie name?

Chosen answer: "Are you afraid of the dark."

Question: I am looking for the name of the film I saw a long time ago. It is some sort of drama which is set almost entirely in an apartment of one guy, who apparently has two girlfriends and a sick mother, whom he has some sort of psychological, incestuous relationship with. At some point, his girlfriend visits him, and after a while of talking, another girl comes, and this unusual trio starts talking about various things, and at some point, talking about sexual intercourse (which only happened between him and one of the girls ultimately). I don't remember the end, but remember him talking to his mother on the phone, and one of the girls left, and the other stayed to the end consoling him about the death of his mother.

Komle

Chosen answer: Two Girls and a Guy, starring Robert Downey Jr., Heather Graham and Natasha Gregson Wagner.

Question: What is the name of the movie where one of the main characters has the ringtone on his cell phone set to the wicked witch of the west when his wife calls? The only other thing I remember about this movies is that one of the characters is completely bald except for a blonde ponytail on his forehead.Hope somebody can help me out.

Chosen answer: The Heartbreak Kid - It has Ben Stiller in it.

Question: I am looking for the name of an old film, the only thing I know is an scene in which a clown tries really hard to make a little kid laugh but it doesn't matter how hard he tries the kid doesn't laugh, at then end the clown gives up and began crying at that same moment the kid begins laughing because he has never seen a clown crying., My father has talked about this movie since I was a kid but he does not remember the title or anything else, and through the years I have been looking for it, but I have never been able to find it. He claims that the main character was Jerry Lewis, but I an not sure about that, so if anyone can help me it will be great, I really want to give him that movie as a present. Thanks.

Chosen answer: This sounds like it's the 1972 Movie, The Day the Clown Cried. Never been released in any form at all due to contract issues. The only other thing Jerry Lewis has done that was clown related was 3 Ring Circus, from 1954. Can't say whether that's what you're after though. Good luck.

Neil Jones

Question: Looking for a movie about the end of current civilization, maybe Los Angeles, a woman buying frozen food even though there is no power to keep it cold, bikers raiding, and a man saving books double bagged in sewers?

Chosen answer: Could it be Miracle Mile?

Question: Can anyone tell me the name of a golf comedy movie involving a black person referred to as the ethnic. One character was asking "where is that ethnic".

Chosen answer: I believe that it is called "Who's Your Caddy?" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0785077/

Manky

Question: I've noticed that in some older TV shows where currency is shown, it's fake while on other shows the currency appears to be genuine. I've always wondered why this is and what the laws are regarding it, if any.

Jeff Swanson

Chosen answer: Keep in mind first that real money has a tendency to disappear. So a production is often not going to risk the loss of X amount of money by using the real thing (this is especially true in bank scenes or "raining money" scenes). So the property (props) department on the production will make fake, worthless bills. But... the fake bills can't replicate real bills too closely or they violate U.S. counterfeiting laws. This was especially true in older days when counterfeiting was much easier. Currently, the laws are less restrictive so it's not as obvious. But there are still guidelines (like color and size of bills) that film and television producers must comply with in order to produce fake money.

Question: Looking for a movie that has a cartoon within it. It's a 1960's movie with real actors doing a scene which is then reproduced in animation in front of us, the audience. The production of the comic strip is part of the story line. It may be a made-for-TV movie rather than a Hollywood film. The only other thing I remember is that the cameras that the audience can see (that are used to film it for the animation) are mounted on gunstocks which are aimed at the actors. Anyone know what the name is?

Chosen answer: Sounds like "The Three Stooges in Orbit".

CCARNI Premium member

Question: I watched this movie maybe 10 years ago but I can't remember the name or any of the actors. The only two scenes I remember is in the beginning there are a lot of people in this big warehouse/laboratory type room and in the middle is this circular glass room with a little blond girl inside and she seems frightened, I think she may have been crying. And off to the side these two men are looking at the glass room and talking about how the girl is a fantastic scientific discovery or something like that and one guy seems to be worried that the room isn't secure enough and the other says the glass is reinforced super glass and there's no way in Hell she can escape. At that moment the girl punches a hole through the glass and escapes, killing or injuring a few people along the way. The girl ends up outside and she sees a train but I can't remember if she gets on it or not. The other scene I remember is the girl is an adult and she's kissing this guy and her tongue some how busts through the back of his head killing him. If someone knows this movie or knows where I can find it I'd greatly appreciate it, It's been killing me for years.

apple0999

Chosen answer: Sounds like the 1995 film, "Species," starring Ben Kingsley and Natasha Henstridge.

raywest Premium member

Question: I'm trying to remember the name of an 80's movie where the guy is at a stop light, and a car with two Asian guys in suits pulls up beside him. The driver doesn't say anything but the passenger has a microphone and is announcing via a set of speakers on the roof.

troyfacto

Chosen answer: "Better Off Dead," starring John Cusack and David Ogden Stiers. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088794/)

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: I don't remember much of the movie or TV show that I'm looking for, just a friendly monster/s in a kid's tree house. Can you think of anything that sounds like this? Thank you.

Chosen answer: There was a movie called "The Monster Squad" where the Frankenstein monster was up in a treehouse and was not scary at all, only pathetic.

CCARNI Premium member

Question: I hardly remember the movie and it maybe came out in the 90's or early 2000's but I think Anthony Hopkins was in it. He was like a strange man in a small town who might have been boarding at this little boy's house. It's narrated by the boy, and he helps the boy overcome the bully. The boy's mom (subplot) is single and is falling for a coworker/boss. They went on a trip somewhere for business but he ended up getting drunk and beating her. I'll get back to that later. Anthony Hopkins calls out the bully on watching his mother change, and the bully lashes out on the little boy's friend (a girl) by beating her with a bat by the river. Her books float away, and she is taken to the boy's house where Anthony Hopkins helps her put her arm back in her socket. Now enters the mom who had just been beaten and she's bitter/mad and thinks Anthony is molesting the girl. That's all I remember.

Chosen answer: That's "Hearts in Atlantis". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0252501/

Twotall

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