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Question: I am trying to identify a movie I saw on TV in the very early 70's. The movie was older and may have been in black & white. A worldly young man was having a relationship with an innocent girl. During the movie, he became sweeter while she became more entranced by the "dark" side. A pivotal scene was a cock-fight which she now enjoyed more than he did.

Chosen answer: "Summer and Smoke" with Laurence Harvey and Geraldine Page. Based on a Tennessee Williams' play. She is a repressed spinster and he's the dashing young man she's always been in love with, but he goes after the town vamp, played by Rita Moreno.

Question: A japanese language film, english subtitles shown in U.K. sometime in nineties.I seem to think one New Years Eve. It is a long film, possibly three hours. Set in medieval Japan featuring a Samurai family involved in a feud and I remember something about a burning town/village. The film was not the Seven Samurai/Akiro Kurosawa. If anyone can remember this film and can give me the title I would be very grateful.

Chosen answer: I think it could possibly be 'Ran', made by Akira Kurosawa. It's a remake/adaptation of sorts of King Lear.

Question: I am wondering about a film, or some kind of TV series, I don't know what it is. It's a boy and a girl and they are wearing clothes from the 18th or 19th century (eg; the boy has a low ponytail, the girl has those typical corkscrews in her hair.) She seems to be quite wealthy. The scenes I remember is one when she is sitting on a swing which is attached to a large tree, and he jumps down from the tree, starting to chase her around. They are both quite giggly and she falls down, the boy falls on top of her and he kisses her. Someone sees them, I think it's some kind of servant to her father, and the boy gets whipped. It's all I remember, does anyone know which movie / TV series this is?

Chosen answer: It sounds like the story 'the turn of the screw'which has been made into two or three movies, the most famous 'the innocents' 1960s, black and white, with Deborah Kerr as the governess who looks after the two children. the kissing scene involves the small boy kissing the older woman.

Question: I remember awhile ago watching an Anime show which involved aliens or some kind of giant humans invading earth and people going into shelter to avoid them. All I really remember is the main hero using a sort of red armor and the main heroine in the series premier being a little girl who's lost her diary and is upset. When she later grows up, it shows a long-dead alien clutching her diary. Anybody know what this show was called?

Chosen answer: It's an anime known as Robotech Macross Saga. One of the first animes to come to the western shores while maintaining a bit of feel the original version had.

Question: What was the title of a movie where Paul Newman says: "There's more than one way to skin a cat?" I'm sure it's a classic movie dated before the late 70s.

Chosen answer: The movie is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958).

Question: Back in 1980 I remember watching a Charles Bronson movie on cable. A key scene occurred at the beginning with a man's fingers being cut-off. The phrase "chop, chop" was said. What is the name of this movie? It is driving me crazy.

Chosen answer: This movie is called THE PASSAGE. Charles Bronson is not in it. The guy who says chop chop is a nazi officer played by Malcolm McDowell.

Question: I am looking for the title of a movie, made in the 1970's or 80's- I just remember the end or near the end: A girl about 13 and her younger brother are alone in a cabin in a blizzard, and a bad man that has been after them before breaks down the door, waving a rifle, and takes them prisoner. I remember he says something like: "My big toe froze off, I thought it was a road apple" He beats the girl up, then the boy hits him and he chases the boy outside to a shed, where the boy burns it and the bad guy, saving himself and his sister. I think that was the ending. Can anyone tell me the name of this, or any of the actors?

Chosen answer: The film is "Cold River" 1982 starring Suzanne Webber, Richard Jaekel and Robert Earl Jones.

Question: I am looking for any info on a war movie from the late sixties or early seventies. It featured two soldiers being sent to an island to fight the war for their country one on one with the winner transmitting a code back to declare victory. I don't think they took weapons with them but I am not sure. It was more of guerrila war as I do remember the Japanese soldier putting razor blades in a tree trunk laced with bacteria for the American to cut himself on. At one point in the film each country sends another soldier in to help fight, a form of cheating. The original combatants kill their comrades out of respect for each other and the integrity of fight.

Chosen answer: It was called "The Challange" and starred Darren McGavin. I remember it well and would love to get a copy of it.

Question: Are the contestants on Wheel of Fortune encouraged to buy vowels? It seems like as soon as someone gets some money they immediately start buying vowels.

Chosen answer: By buying a vowel, you can guess a letter without the risk of landing on Bankrupt or Lose A Turn. Vowels are also extremely useful in figuring out the number of syllables in the word.

JC Fernandez

Question: This was a movie from the 1970s: I was only a little kid when I saw it. The only scene I remember is a woman who was going to be sacrificed in some kind of Southwest American Indian ceremony. It was filmed in a desert area with canyons and cliffs, and was set in pre-modern times. There was a part where they covered the face of the victim so that they couldn't see. Ring any bells?

Chosen answer: Not 100% sure, but I think what you're looking for is "Against a Crooked Sky."

Chanteuse66

Question: I'm trying to find the title to a film I saw on television in the early 80's. A crazy young woman lives alone in a remote unpopulated area. A man (possibly a local authority) drives his truck to her house once in a while to check on her. The woman seems to have the mind of a child and her interactions are awkward and somehow threatening. There are a lot of long uneasy silences. At the end, the woman is walking around outside in just panties and shirt. The title was something like "The Madness of Emily" or "The Psychosis of Sara" or "The Neurosis of Ana Rose". I can't remember the actual name. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Chosen answer: I believe you're thinking of the Jodie Foster movie "Nell".

CCARNI Premium member

Question: I've noticed that occasionally, some of the no. 1 films at the box office are also some of the worst reviewed by critics. Why is this?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: The films are reviewed by critics, but attended by the regular movie-going public. Critics see every movie, so they have a tendency to get (a) jaded or (b) overly critical. They tire of plot devices and story lines that they have seen all too many times and often wish for more intelligent writing and witty dialogue. However the movie-going public is, admittedly, less demanding. They easily flock to movies that simply appeal to the masses.

Garlonuss Premium member

Question: I am looking for a particular LoonyTunes short. It might be on one of the various "Loony Tunes Gold" DVD collections. Unfortunately I have no idea what the title is. I have looked online at the titles on the different sets, but I find a few titles that might be it, or might not. If anyone knows the title, and hopefully what, if any, DVD set it is on, I would really appreciate it. The story is a 20th century continuation of the story of the Shoemaker and the Elves. Elmer Fudd is the King of the Elves, and he wants the elves working for the shoemaker back. The shoemaker doesn't know how he will run his business without the elves. So Elmer tells him about automation and industrialization along with some basic economics. Also when the elves hear the word "Jehoshaphat" they start to change into mice, until they say the word, "Rumplestiltskin"

Chosen answer: "Yankee Dood It". http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/5308-Yankee_Dood_It.html. A forum thread on that cartoon with more info: http://forum.bcdb.com/forum/Cartoon_with_jehosaphat_and_business_summary_P70488/.

Rlvlk

Question: I remember watching a movie when I was younger, and was wondering what it was called. It was about an American female baseball (I believe) team, and I think they may have been the first such team. I remember they travelled America in a bus, and at one point one of the women received a letter telling her her husband had died in a war. Also one of them, or one of the people they travelled with had a son, and many years later there was a display at a museum or stadium about them and the boy was there, but grown up and they fussed over him.

Chosen answer: Sounds like "A League of Their Own" with Tom Hanks and Geena Davis.

Guy

Question: Who was the noted film director that was killed about 10-15 years ago when a large rock was thrown from a street overpass and smashed through his car windshield? He probably would have been in his 70s or 80s by now.

raywest Premium member

Chosen answer: This is the only thing I found close: "November 19, 1998: Film director Alan Pakula (70) was killed while driving on the Long Island Expressway east of New York City. He lost control of his Volvo and crashed into a fence after a metal pipe crashed through his windshield. The pipe, which had been lying on the highway, was kicked up by another car. Pakula was taken to the North Shore Hospital in Plainview, New York, where he was pronounced dead. Pakula directed films such as Klute and All the President's Men." This site lists famous people that died in car accidents and that was the only director that died from something flying through his windshield.http://www.celebratetoday.com/autoceleb.html

Rlvlk

Question: The movie i would like info on was made between 1985 & 1987 at a guess. I was young when i watched it and my memory of this movie is quite vague. The movie was set during world war 2 and featured aliens or creatures of some kind? If my memory serves me right, these creatures were helping the soldiers? Could anyone shed some light on this movie please?

Chosen answer: Sounds like Zone Troopers from 1986.

papajim

Question: This is an 80's film, it was about a young boy that was kidnapped while his mother was shopping. I think this film is based on a true story. The young boy's name was Alan.

gillian ahern

Chosen answer: Perhaps you're thinking of the TV movie Adam (1983) which is based on the true story of the kidnapping and murder of 6 year old Adam Walsh from a Sears store in 1981. His father John is the host of America's Most Wanted.

Jeff Swanson

Question: This is a b/w film, late 50's: a small group of people is in everglades-type surrounds. One gets attacked by a huge snapping turtle, one has to climb a tree to get away from an alligator, but the best part is a guy gets an earwig in his ear, goes into a fever, and after several days the earwig comes out of his ear. But he's told that it was a female and had laid eggs in his head. This was a movie, not a tv show. Any help please.

ramjet

Chosen answer: This was a TV series of Night Gallery by Rod Serling. The name of the episode was "The Caterpillar".

sniff_my_butt

Question: I've been trying to find a title of a movie. Cars and clothing along with grade of picture and sets, couldn't set the movie more than mid-60's to late 70's. It's titled Arthur or Arnold I believe, that's where my problem comes in, but it's where he has recently departed and left a will for his new wife and family, but they're all on audio tapes and he keeps giving them clues about where his fortune is. I know his body keeps getting moved, and that a shower literally collapses on a couple. At the end his sister is moving the body, and she's the only one to live through a carefully constructed plan between the departed and his sister. I know she finds the money at the end behind his casket or something, but a stone door closes and an audio tape of his voice comes on telling her she's trapped, fade out. Thanks if you know.

Chosen answer: You're actually spot on with the title. This is the 1973 film Arnold. Further details can be found here.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Does anyone know if Tom Clancy's book "Rainbow Six" has been, or is planned to be, made into a movie?

papajim

Chosen answer: According to IMDB.com it's greenlighted for a 2010 release. Whether or not it will make it or be shelved is anyone's guess.

Grumpy Scot

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