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Question: Looking for the name of a British comedy film that starts with a woman going to jail for murder. In jail she has a girl child which is removed and raised elsewhere. Plot starts when woman shows up at her 30's something daughters home. Bothersome barking dogs disappear, bothersome neighbors disappear, the woman is really psycho.

Chosen answer: The film is "Keeping Mum" with Maggie Smith as the Psychomom and Kristin Scott-Thomas as her daughter.

Ioreth

Question: The only scene my sister and I remember (from what we think was a film) shows a girl walking through the woods. There's a pond, with (I think) lots of water lilies floating on it. A small submarine rises from the pond, and the girl gets in, then it submerges in the pond, which although small from the outside is extremely deep under the surface. No one else remembers this film and we think we may have made it up, but it is very vivid in our memories. I think it was dubbed, as it may have been Dutch or something, and probably made in the early 70s perhaps. We've been trying to remember for years. Please help us, thanks.

Chosen answer: I know it! It is a Belgian children's show called "Carolientje heeft een bootje" (Caroline has a little boat) Or something like that. I think it was from the Belgian BRT network. You didn't imagine it, I saw it lots of times!

Question: I am looking for the title of a movie in which a guy goes around killing people and takes a piece of them (arm, leg, head, etc). Eventually the police find out where he's been hiding and why he was taking the body parts (at the home of the first murder, and to "recreate" the body Jesus). Thanks for the help.

DarkNITE

Chosen answer: The film is called "Resurrection" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0142804/.

Question: Would like to know the title of a comedy, probably from the 90s or early 00s, in which a cop asks for a blond Asian woman. Thanks for any help.

Chosen answer: Sounds like it MAY be Senior Trip from 1995, in which one of the students fantasizes about his ideal woman, who he says is a blonde Asian. He's not a cop, though. He eventually meets a blonde Asian woman in a hotel elevator.

rswarrior

Question: I've seen a movie if I remember right it was in the late 90's, very strange, all I can remember is that a woman is getting a pizza delivered and she starts hallucinating or something, the pizza starts talking and she goes crazy putting it in the sink grinder, dark ambiance, I was younger and it scared the crap out of me.

Vip3re

Chosen answer: This is a film called House IV.

oliverb

Question: I remember watching a movie on TV in the 50's or 60's, I think it was in black and white. There was a young woman throughout the movie keeps in a sing-song manner mumbling what seems to be gibberish rhyming. But it turns out she is giving clues such as something like 'on door knob is, in drawer key is'. Hopefully someone knows the name of this movie?

kathy21230

Chosen answer: It's from the 1945 b/w film "Murder, He Says," starring Fred MacMurray. The character Elany Fleagle (played by Jean Heather) goes throughout the movie singing what appears to be a non-sense song. The words she sings are: Ohors Flisis Incombeesis - onches nobis inob keesis; a song taugh to her by her Grandma. As it turns out the lyrics to the song are actually clues to where money is hidden. The actual meaning of the words are: On horses there are flies, in combs there are bees, on a chest there is a knob, in the knob there is a key. In the Grandmother's room they find a chest with a honeycomb pattern, and in one of the knobs, there is a key. They find the key and there is a tag with the name of a local bank where the money can be found in a safe deposit box.

Question: A few years ago, I watched a movie on TV about a girl who has been teased in high school, by one popular guy and especially his girlfriend. About 10 years later, the girl has a great job, and the popular guy, who now owns a restaurant, needs her help (promoting it?) only he doesn't recognize her. She decides to make him fall in love with her and then break his heart, like he did with her. Only she herself falls in love with him too. Does anyone knows the title of this movie, or who plays in it?

Chosen answer: The Movie is called "This Time Around" and was a made for TV movie starring Carly Pope and Brian Austin Greene. See IMDb synopsis at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0363129/.

Question: I am trying to find the name of a TV movie that I saw back in the 80's. It featured Ken Berry and Sean Marshall (who starred in Pete's Dragon). In the film, Ken's character sees Sean fishing on a beach and they strike up a friendship. Sean lives with his brother and divorced mum who works in a bank. Ken eventually becomes close to the family. At the end whilst in the bank, Sean's little brother dares him to step into the open safe and as a joke promptly closes it, locking him in. They are told that the safe is on a timelock and can't be reopened until the next morning. With no other option, Ken Berry attempts to open it with some tools and is successful. I remember that Max Showalter played the bank manager. I have been unable to find anything on IMDB that links all 3 actors but I know that the film exists. Has anyone else seen this film and knows which one I am talking about?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: It's Valentine's Second Chance (1977). It was an ABC Short Story Special. It's based off the O. Henry story "A Retrieved Reformation. See http://www.hollywood.com/tv/Valentines_Second_Chance/5194277.

Question: I saw a trailer for a thriller movie that began with a shot of the first day of the school year at university; a couple of girls were standing on the main building looking down at and discussing the goings on. A new girl arrived and spilled her suitcase, at which point a guy pulled up in a car and offered to take her to the girls' dorm. When they got there the girl saw a memorial (with candles) for some girl that had died the previous school year. Evidently the movie is about some murders, that maybe the girls on top of the building are involved in. Can anyone identify this movie? Thanks.

Chosen answer: Poison Ivy IV.

Question: When I was little I saw this movie that I can't find anywhere. It was a family movie, and it looked like it was filmed in the early 1990's. I only remember bits of it. I'm not entirely sure if this part was even in the movie, or possibly a different movie. The main character, maybe 9, liked this girl and didn't tell anyone and had a dream these bullies were surrounding him saying, "Truth or die!" or something like that over and over again. Later in the movie, these two other kids were walking down the street before a go-kart race around the town. In the street, there were arrows showing where the go-karts had to go, and one of the kids turned the sign the opposite direction so the arrow was facing the wrong way. Later, during the race, the kids in the go-karts followed the arrow the kid changed and drove past a supermarket and ran over some ladies. The main character won the race and did this weird thing with his ears where he wiggled them without using his hands.

Chosen answer: The Little Rascals.

JC Fernandez

Question: I saw part of this movie on TV about a year ago and I can't find it anymore. Set in the future, these scientists had an alien that was red headed and looked like a human in a glass container. She escaped it and climbed out of a window. She was very high up, she jumped off, and she landed on a flying taxi cab that I think was being driven by Adam Sandler. She didn't speak English, but saw a sign that said "Please Help" so she said "Please help" in poor English to the taxi driver. He was then chased by the cops in flying police cars, and when he and the alien escaped, he brought the alien to his house. That's all I remember of it. I don't remember the year it was made, but judging by the special effects it had to be made sometime this decade or maybe late 90's.

Chosen answer: The movie is The Fifth Element and it stars Bruce Willis and Mila Jovovich.

Shannon Jackson

Question: Why do a lot of new movies/TV shows have exclusive content that is only on the Blu Ray disc versions? Don't the movie creators still make money if you choose to buy the DVD?

Chosen answer: One possible factor is that BluRay discs and player have certain capabilities that regular DVD players do not. In some cases, these additional extras are designed to take advantage of those features and thus they cannot be put on the regular DVD. Another key point is that BluRay discs can currently be sold for a higher price, while not costing substantially more to make than regular DVDs, resulting in greater profits, and therefore it's in the interests of the studios to tempt more people into making the switch to the more profitable format. Having BluRay-exclusive features is one way of doing that.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I remember watching this movie about 30 years ago, when I was a kid. I remember a scene where a young girl is trying to show off for her sibling and his/her friends, so she puts her pet bird on the ground and tries to make it fly by throwing small pebbles at the bird. What the young girl actually does is pelt the bird to death. Does anyone know the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: The title of this is A Girl Named Sooner.

Question: This movie is about a boy who, after losing his father, moves into a house and finds a ventriloquist's dummy in the shed. The dummy then comes to life and claims to be the boy's dead father. It eventually tries killing the boy. Does anyone know the title of movie? I have never been able to figure it out.

redwings

Chosen answer: I believe the movie you are talking about is called "Joey", or also known as "Making Contact". It is a movie from 1985.

MooCow

Question: I am looking for a documentary about volcanoes that was made no later than 1997. I thought it was by National Geographic but I can't find it on their website (I have watched their film Volcano: Nature's Inferno, and it is not the one I'm looking for). All I can remember about this film is that it included the song "Hot hot hot", possibly as the opening music, and at least part of the movie was about volcanologists Maurice and Katia Kraft. It talks about how they eventually died in a volcanic eruption (ironic, I know). Can anyone tell me the title of this documentary?

Aerinah

Chosen answer: The only other documentary for which the Kraffts are credited on the IMDb is Nature: The Volcano Watchers which was made in 1987. Unfortunately this is before their death in 1991, which is an issue if the documentary discussed their deaths, although wouldn't be unusual for an updated edition to have been shown later with the additional information. Hope that's of some use. May not be the right one, but could be interesting anyway...

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I don't remember much about this movie, but in one scene there is a group of about four people who enter a building and talk to some guy, who then opens a trapdoor under them. The people fall onto some roller coaster, which dumps them onto a conveyor belt, that feeds them into a machine that grinds them up and spits out their bones. I think the protagonist may later enter the machine himself and somehow escape it. There also may be a scene later in the movie with a lot of fire, but I don't know for sure. Can anyone help me with the title of this movie?

conquer987

Chosen answer: Nothing But Trouble. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102558/

Grumpy Scot

Question: I only saw a few minutes of this movie on TV once. It's probably in the sci-fi genre. There was a high school or college-age boy with very white skin and red lips, and I think he was bald. I saw a scene where he was in a classroom and the other students started making fun of him. Thanks if you can make a guess.

Chosen answer: I think the movie you are thinking of is Powder with Sean Patrick Flanery. His mother had been hit by lightning while on the way to the hospital to give birth. This resulted in him having abnormal powers and the pale skin and bald head.

Shannon Jackson

Question: Once saw on public tv only part of a movie that was a sprawling epic about Scandanavian or German immigrant steelworkers in the Midwest. A catch phrase, connecting or ending scenes, showed workers shoveling coal into a furnace with the foreman saying, "Let's make steel." Never saw the film pop up again, could never figure out what it was. Film seemed quite old. Anyone know the film?

Chosen answer: Hope I have it for you now. "An American Romance" with Brian Donlevy. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036596/.

Question: I am looking for a comedy (maybe from the late 80s?) where the male character checks for his wallet, keys, and balls (not necessarily in that order) before leaving his apartment. Does anyone know what movie that's from?

Chosen answer: In Austin Powers, The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin said "Testicles, spectacles, wallet and watch" while touching each place as he says it.

Question: I wonder if anyone out there can help me. I am trying to find out which film star was once awarded the freedom of every toy shop in Tokyo? Any ideas gratefully received.

Chosen answer: This was one of the questions in the Northern Echo's Superbrain 2008 quiz. Their answer was Ricky Schroder.

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