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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:

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


Question: I'm looking for a title of a movie the setting was Harlem and the main actor was Laurence Fishburne and the actress Cicely Tyson?

Chosen answer: That would be "Hoodlum" from 1997.


Question: I'm looking for the title of a movie from the 80's or maybe 90's. It seems to be set in the late 1800's or early 1900's and is about a unusually smart boy named Wendell. The only scene I'm certain about is when the boy gets off a train and is greeted by two older people. The man introduces himself and the lady as "Cornelia" and tells her Wendell's name. She says "Hello, Wendy." He replies, "Hello, Corny." She says (angrily) "Cornelia", he replies (exasperated) "Wendell." Thanks.

Grumpy Scot

Chosen answer: The film was called "The Wizard of Loneliness". Lucas Haas played Wendall.


Question: I am trying to identify a move that I saw on TV in the '80s. I don't remember much about it other than one scene. The movie takes place on another planet where the sun comes out only once every so many years. Children are playing, and one of them gets locked into a shed before the sun comes out. The child can feel and see the sun only through the slats of the shed. That's all I remember - this has been bothering me for YEARS. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Chosen answer: "All Summer In A Day" based on the short story by Ray Bradbury.


Question: I saw this film that was made around the 70's or 80's. It was set in Africa, and in one scene there were two Africans children who fell into a tank of water which was on a truck. These children had never seen water before. In another scene the younger brother was out in the wild and he was approached by an animal which looked like a dog. The animal stood up and if it was taller than him it would attack him. The boy knew this so he grabbed the stick and put it on top of his head. The animal backed down. It was a comedy. What is this film called?

gillian ahern

Chosen answer: Sounds like the movie "The Gods Must Be Crazy II".


Question: Being an Australian, I'm unsure about American phone numbers. In American movies/TV shows, I always notice that people's phone numbers are '555' followed by four digits, but if every American's phone number was that, then it would only allow for 10 000 phone numbers. Please fill me in.


Chosen answer: The main reason for this is that a range of numbers within the American '555' area code have been intentionally left unassigned for fictional use, with the aim of avoiding the inadvertant use of a real phone number; there have been cases of members of the public receiving numerous calls when film or TV companies have not used a 555-prefix. Other countries have similar setups - for example, Ofcom, the regulating body of the phone network in the UK has set aside a large number of numbers within various area codes specifically for use in fiction. You may well find that a similar policy exists in Australia as well.


Question: I am trying to identify the title a certain movie I saw as a child in the early 80s that has been etched in my mind for its disturbing content. I only remember bits and pieces, but I seem to remember a hero similar to "He Man" (in dress) who has a ring (it may have had an eye on it) that allows him see events transpiring in different places. I remember a fiery temple of some sort where the villains were sacrificing kids (and maybe adults also). The hero is called to save the innocent victims. Does anyone have an idea as to what this movie is?

Chosen answer: That sounds like The Beastmaster staring Marc Singer. The ring, however, wasn't for his personal use. His enemy was actually using it to spy on him and his companions. When they found the eye in the ring, they poked it out with a burning stick. He did look a lot like He-Man, though.


Question: I am looking for a film I saw about 20 years ago. I do not know the name of this film or any of the actors' names. There is a blond haired woman and a dark haired woman in this fim. The blond haired one seems to be a nice person who tries to reason all the time with the dark haired one who is not so nice. I remember the last scene where their house goes up in fire. The dark haired woman is trapped in it. The blond gets outside and with people around her looks up at the burning house. I think this film was made in the 60's. It is not "Rebecca."

Chosen answer: This sounds like one of the many move versions of the novel, "Jane Eyre."


Question: In American movies, I sometimes notice little flag shaped things on people's letterboxes, that can be moved up and down. In Australia, where I live, I've never noticed these, nor have I noticed them in countries I've visited (I haven't visited America). What is the purpose of these flag shaped things, and are they solely American?


Chosen answer: It's actually a very practical device, and they are mostly used in rural areas that have roadside letterboxes. The postal carrier puts the flag in the "up" position when there's a delivery. That way, the homeowner doesn't have to make an unnecessary trip down a long path and in bad weather to check for mail. The homeowner can also raise it when there is outgoing mail to be picked up.


Question: A film made in the 70's is about a man whose leg was cut off with a machine on the farm. he went on to become a high jumper with one leg. What's the name of this movie?

gillian ahern

Chosen answer: Crossbar seems to be it. A 1979 "made for tv" (Canada) movie.


Question: I'm trying to find the name of a western I saw sometime in the early to mid 70's. There were several factions fighting over a gattling gun. I seem to recall a small number of cowboys, a bunch of soldiers and perhaps a Mexican army all trying to own the gun, the end of the movie is a big fight between them all. There might have been some nuns burying the dead at the very end but I might be confusing movies; it was a long time ago. Several people have suggested "The Gattling Gun" but I read a synopsis of that on imdb and it doesn't ring any bells. Any help would be most appreciated.

Chosen answer: The Wild Bunch - 1969, directed by Sam Peckinpah.


Question: I saw a movie when I was younger and one scene stuck with me. I was not suppose to be watching the movie, I just happened to wake up and get a drink of water at the time, therefore I'm sure it was not a kid's movie. It was shown early in the evening on regular network TV (no cable back then) so I'm assuming it was either a very old movie for the time (pre-80's) and easily edited. This is all I remember for certain: there was a group of people on a train and people were being killed one by one. The scene I saw was of a man who was drugged or knock unconscious and placed, sitting up, next to the wheels of the train before it left the station so that the wheels would crush him as the train left. For some reason when I try to picture the guy, I think of Father Guido Sarducci from SNL.I don't know why. I'm fairly certain from the clothing, music, hairstyles and when I saw the scene on TV that it was made in the mid to late 70's. The things that stick in your brain, goodness. Please help me.

Chosen answer: This sounds very much like Terror Train - 1980, Jamie Lee Curtis.


Question: Im trying to figure out the title to a movie I saw in the late 90's. A woman is sent on a mission in space and she is only person going. She gets sucked into a worm hole and ends up at a planet with a beach-like setting and she sees a ghost of her father as an alien form. Can anyone help me out? I would greatly appreciate it.

Chosen answer: This would be the 1997 film Contact, starring Jodie Foster.


Question: A film made in the 70' about a man whose leg get cut off with a machine on the farm. He goes on to becomes a high jumper with one leg.

gillian ahern

Chosen answer: The movie is "Crossbar" - made in 1979 starring John Ireland and Brent Carver.

Zwn Annwn

Question: I watched a movie late one night. It was in black and white and all the characters were played by dogs role playing as humans. Any clue as to the title of this film?

Chosen answer: The film is called "Pound". More information can be found at




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