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Question: I am looking for the name of a cartoon, possibly anime, that I saw as a kid in the 1980s. Some things I remember is its about two young unicorns, a good one and a mischievous one. Somehow they end up at the end of the Earth, which appears to be the ocean. One detail is that a black unicorn brings darkness and a white unicorn brings light. Also, the intro shows the mother unicorn and her offspring. Can you help me find the name of this cartoon?

Chosen answer: I think you're talking about The Last Unicorn.

Question: I am trying to find out the name of a period piece movie, about a couple who have no jobs but several children. In the end, the couple both get jobs. As they return home joyfully to tell the children, they find them all dead, the oldest one having killed the younger ones and himself, and something like "too many mouths to feed" written on the wall.

Chosen answer: The movie is Jude with Kate Winslet.

Question: This is for the title of a film I saw in 2000. It is about a boy who goes to stay with some people and finds a huge garden out the back of their house. When he asks the people he's staying with about the garden they say that they don't have a garden, only a courtyard with some rubbish bins. There is a gardener who says "bloody hell" a lot. At one point the boy is hiding behind a door from someone. The film is probably English, cannot quite remember. Sorry about the vagueness, but could someone please identify this film.

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Chosen answer: This could be Tom's Midnight Garden. I don't know the film but the children's book is by Phillipa Pearce.

Question: I saw a movie quite a few years ago and all I can remember is the following. An American boy goes to a Shaolin temple because he wants to be trained in the arts. He sits outside the temple for days without food. They show the wind blowing leaves over him and the monks telling him to leave. After a few days or weeks they eventually let him in. The training included him jumping from one tree stump to another. It is not your typical van Damme type movie. Does anyone know the title?

Chosen answer: What you are talking about is the pilot to "Kung Fu" the TV series, starring David Carradine, or possibly a movie called American Shaolin.

Question: I remember watching a film on Sky movies that I can't remember the title of. It was about a boy and a dog who got lost/stranded on an island. They try to survive and make traps. Then a helicopter comes and takes the boy and forgets the dog. That's all I can remember.

Chosen answer: Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog.

Question: I am looking for the name of a war movie in which the two countries fighting sent a lone soldier to fight instead of an entire army. It took place on an island and I don't believe they had weapons. During the movie the warring factions sent another soldier to help win the fight. This was against the rules and the original combatants killed their own man out of respect. The winner was supposed to transmit a code back to the countries declaring victory. It ended with both men dying on the beach and only the transmission being sent without the code so neither side knew which man won. I saw this on tv as a kid in 70's. I know one of the soldiers was American and I think the other was Japanese.

Chosen answer: The movie is a 1970 TV movie of the week. It is called The Challenge. It starred Darrin McGavin as Gallery (he had a double barrelled machine gun) and Mako as his opponent. There is no official relase of this movie on DVD or tape. Independent copies may be found but are very rare. Been looking for it a long time myself.

Question: Bear with me, it's been about 8 years since I've seen this movie. I remember something about cyborg teddy bear toys, like plushies, and there was some sort of plot where they were turning evil, not sure if they were lethal or not. But their eyes would turn red and stuff. (Sorry it's not more descriptive; can't think of anything else.) Do you know what the title of the movie is?

Chosen answer: It's possible that it's Gremlins [1984]. Gremlins were little bear-looking creatures that would turn evil when fed after midnight. Water made them multiply.

Question: I remember a movie back in the 80's along the lines if "Just one of the guys" where a girl wanted to know what it would be like to become a guy. One day there is suppose to be a big Eclipse and what she doesn't know is that this eclipse is the that one thing that is going to turn her into a guy. She goes through a couple of months realizing it hell for her and has to wait for the next eclipse to change back.

Chosen answer: "Willy/Milly" - Pamela Segall was Milly and Patty Duke played her mom.

Question: Hi, I'm looking for a title on a movie from the 90's. It's basically a teenage movie. It's about two girls - one is rich (I think her name was Vanessa) and the other one is poor. They both go to college. The poor girl works in a deli. The girls get into a fight and are sentenced to switch places for a month, so the rich girl lives at the poor girl's house - takes care of her job at the deli and experiences the poor girl's parents being home alot (nice feeling) - and the poor girl lives at the rich girl's house (and enjoys the good side of life - she also experiences Vanessa's parents as never being home opposite what she is used to). I can't remember all, but I remember that the poor girl in the end gets the rich girl's big brother as her boyfriend and the two girls are best friends. Can anyone help?

Chosen answer: The movie you are looking for is called 'The Great Mom Swap' a low budget telemovie but one of my all time favourites.

Question: Hello . I'm looking for the title of a film I saw several years ago but was probably made in the 80s . I'm pretty sure it was French. There were two children, a boy and a girl, who became friends. She would draw what was going to happen and then it would happen and look like her drawing. She would visit him in something like a lighthouse, I think, after drawing it of course. It was very surreal, when she visited him. At some point, it's clear that they are both real and both are extremely ill. I think he may die at the end but she "draws" a place where she can tell him goodbye

Chosen answer: That movie is titled "Paperhouse," is English and is from 1988. Charlotte Burke and Elliot Spiers are the ill boy and girl. I believe it's OOP, but can usually be found on eBay. It's a great movie, btw. A small cult classic.

Question: I am looking for the title of a movie. All I can remember is that it had college kids in it and it was about a legend of a man and his car buried under the football field. Turns out local legend was right and the car existed. They dug the football field up and drove out a red car (possibly 57 Chevy?) and raced/dragged it against another car. I think the movie was made in the 80's or 90's. Any help with the title of this movie would be greatly appreciated as it has baffled me for many years. Thank you.

Chosen answer: The title of the movie is Catch Me If You Can [1989] with Geffory Lewis...

Question: I'm looking for the name of a movie I saw on television, I believe sometime between the years of 1984-1989. A family is on vacation in their motorhome and the motorhome crashes off a cliff. I can't recall if there are two children or only one but the child(ren) survive, though the parents die, and they are trapped inside the motorhome. Unfortunately that is all I remember.

Chosen answer: That is a movie with Ricky Schroeder called The Earthling. I remember watching that as a child it still touches my heart.

Question: Can anyone please help me with the title of this film? I remember seeing it on TV as a child around the mid eighties in the UK although I think it was an American film. There was a family of five driving in their car at night. The three young siblings were sat in the back, two boys and a girl. One girl is sat in the middle. The boy and girl on either side tie her shoelaces together but then they have a car accident and because of this she doesn't get out in time and is killed. In time, the girl comes back to haunt her younger siblings in their bunkbeds at night. I was fascinated by this film as a child and would love to see it again. It is also sentimental as I watched it with my family.

Chosen answer: The movie is called, "Don't Go To Sleep", starring Valerie Harper & Dennis Weaver. Here's a link to it on IMDB:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083844/.

Question: I'm trying to find the title of a children's movie, from the late 80's to early 90's. The main character is a young girl whose grandmother is dying and she wants to find a way to keep her alive. At some point, she goes through the standing mirror in her bedroom and is transported to another "world" where she meets a few muppets of some sort. The girl finds out that there is an apple (or some type of fruit) that can make her grandmother young again, but they are only in a witch's castle. One particular scene I remember is that while she and her new friends are travelling to this castle, they have to walk on a path that is on the side of something (thus turning them on a horizontal). They get to the castle and see the witch's fruit tree is kept in some type of glass cage. When the witch goes to get an apple, the girl and her friends somehow manage to pick a bunch but the cage begins to close and the witch's hand gets stuck under the glass. Since she cannot eat the apple she turns really old and dies (I think she actually shrivels because she was so old). The girl and the friends leave with the apples, but when she tries to go through the mirror back to her room, the apples stay behind. I think grandma ends up dying anyway, but she learns a lesson.

Chosen answer: Hugga Bunch [1985]. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0173915/.

Question: I am trying to search for a kids movie I saw when I was young, it would have been in the 80's. The plot was about a young girl with a talking doll, she went through her mirror to find some bright orange berries to bring back for her grandmother who was sick. When she came back through the mirror after stealing the berries from an evil witch, she tripped and dropped them and once they hit the ground, they disappeared. Does anyone remember this movie?

Chosen answer: It's called TheHugga Bunch: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0173915/.

Question: I remember a horror film where these girls were being mean to one girl (teenagers) and she is trying to be part of their clique. They left her in some cemetery/mausoleum as a kind of hazing to get her to be in their clique. One of the popular girls was African American and always had a toothbrush in her mouth. Since they were mean to the girl, bad things started to happen to them at the cemetery. What is the name of this film?

Tricia Webster

Chosen answer: The film you're referring to is "One Dark Night", a 1983 horror film. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086050/.

Jason Hoffman

Question: How is it possible that Gary Fitzgerald was nominated for both Leading and Supporting Actor Oscars for Going My Way?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: The initial nominations process involves each member of the Academy nominating those within their own field for the various awards appropriate to what they do. From these, the shortlists are drawn up for the second round of voting. In the case of Barry Fitzgerald, opinion was apparently divided as to whether his role qualifies as a lead role or a supporting role. Ultimately, he received a sufficiently high number of nominations from his fellow actors and actresses that he ended up on the shortlist for both categories. Since then, the rules have been changed to prevent it from happening again.

Tailkinker

Question: I am a fan of Midsomer Murders. I am trying to find the title of one of its episodes. In this episode Barnaby discovers that three children committed the murders. Before this discovery one of the children tries to strangle Barnaby.It then transpires that these children killed their own father years before. I would be grateful if someone would tell me what this episode is called.

Chosen answer: It's called "Death and Dreams" from season six, 2003.

Ioreth

Question: I saw a movie recently on tv. It was a British or Irish movie and it had a young woman on it that worked in a bakery for her father and she had a friend that was dying and bedridden. Her dying friend had a video of the young woman singing but there was no sound. Her dying wish was to hear her friend sing. The young lady sang for her friend just before she died and at her funeral. Does anyone know the name of this movie?

Chosen answer: That's 2001's "Very Annie Mary" starring Rachel Griffiths. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0188128/.

Myridon

Question: I read that Cinderella was made into a movie 58 times. Does anyone know if this is a record? Or has something else been made more times?

Chosen answer: The main problem with things along these lines are what actually counts. The Internet Movie Database listed 41 films and TV productions directly called "Cinderella", but there are many other productions that are based, to varying degrees, on the storyline, so it becomes rather questionable as to where you draw the line as what can be considered "Cinderella" and what's just too far away from the original storyline to be considered as a proper version of the tale. The most likely rival to the top slot, and it certainly cannot be disputed that Cinderella must be a good candidate for the position, would be Dracula, who has appeared in something like 200 films over the years. As with Cinderella, how many of those can be considered legitimate adaptations of the original story would be a matter of some debate.

Tailkinker

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