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Question: I remember seeing this movie many years ago (I think it was made late 80s, early 90s) but the only things I can recall about it was that there were two young boys (maybe 12 and 8ish) and the youngest wanted to get to California, so I think they ran away from home. Unsure whether they were related or not. I also remember a really big fake dinosaur in the desert and the youngest boy was amazed by it. At first, I thought it might have been The Cure, but then I saw it again and realized it wasn't. I have a feeling Joseph Mazzello might be in it, though. Can anyone help me out? It has been bugging me for years.

Rin823

Chosen answer: I believe you're referring to "The Wizard", which came out in 1989.

Question: I am trying to find a movie I saw in the late 70's to early 80's that was a Nazi Germany-U.S. war movie where the U.S. took over a German town that had an area fenced off by the Germans that had a cave or pyramid in the middle that had a monster or evil force of some kind in it and would kill people that went in. It was in colour and was well made, not a B movie.

Chosen answer: This film is called The Keep. It was directed by Michael Mann and released in 1983.

Gavin Jackson

Question: I just saw a clip of an old black and white movie in which a car pulls up to a gas station and the passenger is an alien. He argues with the station attendant and the driver, shoots them both with light and they both turn into skeletons. There was no audio with the clip, so I really have no idea where this is from.

Chosen answer: It's "Teenagers from Outer Space."

Question: I can only remember one scene from a movie. People are fleeing to get onto airplanes when it shows a man and a woman. The man says that everything unnecessary must be left behind to make room - there's a pile of purses, books etc. The woman asks if she can take a picture of her parents, and the man agrees. Then there's a shot of people in the airplane watching something blow up on the earth below. For some reason I mentally associate this with Power Rangers, but that might not mean anything.

Chosen answer: It's been a long time since I've seen it but it could be The Langoliers.

Question: Can anyone tell me the title of a fantasy/sci fi TV movie that aired on Nickelodeon at least once in the late 1990s with a plot involving a brother and sister in a ravaged ghetto like city full of corruption where they lived with their grandfather. People there are taken for bizarre mind experiments all the time, so the grandfather send them on a journey through a desert to find some utopia like haven. The grandfather can't go because of his failing health. The brother and sister set off, all the while being chased by the evil authorities. Along the way, they pick up a few friends, including a couple younger boys, a teen-aged desert drifter, a big bald guy, and a girl from the city who lost her boyfriend to the evil mind experiments. After escaping capture at least once, they make their way through a maze filled with poison gas and find a beautiful safe haven on a beach to live happily ever after. Last image being a grave stone/monument on the beach engraved with the grandfather's name. Do you know the title? Thank you.

Chosen answer: It is Doom Runners. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0135997/.

Bowling255

Question: 1 What is the name of the film inspired by Hansel & Gretel, made in the 1960's or 1970's? This movie was a suspense/thriller type movie, not made for children. From what I remember, the movie began as a group of unfortunate orphans who visited a woman in her large home for a Halloween party. Two children, a brother and a sister stowed away because they were not allowed to attend. When the party was over, these two children got left behind and were imprisoned by the woman of the house. The woman of the house previously had a daughter, who died by falling while sliding down the stair rail, and whose body was kept as a shrine. One night the woman touched her dead daughter's face, and it crumbled in her hands. The sister of the children who were held captive was a splitting image of the woman's dead daughter which is why she kept the children in her home. The film may have been made in the 1960's or 1970's, but I could be wrong about that. I have searched long and hard with zero luck. If anyone could shed some light on what the name of this film is, I would be most grateful. Submitted 7/01/09.

vast11

Chosen answer: The movie was "Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? released in 1971. It starred Shelley Winters, Mark Lester and Chloe Franks.

Question: What is the name of the film inspired by Hansel & Gretel, made in the 1960's or 1970's? This movie was a suspense/thriller type movie, not made for children. From what I remember, the movie began as a group of unfortunate orphans who visited a woman in her large home for a Halloween party. Two children, a brother and a sister stowed away because they were not allowed to attend. When the party was over, these two children got left behind and were imprisoned by the woman of the house. The woman of the house previously had a daughter, who died by falling while sliding down the stair rail, and whose body was kept as a shrine. One night the woman touched her dead daughter's face, and it crumbled in her hands. The sister of the children who were held captive was a splitting image of the woman's dead daughter which is why she kept the children in her home. The film may have been made in the 1960's or 1970's, but I could be wrong about that. I have searched long and hard with zero luck. If anyone could shed some light on what the name of this film is, I would be most grateful. Submitted 7/01/09.

vast11

Chosen answer: "Whoever Slew Auntie Roo" Starring Shelley Winters and Mark Lester.

Question: I am trying to remember the name of this film I saw years ago, but the title escapes me. I remember something takes over the minds of the students of a high school, one of the scenes i remember is that there is a certain powder that is deadly to the creatures so some friends in a circle snort the powder to prove they aren't one, but one female deceives them by having the skin of their nose close up and block their nostril. Plus I remember a janitor in this film who uses the lyrics "hey, teacher leave those kids alone" just before he saves them. Any ideas anyone? It's driving me insane.

heavy hearted angel

Chosen answer: The Faculty starring Elijah Wood.

Phixius

Question: I am looking for the title of a movie I saw on the Lifetime channel within the last five years (but I'm not sure if it was made that recently). A dark-haired girl begins dating a boy, he gets her pregnant and takes her to some ranch/farm where the owners are planning to keep the baby. The place also has other pregnant girls. I think her name might have been Wendy, but I'm not sure. At one point, her mom visits the place and tries to convince her to come home. Her mom confesses that she once had a baby boy as a teenager and gave him up for adoption.

Chosen answer: are you thinking of Moment of Truth: Cradle of Conspiracy starring Danica Mc Keller?

Boobra

Question: I saw a movie when I was a kid in the early 80's, but I only remember a few parts, and I think it's a scary movie. Kids are in a school coatroom, when the school is closed. I also remember an angel or something at the end in a red dress, and there is a house on a beach side cliff that is lit on fire at the end. Does anyone know the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: It sounds like you're describing Lady in White.

Garlonuss

Question: Does anybody know the name of a tv-series (English I think) about a stewardess who has 2 husbands in different countries, and they of course don't know about each other. So she leads 2 different lives, one in Italy and one in England, if I remember correctly.

Chosen answer: You're probably thinking of "Coffee, Tea or Me?" from 1973, starring Karen Valentine.

littlestar

Question: In the original Pink Panther films, which is the one where Peter Sellers is at a hotel desk and asks if the clerk's dog bites, but then gets bitten with the clerk saying that is not his dog?

greydane

Chosen answer: The movie is "The Pink Panther Strikes Again".

CCARNI

Question: I saw this movie many years ago, it looked to be late 80's early 90's. It was about a guy who saved a girl in a robbery and just before he died he asked her out. Later he comes back from the dead, but is decomposing. At the end he goes back in time to the point of the robbery and gets shot again but this time there is a locket that blocks the bullet that the girl gave him in the future.

Aven

Chosen answer: My Boyfriend's Back. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107626/)

Grumpy Scot

Question: I heard somewhere that there is a movie that was made sometime in the past few years about the death of Nirvana vocalist/guitarist Kurt Cobain. Is this true, and if yes, what is the name of the movie?

Chosen answer: There are several. 2005's "Last Days," directed by Gus Van Sant is a fictional film based on Cobain's last hours. There is also a 1998 documentary titled, "Kurt and Courtney" by filmmaker, Nick Broomfield, that investigates allegations that Cobain was murdered.

raywest

Question: I'm also looking for the title to an old science fiction movie I saw on TV a long time ago, possibly 1970's to early 1990's era. It took place in a post-apocalyptic world and features desert landscapes with sparsely-distributed debris of what was, back then, modern technology. It started with a wanderer staying at a friend's place before it is attacked. He has a sword and can fight, but, when taken in by a family, that family hides his sword from him. To protect this family from bandits, the wanderer duels the bandit leader with staffs. At the end, the men who killed his friend show up, and he is given his sword back to fight them with.

Chosen answer: Sounds like Steel Dawn. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094033/

Grumpy Scot

Question: Hello. I'm looking for the title of a children's animated movie, probably 80's-90's, that features a villain with a glass eye and a black bird that constantly calls out: nevermore. At the end, a flock of these black birds covers the villain, and, when they disperse, all that's left is the villain's glass eye, suspended in midair, which then drops to the ground.

Chosen answer: It sounds like "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story". At the end of the movie, Professor Screweys is consumed by a murder of crows leaving behind the screw he had as an eye.

Garlonuss

Question: I watched this movie some time in '08 on the cbbc channel, when I was in Scotland. It's about two boys and a girl who have a trolley and somehow go back in time to wartime Britain. They meet one of the boys' (I think his name is Johnny) grandmother. Somehow they stop the air raid signal from going off on time (I think they were chatting with the guy who was supposed to turn on the alarm) and the grandmother is killed. When they return to the present time nobody knows who the boy is. There is a weird dude who owns a burger place and apparently invented the burger (I think he was one of the kids who stayed back in time and told everybody about the burger). They return back in time to put things right, wearing costumes from the 'Sound of Music' to blend in, and change the events so when they return everybody knows who the boy (Johnny) is. I think it ends with them wearing their mucky costumes and the theatre producer having a row at them. This is a British film. If anyone knows the title that would be great.

msmall724

Chosen answer: It's "Johnny And The Bomb" - http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0498319.

Madstunts

Question: Looking for a TV movie title and the lead actor's name; I believe he played a teacher whose female student became very attracted to him. The student showed up at a yard sale (or car wash, or some kind of fund raiser) in shorts and tried to seduce him. In the end, she murdered one of her own friends and made it look like she herself was dead, then went to the teacher's house and attacked his girlfriend. Who is the actor? He appeared tall, was handsome, dirty blonde or brown hair, and has been in a few television movies.

Chosen answer: Wild Things. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120890/ It was a theatrical release. The lead actors were Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I've seen a few new commercials (here in the US) that show characters in scenes from popular movies, talking about whatever the commercial is advertising. For example, a commercial for a cell phone company has characters in the Island if Misfit Toys scene from "Rudolph". Does anyone know how these commercials are made if the original voice actors might not be around, or might have aged greatly and have different-sounding voices?

Chosen answer: If the original actors are no longer living or their voices have changed significantly, new actors with similar voices are used. It's always possible to piece together old recorded dialog, but it sounds unnatural.

raywest

Question: I'm looking for this movie. The plot is about a boy who is driving along at night when he sees a girl getting beaten up. He then pulls over and sticks up for the girl. And after a while he then is beaten to death by accident, then they all leave and he goes missing.,Then the movie follows him on as he becomes a ghost and is trying to tell everyone where his body is, but because he's a ghost he can't communicate. As this is going on, the girl he stuck up for is feeling depressed and trying her hardest to find his body but it seems for nothing. SPOILER: they find him in the dam.

Chosen answer: The sounds quite a lot like "The Invisible", starring Justin Chatwin and Margarita Levieva.

Phixius

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