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Question: A film called The Lion and the Horse was made in 1952. Want to know where to get one please.

gillian ahern

Chosen answer: Yes! You can find this movie on DVD at www.ioffer.com. goto: www.ioffer.com/i/The-Lion-and-the-Horse-82534721.

CCARNI Premium member

Question: I'm looking for the title of a movie where some kids go into a movie with dinosaurs. They do this using their parents invention of a remote control to go into the television. Once in this world they have to help the hero dinosaur become a hero. The movie was live action, not a cartoon.

Lori Kaminsky

Chosen answer: Adventures in Dinosaur City.

Question: I'm looking for a movie I seen made in the late 80's or early 90's the movie set is mostly in the woods and they have these teams of people who are playing a game and when they get to each mark they have to punch a hole in the thing showing that they been there and towards the end of the movie they have a guy who dresses in a bear suit on a motorcycle to stop some people who I think is trying to take that place from him all I can remember is they had a woman with reddish color hair in it the man looks like Jason Gedrick when he was younger but its not him and at the end of the movie the red hair woman has the bear suit on riding the motorbike?

Chosen answer: It's a movie made in 1988 called State Park aka Heavy Metal Summer, with James Wilder. People are trying to dump toxic waste in the park.

Question: I have seen some people create online petitions to try and stop a show from being cancelled or to bring a show back. Do the creators of TV shows ever pay attention to these petitions? Has an online petition ever successfully brought a show back or stopped one from being cancelled?

Chosen answer: Online petitions are just one form of fan-base pressure and it's certainly true that shows have been saved from the axe by the fan community, if sometimes only briefly. Sliders was cancelled after its first season, but fan pressure prompted the studio to continue with it and it ultimately ran to five seasons. Jericho was likewise cancelled after season one, but got a short second season after protests, but was subsequently cancelled again. Farscape was cancelled after four seasons, but plans to destroy the sets were put on hold, at least partly due to fan pressure, which ultimately paved the way for a mini-series entitled "The Peacekeeper Wars", which tied up many of the remaining plot threads from the series. Fan pressure can work and online petitions are a part of that, although not really one of the most effective methods as they would be more ignorable than organising a mass letter-writing campaign to the studio. But every little bit helps.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I actually didn't see this movie myself, but I heard someone talking about it once. It was about a woman who died and she was an organ donor. Her boyfriend/husband wanted to kill everyone who got parts of her body, and there was a character who got her eyes. I think I heard about it in the 1990s, but I don't know if it came out then. Does anyone know what movie it might be?

Chosen answer: The movie is called Blink.

Question: Despite the creation of the PG-13 rating, certain films of the late 1980s such as Spaceballs, Big, Beetlejuice and Eight Men Out received PG ratings despite one use of the f-word. What was the first film to be rated PG-13 just for one use of the f-word?

Chosen answer: From the IMDb: Flamingo Kid, The (1984): The first film to be given a PG-13 rating. It was shelved for five months, however, making Red Dawn (1984) the first film to be *released* with a PG-13 rating.

Question: There was a movie that came out five to ten years ago that I had always wanted to see but, when I looked for it, could never find it. The starring man was a retired thief who was hiding out in a nursing home as a resident. One of the woman care takers finds out who he is and threatens to give him up unless he helps her with her own robbery. I'm quite sure it was a comedy. That's it, all I know.

Chosen answer: It was called 'Where the money is' and stars Paul Newman.

Question: There is only one scene I remember from this movie. An African American girl was, I think, trying to get home to her dying grandmother. For some reason she was in a subway station, on a pay phone calling home, and the family told her that she probably wasn't going to get home in time to see her grandmother alive. So she told them to put the phone to the grandmother's ear, and she sang a song. A group of young people overheard and were laughing until they realized something was wrong. Hopefully someone will know the name of this movie.

Chosen answer: This was a HBO series called "Subway Stories".

mrsjaybubba

Question: I remember seeing a trailer for a movie on TV, where a car is going down the road and runs head-on into another vehicle. The car breaks into a bunch of pieces and goes around the other car (I believe it's a semi-truck) and the car forms back together and keeps driving. Any idea what movie this is from?

Cody Bowers

Chosen answer: That was the 2006 movie, The Covenant.

pross79

Question: How does one "direct" an animated film?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: In the same way as you direct a normal film. The director is responsible for taking the script and turning into a visual depiction of the story being told - they determine the artistic and dramatic elements of the piece, giving the world depicted in the script a visual and audible form. In a live action film, they'll be working with lighting people, cameramen and so forth to ensure that the look of the scene matches their vision. With an animated film, they're doing the same thing, but are working with the animators instead. The basic principle is no different.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: My mother took us to the movies in the fifties to see a movie she thought would be appropriate because of the title. I thought the title was 'The Clown' but I've searched and not found it. It is about a young boy whose brother and brother's friends make him believe he has shot and killed (?) his brother, so he runs away and ends up at a carnival in a big city. The mother and brother then search for him.

Chosen answer: It may be Little Fugitive (1953).

Lori Kaminsky

Question: Looking for the title or actor in an 80s movie about the country running out of gasoline. But there is a guy with a red exotic car and he has a hand pump and gets what is left in gas station tanks to continue his journey, and of course the government still has fuel in reserves. Anybody know?

SpeedyG

Chosen answer: Sounds like "The Last Chase" with Lee Majors starring and Burgess Meredith co-starring. It's a futuristic movie. Lee Majors plays a former race car driver who decides to rebuild and drive his race car across the country to the "free zone" to escape the bureaucracy of the government.

Jason Hoffman

Question: I'm looking for the name of a cartoon that came out in the late 70s or early 80s, about a fairytale land with unicorns. One of the unicorns dies at the end, while the other unicorn sees him die. Any idea of the title?

Chosen answer: The Last Unicorn, 1982, from the novel by Peter S Beagle.

Question: Does anyone know the title, or the star, of an old movie (probably '30s or '40s) about a bum finding a check for $1,000,000 on a sidewalk? As I remember it, it was a worthless check put there as an experiment by several men who then watched the bum use the check. I remember the bum as being a Gary Cooper type but I could not find a Cooper movie with this plot. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Chosen answer: The story sounds a lot like in the movie "The million pound note" with Gregory Peck from 1954. A bum gets the bill (from the title) by two rich men (as a bet). From that on he gets everything he wants (even without cashing in the bill).Sounds familiar enough ?

Question: This is a movie I saw on Lifetime, where a mentally retarded woman is pregnant. She had red hair, and there was one scene where she said "I could have this baby at any minute." I believe it had the word "Abnormal" somewhere in the title, but I'm not sure.

Chosen answer: This sounds like Profoundly Normal, 2003, starring Kirstie Alley and Delroy Lindo. They are both mentally challenged, her more than him, and face legal obstacles when they decide to get married and have a baby. There was a scene like the one you describe, where Alley is yelling at Lindo (as her social worker looks on) because he wants to go play basketball, but she wants him to come to their prenatal class with her.

Aerinah

Question: I am looking for the name of a film where there is a car that has to race around a town in less than 20 minutes, while some kids try to steal a jukebox. There is also a football game going on and the car starts out as a red '57 Chev., then goes through a car wash and comes out blue with flames. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Chosen answer: Sounds like the 1989 film Catch Me If You Can.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I'm looking for the title of a movie where the grandkids visit their dying grandfather and fix up his boat, in order to give him the viking funeral he desires without their parents knowing, until they set him off in the boat. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

Chosen answer: Rocket Gibraltar.

William Bergquist

Question: I am trying to find a movie about a woman who has bone cancer and decides not to have it treated as she wants to spend quality time with her daughter without being sick from chemotherapy. She and her husband and daughter move to the mountains and she makes tapes for the daughter to see when she is older and no longer has a mother. Its a really sad movie and ends with John Denver's song "Sunshine" when she dies. Any clues? I cannot remember the title and would love to find it.

Chosen answer: "Sunshine" is actually the title of the movie(made in 1973), while the title of the song is "Sunshine on my shoulders". You can find the dvd-version of the film here: http://store.jdvds1994.com/sudvd19mowch.html

littlestar

Question: I am looking for the name of a movie that I believe was in the late 80's early 90's. It is about a high school boy who is going to a dance with a girl named Tara and all this crazy stuff happens. I remember one scene involved where she is tied to a bed.

Chosen answer: This is what you are looking for: "The Night Before". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095730.

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.

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