Answered general questions about movies, TV and more

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Question: Don't know title or cast; only that there was a runaway train, not Jon Voight, a chain gang laying track to divert said train, and at the end, one convict, daringly cooly, steps across the tracks in front of the oncoming train, and the train hurtles past behind him.

Chosen answer: This is very possibly "Disaster on the Coastliner" starring Lloyd Bridges, William Shatner, with Robert Fuller and Raymond Burr. A disgruntled ex-employee sabotages the signal control system, putting two passenger trains on a collision course in southern California.

Question: I saw this cartoon some time ago and I cannot remember the name. It was about 2 girls who fell down a well into a magical land. While they were trying to find their way home they encountered various people/creatures who lived there and would ask for help. One girl always helped out while the other did nothing but complain. I remember one girl was named Maria and I seem to remember a necklace being involved somehow. Can anyone remember this? Thanks.

Chosen answer: Once Upon a Time (1976).

Question: What does it mean when the credits in TV shows list someone as a "special" guest star? I have seen some shows do this whether or not that they are only appearing on one episode.

Chosen answer: Often it's a matter of that star's higher status in the industry (like getting Brad Pitt to guest on ER) or getting a non-actor of similar prominence to appear (Barack Obama on The Hills). A guest star is just a temp, and can be an unknown or well-known actor of medium appeal. When it's a 'big deal', it's a "Special".

johnrosa

Question: I'm looking for a Snow White film, possibly made for TV. All I can remember is a montage of the very young Snow White being in the Dwarves' cottage, then growing older. She's still wearing the same dress, but she adds on fabric to make the sleeves and the skirt longer. Someone remarks on the several hem lines and added cuffs. It's not "Snow White: Fairest of Them All" or "Snow White: A Tale of Terror". Please help.

Chosen answer: It sounds like the version of Snow White made in 1987, starring Sarah Patterson and Diana Rigg. It's a musical version, and you can find the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olHCCSzTcT8.

littlestar

Question: I am looking for a WWII film made in the 80's or 90's. It was about a bomber crew that was stranded in a desert with their crashed plane. Towards the end of the film it was revealed that they were all really ghosts and one crew member's remains are never discovered, leaving him in the desert alone. Thank you in advance.

Chosen answer: This sounds like the TV movie Sole Survivor (1970) featuring William Shatner.

Madstunts

Question: I am trying to track down an Italian (?) movie that depicts a small group of people going to the cinema in the afternoon to watch a western and when the western reaches a certain point the bad cowboy turns and shoots someone in the audience. The police are called and when the film is re-run it happens again. Can't remember how it ends, but would like to track it down and see it again. Can you help with the title?

Chosen answer: Circuito chiuso - aka Closed Circuit.

Question: I'm trying to remember the name of a movie I watched on Lifetime around the mid 90s. Two high school age girls become extremely upset and/or jealous of their best friend and they end up drowning her in a local river/lake by shoving her head under the water and holding it there with a big rock. I think it shows the moments leading up to the murder, and some of the trial, too.

Danelle Williams

Chosen answer: That was made in 1991, and it was called, "A killer among friends" also starring Tiffini Amber Thessian. This movie was based on true events.

Question: I am trying to think of a movie from the 80's/ early 90's about a boy, and a gem or ring of some sort, an elevator, some kind of underwater place, and there is a talking turtle in it. I believe he is trying to keep a bridge from being built. If anyone knows what I am talking about it would help. Thank you.

Chosen answer: It might be "The Boy Who Loved Trolls" (1984). There is a talking turtle in the movie and also a mermaid whose home is being threatened by the building of a bridge.

Question: I once saw a movie where a girl tells someone "My grandmother/mother named me Pascal because it was Easter." I think it's about a girl and a horse, or has horses in it. Does anyone know the name of it?

Chosen answer: The name of the movie is "Primo Baby" and it's about a young girl and a blind racehorse.

Question: I remember a family movie from 10+ years ago, about a boy who finds some kind of fairy, who becomes his friend. The fairy can get into his sneakers and make them appear to be flying, thereby boosting his popularity. From the start, the fairy makes him understand that if she sees the moon, she will fly away. He leaves her unattended one night, and she gets away. It ends where he thinks she's gone, but then his sneaker 'flies' again. Anyone know which movie this is?

Chosen answer: THE FLYING SNEAKER 1992http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/132225/The-Flying-Sneaker/overview.

Question: I am after the title of a narrated animated/live action film about people living underground in the woods(probably in Germany) during World War 2 to hide from the Nazis. There is a little girl in the film whose family gets taken to a concentration camp and she is left all alone.

Twotall

Chosen answer: It might be "Sarah" a.k.a. "Sarah and the Squirrel", 1982 by Yoram Gross.

Question: I am looking for the name of a movie. It was some sort of fighting movie and the only thing I can remember is a little boy that was tied up and hanging over some sort of well. It was a lady standing there, and the bad guy holding the rope. The little boy slips off his shoe so that the lady can see how much time she has to fight all the bad guys before she has to grab the end of the rope before the little boy hits the bottom. She then fights all the bad guys and catches the rope in the nick of time.

Chosen answer: That's "Ultraviolet", starring Milla Jovovich. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0370032/.

Twotall

Question: I watched this movie in a history class in high school, I believe in 2002. The movie probably came out in the 90's. The only scene I remember is a group of men escaping from a Native American camp or village on their horses. One man turns back toward the village and shoots a man who is being burned alive on a stake (he does this so the man can die quickly and painlessly). I think the story took place in the 1600's to 1800's. I can't remember if any characters were real-life famous people from history. Thank you if you can help.

Chosen answer: You're thinking of the 1992 film, The Last of the Mohicans starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe.

raywest

Question: This movie is possibly from the 1970s. The only thing that I really remember about the movie is a scene where people are around a piano, which I think is playing "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and there are lions outside. I believe the lions are stalking the people inside the building. Does anyone have any ideas about the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: Yes, it's Savage Harvest (1981).

Madstunts

Question: The only thing I can remember about this movie is that it was about an army drill sergeant that made everyone run without shirts if they didn't all wear the same exact shirt, including his.

Chosen answer: That's "Heartbreak Ridge", starring Clint Eastwood. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091187/.

Twotall

Question: What film from the 1940s features a teenage girl who marries a much older male writer to keep her from being sent to a sort of institution, but the two end up falling in love?

Chosen answer: The film is called "Susan Slept Here". Debbie Reynolds played the teenager.

Ioreth

Question: I'm looking for the name of a Christmas special. It was a Claymation I saw in the 90s, but it may be older than that. It had something to do with a meeting with fairies in the woods, and there's a guy there that takes them flying around. Sorry so vague; any help would be greatly appreciated.

Chosen answer: It's possible you may be thinking of "The Adventures of Mark Twain". It wasn't a Christmas special, but it was claymation, it did involve a meeting with "fairies", and it does has Twain flying kids around in a balloon. YouTube has some clips of it. Hope that helps!

CCARNI

Question: I'm trying to figure out the name of a movie and, and only have a few parts of it it work with. It is set during WWII I believe and is about two people in love, when the male character is sent off to war, the female character has to resort to prostitution to survive. I believe it ends with her death. I know this is really general and it probably could be a dozen different movies, but I also think that it is black and white, if that helps. Thanks.

Chosen answer: That sound a lot like "Waterloo Bridge", see www.imdb.com/title/tt0033238/synopsis.

Ioreth

Question: Which British Second World War film, set in a desert, featured a girl singing a song to soldiers which included the following lyrics: "Till the right time comes, it's all just a snare and delusion, it's just a romantic illusion, till the right time comes." Also, who was the girl? (I thought it was Jean Simmons, but her filmography doesn't seem to include any war films).

Chosen answer: Sounds like Ice Cold in Alex to me.

GalahadFairlight

Question: Does anyone recall a fairly recent film where a present day guy, on looking some through some old stuff, is viewing a faded photo of three characters from the American old west. He looks carefully and notices that one of the guns being held is a modern gun and could not possibly have existed in the old west. It takes him on a time travelling adventure, back to the cowboy era.

Chosen answer: Yes. This film is a TV movie called Timestalkers (1987).

Madstunts

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